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The Best Advice for Soon-to-be College Graduates

Graduating from college is an exciting milestone that signifies the end of one journey, and the start of another. With graduation steadily approaching, it’s natural to feel a little lost, and even scared, of what’s yet to come. The best part is, you don’t have to have everything figured out. Your story is just beginning, and it’s time for you to learn as much as possible in the next few years.

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Life is all about experiencing new opportunities and embarking on adventures. It’s also about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. Use this time and energy to explore new hobbies and interests. If your job takes you to a new place or unfamiliar city, do as much exploring as possible. The most successful people aren’t always those with the best grades or best internships, but sometimes the people who are able to adapt to new circumstances and environments.

Keep Your LinkedIn Updated

LinkedIn is an awesome tool to leverage when staying connected to classmates, former supervisors, professors and more. You can also use it to browse job openings, stay up to date on current events and trends in your industry, and share your professional accomplishments. Be sure to support your classmates and friends on LinkedIn as well and take a genuine interest in articles and updates they post as they are likely to return the favor. Make sure you update your LinkedIn frequently with new skills, certifications and awards to reflect your professional experiences. Ask a mentor or former supervisor to write a recommendation on your profile. This shows you have made a good impression on former employers and would be an asset to a new company.

Ask Lots of Questions

You don’t have all the answers, and you’re not expected to either. Asking questions is essential to growth. It’s also acceptable to make a few mistakes along the way. According to Inc.com, many college graduates set unrealistic expectations for themselves early on in their careers that are nearly impossible to live up to in terms of job satisfaction and lifestyle. It takes time to build your career, and it’s important to remember that your first job (and even your second, third or fourth) is rarely your dream job. Use this period of growth to ask as many questions as you can and learn new things. Your future self will thank you.

Cherish The Little Things

Life isn’t always perfect, but there is something good in every day. Don’t let a bad day or even a bad week stop you from enjoying this time in your life. Go out for dinner with a friend, or attend a fitness class to get your mind off work and unwind from the week. Make sure to spend at least an hour each day that honors you, and be sure to practice self care. Try writing in a journal each night before bed to reflect on your day and keep track of your progress. For a smooth, weighted writing performance, use a Sarasa Grand gel pen. The Sarasa Grand is the perfect pen to bring to a big meeting, and makes a striking first impression. For other professional, durable and stylish pens, turn to the STEEL line.

Honor Your Own Journey

Theodore Roosevelt said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” In the age of social media, it’s easy to compare your journey to that of your friends and classmates. Remember, what you see on social media is a highlight reel. Everyone follows their own path in life, and everyone is fighting an internal battle you know nothing about. The path to success is rarely linear, and you have your entire life ahead of you. Be kind to those around you and know that you are doing just fine.

Make New Connections

While it’s important to stay in touch with classmates, professors and past mentors, it’s also important to use this time to expand your network. Get to know your new coworkers and supervisors and take the time to grab lunch with them when possible. Ask others about their experience and use their advice to better your own career.

 Do What Makes You Happy

At the end of the day, life is too short to be anything but happy. Friends, family and the relationship you have with yourself are the most important things in life. Pursue the things that make you excited to come to work in the morning, and never stop exploring your passions. You can’t find true happiness from a paycheck.

Use These Tips to Nail Your Next Big Job Interview

When applying for a new role, the interview process is the most pivotal component. It also gives you a chance to bring your qualifications and skills to life and allows the company to get to know you on a deeper level. While the job hunting process can be exciting, nerves are common and normal. Use these tips to manage your nerves and nail your next big interview.

Do Your Research Before the Interview 

During the interview, you will be asked about what drew you to that specific company or organization. Research the company’s history, capabilities, or even press so you are prepared to answer questions. According to Glassdoor, candidates should take time to research key players, company values, culture, services and more to be truly prepared.  This shows your potential employer that you are interested, and truly care about having the opportunity to succeed.

