Lay the Foundation Before “Just Google It”

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I believe someone needs a foundation before they begin googling. When I started working at Starbucks, I had no existing foundation. I couldn’t tell the difference between coffee and a latte. What was the difference between returning coffee to a customer versus sending a drink order to the espresso bar? After a year and a half of working at Starbucks I know a latte contains espresso shots and milk. The number of shots depends on the cup size. I now know coffee is a magical drink that prevents you from sleeping. Plus, I know how to brew coffee using Starbucks machines.


Wikipedia says, “A schema describes a pattern of thought or behavior that organizes categories of information and the relationships among them.” (

Conclusion in Relation to Googling:

Google is a great resource, but to perform a search you must have a foundation. A more intricate schema will lead to a more accurate google search. It would be more precise to google ‘latte’ as oppose to ‘coffee, question mark, milk’. It would be more beneficial to search ‘cousin’ rather than ‘not grandma looking human’. When google searching code, ‘pandas matplotlib’ is way more specific and helpful than ‘coding graph not working, why.’ That is why I believe it is best to lay the foundation and build a schema before googling. It saves time and a headache.



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