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A blog providing tips and resources for life after college

DeeDe Pinckney

Test Your Dining Etiquette Knowledge!

Do you know which direction bread, butter, and salad dressing should be passed? How about where you should place your napkin when you’re done eating?

Don’t rely on Google to answer these questions, come to Dining Etiquette 101, on Feb. 25 at 5:45pm, to ensure you are prepared for your next formal dining experience. During this hands-on workshop, you won’t only get a great meal, but learn how a BMW will help your dining etiquette and why working from the outside in doesn’t only apply to eating your food.

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Now let’s finish testing your dining etiquette knowledge:


  1. Which direction should bread, butter and salad dressing be passed?
    1. Clockwise
    2. Counter clockwise
    3. Directly to that person
    4. Doesn’t matter
  2. Where should you place your napkin when you are finished with your meal?
    1. Always in your lap
    2. To the left of your plate
    3. To the right of your plate
    4. On top of your plate
  3. Used silverware should not be placed on the table.
    1. True
    2. False
  4. The water glass you drink from is to your left.
    1. True
    2. False
  5. What should be done with your utensils when you finish eating?
    1. Wrap them in your napkin
    2. Place them on your plate
    3. Place them on the table
    4. Hand them to your server

Register for Dining Etiquette 101 on Handshake! A gold swipe is required. Don’t miss this interactive workshop on Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Magnolia Room, from 5:45pm – 7:30pm. 

Answers: 1. B, 2. C, 3. A, 4. B, 5. B

BMW= Bread. Meal. Water (bread/butter on the left, meal in the middle, water on the right), Working from the outside in (Use utensils starting from the outermost left and right, example salad fork is the outermost left)

STEM Slam Student Q&A

The Compass - SPR 16


Meet Wake Forest seniors Kyle Pinheiro and Nick Ladd. Both students attended last year’s inaugural STEM Slam, a networking and career exploration event for students interested in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and healthcare. We asked Kyle and Nick to reflect on their experiences and share some insights for students wanting to know more about the event.

STEM Slam will take place Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6pm – 8pm in Farrell Hall – Broyhill Auditorium. Students can register to attend via Handshake.

 What advice/tips do have for students attending STEM Slam year?

NICK: It is always a good idea to research the companies beforehand to get a good idea of what interests you and what does not. This way you can prioritize who you want to talk to during the breakout sessions. It will also allow you to come prepared with specific questions that you may have about certain companies.

How can students make the most out of attending the STEM Slam?

NICK: Listen to all the speakers, even if you are not interested in their company, because they will provide strong advice or lessons that you may not have heard of before that you can apply to your personal career aspirations.

KYLE: I think doing a little research and asking questions goes a long way. If students show up knowing who they want to talk to and a little bit about those companies, it’s a lot easier to connect to the company representatives, and it allows them to learn more.

What do you wish you knew before attending the event last year?

KYLE: The company representatives are there because they want to talk to us, Wake Forest students. They think Wake students make great employees. Realizing that I didn’t have to convince them I was worth talking to would have eased my nerves going in.

What would you like to confess about attending the STEM Slam?

NICK: I was amazed that I had never heard of the alumni who gave the keynote speech – Joseph Sciarrino. He was working at a very interesting company in Silicon Valley, and he had many pieces of good advice to give.

KYLE: I didn’t know going in exactly what to expect, and was definitely a little nervous. Fortunately, actually participating in the event was a confidence-giving experience. Spending time with professionals from various STEM areas and talking with them about the potential jobs/internships and careers open to us was really powerful because it created a realization for me of what paths my education was preparing me for.

Would you do anything differently? Did you make any mistakes last year? If so, what?

KYLE: I would have paid a little more attention to how much time there was in the event. I found it was easy to reach the end of a round and realize I hadn’t spoken to one of the companies that I was interested in.

Did you consider the event a success for you? Why or why not?

NICK: I do consider the event a success for me because I was able to reach out to the keynote speaker afterwards to have a one-on-one chat about his career path to Silicon Valley from Wake Forest. He gave a lot of good points as well as advice for reaching out to companies in the technology world.

