What Christmas Gifts should you Give to your Coworkers Based on their Zodiacs?(Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius)

Have you appreciated your coworkers and supervisors for helping you or guiding you through a project or an internship, but never found a good way to express your gratitude? Now, it’s your turn! While most Asian countries value high on gift sending etiquettes, giving and receiving presents at Christmas remind people of the gifts given to Jesus by the Wise Men.

As the holiday season approaches, it is the right time to prepare Christmas gifts to your peers, co-workers and supervisors. I know…I know…. It’s always a tough question for Libra, Cancer and Pisces to make choices, but the earlier you start, the less struggling it is. Before you start, you NEED to learn about the gift policy and the acceptable business conduct in your own companies so that you won’t break the rules. In this post, I will obey Disney’s policy rule by helping you choose gifts under $75 based on your co-workers’ and supervisors’ Zodiacs. This article focuses on Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. Please read this article for more on Capricorn , Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini.

Cancer.svg Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22) – Anthropologie Holiday Icon Mug & Plate Cancer.svg

Cancers are emotional, loving, cautious and protective. They consider the people that they care about. Cancers love setting their offices or home as warm and welcoming as possible for their guests. Many Cancers are also nature-born chefs, if you have intimate Cancer co-workers, you might always be welcomed with some home-made sweet treats. A set of Anthropologie Holiday Icon Mug & Plate ($10/PC) will absolutely captivate Cancers hearts.

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Anthropologie Holiday Icon Mug & Plate

 

Leo.svg Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 21) – SunnyLife Neo Light  Leo.svg

Leos are generous, creative, broad-minded and faithful. They have a strong sense of self-worth, and they love to impress people. The need to impress others motivates Leos to get things done efficiently as they know having positive reputations is helpful for their leadership. Leos love luxury, but not grandeur. Leos will love SunnyLife’s stylish and cheerful Neo Lights ($60) for lighting up their holiday season.

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SunnyLife Neo Light

 

Virgo.svg Virgo (Aug 22 – Sep23) – Sabon A Dead Sea Body Care Kit Virgo.svg

Virgos are modest, meticulous, practical and analytical. They are perfectionist and conservative in life. Virgos need others to trust them, so they work diligently to be responsible, focused and reliable. The thought that someone might consider them lazy or irresponsible will motivate Virgos to work harder. Personal grooming with A Dead Sea body care kit ($52) from Sabon can help Virgo co-workers heal and sooth with an attempt to keep their perfectionism from top to toe.

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Sabon A Dead Sea Body Care Kit

 

Libra.svg Libra (Sep 24 – Oct 22) – An Award-winning Book  Libra.svg

Libras are diplomatic, romantic, sociable, and idealistic. They can be indecisive and easily influenced. If Libras say they are going to do something, they do it. Libras are often pretty bright. They like books, documentaries and conversations of high quality. Libras are self-centered, so you can pick a book (<$30) where they can find themselves. You’ll make your Libra co-workers feel special.

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Award-winning Books

 

Scorpio.svg Scorpio (Oct 24 – Nov 22) – Shopbop Watch Case Scorpio.svg

Scorpios are determined, passionate, powerful and intuitive. They tend to be secretive and obstinate. Scorpios are motivated to take control over issues and get things done. They are not easily captivated by materialistic needs. Selecting a gift that can make Scorpio co-workers feel the value and satisfy their spiritual world is more important. A leather watch case ($30) can help them mediate and enjoy the quality of life at the same time.

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Shopbop Watch Case

 

Sagittarius.svg Sagittarius (Nov 23 – Dec 22) – Flight Pack  Sagittarius.svg

Sagittarius are optimistic, freedom-loving, jovial, and humorous. They are fond of adventures, and not taking risks can make them uncomfortable. Sagittarius have a huge need for accomplishment. If they need to achieve something, they won’t finish until it’s completed. Prepare a flight pack ($45) with a rich vein of style and necessity can offer your Sagittarius co-workers a friendly and forward way to anywhere no matter it’s a personal or a business trip.

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Flight 001 Flight Pack

 

Click to see best gift (<$75) ideas for  co-worker/supervisors who are Capricorn , Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini

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What Christmas Gifts should you Give to your Coworkers Based on their Zodiacs? (Capricorn , Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini)

Have you appreciated your coworkers and supervisors for helping you or guiding you through a project or an internship, but never found a good way to express your gratitude? Now, it’s your turn! While most Asian countries value high on gift sending etiquettes, giving and receiving presents at Christmas remind people of the gifts given to Jesus by the Wise Men.

As the holiday season approaches, it is the right time to prepare Christmas gifts to your peers, co-workers and supervisors. I know…I know…. It’s always a tough question for Libra, Cancer and Pisces to make choices, but the earlier you start, the less struggling it is. Before you start, you NEED to learn about the gift policy and the acceptable business conduct in your own companies so that you won’t break the rules. In this post, I will obey Disney’s policy rule by helping you choose gifts under $75 based on your co-workers’ and supervisors’ Zodiacs. This post focuses on Capricorn , Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini. Please read this post for more on Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. 

