Meager earnings cost today’s interns After a long period of hesitation, Gao Jing finally calls her father. “Dad, can you send some money to me? I have to pay my rent.”When this 22-year-old ma
joring in Chinese language and literature at Nankai University interned with a video website in Beijing, she found her income was too small to cover her expenses.In fact, more than 30 percent of students have trouble covering their expenses during summer internships and other programs, according to a survey conducted by renren.com last month. College students are struggling to deal with this tough reality in their own way. What they appreciate more are working experiences and self-improvement.
Ariana rising So far, this year’s global music market has definitely been dominated by women: Beyonce Knowles, Taylor Swift, and Iggy Azalea are all making waves. And one hot name that adds more conviction to the list is US singer Ariana Grande. Her sophomore album, My Everything, which was released on Aug 25, is the latest sign of her coming dominance. It debuted at No 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, making her the only other female singer after Scotland’s Susan Boyle to have two consecutive No 1 albums in a single year. OK, with all the glitter and glamour aside, let’s talk about Grande’s trump card — her powerful voice and wide vocal range. Unlike her peers Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, Grande’s star power is rooted in the fact that she can really sing. More importantly, Grande knows how to control her voice, which is at once strong and sensitive, and use it to expand her musical territory.
‘Divergent’ stands alone The Hunger Games saga is still running and already we have a successor — a franchise starring a tough heroine in a dystopian future that is targeted at young adult audiences. Divergent, the first installment in the film adaptation of US young adult novelist Veronica Roth’s best-selling trilogy, is set in a futuristic Chicago. The population is divided into five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Erudite, Candor and Dauntless. If someone doesn’t fall into any of those categories, they are marginalized and left homeless.
Sitcoms mine the hardships of young adults worldwide If a sitcom that lasts for 10 years is considered popular, then surely one that still stirs up emotions after 20 must be considered a classic. Friends first aired in the US in 1994, featuring a cast of six young men and women in New York. In the time since, it’s become one of the most famous titles in the sitcom genre, aired in over 100 countries and regions in the world. The show is iconic among those who grew up in the 1990s because it explores core themes like friendship, struggling to survive in a big city, and finding independence and identity, all of which are still relevant to young audiences today. Quieting conversation Silence may be golden, but “the silent treatment” can ruin a relationship, according to a recent study, the online magazine Salon reported.The silent treatment is one of the most common forms of conflict within a relationship, especially a romantic one. Researchers call it the “demand-withdraw” pattern. It happens when one partner repeatedly approaches the other with a request, whether asking for attention or change — or criticism, but is met with avoidance or silence.Frustrated by the lack of response, the person who made the demands makes more. The person who withdrew retreats further — initiating a vicious cycle. Dads duke it out with kids Season two of Where Are We Going, Dad? , a reality show on Hunan TV, is even more fun and colorful than the first — not just because of new cast members. But thanks to a cast with more distinct and diverse personalities, we’ve been able to watch different kinds of father-son/daughter relationships unfold. This time around we see the families at their most adorable and awkward moments. Which pair is your favorite? Even if you don’t watch the show, read our descriptions of their personalities and chemistry to get familiar and maybe build up some vocabulary. Students make a splash at APEC forum Words like “thanks” and “please” have become pet phrases for Na Yuegang. As one of the volunteers at this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, he assists more than 100 international delegates all from the information desk of Beijing Hotel. But Na Yuegang is not alone. More than 600 volunteers from 13 universities in Beijing contribute to the APEC meeting, according to Beijing Daily. Students take advantage of opportunities to put their skills and interests to work at the forum, and in return they gain valuable work experience and connections.