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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An Open Letter To Educators Everywhere

To Educators Everywhere

Happy *early* national teacher appreciation day! I’m so excited this day is finally here (or at least it will be finally here tomorrow). I have been looking forward to writing this post for months because I’ve been so fortunate to have had such incredible educators throughout my life. I know that they don’t always get the acknowledgement or even the “thank you” they rightfully deserve, so today’s post is for all of the educators out there putting in the hours, teaching kids from nursery school to grad school, and shaping our future as a result!   Dear educators everywhere,   We are forever indebted to you. You go out of your way and above and beyond for every single one of your students to make sure they can learn how they learn best. The extra time and effort you put into making learning both effective and enjoyable for everyone does […]

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To The Working Student

To The Working Student

Y’all, college is expensive. With jobs and internships becoming more and more competitive and requiring more and more experience, it only seems logical that students feel the need to work during the school year. In case you’ve never thought about it, let me tell you, being a full-time student with even just a part-time job takes a lot of time, scheduling, organization, and motivation. Some students have no choice but to work. After all, those student loans aren’t going to repay themselves. Others study abroad or have family responsibilities over the summer, so they can’t take advantage of internships outside of the school months. There are even others who don’t know a life without a job. Work is what gives them consistency, what keeps them in a routine.   So, to all you working students struggling to keep your head above the water, whether you work a 6 hour week […]

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Spending Spring Break On Top Of A House | Part 2

Spending Spring Break On Top Of A House part 2

Today I’m covering the second half of what went on during NC State’s Solar Spring Break 2017! If you haven’t seen part 1, you should probably read that first to get some context as to why we were in California, who GRID Alternatives is, and, of course, how we spent the first half of spring break!   Go ahead. Click on that link. I’ll wait.   Good? Awesome. Let’s pick up where we left off!   Once again, I did not take every picture posted here. Props to the team for whoever did!   Wednesday Today was our first install day! A lot of us had been waiting all week for this, knowing we’d get to meet the families, work on the roof, and have more hands-on learning with regards to solar power. I absolutely love construction- the energy, the teamwork, the fluidity, the tangible results- so I definitely felt […]

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Spending Spring Break On Top Of A House | Part 1

Spending Spring Break On Top Of A House

As you may have gathered from this post, this update, or this one, I had an absolutely life-changing spring break! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the scoop:   I joined 10 other NC State students and a faculty advisor on an adventure across the country to the San Francisco Bay area in California. We spent our spring break serving with the non-profit organization GRID Alternatives, which works to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. They are absolutely amazing. We met staff from a variety of GRID offices and backgrounds, but all were so open, welcoming, inspiring, encouraging, patient, and willing to teach. Getting to know them was definitely a huge highlight of the trip! They really helped make our experience all that it was and more. I highly encourage you to visit GRID’s website and learn more about the organization. It’s […]

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How To Stay On Time When You’re Always Running Late

How To Stay On Time When You're Always Running Late

Who needs to go to the gym when you burn most of your calories running…late. Knowing you’re on a tighter schedule than you’ve planned (or didn’t plan) on is hurried (obviously), stressful, and always seems to leave you feeling like you’ve forgotten something. I almost always find myself leaving my room later than planned for class, work, or to meet someone for dinner. Despite this, I’m hardly ever actually late; in fact, I’m usually early, sometimes even ridiculously so. If you can’t seem to stop being not-so-fashionably late, keep reading for eight ways to help you stay on time, even when all hope seems lost! via 1. Review your day the night before. Knowing what you have going on will help you actually know where you have to be throughout the day and when. How can you plan when to get up if you don’t know where you’re supposed to […]

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How To Craft The Perfect Resume

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I’ve learned a lot in college about how to improve myself professionally. Some of my favorite tips revolve around resumes; it’s insane how many minor mistakes add up! I’ve been to a bunch of informational interviews, mentor meetings, networking events, and seminars, all of which had resumes come up in one way or another. Today, I’m sharing 8 of the best pieces of resume advice I’ve picked up over this past year!   1. Make it easy to update. I found this one out the hard way. I tried online resume builders, but if you stick with the free version it’s hard to update your document and save it to your computer. I also worked with a Microsoft Word template, but that didn’t work out so well for me either because the formatting adjustments were ridiculous. In my opinion, it’s easier to just start from scratch; open a blank document, […]

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Let’s Talk About Imposter Syndrome

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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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How To Market Yourself On Social Media

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We’ve always been told that we aren’t objects. Well, today, we’re going to be. Except people aren’t buying your product, they’re buying you, which means you are your product! They’re buying the salesperson, which again is you. What better way to have your pitch reach hundreds (or thousands or even millions!) of new people than through social media? Your goal is to build your network of people that share your interests including colleagues, classmates, friends, and customers. You don’t just want to build numbers, you want to build a quality web of followers. “Activate your fans, don’t just collect them like baseball cards.” -Jay Baer So how do you do that? Pick one social media application and become the boss of it. You’ve heard that it’s better to be good at one thing as opposed to okay at a bunch of things, so apply this to your social media presence! […]

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PROGRESS Workshop- Introspective

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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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