  Capricorn.svg Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) – Erin Condren 2017 Planner Capricorn.svg 

Capricorns are practical, prudent and dependable. Capricorns would rather get their work done before they can have fun, so they feel guilty if they are supposed to do somethings but blow it off. They are so disciplined that they seldom let their feelings expressed extrovertedly. Choose a practical gift that can make them excited. A 2017 planner ($55) can help your colleagues organize their daily and monthly tasks and get things done efficiently.

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Erin Condren 2017 Planner

 

Aquarius.svg Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) – Artifact Puzzle Aquarius.svg

Aquarius are friendly, humanitarian, loyal, original and inventive. They are unemotional and unpredictable. They love solving problems, so they enjoy exploring if there’s dilemma or mystery to solve for themselves or their co-workers. An artifact puzzle ($50) can be a perfect gift to make Aquarius’ holiday fun, challenging, motivating and warm.

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Artifact Puzzle

 

Pisces.svg Pisces (Feb 19- Mar 20) – Godiva Holiday Gift Set Pisces.svg

Pisces are imaginative, sensitive, selfless and idealistic. They are always sympathetic and easily led co-workers. They don’t want anyone down so caring for others is their primary motive. The sooner they act, the sooner they retreat to their imagination. As Pisces are too sensitive to be slighted over by a not-so-special gift, they may have imaged a thousand types of gifts before they unwrap yours. Limited version, artistic packaging, sweet flavor…. Godiva holiday gift set ($58) is the best choice to win Pisces’ hearts.

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Godiva Holiday Gift Set

 

Aries.svg Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19) – Lego Architecture NYC 21028 Aries.svg

Aries are adventurous, energetic, enthusiastic and dynamic. Aries are fond of taking competitions, they are confident enough to build a Lego Architecture. The 21028-piece may be the maximum, as Aries can get impulsive and impatient easily. This Lego architecture New York City can bring your Aries co-worker a sense of peace and competition at the same time during the Christmas eve.

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Lego Architecture

 

 Taurus.svg Taurus (Apr 21 – May 21) – Cheesecake Factory/Starbucks Gift Card Taurus.svg

Taurus are reliable, persistent and placid. They are determined and can be self-indulgent sometimes.Taurus enjoys the finer things in life and work; they like to reward themselves every time when they accomplish something.  Taurus love pragmatism, so give them gift cards from Cheesecake factory or Starbucks ($25-$50) can save them money and enjoy the holiday taste at the same time.

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Cheesecake Factory / Starbucks Gift Card

 

 Gemini.svg Gemini (May 22- Jun 21) – Jo Malone Candles  Gemini.svg

Gemini are adaptable, versatile, intellectual, eloquent, and lively. Gemini can be inconsistent, and they tend to procrastinate. If they are in a project, anything can grab gemini’s attention and pause the project. When all the task stack up, Gemini love to see them with their fresh eyes, instead of letting others to think that they can’t finish them. Choose a Jo Malone candle ($39-$65) for your Gemini co-worker can help create a perfect ambience in his/her office, and transform the atmosphere with youthfulness and opulence.

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Jo Malone Candle

Click to see best gift (<$75) ideas for  co-worker/supervisors who are Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius.

How to Ace Professor-Student Relationships?

This week, the tragic death of esteemed Professor Bosco Tjan who was stabbed by his graduate student is heartbreaking for everyone at USC. Even though nobody tends to relate professor-student relationship with a criminal act or a tragedy, negative relationships between professors and students can be distressing.

To international students in American universities, their professors, who are mostly native Americans, are not just their teachers, but also people who share different cultural norms with them. Therefore, I hope that my summary from interviews with 6 professors at USC can help you if you have ever been confused about how to improve professor-student relationships.

About us – it’s not just about us…

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Dora Jiang – ENFJ – “The Protagonist”

Dora enjoys communicating with different people in person. She is good at helping her peers find motivations and connect seemingly disconnected ideas. When she believes in someone, she feels sympathetic toward them. Dora has an immense capacity for self-reflecting on and analyzing her own feelings. She is not afraid to take the slings while standing up for the people and things she has trust in. As your RA with the expertise in schools and work settings, Dora can unite and motivate you to develop your potentials, enhance your leadership skills, and improve your professional etiquettes. Nothing makes her happier than assisting you in leading a brighter future. *Extravert (9%) iNtuitive (16%) Feeling (59%) Judging (25%)*

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Stephanie Zang – INFP – “Mediator”

Stephanie has an inner flame and passion about getting to know people and avoiding conflict. She always looks for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. Stephanie is a good listener and works hard to ensure that every voice and perspective is heard. The strength of Stephanie’s visionary communication style makes her well to communicate deeply with others and read into others’ feelings and motivations. As your RA with the expertise in romantic relationships and friendships, Stephanie is willing to lend you a helping hand in reducing conflicts, growing relationships stronger and deeper, and assisting you in the pursuit of the perfect relationships with your important ones. *Introverted (71%) iNtuitive(53%) Feeling (65%) Prospecting (53%)*

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Shirley Shi – ESFJ – “The Consul”

