Archive for November, 2014

  • The secrets of a magic Thanksgiving

    The warmth of the family’s nest, love of our family and friends; the aroma of pumpkin pie and golden-roasted turkey – these are the things that make Thanksgiving one of the most favorite American holidays.

    As an international student in USA, who is  living his own American dream, it might be interesting and exciting for you to learn more about the US culture and participate in its most beloved traditions and celebrations like Thanksgiving.

    What is Thanksgiving for the Americans?

    The celebration’s roots go as far back as 1621 when the pilgrims being thankful for their rich harvest, organized a celebratory feast. For the next two centuries Thanksgiving was only celebrated by separate colonies and states until 1900s when Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it as an official US national holiday. Nowadays Thanksgiving should be neither about boring facts, nor about the harvest, the crazy shopping and holiday preparations. Thanksgiving is a chance to slow down for a day, spend some time with our family and friends, being thankful for all the things we are blessed with but we tend to underestimate.

    The fact that your family is miles away does not mean that you should not plan your Thanksgiving to show gratitude for having them in your life. What’s more, it could be a wonderful occasion to gather all your friends for a big feast with plenty of delicious home-made dishes, lovely talk and fun. You do not know where to start from? Here we are to help you, revealing the secrets of a magic Thanksgiving Day.

    Thanksgiving must-have’s on your table

    Roll up your sleeves and let the cooking begin. The traditional turkey with stuffing is hard to beat when it comes to Thanksgiving menu. It takes time but it’s totally worth it. Mashed potatoes, Yams, cranberry sauce and green bean casserole are other traditional Thanksgiving dishes you should serve and for which there are plenty of recipes on the internet you can follow. Do not forget to save a room for the traditional pumpkin pie.

    Breaking the turkey wishbone

    This is a true Thanksgiving tradition but what hides behind it? A wish, of course. The wishbone is found attached to the breast meat in the turkey’s chest and when it is separated from the meat and dried, two people take each end of the bone, make a wish and pull. Whoever gets the bigger piece, will have his wish come true. What would you wish for?

    TV

    For most American families TV also has its part in Thanksgiving celebrations.  Watching the essential Thanksgiving football games or the annual New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a beloved tradition. The marching bands, floats, orchestras and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters draw an enormous audience in front of their TVs each Thanksgiving.

    Giving back to the community

    Instead of spending the whole day in preparations and feasting, you can show your appreciation by dedicating some time to a volunteer’s activities like serving in homeless shelter or delivering meals to homes. Giving back makes us happier than anything else. What better way to spend Thanksgiving?!

    Have an amazing Thanksgiving Day! Do not forget to share how you spent it with us

  • NAFSA Fall Adventures 2014

    How will you remember Fall 2014? For you it might be an exciting new beginning as an international student in USA, for Sprintax team Fall 2014 is all about NAFSA.

    We were more than happy to be a part of 5 of the 11 regional NAFSA conferences that took place in different US regions in late October- early November this year.

    As any other NAFSA event, the regional conferences gathered together a lot of professionals, educators and companies, dedicated to international education and eager to share ideas, goals and projects. As we at Sprintax are constantly striving to be on cutting edge of new trends in order to meet the changing needs of our clients and partners, NAFSA regional conferences were an opportunity not to be missed. We had the chance to exchange valuable experience with international education professionals from all around the world, to meet many new partners with whom we shared new ideas, discussed future business opportunities and plans.

    One thing you should know about Sprintax is that we love giving away, so we just could not miss to do this during NAFSA regional conferences. All the NAFSA attendants who stopped by Sprintax booth had the amazing chance to win an iPod Shuffle. The lucky winner whose name was pulled out the draw was Anne Kaufman – Assistant Director at USC and the prize was received by her colleague Robyn Lewis. Another iPod Shuffle was donated by Sprintax for the silent auction that was held during the Lexington conference. It was sold for $35 which will be used for funding next year conferences.

    We are thankful to all NAFSA attendants for the wonderful experience.  See you next year!

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  • Professions of the future – Top jobs needed for the next decade

    Life changes every day and new trends come and go. The jobs market is also constantly changing and we see new and sometimes downright bizarre professions popping up on jobs boards.

    While many traditional jobs may become phased out as technology evolves, the changes will also make way for new career opportunities.

    We did a search and came up with some very unusual new jobs that might become increasingly sought after in the future. Curious? Read on.

    Nostalgist

    The nostalgist is an interior designer that will help people recreate a past moment or decade that they consider the happiest time of their lives. What exactly does a nostalgist do? Well, basically you’ll specialize in recreating memories for retired people. Whether this means recreating a 70s-style kitchen or decorating a whole house in the spirit of the 90s, you’ll recreate retro surroundings to make your client happy.

     Garbage Designer

    ‘Upcycling’ is a term we hear more frequently these days. It refers to the practice of turning waste into better quality products. Garbage designers specialize in creating products from, well, garbage. One designer recently made a line of sports clothing from recycling plastic bottles. Candidates for these positions typically have a background in materials science and engineering.

    End of Life Therapist

    The end of life therapist helps people plan the last years of their lives to put their affairs in order. The therapist also offers advice about the technologies and procedures that can make the physical side of leaving this world smoother.

    Tele-surgeon

    Tele surgery or remote surgery as it’s sometimes called involves operating on people with robotic tools instead of human hands. It’s likely to arise more and more as more remote areas become inhabited.

    Rewilder

    A rewilder is a person who will help resurrect natural areas that are harmed by humans, factories, cars, pollution etc. Removing fences to restore flight paths for birds, tearing up roads and replacing them with forests, and reintroducing native species are all activities that could be part of the rewilder’s job. Could this maybe just be a fancier name for a farmer?

    Simplicity Expert

    Simplicity experts target the business or to be more exact the companies that have complicated internal procedures. The simplicity expert will help the firm to optimize their work and limit administration, to help them reduce three interviews to one, or four days of work to one hour.

    Healthcare Navigator

    Whilst the world of medicine becomes more advanced, hospital procedures seem to become more complex and hard for patients and their families to understand. This is where the healthcare navigator comes in; this person’s job is to liaise with the patients and families to make things more understandable for them at a difficult time.

    Memory Eraser

    Believe it or not, this will not be confined to sci-fi movies anymore. Memory erasing is apparently in the imminent future. Scientists are already conducting experiments on rats to try and make bad memories go away for good.

    These jobs all may sound a little bit out there, but soon enough you might see them creeping into everyday life. So if you liked one of them or you have already chosen one of these slightly unusual professions… we wish you a successful career.