Healthy Food In Summer



It is summer – the most amazing time of the year! Time passes by really quickly, and this is my last blog for GCC. So I’d like to write something I’m really good at, which is food. I especially love fresh and healthy food! So here are some fresh, healthy, and delicious choices for you to enjoy the summer!


  • Watermelon
  • Peach
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry


  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Pepper


  • Iced Tea
  • Iced Coffee

It’s been a good time, sharing what I know with all of you here, and I hope my blogs have been helpful. I’ve graduated from GCC today, and I’m going home for summer and coming back for St. John’s University in NYC. Hopefully, I’ll still get a chance to see you and share something wonderful with you.

Have a nice summer!


Interview Tips


After talking about how to learn about yourself and how to write a good resume, it is time to think about an interview. Here are 10 tips for a good interview that I’ve learnt in my CEP class.

  • Conduct researches on the employer, hiring manager, and job opportunity
  • Review common interview questions to prepare the response
  • Dress professionally, even if the employer says that you can dress casually
  • Always arrive on time
  • Behave yourself since parking or walking into the company
  • Make a good impression starting from a nice hand shaking
  • Be authentic, upbeat, focused, confident, and candid
  • Be careful about body language and language
  • Ask at least an insightful question in the end
  • Thank the interviewers in person, by email, and/or postal mail

Summer is coming for real! Good luck on your future study and career, and enjoy your summer!


Countries You Can Travel With Your American Visa


Summer is coming, and everyone is planning on traveling. But one thing people worry about it all the time is the visa. As an international student, I collected some countries that international students can go without a visa from these countries and only with our American student visa.

Mexico: International students can stay in Mexico for no more than 180 days with an American visa.


Colombia: International students can stay in Colombia for no more than 180 days with an American visa that will not be expired in 6 months.


Honduras: International students can stay in Honduras for no more than 30 days with an American visa that will not be expired in 6 months.


Costa Rica: International students can stay in Costa Rica for no more than 30 days with a used American visa that will not be expired in 6 months.


Panama: International students can stay in Panama for no more than 30 days with a used American visa.


Philippines: International students can stay in Philippines for no more than 7 days with an American visa.


Serbia: International students can stay in Serbia for no more than 90 days with an American visa.


Montenegro: International students can stay in Montenegro for no more than 30 days with an American visa, or for the days left for the visa if the visa will be expired in 30 days.


Albania: International students can stay in Albania for no more than 90 days with a used American visa.


Dominica: International students can stay in Dominica for no more than 90 days with an American visa.


Bermuda: International students can stay in Bermuda for no more than 180 days with an American visa or a Canadian visa.


Since you’ve already had the visa for the United States, let’s not waste it and go to other countries with it. Enjoy your summer more easily!

Tips for Final Season with Funny Photos


Last day of classes! It’s finals time! These tips for studying and relaxing can most likely make a difference in your finals result and help you stay calm and be happy.

  • Manage time!!!


  • Study in intervals to refuse cramming


  • Study in groups only if it benefits you


  • Get enough sleep and avoid staying up all night


  • Do a little exercise to increase your energy level and reduce stress


  • Eat high-carb, high-fiber, and slow-digesting foods for your body


  • Drink water and eat fruits to help your brain


I hope that these photos have made you laugh. Now, it’s the time to beat the finals!

Passion for Fashion


Dream it. Wish it. Do it.

It is so exciting that the fashion show is finally coming tomorrow, and we just finished the rehearsals for today! Here are some snapshots from today.

Stage and seats all set by noon


Fashion Is A New Beginning. Keep calm and the bridal scene is coming.

Clothes and posters from Fashion Is Pneu Moda by Lauren Countryman

Fashion is hard working, and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Fashion is an instant language. Let’s see what the students from the fashion program want to say about who they are without having to speak.

See you tomorrow!

Cover Letter and Resume Tips


When you haven’t updated your resume for a long time or you haven’t started one, it is quite difficult to start with. You can get A Guide to: Resume Writing from our Career Services Center at Room B201 of Batavia Campus, and the guide will show you the formats you can use, the information you can and cannot put in, plenty of vocabularies you can choose, and two samples of the resume. But here are some tips I’ve learnt from my CEP class.