Shirley always keeps herself updated on what her friends are up to. She cares about people around her, is often willing to start a casual conversation with strangers, and has what her friends call “contagious happiness” that is easily relatable.Shirley is very sensitive to interpersonal relationships. She is always the one who senses tension or intimacy between people. As a result, she acts accordingly to either ease the tension or increase comfort in the group she is in. As your RA in relationship issues, Shirley is going to listen to your problems and give you tips on how to naturally solve conflicts between friends while still protect your own benefit. *Extraverted (64%) Observant (58%) Feeling (72%) Judging (68%)*

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Angela Gan – ENTJ – “The Commander”

Angela has a particular skill in recognizing the talents and needs of others, which helps in building team efforts and push people around her to perfect themselves. She believes that one’s time is very limited. So, she always prioritizes herself and her family in front of anything else. As your RA with the expertise in dealing with family relationships and self-image/presentation, Angela can guide you on how to build a healthy, loving relationships with your family while maintaining a successful, busy academic career at USC. *Extraverted (71%) Intuitive (52%) Thinking (38%) Judging (59%)*

When Phubbing is as Serious as Having Donald Trump as the President-elect, What Should We Do Now?

2 weeks ago, many of you who are social media experts may found the Instagram page of social media queen, Kendall Jenner, was gone. When everyone was so confused why her Instagram page was shown as an error page, Jenner explained why on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“I just wanted to detox. I felt like I just wanted a break from social media… I definitely have close friends, and even some family members, who are so connected to their phone and can’t get off of it.”

Recalling a vacation she had with Kylie Jenner, she said “I was just zoning out, taking it all in. And Kylie wouldn’t put her phone down. I’m like, that’s so crazy to me that you are not experiencing this.”

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The case that Jenner has encountered is “phubbing”. As someone snubs you because of their smart phones, you are phubbed. Labeled as “the end of civilization” by experts on stopphubbing.com, phubbing is seen as devastating as massive crisis, such as, natural disasters, wars and massacres, and having Donald Trump for making America great again.

Phubbing has ruined our relationships with others without us even noticing. It’s ironic that my Chinese friends around me always hold the grudge that making new friends while studying abroad is tough. However, without seeing them making any effort in valuing the time of hanging out with friends here in America, I am thrilled to see how addicted and dependent they are toward smart phones. WeChatting with friends and family in China can wait, but the face-to-face time we spend with meeting friends here can’t. So, put your smart phones down ladies and gentlemen. How can we stop being phubbed or phubbing before our life is damaged by it?

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When you are PHUBBED…

Stop & Wait. Stop what you are talking about and wait for phubbers to finish whatever they are doing on cell phones. If they feel the pause but are still busy with their phones by saying “I’m listening, keep on”, you can just reply politely and say that you are ok with waiting. In most cases, people will feel your existence and put their phones away.

Be direct about your feelings. You are always free to express your feelings about being snubbed and cared less about to your partners and friends. Urge them to put their phones away when you want to have quality time together in a gentle but serious tone. Many people really don’t have the sense that they are phubbing people around them, reminding, warning or texting them is indeed a way to show that you don’t want them to miss the relationship.

Lead for change. If your partner seems to phub you endlessly, never be afraid to initiate some meeting rules and start applying them persistently. For example, you can ask your friends to stack all of your phones together, and whoever touches his/her phones first will pay for the bills of the date, meal or coffee.

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Ask & Wait. Ask your partner if you can reply to any notification when something urgent happens that demands your attention; otherwise, just put your phones away from the table. Instead of letting your partners bum out and fade in the background, realize that you should reply the message in a few seconds, or do Google search quickly. As long as you are done with your cell phone, start talking with your partner or friend again can force to keep the mind that someone is waiting for your presence.

Be present & care about your interpersonal relationships. Even if your friends and you keep taking selfies and switching between filters in order to pose on Instagram with hashtags like #bff #happymoments #fun, it doesn’t mean that the time you spend together is of high quality. Sometimes, if you don’t trust your self-discipline, just mitigate your random phone checks by not charging it consistently. You can also install some surveilling Apps that can track you cell phone usage on a daily basis. The one I have been using is called Moment. I challenged my partner by competing the time we consume on iPhones every day, and both of us have reduced our weekly phone addicted time by at least 20%.

Trust me, the more quality time you spend with your new friends, your old pals or your family, the more cheerful your relationships with them will be. Walking and talking without frictions is the best thing that two people can do for their relationships. Just like most beautiful things, there is always a time and space for life, so as your cell phones. Put your phones down when you are not alone, otherwise you will feel miserably lonelier.

 

 

6 Principles of Influence You Have to Learn Before Kicking-off Your Internships

I learned of Robert Cialdini  and his book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasionfrom a guest speaker in my graduate class, Web Design for Organizations, at USC Annenberg. As a person who cares about persuasion and influence, I read the book and could not help applying the rules of influence on my current internship experience at The Walt Disney Co. I wish that from my book summary on Influence, no matter if you are interning or just looking for internships, the rules can empower to you to become a self-starter and lead for more proactive changes in your workplace.