Prepare Responses

You can’t prepare for every question, but you can at least prepare for the predictable ones. Chances are, you will be asked to tell the interviewer a little bit about yourself. According to Forbes, it’s best to have prepared answers about your strengths and weaknesses. You should also speak about your ability to handle conflict and your biggest career achievements. Think about how you would handle a difficult situation in the workplace, or your ability to work under pressure. Consider how you may answer these before the interview, so you can remain calm, cool and collected.

Practice Mindfulness

Meeting a potential employer face to face can be a very nerve-wracking experience. Before leaving for an interview, practice mindful breathing or meditation to find a sense of calm. Listen to relaxing music or a podcast before an interview to prevent nerves from taking over and controlling the conversation. Remaining relaxed will allow you to deliver your responses in a clear, concise manner.

Arrive Early

Nothing derails a meeting more than being late. Avoid obstacles like car troubles, public transportation delays or traffic by leaving for your interview even earlier than necessary. Being on time shows you are committed to the success of the interview, and also shows the company that you value being prompt as an employee.

Bring a Reliable Pen

First impressions are important, so it’s crucial to dress the part and look your best when heading into an interview. That includes bringing a professional, high quality writing instrument. For an elegant, gel writing experience, turn to the sleek and stylish Sarasa Grand. For durable pens that both impress and perform, use a STEEL G-402 gel pen or a STEEL F-701. Taking notes during an interview shows you are a good listener and using a sophisticated pen while doing it shows you mean business.

 

 

How to Overcome the Winter Work Slump

Cold weather and lack of sunlight can make winter seem never-ending , and can make workdays seem even longer. Between seasonal illnesses, inclement weather, and spending less time outdoors, it’s easy to feel dejected and a little down in the colder months.

According to American Family Physician, 4 to 6 percent of people may suffer from winter depression, and 10 to 20 percent of people may have season affective disorder (SAD).

Make Time for Fun

It’s important to remember to work live, and not to live to work. Work life balance is extremely important and making time for yourself to unwind and socialize can help combat slumps. Schedule weekend trips or staycations to give yourself a fun activity to look forward to. During the week, make sure you give yourself an hour each day dedicated to something you enjoy, whether it’s writing in a journal, cooking, attending a class or watching a movie.  Doing things you enjoy will help diffuse some stress, and can help you keep your spirits high.

Attend a Conference

Attending conferences is a great way to grow your professional network, expand your horizons and learn new things. Search for conferences relevant to your career to attend during the winter months to reinvigorate your passions and inspire you to continue learning as a professional. This can also give you a nice change of scenery. You can bring back this newfound energy to your office and use it to your advantage.

Listen to a Podcast

There is no shortage of podcasts being developed each and every day, in almost every subject imaginable. Listen to a professional podcast pertaining to your industry to supplement what you are learning at work while hearing from other professionals. Also, start listening to a podcast in a different subject that interests you on your way to and from work. This will keep your mind stimulated while helping you develop new interests.

Upgrade your Office Supplies

Change your office space by adding a new decoration to make your desk or cubicle instantly happier. If your office is typically cold, bring a blanket or space heater to make your space more comfortable and pleasant based on your preferences. Then, start using pens and other writing instruments that make you look forward to taking notes in meetings. Use the Sarasa Grand or the STEEL line for big meetings and use double-ended Mildliners or Zebrites for highlighting.

Exercise

Exercise is a great outlet for stress relief throughout the year, but it can be especially important to stay active and release endorphins during the winter months. If the cold is deterring you from taking a walk outside or going to the gym, try a workout at home. Practicing yoga is also a great way to reconnect with yourself while moving and stretching. Work out with a friend or try a new work out class to stay social and keep moving.

Top 5 Stocking Stuffers for Professionals

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for many, it can be a stressful time of year. While scrambling to attend every holiday get together, cooking and baking, and buying perfect gifts for your loved ones, buying stocking stuffers may feel like a last-minute purchase. However, sometimes the smallest gifts are the most meaningful. When it comes to buying gifts for working professionals, practical and stylish are foolproof. Use this guide to buy the professional, coworker, or colleague in your life a gift they won’t soon forget.