  • No errors in grammar and/or spelling.
  • Have a full but not overcrowded page that can be easily scanned.
  • Highlight the most important information.
  • Have the information related to the career and/or the job you’re applying.
  • Make sure all information is clear.
  • Organize it well with sections like education, experience, honors, skills, references, etc.
  • Get help from a professional from the relating careers.
  • Always refresh your resume when you’re in a new position or learn something new.
  • Proofread, proofread, and proofread.

You’ve found a new job and been getting ready to send your resume, do you need a cover letter? The answer is always a “yes”! Skip a cover letter, and you’ll miss an opportunity to sell yourself. A cover letter can let you reveal your personality and build the rapport. You also can get A Guide to: Writing a Cover Letter from the Career Services Center, and the guide will show you the format you need to use, the information you need to put in, and a sample of a cover letter.

  • No errors in grammar and/or spelling.
  • Have a business format for the cover letter.
  • Identify the position you’re applying and explain why you’re interested.
  • Determine several strong skills you own and tell how they can apply to the job.
  • Show that you know enough about the company in the company’s “voice”.
  • Thank the readers for taking time and describe how you’ll follow up in the end.
  • Keep it short and sweet.
  • Ask someone to read it.

Your resume and cover letter say a lot about you. They determine whether you’ll be called in for an interview or not. Be so good that they cannot ignore you.


Know More about Your Future Career and Yourself


There are only two and half weeks of classes left, and many students are graduating and/or transferring. Are you ready for the next college or job? If you’re only finishing your first year here, do you already have an idea what to do after GCC? I’ve learnt plenty of information about how to plan for my future in my Career and Educational Planning (CEP 101) class with Dr. Priester, and I’d like to share it with you. Today, I want to talk about how to know if your future career choice fits you. There are certain ways to find out how you act at work, what strengths you’re holding, what careers are interesting to you, and what multiple intelligences you own.

cropped-Strengths_horizontal_poster.jpg1. Discover your top 5 strengths at StrengthsQuest: You can spend $9.99 on the website to get the access code and learn of your strengths. At the desk of many office workers here, there’s a tag standing with his or her name and five words under the name. Those words are the strengths. You’ll get your top five strengths, words like achiever, belief, command, deliberative, and empathy, with the descriptions.


2. Learn of your 4 MBTI personalities at The Myers & Briggs Foundation for free: You’ll obtain 4 letters of how you act at work, extraversion (E) or introversion (I), sensing (S) or intuition (N), thinking (T) or feeling (F), and judging (J) or perceiving (P). These letters represent your personality type at work and suggest you the careers that suit you.


3. Find out your top 3 interests of careers for free at Holland Occupational Themes (RIASEC): and other websites by just searching “Holland code quiz”. You’ll receive your interest levels on every kind of careers and be informed of the jobs that won’t bore you.


4. Be wise to your top 2 multiple intelligences for free at many websites by searching “multiple intelligence test”. Therefore, you’ll be conscious of which careers you’re better because of your intelligences, such as logical, spatial, intrapersonal, or other intelligences.

5. Now, you recognize 1 person, which is yourself.

6. Be familiar with the positions you want at O*NET Online: You can search the jobs you want, and it’ll show you all tasks, skills, abilities, interests, and more related to the jobs. So you can find out if you’ll match your dream job after being aware of yourself by following all the steps above.

7. When you’re ready to apply for a job, look for the positions at indeed:

Your dream job doesn’t exist, and you must create it. Also, it’s important that you choose a job you love, so you’ll never have to work a day in your future.


Volunteering at Runway 9.0 – Ecolution


GCC fashion program students volunteering at Buffalo State fashion show

College Life: Stress Relief


It is April 7th, and it seems like everyone being busy at this moment of the year. You might be taking 6 classes; you might be working for the coming annual fashion show; you might have started some final papers and/or projects; or you might be thinking of your next college and waiting to graduate. Luckily and unfortunately, I’m all of the above in this case. So I totally understand how you might feel right now, and want to share some ways with you to relieve the stress together. Dear stress, let’s break up.

