Stereotypes and the slaughter of innocent black men

Yesterday I wrote a piece for my Millennial Mind column about stereotypes. It got a lot of attention, despite rightfully being overpowered by the coverage and reactions to this week’s latest police killings of innocent black men. The merciless, hateful killings have left me, like many others, completely at a loss about how to respond….

Follow me at my new site!

I’m posting on this site to let any of my followers know that I have migrated my blog to a new and improved site, still at http://www.oliviabarrow.com, but now under new hosting. That means if you were following me on WordPress or via email before, you need to sign up again. I know, it’s dumb….

Freelancing is the roller coaster everyone said it would be

When people refer to something as a roller coaster of emotion, I assume they mean the three and a half hours of feeling like you’re going to die waiting in line for the ride, followed by 45 seconds of pure adrenaline, just to get off the platform and do it all again. Maybe it would…

Quitting a job in a ‘never-give-up’ culture

“Oh hey, you’re officially jobless now, right? Congratulations!” said a friend on Saturday, two days after my last day at my first company, after four years. I’ve been offered a lot of congratulations since I quit my job, both from those who knew I was unhappy and those oblivious. “Thanks,” I say, unsure of how…

I never realized how much I would miss grades

In my last few weeks before graduating college, I was aware that I was about to leave something very special. Chapel Hill was a magical place with rose bushes that bloom right before graduation every year, a campus that rallied around an amazing basketball team, and a culture of people determined to change the world…

Young job-seekers, ask this question in every interview

  In college I remember preparing myself for a common, but not very helpful, question that many interviewers ask of younger candidates. “Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?” In every career counseling session I ever attended, we were coached to swear up and down that we see ourselves with that company…

In the future, we will grow food and world leaders in our neighborhoods

“Imagine all the people/ living life in peace” … I realized today that I don’t think I’ve ever stopped to actually imagine world peace. I think in some ways I’m afraid to. A life without conflict sounds unbearably dull, and we’re wired to think that life is a zero-sum game. In order to have winners,…

Your best employees are being poached, but not by competing companies

  Most employment is based on a premise that doesn’t necessarily hold true for many of today’s Millennials. The premise? That we need the money, and if we quit this job it would only be to take another very similar job at a comparable salary. Because of that, employers think they are primarily in competition…

Observations from a week without a car

  Last Monday, I sold my car. I expected to get sentimental. I had imagined that watching someone drive off with my first car — the one I bought with swim coaching money four years ago — would feel like a gut punch. That it would happen in slow motion. Instead, I was just happy…