2019 Planner

A new year calls for new resolutions – and new planners. Help your coworkers, friends or spouse be more organized with a new planner. Planners are perfect for keeping track of important meetings and deadlines, appointments, vacation days and more. Using a planner also helps increase productivity, manage stress, and practice time management. With so many brands and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits the style and needs of any professional.

M/F–701 Gift Set

The perfect pen can make a great first impression at a new job or with a new boss or client. Zebra’s STEEL M/F-701 gift set includes the new all-metal STEEL F-701 ballpoint pen and the STEEL M-701 mechanical pencil. Both are made with stainless steel, and feature a knurled grip for a unique writing experience. Sleek, sophisticated and durable, this gift set was created for the working professional.

Business Card Holder

In any industry, networking is crucial. It’s important to always be prepared with business cards when travelling, attending conferences, or meeting new people. Give the gift of style and confidence with a business card holder. This will make carrying cards even easier and will prevent the cards from tearing or bending in a bag, purse or pocket.

Ear Buds

Between a morning and evening commute, lunch breaks, and long days, ear buds or head phones make the perfect gift for the professional in your life. Surprise a colleague, boss or mentor with a pair of sleek headphones for listening to music, business podcasts, and more. Listening to music during the day can relieve stress and feelings of anxiousness during busy days at work. Some studies show that music can help make repetitive tasks more enjoyable, and can also help boost productivity and creativity.

Sarasa Grand

The right accessory can help you stand out from the crowd and boost your confidence at work. Surprise your friends or coworkers with Zebra’s Sarasa Grand this holiday. Available in rose gold, gold, and navy, the Sarasa Grand Retractable Pen is perfect for professionals who value self-expression and a smooth, premium writing experience.

 

Sometimes the best gifts come in small packages. Keep gifts practical and professional this holiday season and get your coworkers gifts they are sure to use everyday.

Ace Your Finals With These Study Tips

Are you ready for finals season? There’s no better time to develop strong study habits to prepare for upcoming exams, papers and projects. Use these tips to minimize stress and nail your finals.

Study with Classmates

Organize a study group with fellow classmates to help each other out. Most likely, know information your classmate doesn’t quite understand and vice versa. Use your knowledge and skills to help someone out and they can use theirs to help you.

Re-Write Notes

A great way to kick off a study session is by rewriting your notes. Whether you write terms and definitions on index cards or you simply re-write your notes in your notebook, it’s important to use the right instruments and focus on the information you are writing. Handwriting information serves as a great review before you really dive deeper into your learning.

Get a Full Night’s Sleep

Going to sleep at a reasonable hour will allow for more productive study sessions in the days leading up to your final, and especially the night before your final. If pre-test jitters keep you awake, try meditating to put your mind at ease.

Stay Organized

Each semester, you most likely have multiple finals to study for. It’s important to find ways to keep your notes and study guides organized. Color-coding is a great way to do this! Use Zebra Mildliners for a unique mild color that appears softly on paper, featuring a broad and fine tip for all hand lettering and marking applications.

Take Breaks

Breaks are not selfish, they are absolutely necessary. Grab a snack, take a walk, or even go to the gym to take a well-deserved mental break. You will return to studying refreshed and ready to work.

Meet With Your Professor

They are there to help! Even if you’re just confused on a certain topic, going to meet with your professor shows initiative and proves that you care about your studies. It’s never a bad idea to meet with your teacher or professor before a final.

Teach Someone Else

Research shows that students have better memory and recall ability when they learn with the intention of teaching the information to someone else. Test your memory and try to teach someone else the information you are studying. Ask them to repeat back to you what they understood from your lesson to make sure that you are being clear and concise in your teaching and learning because this will be reflective on your exam.

Make It Fun

You shouldn’t dread studying. Get creative and make your study sessions custom fit your personal preferences. For example, if you enjoy drawing, try creating images to help you recall information. If you enjoy poetry, try coming up with an acrostic poem or rhymes to remember information. Check out Zebra’s Zensations line to awaken your inner artist and let the creativity flow.

Try a New Study Spot

Where you choose to study has more of an effect on your retention than you may realize. According to a study, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention If you’re used to studying in the same spot all the time, switch it up and try a new location.

