What I Learned From A Summer In Construction

What I Learned from a summer in construction

As you may remember from this post, I interned for a contracting company this summer. I got to be out on site every day, working on a new middle school and it was so much fun! I can honestly say I found what I want to do with my life; after all, how many people can say they not once dreaded going to work in the morning? This was completely different from any other job I’ve had prior. It was a completely different industry with people I would never have been able to meet working in an office. I spent ten and a half weeks on this project and I learned so much more than I ever could have imagined. I could speak for days on my awesome experience, but I’m going to spare you my *seventy-page* document of technical details I compiled and give you the life-lessons I picked […]

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What I Learned When I Started Only Using Cash

What I Learned When I Started Only Using Cash

It happened accidentally. I somehow accumulated a bunch of cash in my dorm room and wanted to send my paycheck every month to a savings account dedicated to tuition (because the out-of-state struggle is real). With these two things coming together, I unofficially challenged myself to see how long I could go without swiping plastic. I don’t think I often realized how much those ice cream runs or small dinners out added up until my credit card statement became basically a record of everything I ate for that month (#relatable, am I right?). It was easy to forget how much I’d already spent in any given week and it was even easier to dismiss the little purchases. After all, it’s so common to think, “It’s fine, what’s another five dollars anyway?” When I started relying solely on dollar bills as my method of payment, I was more cognizant of exactly […]

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Spending Spring Break Underneath A House | From The Archives

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This was originally published in August of 2016. I have updated it with a few new pictures (and I apologize in advance that some are kind of dark)!   Every student looks forward to spring break. It’s a week off from school to spend at the beach with your friends, hiking with your family, or just relaxing after the stress of classes. Spring semesters are notoriously rough, but spring break seems to come at just the right time. My first college spring break combined the friendship, outdoors, and spiritual grounding from all of the typical ways of spending this break, but the greater impact was so much more. Today, in honor of my second alternative service break being only days away (!!), I wanted to reshare this first experience that changed my life and how I see the world. My hope is that I can convince you to change not […]

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What My Roommate Taught Me

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There are a lot of horror stories associated with opting for a random roommate, but I got so incredibly lucky with mine. We have very similar personalities, but different interests, so it’s a great dynamic we’ve got going on. My roommate, Abby, is this beautiful little red head studying animal science and, after living together for only a year and half, she has unknowingly (until now) taught me so much about going through this wonderful little thing called life. 1. Sometimes laying on the floor makes everything better. We didn’t meet until move-in day. Look how little we look just a year ago! It’s a common occurrence in our dorm room that one of us will get up, walk over the middle of our rug, and just collapse. If it’s been a long day and I’m so exhausted that I can’t believe I made it back to the room, I’ll […]

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Spending Spring Break Underneath A House

Spending Spring Break Underneath A House

Every student looks forward to spring break. It’s a week off from school to spend at the beach with your friends, hiking with your family, or just relaxing after the stress of classes. My first college spring break combined the friendship, outdoors, and spiritual grounding from all three of those activities, but the greater impact was so much more. Today, I want to share my Alternative Service Break experience since applications recently went live at my school. My hope is that I can convince you to change not only your life, but the lives of those less fortunate with only one week of your love and time. I first heard about programs that send kids on a week of service over their spring break when a group of students were on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for that very reason. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I discovered first hand […]

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What I Learned (And Loved) About Moving South

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Ah, the land of southern belles and southern gentlemen. The land of monograms and tailgating and biscuits with gravy. Moving to the south is definitely like moving to a different world if you’re not familiar with the lifestyle; I certainly wasn’t. Here’s what the South has taught me and what I love about being here! 1. They take life a lot slower. This new, slower atmosphere actually played a notable role in coming up with the identity of this blog! I love how people take time to really savor the moment and appreciate the present. Now I know downtown Raleigh on a Friday night is packed and this may not always ring true; however, in my day to day life going to class and running errands and just sitting and watching what’s going on around me I’ve noticed that people pay attention to who they’re with. They’re not always running […]

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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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What I Learned During My Solo Summer

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At the end of my freshman year of college, I packed up everything in my dorm room, loaded it into my parents’ car, and… drove it seven minutes down the road instead of five hours back to Maryland. I needed to take a class over the summer but also needed a job because that’s what summers after high school are for. Work and make money. Now I obviously could have done all of this at home where my paycheck wouldn’t have gone towards rent, groceries, and gas. I could’ve gotten in-state tuition at the community college back home. The one where so many kids from high school go. I could’ve gotten a minimum wage job five minutes from my house. One where I would’ve seen so many kids from high school. I haven’t already hit my peak and I don’t miss those days one bit. So why didn’t I suck […]

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