Why Our Resume-Building Culture Isn’t Enough

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What is the big piece of advice they tell you in high school in order to get into a good college? What is one of the biggest tips they tell you in college in order to get a good job? “You need to build your resume. You need to do impressive things to put on your impressive piece of paper to show your impressive employers that you’re impressive enough to hire.” I didn’t realize this until recently, when another member of one of my college organizations mentioned how hard it is to find passionate contributors to arts and service related groups at a STEM school. We are a very tech-oriented university and our students don’t always see non-professional, non-technical groups as beneficial, electing instead to spend their time with things better known for “building up their resume.” He was right. We have very much become a resume-building culture. We do […]

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Let’s Talk About Imposter Syndrome


With final exams coming up (and with it the end of my hardest semester yet), I feel that today is as good a time as any to address a feeling that plagues many: Imposter Syndrome. via What is imposter syndrome? The term “imposter syndrome” was coined in 1978 by Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, two American psychologists. It’s basically a feeling of self-doubt that stems from natural humility. Yes, humility is healthy, but it becomes a problem when it starts becoming a detriment to your personal self-acceptance. Clance and Imes described imposter syndrome as a sense of “phoniness in people who believe that they are not intelligent, capable, or creative despite evidence of high achievement” (source). It’s when you feel that you don’t entirely know what you’re doing, you’ve somehow lucked out or tricked everyone else into believing you’re more competent or skilled than you truly are, and someone is […]

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PROGRESS Workshop- Introspective


Welcome to part two of my PROGRESS workshop experience knowledge recap! I’m still not sure how to truly describe it, so you’ll have to accept that nice collection of words. Part two is all about introspection and focusing on how personal understanding benefits professional development. For more extrospective development, click here to read part one! If you have no idea what the PROGRESS workshop I’m talking about is, go ahead and click here to go to part one for some context! Foggy start to day 2!   Once again, I was trying to pay attention to what was being presented, engage with the material, and take detailed notes for you all at the same time, so I’m lumping all of my credit-due-to’s at the end of this post.   This post contains an affiliate link. This means that if you buy something through that link, I will receive a small […]

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PROGRESS Workshop- Extrospective


A week(ish) ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a professional workshop in South Carolina sponsored by the National Science Foundation- the 2016 Carolinas’ PROGRESS workshop. I had absolutely no idea what I had signed up for until I crossed a little one-way bridge to a small island and rolled up to a cabin 3 hours away from Raleigh, but it was probably the best weekend I’ve had all semester. First, why is PROGRESS in all caps? It stands for Promoting Geoscience Research, Education, and Success I know it seems super niche-specific, like it’s just for tree-huggers who want to go on to grad school concentrating in, well, geoscience (which, according to Wikipedia, is “all-embracing term for the fields of science related to the planet Earth.” You’re welcome.). But that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Forty girls from various schools across North and South Carolina […]

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Why Your High School Job Matters (And What I Learned From Mine)

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I know. Minimum wage customer service jobs can really suck out your soul and leave you irritated and overworked. But hear me out. Those jobs are important for you. Not only do they give you credibility in the professional world as something to put on your resume, but the experiences you have in them really build character and shape who you are as a person. The people you meet, whether they be co-workers, random customers, managers, or regulars, help show you both the good and the bad in people. You learn how to deal with angry soccer moms with class and how to accommodate disabilities with respect. You have beautiful days and you have stormy ones. But every day matters and I remember both the blessings and the curses fondly. I had two jobs in high school; both were very different in atmosphere and customer service, but both had atmosphere […]

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