Use Reliable Instruments

The last thing you need on the day of a final is to be well-studied and prepared only to find that your pen is being spotty or running low on ink. Stick to utensils that you can rely on and always bring extras. Check out Zebra’s STEEL line of pens for a instruments that combine style, strength, and value to ensure your writing comfort with industry-leading precision and stability to ace your finals this semester!

Nail Your Next Interview With These Easy Tips

Interviews can be tough. The goal is to to present your most authentic self, all while explaining the depth of your experience. Stress can alter how you behave and interact during an interview and may impact how you are perceived. Use these tips to help combat pre-interview nervousness and make a powerful first impression.

Do Your Research Before The Interview

Take some time to learn about the position and company you are applying for, and determine how that role and employer can help you achieve your future goals. Determine a few questions you’d like to ask during the interview that prove you’ve done your research, and to show you’re truly interested in working there.

Embody Your Best Qualities

How do you want your interviewer to remember you? Focus on how you can portray those two qualities. For example, if you consider yourself professional and knowledgeable you may place some extra focus on your appearance and research when preparing for your interview. If you consider yourself passionate and personable you may show up a little early for your interview and allow your personality to guide the conversation. Remember to stay true to yourself throughout the interview.

Prepare Thoroughly

Be sure to discuss any relevant experience you have that could benefit the company. Write down a few talking points and previous roles before the interview so you feel comfortable and confident speaking. If you have held any leadership positions, don’t be afraid to mention them and how they have prepared you for your career. According to Forbes, mentioning your other involvements including sports teams or other groups can help you connect with the interviewer on a deeper level.

Bring Your Resume And Your Favorite Pen

If you have a padfolio, be sure to bring a few copies of your resume, a cover letter, and some extra pages to take notes. For professional and stylish writing instruments, check out Zebra’s STEEL line. If you prefer a smooth, gel pen that makes a statement, use a Sarasa Grand. Prepare these items the night before and put them on the counter or in your car so that you don’t forget them on your way out the door.

Arrive Early

Find directions, plan for traffic, or even take the drive to the interview location ahead of time so that you can prevent being late. Being late can give the wrong impression, and make you seem careless and unprepared.

Be Mindful

Take a minute and just focus on your breathing before you go into your interview. Try to remain calm, and think positive thoughts. Get a drink of water if you need one, and know that you prepared to the best of your ability.

Follow Up

Send an email that evening or the following morning thanking the interviewer for their time.. Make sure you give the interviewer the appropriate information they may need in order to call you back or inform you on the status of your interview. End the email by letting them know that you are eager to hear back from them.

Be Proud of Yourself

If you did your research and prepared to the best of your ability, know that no matter what happens you gave it your all. As long as you tried your best, you should feel confident and know that even the interviews that don’t turn into jobs, are great practice.

Stay Organized During Back to School with Zebra Mildliners

By: Laura Geraci

The beginning of fall semester is both my favorite and least favorite time of the school year. It’s tough to leave the relaxing monotony of summer, and it is daunting to take on a full school schedule after three blissful months of relaxation. On the other hand, it’s always exciting to be reunited with friends and get back into the swing of things. One great thing about the fall semester is that by the time it rolls around, you’ve almost forgotten about the endless nights you spent drinking energy drinks at the library late at night. Never again during the school year will you feel as refreshed and as ready to take on new challenges as you do at the very beginning of the fall.

My favorite way to get ready for the academic year is to go shopping, which will not come as a surprise to anyone who knows me (sorry, mom). There’s something magical about starting the year with a new set of pens and a completely blank planner. Buying myself office supplies somehow makes me feel organized and put together, even if I roll out of bed at noon and forget to brush my teeth. But seriously, owning supplies that I love motivates me to stay productive and organized.

Get the Right Tools

If you’ve spent any time at all in the bullet journal community, you will certainly have come across some nifty little markers called Zebra Mildliners. For a solid month, I was convinced they were called midliners. I even made a post where I tested every single one I had just ordered by writing the word “mid-liner.” All was fine and dandy until someone corrected me in the comments – oops!

