A Day in Brisbane

Even though the students in Australia have a tight schedule, they had some free time scheduled in to relax.  This is the free day of one of the students.


We had a free day today in Brisbane with the option of going to the Australia Zoo, but we did not want to go to another zoo since most of us had been to two already. Four of us stayed in Brisbane to tour the city and experience what it had to offer. The guys and a couple of girls went up to the Gold Coast which is a big surfer’s destination to see the sites and to go surfing themselves.


Brisbane is a gorgeous city with a lot to offer. The city is a lot more laid back and not as crowded asSydney. The hotel complex we are staying at is centrally located inBrisbane’s Central Banking District. We started the day by taking the ferry to the West End stop, which was recommended by one of the workers on the ferry. West End is right outside the city and is an up and coming area with new buildings, a lot shops, and cafes. We got lunch at a burger café in one ofWest End’s shopping and café areas. After we ate, we headed back toward the city. While walking back we walked through one of the many parks inBrisbane. The parks along the river provide great views of the city and the ferries traveling along it. While walking through one of the parks, we walked under a pathway that had a flower vine structure covering it. Brisbane is the skin cancer capital of the world, which I understand after today. I couldn’t tell you what the temperature was but I was wearing a v-neck shirt with a light 3 quarter inch cardigan with jeans and I was hot. A guy at the café said that it doesn’t get much colder than that in the winter. It’s my kind of place.


After everyone got back we headed to dinner at a nice seafood restaurant along the river. The views were amazing! Ferries were riding along the river and other boats were going by. The restaurant was Greek inspired and had many options on the menu for everyone to enjoy. Once we got back to the hotel, we all had a good time just hanging out and enjoying the view from the hotel room. It is on the 42nd floor in the middle of the city with panoramic views of downtown and the suburbs around the river. You can see the mountains in the background behind the suburbs.


Brisbane has gorgeous views of all different types of landscapes. You can admire the city, suburbs, river, and mountains all in one area.Australiais becoming a more multicultural nation, and it is evident inBrisbane. Just by walking along the streets, you can see the different nationalities and hear the different languages. People watching is taken to a different level when sitting in the mall area near our hotel. It is fun to see the different age groups and how they interact with each other. A couple of girls and I did just that last night after getting back from the restaurant. We sat outside in the mall and ate our ice cream and just watched the people walk by. It was entertaining to say the least. We saw a large group of bike riders and younger children walking by. Just seeing the difference between the groups really makes you think about where you came from and how you got to where you are today.


Thank you to Allison Johnson for sharing your free day in Australia with us.

Students in Sydney

One student reflects on the similarities and differences between Australia and the US.

Arriving in Australia I experienced a culture shock. Australia is very similar to the United States but there are subtle differences, like driving on the left side of the road and using a surrogate name instead of a last name. It’s interesting to see a different perspective of everyday life. Australia is a very beautiful and clean country. It is filled with rich culture and amazing history. The people are friendly and great to talk to. They are very intelligent and are nice enough to answer any questions you may have as a visitor. I have met some very great people all throughout the city of Sydney. One thing I have noticed here is the laid back atmosphere. In big cities back home there is a hustle and bustle to everything but I haven’t noticed it in Sydney. Yesterday, I was excited to go to the opera house and see the magnificent architecture that went into its construction. When I finally saw it in person, I was in awe at its brilliance. I felt the individual tiles that made up the roof of the building, something that I will never forget. Looking over the nearby harbor bridge was an incredible sight to see. During our tour, we learned where Captain Cook, the first settlers, and the first fleet colonized, nearby at a place called The Rocks. Walking through The Rocks reminded me of Colonial Williamsburg back home in Virginia. I was fascinated with the old world buildings and the history that seemed to parallel the United States. I noticed that the architecture was influenced from early Great Britain at The Rocks as well in Colonial Williamsburg. It shows how we are direct descendants from the English. An interesting fact that our tour guide mentioned is that mostly everything is made from sandstone. Sandstone is formed over thousands of years of being compressed under water and you can see the water marks all throughout the city. It is truly a great accomplishment to build a city out of this type of rock. This trip has given me a great look at the world outside the United States and I’m happy to experience with a great group from ECU. All of us agree that it has been incredible. I’m happy to learn the history and culture of Sydney Australia and am looking forward to the rest of my stay here.