KYLE: I certainly consider the event a success for me. I was able to connect with a representative from the company I interned for last summer and which I am joining full-time after graduation this summer. Furthermore, I got a sense of some of the tech careers that are out there, and what some of the companies around Winston-Salem and North Carolina are trying to accomplish.

Meet the Street Team 2015-2016

Meet the amazing group of Wake Forest students serving as Street Team members for the upcoming NYC and San Francisco Career Treks. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram to see an inside student perspective of what career treks are all about!

The New York City Career Trek is Dec. 15 – 16. The San Francisco Career Trek is Jan. 5-7.











You Can Pit Sit with Your Friends Any Day

3 Reasons why you should go to that noon Alumni Panel you skimmed over in your email

arts panel1.) Oh the Places You’ll Go

You never know who you might meet at an alumni event that can advance you 10 colorful squares forward on your Wake-tastic path toward “real life.” When I found out about the Deacs Speak: Media, Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations Panel, I dropped my lunch plans and snagged a spot at the event via Handshake. I knew that this would be a worthwhile networking opportunity for my post-grad future. As luck would have it, I made some fabulous new contacts in my area of interest! Which brings me to reason number two…

2.) If You Dream it… Speak it

Once you’re at the event, never be afraid to voice your passions or dream career plans. Often times there will be at least one alum in the room with a connection or story of someone they know doing exactly what you dream of doing! One of the panelists I met at Deacs Speak works for a beauty PR company and was able to connect with me with two of her contacts: one works in media relations for MTV and the other works at NBC News. These are two companies I am very interested in working for one day. Had I not expressed my passion for television news and entertainment, I may never have discovered two new connections.

3.) Adventure is Out There

Post grad life is a glistening pool of new experiences and possibilities just waiting for you to dive in head first; however, training starts now. From industry panels and career education courses to career fairs and career treks, Wake Forest and the OPCD are here to help you tap into these possibilities. The office encourages you to try new things and discover new interests. I encourage all students to take advantage of the resources that Wake offers. They are right at your fingertips. Find your adventure. Be present on campus. Attend talks, panels, and workshops. Don’t wait until after graduation to make a splash in your dream industry. Start now by making the most of what’s offered on campus and beyond. You never know the difference one event can make!

7 Things Every Intern Needs to Know Besides Coffee Orders

Contributed by Bryson Brewer, a senior Sociology major at Wake Forest University. Bryson recently interned in NYC with Macy’s as a Private Brand Intern in Men’s Shoes and Accessories.

1. The low man or woman on the totem pole holds great power

In a competitive job market companies know they need to attract the best talent. This means employers go to great lengths to create a positive internship experience. Take advantage of this. Reach out for informational interviews with those who would normally be hard to access.

Macy's 12. The days of being surrounded by people your age are over

Diversity is a good thing! In the world of work, you’ll encounter people of varying degrees of experience and expertise. Learning how to navigate these differences socially and professionally is vital. Do the necessary research on those around you and show interests in their work. You may just learn something new.

3. Avoid using your desk as a place to nap

If you find yourself with free time, be productive. Seek to improve projects you have worked on or take the initiative and develop ideas for new projects.

4. Only turn in work you wouldn’t mind the CEO seeing

As an intern your ideas are fresh and innovative. That simple project you turned in could actually be implemented. Don’t let typos or grammatical errors discount your work.

5. Have Uber ready to use

Professionalism is important. Simple things such as arriving on time and dressing the part may help save you from making the wrong impression on the first day. Plan ahead. No, you won’t know in advance if your car breaks down or the subway is delayed. But building in time to your routine to ensure you are on time and ready to go will help.

Macy's 26. What happens at happy hour stays at happy hour …sometimes

Treat out-of-office events as in-office events. These activities provide a way for senior management to get to know you better. I know it’s challenging, but hold off on any questionable activities while in the presence of coworkers.

7. Have Fun

Your internship may only last for 8-10 weeks. In the grand scheme of things, that’s not very long. Balance being the best intern possible while having fun. Get to know new people, explore the city your living in, and take risks, by trying something new. You never know what doors a single opportunity can open.