Mildliners are just about the most popular tool used for planning, and for good reason. They come in an array of lovely pastel colors and are dual-tipped, with a chisel tip on one side and a finer marker tip on the other. The colors are vibrant and the pens have little to no bleeding, making them perfect to use in your planner.

How to Use Mildliners

I use Mildliners for absolutely everything. I refuse to take lecture notes by hand unless I have a few of them on me. They work wonderfully for highlighting headings or for doodling in the margins when your professor goes on a tangent. Mildliners are also the perfect tools to use in bullet journaling. Whether you are creating fancy headers or making a simple weekly spread, Mildliners are the ideal tool. Zebra Pen, the creator of these wonderful markers, is hosting a Mildliner Challenge in August where fans will have the chance to win products, so make sure to stay tuned!

As always, remember that there is no right or wrong way to bullet journal. What’s important is discovering the tools that allow you to achieve success and meet your goals. There’s no sense in stressing over a smudged header or a misplaced date – it is important that the process is bringing you joy.

Enter the Zebra Mildliner Challenge, and post your favorite mood trackers, monthly spreads, and other bullet journal images, tag Zebra Pen, and use the hashtag #MildlinerChallenge. Be sure to follow Zebra Pen on social media and look out for weekly prompts.

5 Ways to Keep Kids Writing This Summer

For kids, summer vacation means playing outside, staying up late and hanging out with friends. Kids often associate writing with work and school and view it as a daunting activity, rather than something that can be done for leisure and fun. This summer, make writing and drawing fun for your child with these tips.

According to PsychCentral, “writing is a magical medium.” Writing serves as a vehicle for communication, connection and creativity. It also gives kids an activity that fosters learning and growth. This summer, show kids that writing is not only an educational tool, but also a fun way to think independently and be creative in their spare time.

Quiet Reflection

Have your kids reflect on their favorite summer activities or topics that they enjoy through writing and drawing. Allow them to think freely as they practice handwriting, grammar, mechanics and more with quiet writing time at the end of the day.

Keep Creative Tools on Hand

Zebra creates products specifically with kids in mind! Try our Zensations Colored Pencils  available in 24 rich colors and created for easy control while writing, coloring, or sketching. These mechanical colored pencils are also refillable.

Boost Reading Comprehension

Allow your child to select a book of their choice, and encourage them to reflect on their favorite characters, favorite part of the book, and what they learned. He or she could write a letter to one of the characters, write from a character’s perspective, or write an alternate ending or scene.

Foster Imagination

Encourage kids draw pictures of animals, places, or people and write a story that corresponds with the pictures they created. Giving them the opportunity to create the whole story themselves will show them that writing and drawing can be fun.

Don’t forget to show your support for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums this summer by participating in our art sweepstakes! To enter, you or your kids may draw their favorite animal (real or imaginary) then tag Zebra Pen on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and use the hashtag: #FromAToZebra. Winners will receive our whole Zensations art line, and the winning drawings will appear on our website.

Learning New Words

Challenge your kids to use new words each week. Teach them a word a day and have them write sentences or stories using that word. Keep them interested by using vocabulary words that relate to their favorite things such as animals, sports, and more.

 

 

How to Draw a Grevy’s Zebra Tutorial

By: Alice Hendon

Anyone has the power to experience art by following instructions and using the right tools. By following this step by step tutorial, you too can draw the beautiful Grevy’s zebra!

There are many free sites online where you can download photos to use when illustrating. I knew I wanted to draw head and shoulders, so I found five photos of Grevy’s zebras in poses that were cohesive with the vision I had in my head.

I drew my zebras using a light box. Light boxes are an excellent way to learn how to draw, transfer and trace with ease regardless of skill level.  If you don’t have a light box, I recommend using a bright light on a glass tabletop.

Take the photo you want to use and place it on the light box.

Then, place a sheet of regular computer paper on top and turn on the light.  The light box will shine light through the image and through the paper placed on top, allowing you to trace the outline of the zebra.

Using the Zebra STEEL M-301 Mechanical Pencil, begin drawing over the lines of the zebra on the left. I used the main photo of the two zebras for the head, and the photo showcasing the side view of the shoulder and upper hip for the rest of the body.