Thank you to Ben Spitzner for sharing your experiences arriving to Australia and in Sydney.

A Down Under Experience

ECU student, Sampath Kumar Chinthapalli, shared his summer study abroad experience as he traveled through Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns.

After checking out from our accommodations, the Charlotte Oaks Apartments, the team decided to go to Kangaroo Point Cliffs. The remarkable view of the Brisbane skyline and water ways prompted us to taking a few pictures.

Upon arriving to Sydney I spent some time visiting different city neighborhoods and enjoying some spectacular views. I was soon sold on the city, largely due to its topography and the climate.  Although it was smaller, I found that Brisbane had more to offer than Sydney. For example, I spent some time searching for jobs relating to my skill set and I found over 400 open positions in the Brisbane area. In my opinion, that says a lot about the city’s economic outlook given the current state of the job market. Furthermore, I found that when it comes to real estate and cost of living, Brisbane has a lot more to offer to young families.

Our next destination was Cairns, a regional city in Far North Queensland. We arrived to the airport at 11:00AM, just in time to board our flight. We were excited to visit the city known for its thrifty markets, beautiful views and the Great Barrier Reef. The Cairns Airport itself foreshadowed the laid back atmosphere and great weather of the city. On the ride in to the city we were amazed by the serenity of the region and the breathtaking view of the mountains.

Our motel, Mantra Trilogy, offered accommodation standards that rivaled those of the larger cities of Sydney and Brisbane. After checking in and refreshing a bit, we hit the city markets to check out what is offered. Later on we visited what is known as the Night Market. Here we bargained with the locals on prices for souvenirs to bring back home to our friends and families. For dinner we ate at an Italian restaurant, where I got to try kangaroo and alligator dishes for the first time. Overall, Cairns did not disappoint.

After this summer trip, I am even more convinced to move to Australia. Wherever I went I noticed there was a high level of cultural diversity present. The availability of all kinds of different cuisines, such as Chinese, Indian, and Irish, says lot about Australians open-mindedness and cultural diversity.

Since I got mobile broad band wireless from Brisbane, I was able to use live video conferencing with my family back home every morning. My family enjoyed early morning sun rise views of Cairns, with lot of birds chirping in the background. I walked around the streets of Cairns doing a live feed back home giving glimpses of Cairns. Technology is amazing 🙂

Australian War Memorial

During the study abroad program students get to visit many different attractions.  This is a personal experience of one of the students in Australia.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when first entering into the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, but I have to say it was all quite intriguing.  The first things I noticed when entering the large doors of the memorial were the statues of the two large lions.  I later learned that they represented a line in a town in Belgium that many people going to battle walked through, and would never make a return.  This was the start to the great deal of symbolism throughout the whole memorial.  Everything that was there represented something of the past and was there for a reason, which was my favorite part of the war memorial without a doubt.  Walking past the entrance there was a serene looking pool of water with a burning flame in the middle of it.  This burning flame represents an eternal flame and an expression of never ending appreciation that the Australian people have for the soldiers who lost their lives in World War I and World War II.  One of the few sets of numbers that stood out to me that our guide gave us was that Australia lost 60,000 soldiers in WWI, and 40,000 in WWII.  To Americans that may not seem like a lot but to a country with a much smaller population scale at the time, the loss of that many people was tremendous.  In memory of those lives lost there were big stone walls on both sides of the memorial, one representing each of the wars with names engraved all down them.  Also down the walls there were bright red poppies beside many of the names, but not all.  The poppies were placed by friends, family, or loved ones that knew of the person commemorated on the wall; they stay there forever or until they fade and get replaced with new ones.  The poppies have a special meaning; they are known to represent all the bloodshed in the wars and the thought of a sacred emblem of remembrance.  There was a huge mosaic tiled room representing all the different types of people involved in the war.  There was a picture of a nurse, a navy sailor, a pilot, and of a soldier, along with three beautiful stained glass windows the size of the full walls.  In the very middle of the room on the bottom floor was a tomb that read, “An unknown soldier killed in the war of 1914-1918,” representing not just one, but all of the unknown soldiers that fought and died in the war.  Inside the actual museum there were numerous displays explaining how the war actually took place and the struggles that they went through.  Actually seeing the memorabilia from lifetimes ago made the wars seem to come to life.  The war memorial hit close to home for me because I come from a military town and my dad was in two wars in my lifetime.  I have a special place in my heart for memorializing people lost in wars, and I think the Australian War Memorial does an awesome job of representing and respecting the people of the Australia who were lost.


