Students

“Rate My Shag” Facebook Pages…Really?

pg-27-shagbook (Image from The Independent)

Just when you thought Facebook couldn’t pry into peoples personal lives any more, someone creates a University “Rate My Shag” page.

One of the first groups to appear were by people from Newcastle University and Nottingham Trent, soon they swarmed England and the pages were popping up for nearly every University – yes I even saw one for my own University (no I did not join it).

Apparently Universities were outraged that they were associated with such groups and made an effort to get them taken down, however they were not up for long anyway as approximately 1-2 days after they were created Facebook took them down. That did not last long, did it?

Many people have spoken up and said it’s a form of bullying and it’s humiliating – and it is, I agree. From an outsider’s point of view and being a student I did see the funny side when I first heard about it, but imagine being one of those people who has been named and shamed, it would be mortifying and I feel sorry for anyone who has been. An article from The Independent tells more about what was posted.

Well I hope the creators of the pages had a fun, erm, day, but I think they should be worried if their Uni’s find out who they are.

 

The Intern…(Or At Least Trying To Be!)

hilary devey(Image from Channel4.com)

Many of you may have seen Hilary Devey’s new Channel 4 show ‘The Intern’, a show giving young people a chance to get their dream job. I love the idea of it and also loved watching it too.

As I’m a University Student, I’ve just completed my first year and I’m currently in the same boat as many other youngsters trying to get a job or a summer internship. I understand how frustrating it is applying for jobs and people don’t reply back or even seeing jobs requiring ‘experience’ (yet no one will hire you or take you on in the first place to give you that experience). So when I heard about the concept of the programme I was happy, and I hope as a result of this employers in the future will be more willing to give youngsters a chance to see what we are actually capable of.

I’ve seen an article on The Telegraph of someone offended by the series – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9969852/Hilary-Deveys-new-Channel-4-show-is-an-insult-to-interns.html but I completely disagree! I don’t think it “humiliates youngsters who are desperate for a job” – I’m assuming neither do the people who got a job out of it do either! It’s true, we ARE desperate for a job, it’s not embarrassing it’s a fact. Hilary has given youngsters an uplifted spirit and I’m going to carry on searching for a job till I get one!

What are your views of the programme? Or are you in the same situation as me and the people from the show?