Busi­ness cards make an im­pres­sion

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports -

While clear­ing out my desk and bookshelf for some late spring-clean­ing, I came across a few busi­ness cards from folks I, at one time, thought I would def­i­nitely need or want to stay in con­tact with. But I haven’t thought about them since their cards got lost in the shuf­fle. This got me think­ing: How im­por­tant or valu­able are busi­ness cards these days?

In my ex­pe­ri­ence as a young pro­fes­sional, there are two things I know for cer­tain about how things are done these days: It’s all about whom you know, and a lot of net­work­ing hap­pens on­line. Don’t get me wrong; I en­joy hand­ing my card out to peo­ple I meet (es­pe­cially a cute guy at a bar). It makes me feel con­fi­dent and rep­utable. But is the move re­fresh­ing and old-school, or is it a waste of pa­per?

In an age of all-dig­i­tal ev­ery­thing, I find busi­ness cards re­fresh­ingly old-school. They make a good im­pres­sion that can help some­one re­mem­ber you even if he or she loses your card. And mak­ing an im­pres­sion is what old-fash­ioned, tech­ni­cally-no-longer-nec­es­sary niceties are all about. Dozens of print com­pa­nies now of­fer busi­ness cards that are re­cy­cled, re­cy­clable, biodegrad­able — even seeded, mean­ing your new con­tact can bury the card in the yard and, in a few months, have toma­toes. Talk about a last­ing im­pres­sion.

I’m a pre-vet­eri­nary stu­dent. When I came back to cam­pus this fall, my apart­ment com­plex was over­run with cats. I rec­og­nized one that be­longed to a neigh­bor who grad­u­ated and moved out last May. I took the cat to an an­i­mal shel­ter that I worked with in the past, but the peo­ple there turned down the cat and said ac­cept­ing stray an­i­mals isn’t in their mis­sion state­ment. They told me to just spay the cat and turn her loose.

The vet wanted $395 to spay her, which I couldn’t af­ford. My friends said eu­thana­sia is mur­der, but none would help pay for spay­ing her. I couldn’t keep her be­cause my lease doesn’t al­low pets. And I couldn’t just set her loose, be­cause she would in­evitably end up hav­ing more kit­tens.

The only com­pas­sion­ate op­tion left was eu­thana­sia. It cost $50, much less than spay­ing her. After I took her to the vet, I lied to my friends and said I had dumped her in the coun­try.

I want to beg col­lege stu­dents ev­ery­where not to get kit­tens. When sum­mer comes, they just get dumped on the streets. Then some­one like me will catch the aban­doned cats, have to pay to have them eu­th­a­nized and then live for­ever with that shame.

I, too, im­plore stu­dents to take an­i­mal adop­tion se­ri­ously. When you take that furry friend home, it’s meant to be for­ever, not for a se­mes­ter. If you adopt, be sure to spay or neuter as soon as pos­si­ble. Spay­ing and neu­ter­ing re­duce the over­pop­u­la­tion prob­lem, de­creas­ing pet home­less­ness and the num­ber of sad sto­ries like this one. The ASPCA’s web­site has a search­able data­base of low-cost spay and neuter clin­ics around the coun­try. Look for the “Pet Care” sec­tion on the web­site.

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