For the second zebra, I wanted the head to be more front facing. I used the third image I saved and using the light box, added it to the pencil sketch.

For the body of the zebra, I used the same photo I began with, flipping the image over to draw the reverse side. The really great thing about light boxes is they can handle just about any thin to medium weight layer.

Next, to go over pencil lines, use a combination of Zensations Sarasa Fineliners and the Zensations Technical Drawing Pens to darken lines and watch the zebra take shape.  

Now, for the fun part. Place the computer sheet image sketched in pen on the light box first. Next, place a sheet of white cardstock on top of the computer paper and turn the light on. This will allow you to see the design underneath, and sketch your zebra on a higher quality paper. Use the STEEL M-301 Mechanical Pencil to sketch the zebra stripes onto your final copy.

Here is my final pencil sketch on the heavier cardstock.

Use the black Sarasa Fineliner and the Technical Drawing Pens to go over pencil lines and fill in the stripes.  The brown Sarasa Fineliner works well for the coloring in the eyes. The 0.1 Technical Drawing Pen is ideal for the little fine lines in the mane that are so distinctive to the Grevy’s zebra.

Continue filling in the stripes, going over pencil lines and adding details.

 

Before you know it, you’ll have a set of Grevy’s zebra! Use a white eraser to remove the remaining pencil lines.

 

Now, use the M-301 Mechanical Pencil to add shading to my zebras, giving the illustration dimension. Use a paper tortillon to blend in the pencil shading.Take a final look at your zebras and add any stripes, shading or details you see fit. I hope this encourages you to embark on your own creative journey!

Check out more of Alice Hendon’s work at alicehendon.com.

 

 

 

 

All About Zen

Hello, there. For those who do not know me, my name is Zen. In case you haven’t heard, I am the spokesanimal for Zebra Pen. In honor of my upcoming birthday, I would like to share some of my Zen wisdom with you. Settle in as I share my secrets, triumphs, and invaluable insights to help you find your Zen in your own life.

How did my journey with Zebra Pen begin, you ask? I will start from the beginning. My life began as any Grevy’s Zebra does. I grew up in the grasslands, dining on flowering grasses, wild legumes and other greenery under the guidance of my mother, Asana. As a colt, I enjoyed frolicking around the grass and exploring, celebrating the beautiful planet we all share.  As I grew up, I discovered the infinite magic of knowledge and writing, and my life has never been the same.

One of my favorite memories is the day I picked up my first pen. I held it, and felt as if I had the whole world in my hooves. I began relishing the writing experience, using every opportunity to express myself through the written word. Nothing changes a life more than education, as knowledge is our greatest gift.

My infinite wisdom began reaching the masses. I was discovered by Zebra Pen while working on my poetry manifesto, Serengeti Sonnets: Musings of a Striped Scholar. Zebra Pen was seeking a spokesanimal to represent their carefully crafted writing instruments, and I was seeking a platform to share my findings with the world. It was a match made in heaven.

Now, Zebra Pen’s mission has become my own. My objective is to help guide you on the path to Enlightened Writing. Remember, in order to finish, one must begin.

To find the path to Enlightened Writing, one must begin with the perfect instrument. That’s where I come in. Let me be your guide as you discover the right tools for each and every project.

Today, I enjoy expressing myself through various activities that bring me joy and inner peace, including yoga, writing short stories, bullet journaling, hand lettering, illustrating and more. Relaxation is a job I take very seriously, because when you are relaxed, you are free. Mindfulness is at the core of everything I do. They don’t call me Zen for nothing.

Zen is something much bigger than myself, as it is a way of life. Zen is a mindset, a lifestyle, and an ideology that is so simple, it’s difficult for one to comprehend or explain. Ultimately, zen is different for each person, but to put it simply, zen is the feeling of freedom and relaxation in the things that make you, well, you.

To find zen in writing, stress not, and let your ideas flow and become one with the paper. Allow yourself to become immersed in your writing process, free of distractions and the organized chaos of everyday life.

I will leave you with this: Always remember to never change your stripes, for they are what make you special.