Thank you to Alex Morrison for sharing this personal experience from Australia

Cuddling Koalas: A Business Strategy

This summer, a group of students our visiting Australia with our Study Abroad program.  This is a quick blog post about one day in Australia through the eyes of one of the students.

So far, my journey in Australia has been so much more than I ever expected it to be.  Words and pictures cannot convey the great times and amazing sights that we have been able to experience as a group.  This particular day the group was able to get much more than just historical information or visiting a simple attraction we are accustomed to viewing.

After traveling to Brisbane one of our first adventures was to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the first and largest in the world. It was established in 1927 with just two koalas but is now home to over 130 koala bears.  Lone Pine is a magnificent place full of animals native to Australia.  We were able to pet and feed kangaroos and wallabies, and even hold and cuddle with the koala bears.  There was much more to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary than the koalas that they promote through their attraction name.  There are crocodiles, birds, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, snakes, wallabies, and platypuses.  It was amazing to learn about all of the animals that contribute so greatly to the culture and lifestyles of the Australian people.  Some of the events that Lone Pine promotes are the hand feeding of over one hundred kangaroos, wallabies, and wild rainbow lorikeets among their naturally situated two acre reserve.  They allow you to get pictures taken with koalas, snakes, and baby crocodiles.  In addition they have wildlife shows and activities that each guest can take part in.  It truly is a unique place.

We were privileged enough to meet the General Deputy of Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and learn a bit about his business strategy.  The interesting and surprising thing about Lone Pine is that it is a non-profit organization.  Robert spoke to the group a little more about how the sanctuary has survived the many years of competition.  Their biggest competitor, the Australia Zoo, is one of Australia’s biggest attractions and it thrives with their many events and scheduled shows all connected to the well-known Steve Irwin.  Sadly, Australia has seen many places just like Lone Pine disappear over the years, while Lone Pine still triumphs.

So how does little Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, a non-profit organization, stay among the running of many great wildlife attractions?  A simple business strategy is at the source of it all.  The General Deputy, Robert, explained how sometimes you must not give into peer pressures and do what is best for your particular organization.  His example was to not surrender to corporate trends and be able to stick to what your organization has experienced to work successfully over the years.  Economic trends of the past and present of course have changed the way businesses like Lone Pine function.  In order to cut costs, Robert told us he focused more on aspects such as marketing and advertising where the animals or employees would not suffer.  This is simply due to his prominent use of word-of-mouth advertising.  Instead of spending almost $100,000 dollars in advertising, Lone Pine is now spending at a maximum $25,000.  He advised us to really change our ways of thinking and how we look at businesses, or our personal lives.  He mentioned that we should read the books The Art of War and Laozi, as well as look into research on “The Friendship Model” or other research that expands upon the interactions of people.  Robert uses Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and some Chinese social networking platforms in order to promote Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.  In addition, he has enabled WiFi capability throughout the sanctuary in order for people to connect with Lone Pine immediately.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary alone is an amazing and exciting place, but after understanding the business strategy behind how it remains one of the best wildlife attractions in Australia we all felt much more connected to Lone Pine’s history and future endeavors.  It is definitely a place worth visiting, so spread the word!


Thanks to Chelsey Leffet for writing this post while in Australia!

Password Safety

As you may or may not have heard, LinkedIn recently had a large number of passwords hacked.  If this is the first you are hearing of it and you have a LinkedIn account you can check to see if your password was hacked here.  I would like to point out that this is not LinkedIn’s fault, hackers are constantly trying out different sites and it just so happened that LinkedIn was the target this time.   I checked and had a mini freak out when I saw my password was one of the ones that was hacked.  If your password has been hacked, or if you just want to be on the safe side, then go change your password ASAP.  If you have used that password anywhere else I would also go change your password at those sites as well.  I did this and luckily no ill has come from the hacking thus far.  When creating a new password, there are some things to keep in mind.  Robert David Graham, CEO of Errata Security, tells us that

“each letter of a password has 100 possible combinations composed of either upper or lower case, digits or symbols. A five-character password would have 10 billion possible combinations and could be cracked in 5 seconds using a top-of-the-line Radeon HD 7970 graphics processor.