  • Get enough sleep

Stress occurs when your tension level exceeds your energy level, resulting in an overloaded feeling. Therefore, as long as our available energy exceeds our tension level, then we’re in a good position. I am a “night owl”, but I have to force myself to go to bed early these days. The best you can do is to manage your work better, finish your work more quickly, and go to sleep earlier.

  • Eat well

I mean eating regularly and healthily. First, like a car, your brain needs quality fuel to run efficiently. When it comes to studying, you definitely want your brain to work efficiently. Also, when you’re stressed out, it’s easier for you to be sick, especially when the weather has been abnormal this month. Eating healthily and getting different nutrition can decrease the risk of getting sick.

  • Work out

When you’re stressed out, moving may be the last thing you feel like doing. But even 30 minutes physical activity can reduce your stress. Try something you enjoy, like dancing, swimming or yoga. I tried running in the gym several times. I was tired, but I did feel happier after that.

  • Avoid stress relief with alcohol

This might be a popular way to relieve the stress at colleges. Having some liquor to unwind after a hard day of studying seems perfectly logical, but any unresolved stress, which you have been through, will just come flooding back after having fun. You may also have to deal with nausea and hangovers the morning after, which is most likely what you wouldn’t like to feel in your classes.

  • Breathe, relax, and laugh

There are some ways that I’ve been doing and you can probably also give a try. Music can change your mood easily. Funny TV shows will help you laugh the stress out. Having some incense and candles with nice smells can improve your mood, too. Some good food and nice talk with families and friends is another way to have your stress out. Even playing with Snapchat filters is a funny way to relieve your stress. When it comes to studying, time management is one of the most important things for college students to remember as well.

Here are some thoughts I believe in and I hope you’ll also always remember them – The only pressure I’m under is what I’ve put myself in. Also, stress is directly related to how out-of-control we feel. So it’s not telling you to give up, but for you to work harder and get more control of your studying and working. Do what you can, with what you have at where you are. You’ve come to this far, not only to come this far.


What can you do for Earth Day?



The Flag of the Earth

Earth Day is April 22nd every year, which is a global activity for environment protection. It started from college activities inside of the United States in 1970’s, and this idea was brought to the whole world in 1990’s. On this day, people from around the world use their own way showing ideas about how to protect our world. But do you really know how important it is? Let’s start with some environment facts from

  • Every day in the U.S., we produce enough trash to be equal to the weight of the Empire State Building.
  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution.
  • The human population on Earth has grown more in the last 50 years than it did in the previous 4 million years.
  • Average temperatures will increase by as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the 21st century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at the current pace.

A change has to be made, and we all need to do it together. As a college student, what can you do? Here are some suggestions:

  • Get reusable water bottles and coffee cups – I see students at cafeteria buying bottles of water and cups of coffee every day, and those are such of a waste of plastic and paper. While plastic bottles are now made with 30% less plastic, they are still an item that can’t be reused every day. You can totally bring your own water bottle and/or coffee cup to get your water and coffee. It’s not only sustainable, but also cheaper!
  • Walk or ride a bicycle – According to National Geographic, “Carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is the main pollutant that is warming Earth”. Your car emits carbon dioxide while driving, which seeps into the atmosphere and creates global warming. When you need to go somewhere not far, try to walk or ride a bike! It is beneficial not only for our environment, but also for your own health!
  • Say no to plastic bags – When you buy something from the bookstore, please put it in your backpack, instead of asking for a plastic bag. When you go to a store, bring some reusable bags with you, instead of getting plastic bags there and throwing them out right after you get home.
  • Consider about the environment before you print – At college, we all have a lot to study and homework to do. If you can just save the documents in your laptop or your phone to read, it’s always better than printing them out with papers and also waste your time on it. If you have to print out something, see if you can print them out in a smaller font and space, and on both sides of the papers.
  • Be meatless sometimes – The meat industry produces nearly 20% of all greenhouse gases, and cutting down on the demand for meat reduces those gases. By cutting out meat one day or several days a week, you will help fight diabetes, curb obesity and reduce the risks of heart disease and certain cancers.

The Earth is the only thing we all have in common, and it’s a fine place that is worth fighting for generations by generations. If you want, everyday can be an Earth Day.