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[OP-ED]: Meaningful work need not be ‘fun’

 02/16/2017 - 10:21
Snagging a decent paying job as an accountant, lawyer, engineer, doctor or any sort of analyst takes an awful lot of time and intellectual effort, none of which could accurately be described as “fun.”

My students know I care deeply about them. They know I love to joke around and keep things interesting as we investigate topics they might find dry. But they also know I am waging a one-woman crusade against “fun.”

It’s not that I don’t like to have fun, it’s just that young people moving from high school to college and, ultimately, into adult life have to understand that achievement -- be it academic or career-related -- is hard work. And hard work is many things, like character-building, but rarely is it giggles-all-day fun.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: El trabajo gratificante no es necesariamente “divertido”

 02/16/2017 - 07:35
Obtener un puesto de remuneración decente como contador, abogado, ingeniero, médico o cualquier tipo de analista, requiere una enorme cantidad de tiempo y de esfuerzo intelectual, ninguno de los cuales puede describirse correctamente como “diversión”.

Mis estudiantes saben que ellos son muy importantes para mí. Saben que me encanta hacer bromas y que intento hacer interesantes los temas áridos. Pero también saben que libro una batalla unipersonal contra lo “divertido”.

No es que no me guste divertirme, es que los jóvenes que pasan de la secundaria a la universidad y, finalmente, a la adultez, deben entender que para triunfar--ya sea en los estudios o en la carrera--hay que trabajar arduamente. Y el trabajo arduo puede ser muchas cosas, pero pocas veces provoca risas de diversión.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

Success of Food Trucks Draws Hispanics into the Restaurant Trade

 02/01/2017 - 04:26

Over the past few years, big cities have seen a boom in the food trucks that travel around town offering their fare, a success that has inspired many Hispanic food truckers to take the next step and open traditional restaurants that offer their usual menus to diners in less of a hurry but eager to get the same quality and originality.

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EFE

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