Choosing Joy

Choosing Joy

Life is hard. Our days seem to always be packed as we try to fit more and more into every twenty-four hours. When we reach a minor set back- an extra long line at Starbucks before class, stop-and-go traffic on the way home from work, forgetting to take dinner out of the oven, uncooperative WiFi right before an assignment is due, or unusually cranky kids (or floormates, same difference 😉 )- we’re frustrated, angry, and extra stressed. We not only let those emotions get the best of us, but we take them out on those around us as well. We think life is simply out to get us, that it’s just our luck. The first week of this semester, I was angry. I was curt, irritated, and just very tense all the time. Literally anything would drive me insane- my suitemates talking at night, the kid snoring next to me […]

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Why International Students Are Low Key Amazing

Why International Students Are Low Key Amazing

College is a completely different world. Very typical, cliche statement, I know. So what happens when you go to experience this completely different world, but in a completely different country? Science especially brings people together from all over, so I’ve had the great opportunity to learn from people of all corners of the globe. In addition to everyday interactions, I’ve done a parade of flags (a parade showcasing countries from around the world) and worked as a mentor for incoming international freshmen. Being able to witness all that these kids are doing has made me realize how completely amazing international students are no matter which school they travel to. Who else shows such dedication, prioritization, and sacrifice for their education, ambitions, and a brighter future? I’m completely in awe of the students that fly across the world to live, learn, and work completely immersed in a foreign country all at […]

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7 Unconventional Things To Be Thankful For

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Happy Thanksgiving! It’s a common thing in many families to go around the dinner table and say what you’re thankful for that year. Natural, easy responses to this tradition are always family, friends, health, good food, etc. Today, I’m sharing 7 things we should give thanks for, even if they may not always seem that great on the surface.   1. Failure You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times- failure is important. It helps you grow, it helps you learn. Failure is the best teacher because it acts with tough love. It helps you remember that things may go wrong sometimes, but life will go on. Be thankful that you are able to try and, even if it doesn’t exactly go as planned, be thankful that you are able to move forward. You’ve been given another chance, so take full advantage of that opportunity!   2. Strangers […]

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Why Being “Special” Is A Scam

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I’m going to be blunt. You aren’t special. You aren’t even a little bit better than everyone else around you. You might have a 5.0 GPA and be valedictorian. You might be captain of the varsity soccer team. You might be class president or prom queen or the most popular girl in school. You might have been employee of the month every month since you started working. You might have been the essay every teacher used as an example for the rest of the class. You might have gotten your driver’s license in one go. Your parents might have bought you a car on your sixteenth birthday (when you can’t even drive yourself yet, I’ll never understand this). But you aren’t special and you certainly aren’t superior to the rest of the world.   “Contrary to what your u9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance […]

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Inaugural Post of Sonder

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Well isn’t this exciting! I’m sitting at my desk writing my very first blog post and you’re on the other side of the screen reading it! Hello friend! So why are you here? What makes me different from the hundreds of other millennials starting a blog? The truth is, maybe I’m not so different. We’re a part of such an amazing, hopeful, can-do generation. Enter the idea of sonder… “n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness— …thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra…in the background…” — The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows I love this philosophy because it seems so simple on the surface, but the layers only go deeper once you actually start to think about it. […]

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