6 Ways to Stay Classy This Election

Election Day was yesterday, but today is where all the aftermath happens on social media and in conversations with strangers.  Just in case you need a refresher, it’s important not to disrupt relationships on account of politics.

It’s an election.  Someone’s going to lose. Someone’s feelings will be hurt.  Here’s how to stay classy as the dust settles.

1.  Choose your outlet wisely.  Some people have family and friends on Facebook and random people on Twitter.  To express my personal political views I use Tumblr where I am more or less anonymous.  You probably have family or friends on both of these networks who do not agree with you.  Be wise about how you express yourself as not to alienate the other group.

2. Stick with the facts. If you are going to engage in political discussion with someone via social media, arguing rhetoric will get you no where.  Argue facts, not ideas and I bet you’ll be the smarter of the two.

3. Engage in private.  Some shots are personal, and unfortunately, also public.  If you are really interested in the conversation at hand, have a conversation with that person in private where you can express your views in a safe place.

4. Respectfully disagree.  Today you won’t be able to turn around without someone disagreeing with your opinion.  Today is also not the day to try to convince someone else of your opinion.  Voting happened yesterday. Let bygones be bygones and walk away from a disagreement going nowhere.

5. Wise up.  Although you probably should have done the legwork before the election, now’s a great time to learn about the candidates you voted into office – since it’s on the front page and all – so you can vote for them or against them in the next election. Be informed.

6. Wait ’til you get home.  Please, I beg you, do NOT engage in political discussion with your coworkers.  There is no scenario where this plays out well for you or for them.  Let them be, regardless of how you feel.

Remember, the people you engage with over social media are actual people.  They have feelings and egos just like you.  Think twice before saying something you’ll regret later on.  Keep it classy in the first place so you won’t have to apologize – because we all know how much apologizing sucks.

What are some other ways to keep it classy this Election Day?

Adrienne Johnson is a freelance writer & editor in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A graduate of DePauw University and a self-proclaimed “nerdette,” she can’t get enough of witty shows like Community and New Girl while discussing articles from her favorite blogs with friends. She laughs loudly, sings constantly, and will always have a place in her heart for the cello. Get in touch.

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How to be a Savvy College Grad (Even When You Don’t Feel Like One)

 

I graduated from college over a year ago and, needless to say, I’m not where I thought I should be.  You know, with my college degree and all.  I mean, some of my friends have great jobs that are right in their career path while others are in graduate school or even at home.  Yet, here I am – a teller at a bank (for now).

And truthfully, there should be no shame in my game.  I have a degree that I’m using, bills that are getting paid, family that loves me and friends that are true.  But still, there was a ginormous amount of adjusting I had to do in order to get to this point.

Maybe you’re gravy right now and are doing your best to get in shape, save and invest for your future, and make personal strides.  Or maybe you’re like me and you’re not where you thought you would be since you graduated. If so, here are some suggestions to help you get there:

If you’re having trouble paying them, put your student loans in deferment or forbearance.  This is usually pretty easy to do.  Figure out how much you’re spending on household bills, rent, gas, and food, and then factor in the cost of loan payments.  If you can’t stretch it, postpone it.  This should be a short-term solution because interest still continues to accrue on each loan daily. When you get a better paying job, get back to paying them quickly!

Get a roommate.  It’s a lot easier to pay the aforementioned bills when you’re splitting them.  You also don’t have to worry about buying all new furniture. Simple.

Exercise and eat healthy.  Stress caused by a transition – like graduating from college – might affect you mentally and emotionally.  Keep your body in balance by exercising and eating healthy. You’ll feel better and won’t dread those awkward moments when you run into someone from your alma mater.

This is a post I wrote the blog of professional career counselor, Steve Langerud. Read the rest here.

Adrienne Johnson is a freelance writer and editor in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A graduate of DePauw University and a self-proclaimed “nerdette,” she can’t get enough of witty shows like Community and New Girl while discussing articles from her favorite blogs with friends. She laughs loudly, sings constantly, and will always have a place in her heart for the cello. Get in touch.

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