A six-character password would take a little over 500 seconds, but a seven-character password would take 13 hours, Graham wrote. Eight characters pushes the time up to 57 days, with a nine-character password taking up to 15 years.”

Popular web-comic xkcd has also lent some advice on making stronger passwords here.  The longer your password, the better.

Surviving the Stress of Summer School





 As all of you in Summer School have realized, cramming a semesters worth of information into five weeks makes the class seem more hectic than normal.  Seeing pictures of family and friends out enjoying the summer at the beach, lake, or basically anywhere but school can add on to the stress you might be feeling.  It is important not to let stress overwhelm you during the summer.  Stress can not only affect your performance in school, but is a major health risk factor.  So what can you do to lessen and relieve the stress of Summer School?

Plan out Your Week

You already know when you are going to be in class each day; you should also plan out when you are going to do work for that class.  All classes are not equal; some classes only require an hour or two outside of class each week, while others take an extra 10-15. If you plan accordingly for each class and keep to the schedule you shouldn’t find yourself cramming the night before an exam or pulling an all-nighter because you waited until the last day to write a 10-page paper.  Falling behind a class normally can be very worrisome, in the summer it can almost feel detrimental.  Doing work daily for classes, even when none is assigned can put you ahead of the curve for these fast paced classes.  I know the prospect of setting aside a block of time each day for the sole purpose of doing classwork doesn’t sound too appealing, but once you get into the habit of doing so the benefits will prove themselves to be worth the trouble.

While it may seem kind of obvious, some people may forget to plan in breaks.  Don’t make your schedule CLASS, CLASS, WORK, WORK, or you will drain yourself every day and may not have energy to do other things afterwards that you may want to do – like playing basketball, working out, reading a book for leisure, or just watching some TV.  Schedule a break in between sessions to give your mind some time to rest up for the next class or work session.  In my first summer session I had a break scheduled in after my first class and went over to the music building to play some piano before my next class would begin, or over to the library to catch up on some reading.  Some days this break was even used for a little powernap.  No matter how I used them, these little breaks really made a difference in my next class.

Set Aside Time for Fun

While you are first and foremost in school over the summer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the good parts of summer as well.  Being out in Greenville, you are not too far away from the beach to go out and enjoy a weekend, or even just a day enjoying the sun, sand, and sea.  Even if you don’t make it out to the beach you can still make it to a pool if you are in the mood for swimming.   Throughout June and July Greenville also hosts Sundays in the Park, a series of free concerts at Greenville Toyota Amphitheatre with a wide variety of artists scheduled in the summer.  Even if these ideas aren’t your cup of tea, plan something a little more your style.  Give yourself something to look forward to.  If the only thing you see in front of you all summer long is class after class, day after day, you can find yourself drained of energy, enthusiasm, and personality.  Giving yourself something to look forward to can reenergize you, especially the closer it gets – the feeling of “Nothing can bring me down today, I’m going to the beach tomorrow!” (Insert a happy dance here if you want to).   Summer school doesn’t have to completely rob you of your summer, so don’t let it.


Set a Goal

Mike Doherty recently wrote a post about the students relaxing this summer where he encourages them to learn a new skill, but the same advice can be applied here.  Set aside time to learn something you want to learn.  If you have wanted to learn a new skill, set aside a little time to learn the new skill, whether it’s JAVA, an instrument, or a new language, give yourself some time to do it.  You can also give yourself a challenge for the summer.  Doing a workout like Insanity or P90X is challenging but it is really rewarding when all is said and done.   Even if your goal is to finish a video game, puzzle, or any other little project you may have going, giving yourself something to work towards outside of class can really help maintain sanity throughout the summer.

Summer school is tough and there is no question about that, but there are ways to beat the scholastic heat and keep level headed throughout these sessions.  The main idea is to not let school be the only thing you live for over the summer.  It is still very important to work and study hard for your classes, but give yourself a life outside of school and summer will still be worth looking forward to every year.


