Friday, September 1, 2017

A New England College Student's Favorite Summer Drinks & Activities

By: Gabby Boualavanh

The school year can be a stressful time with homework, jobs, and trying to figure out how many different types of meals you can make with the same ingredients. However, when summer time rolls around for a New Englander, all stress goes away. We trade in our Bean Boots for flipflops, hockey practice for the driving range, and Dunkaccinos for our favorite beach beverage. College is stressful! So, here are the top 2017 college student’s summer drinks and activities.
1.     White Claw Hard Seltzers
White Claw Hard Seltzers are a favorite among the roommates. This past year, hard seltzers have become a popular drink of choice. If you’re looking for something light, tasty, and refreshing on a hot summer day, pack a hard seltzer in the cooler for the beach.

2.     Smirnoff Ice
Be careful of getting ‘Iced’ by the person next to you. Smirnoff Ice is a great cold beverage to enjoy on a hot summer day with friends and family around the pool.

3.     Coors Lite
Post up after a long day around the camp fire with a Coors. Sit back, put your feet up and make yourself a s’more. Maybe swap your s’mores Hershey’s chocolate for a Reeses peanut butter cup instead.

4.     Mixed Drinks
College students are known for making questionable concoctions, and most of the time have no option but to be resourceful. Even the simplest of drinks are tasty. Here are a few college classics you can make with ingredients at your disposal.
·       Tito’s Vodka mixed with Nantucket Nectars orange mango juice and ice.
·       Vanilla Smirnoff, coke and ice.
·       Red Berry Ciroc (when you’re feeling fancy), cranberry juice, lime seltzer water, and ice.
·       Jose Cuervo, lemonade, sprite and ice. (Only for the brave)
·       Burnette’s Vodka and Gatorade. (So, you can stay hydrated!)
·       Captain Morgan Rum, ginger ale, and lime. (College Dark n’ Stormy)

5.     Cheers Governor
The Cheers governor game requires four things; yourself, good company, a creative mind and a cold drink. The rules are simple; have a minimum of four players and sit in a circle. One person starts the game saying 1. The numbers go all the way up to 21 and when the group reaches the number 21 everyone cheers! However, reaching the number 21 can be tricky as rules are made along the way. You go around the circle counting to the number 21. The person who reaches 21 successfully makes a new rule for the group. Example: the first round to 21, the numbers 7 and 14 are switched. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14 and so on. You play until there are 20 rules total, a rule for each number except 21. Cheers!

6.     Giant Beer Pong
Grab 12 trash barrels and two volleyballs to enjoy a backyard game of giant beer pong. Make two teams of two and start tossing. Once you get a ball in, move that barrel out of the game. Both team members got it in on the same round? Pull both barrels away and take another turn. First team to sink their last cup are the winners.

7.     Flimsee
Similar to the concept of Kan Jam, Flimsee requires items that even a college student can scrounge up. All you need: four poles 4-6 feet tall, four plastic cups, and a frisbee. There are no set rules, however this is how we play. Put the poles into the ground or sand 16 inches apart on each side and 35 feet away from your opponent’s side. You will need one team mate on each side. Place the plastic cups on the tops of the poles. Your team receives 1 point if they throw the frisbee between the two poles, and 2 points if they hit the pole and the cup hits the ground. If your opponent can catch the cup before hitting the ground, no points are given. First team to 12 points wins!

8.     Corn Hole
And finally, the classic game of corn hole. This has been a summer favorite for a couple years and it’s a great game for the whole family to enjoy.

Sometimes New England weather can be indecisive and doing summer activities may not be an option. So, if mother nature is giving you a hard time, there’s nothing wrong with grabbing a cup of clam chowd(a) and turning a Matt Damon classic on. Enjoy!

Friday, August 4, 2017

GAP Promo: An Intern's Perspective - Article by Nick Kenyon

                  December 2, 2015 will forever be an important date in my life. It marked my first day as an intern at GAP Promo. I was an 18-year-old senior in high school who was yet to decide on a college to attend. I am writing this over a year and a half later, a sophomore at Seton Hall University, and a proud intern at GAP Promo. At the time, I was the youngest intern they had ever had and the first intern they had who was still in high school. I was about 10 years younger than everyone else I worked with. Now looking back as the only underage employee of a company that specialized in the marketing of alcohol based brands, it is clear how much I stuck out. Even with the differences in age, education, experience, etc., I never once felt out of place. I was given responsibilities and challenges that I had never faced before. While most of my friends worked typical summer jobs such as lifeguarding and dishwashing, I was getting my first taste of a professional environment. I originally was hired by Gayle Piraino when I was spending a day job shadowing at a local bank. The woman who was mentoring me introduced Gayle and I, and there was a mutual interest in my services at her company. I stayed in touch with Gayle throughout the year and eventually was given my chance to work for her company and join the GAP family and the rest, as you say, is history.

                  After working from December through March, I had to leave to complete my senior year of high school and my final season of lacrosse. I stayed in touch with Gayle and Justin, and eventually was asked to return the following summer on a more full time basis. I worked closely with Justin the entire summer of 2016 and continued to gain valuable experience until I left for college. I learned about working in a professional environment. I was new to the world of strict deadlines, sales and marketing. There was more being asked of me and I was expected to step up to the occasion. Now, after returning for another summer, I like to think I was up to the challenge. The environment was, and still is, extremely friendly. Everybody was happy to answer my questions and help me to grow and be as successful as possible. From the top of the company to the bottom (me), there was a sincere sense of caring for each and every employee. It was a comfortable, family type of environment.

     I will always be grateful for the opportunity Gayle gave me to be a part of her company. I gained more than just another line on a resume. My time at GAP gave me valuable life experience. It helped me mature as a person and spark my interest in the field of business. I noticed that managing deadlines at school was much easier for me than many of my peers. Also, little things like being comfortable calling people I did not know over the phone, as well as a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint would also serve as useful tools in my freshman year of college. Justin asked me to return the summer of 2017, and I was once again grateful for the opportunity. I believe that my time at GAP has done more than just build my resume, I have acquired valuable skills and gained connections that I would not have otherwise. No matter where I go, I will always remember the promotional marketing company at 1 Washington Street that took a chance on some random high school kid, and for that I will always be grateful.