School’s out for Summer. Now What?

School’s out for Summer, which means for many of us we are free from the heavy schedule confines school gives us. It is, for many, a time to breathe and unwind for the first time since August. There are, however, those of us that the idea of relaxing indefinitely all Summer is extremely unappealing. Summer can be an amazing time to take advantage of, and create a more well-rounded education for yourself. You are no longer bogged down by the overly complicated group projects, internships and jobs that carry us through the school year. Summer can be a time to grow yourself in various areas that are applicable to your major by learning a skill, or reaching goal you have wanted to accomplish for some time. My challenge to you this Summer is to learn something and become something this Summer that you may not have previously known. Take any down time you may have, and turn it into a positive step towards creating a stronger future. Below are some suggestions for creating a contingent learning experience throughout Summer.

Summer Job

Summer is not fun without spending money. Try getting a job in something you may have little experience in, such as waiting tables if you have done mostly retail, working as an administrative assistant if you have had predominantly customer service type jobs. Learning new skills through different jobs is an amazing way to see first-hand the variety of ways different industries are run. Every industry has an intricate business model that varies greatly.

Ask questions as to why your company makes a certain decision, inquire about the financial reasoning behind their possibly strange seeming strategic decisions. Learning about the financial reasoning behind a variety of business’ strategic movements creates a broader understand of how businesses work in the real world, as opposed to reading about it or taking an exam on it. It also allows for more innovation and out of the box thinking in future jobs. Creating a basis of financial and customer understanding within a business is key in the operation of any business.


Summer is a great time to take on an internship or apprenticeship. When going to a networking event, there are going to be many students and professionals with your major, who will be dressed the same as you, asking for the same jobs as you. Landing an internship gives valuable and applicable experience you can talk about with recruiters. Having an internship breaks down the initial barrier when speaking to a recruiter or interviewer, such as during the ECU career fair. It differentiates you in a positive manner and creates more future possibilities.

There are many instances in which professionals you may not truly know may connect with you via LinkedIn, or a social network, and ask for help or advice in a certain area you have experience in. This has happened to me several times, so I promise I’m not just giving you junk advice.

There are also many students who hate the idea of working an internship that is unpaid. In my opinion, the experience you receive from internships is much more valuable and worthwhile than an hourly wage. You can still work a job while working an unpaid internship, and your salary will never grace your amazing new resume. The goal of an internship is to grow yourself professionally, putting what you learn in class to practical use, and growing a certain set of skills. Wait until you’re out of school to really worry about how big your paycheck is.


Landing an internship isn’t always easy, especially for the Summer. Many companies would be more than willing to allow you to shadow or help out with an apprenticeship for the Summer. Although unpaid, it is an amazing way to network and see firsthand how passionate and interested you really are working in a certain aspect of business. You can’t honestly say you love your major until you truly have applicable business experience to base your decision off of.


Volunteering is a great way to stay busy and help your neighboring community. You may also be allowed to bring in your business experience and help an organization beyond the capacity originally planned. If you’re a finance major, help teach people about money management and taking positive steps to saving for the future, if you’re a marketing major, ask if you could revamp their social media, or advertising tactics. This could be a positive way to spend any downtime that you may have, while  also working to help others, and creating a better understanding of the on-goings of a non-profit business.


Summer is the perfect time to learn a new skill. Many students look at business throughout school in a very departmentalized way, yet business is, and should be very integrated. For example, I am a Marketing and MIS double major. MIS requires design and marketing skills to create software and databases that you can be proud of. Marketing requires a strong knowledge of design and computing technology with today’s emerging technological advances. Through learning basic html or coding concepts, marketing majors can more easily understand the scope of proposed projects such as creating a campaign website, and more easily work in digital marketing, such as search engine optimization, social media marketing, etc.

There are many things you may work to learn over the Summer that you may be able to apply to your major. Having a basic running knowledge on a variety of these topics may be ideal for your major. Here are just a few examples:

–        HTML (http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp)

–        Photoshop/Basic graphic design (http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=photoshop&loc=en_us)

–        Social Media Marketing

–        Writing (employers rate communication as #1 most desired skill amongst employees)

–        Writing and formatting professional documents (Press releases, annual reports, etc.)

–        Money management (http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2006/08/30/27-money-tips-for-college-students/)

Essentially what I want you to take away is, even though it’s Summer, it doesn’t mean the world has stopped spinning. As future business professionals we need to be vigilant and take ownership of our education. Learn what you need to, to give yourself every advantage possible for the big graduation day. Set goals and work to achieve them. College is about stretching yourself beyond what you thought was possible, and growing yourself and your set of skills in a non-threatening environment.

Who Runs This College: Assistant Dean Margaret O’Hara

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Margaret O’Hara for an interview. Dr. O’Hara is highly outgoing and very intelligent and driven. She likes to keep her class room fun and is very motivational to her students. Here is my interview with Dr. Margaret O’Hara.
What do you do?
I’m the Assistant Dean. I help out with the Center for Student Success, faculty and student development and online programs.

Where are you from?
New Jersey

What are your hobbies?
Reading, traveling, working out and walking.

Do you have family/kids?
I have a husband and my best friend has four children that I think of as my nieces and I have two dogs who I consider my children.

What kind of music do you typically listen to?
Pretty much nothing really modern, 60’s and 70’s. Light classical, light rock.

What is your favorite memory from college?
Taking piano lessons as a class for an elective.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A teacher

What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Contact with other, because I get all of my energy from people.

What would you say makes a good leader?
The abilty to listen, to communicate, and to care.

What word of advice would you give to students?
Seize the moment.

Top 5 Ways to Utilize Social Media while in College

A post from Peer Mentor Jonathan Greene

In college there are tons of things going on all at once and your job is to make the most of your time here for your short 4 years at school. Social media has exploded on the scene and has impacted the way people communicate in today’s society. These 5 tips were found from an article that I read from USA News by Jeff Greer. These tips will help you make the most of your social media site and put you in the right direction to leave the college setting and easily transition into the working world in no time.

1.) Create positive content

Your goals for social media sites are to create a positive and good first impression for others viewing your site. Make connections with professors and other important University figures with the LinkedIn website that can help create opportunities for referrals for internships and future jobs. Furthermore, Facebook or Twitter is not the appropriate place to host a debate or give your opinion on a political issue. Instead, focus on accomplishments, goals achieved in or outside of the classroom. Talk about light, fun-hearted things that will make your followers smile!
2.) Don’t post questionable photos of yourself anywhere online
This is an absolute no. If potential employers, for even a part-time, or on campus job, see your site, it could turn into not even getting an interview. Posting your crazy spring break pictures could greatly hinder your chances in getting jobs in the future so keep them in your picture frames and off the internet. If your parents might think it is inappropriate, then it probably is not the place for posting on a social media site.
3.) Do Google yourself
On the internet, your information on social media sites is everywhere. My professor last semester Googled our entire class and found me and my classmates’ Facebook information and profile pictures and talked to our class as we sat there in shock that she got to our page, even with security and privacy settings. The point of the lesson was that information is everywhere, especially on the internet. If you haven’t done this yet, your potential employers probably already have. They can easily get through event the toughest privacy settings.

4.) Don’t post negative status updates or tweets While it is understandable for a person to vent after a stressful day at work or school, venting on social media sites can be tempting to post on your tweets or status updates, but try to limit it to a minimum. NEVER post work or school related, confidential information about a classmate, professor or co-worker, it will always come back and haunt you. Most
importantly, don’t complain about your job. If a manager or co-worker sees this on a social media site most likely, you won’t have to complain much longer, because you will probably be fired.

5.) Don’t make your online presence all about you

Social Media is all about collaboration and sharing ideas and giving thoughts and opinions on different topics. If you post what you had for lunch today, or that you are going to the grocery store, what value has been added to your site? Some ways to keep your site fresh and not all about you are to post interesting articles or videos found in the internet, post about upcoming events and invite friends, re-tweet interesting tweets from friends or people you follow, comment on posts giving your opinion and connect with things that interest you and share to your social media pals!

These are just some basic guidelines of things you should keep in mind to help you maximize your social media while in college. My most important lesson to take away from this is to ask yourself before posting “Would my Mom approve of this on my site?” If the answer is no, then it is probably not appropriate, if so, then post away!

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