Mom | Everything I Am, I Owe To You

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To my momma… I don’t know what I would do without you. I don’t know where I would be right now if you hadn’t been such an amazing mother for me as a little girl. You’re one of the strongest women I know and your perseverance and fun, creative nature continue to inspire me every day. From growing up with your home daycare business almost all of my life, I definitely feel ahead of the game when it comes to children (especially since my first two real jobs basically revolved around them. For better or for worse…). I felt extra qualified as a babysitter and know that having children is more than just cute faces and silly games. You’ve shown me how to nurture and care for others, how to bring out the best in them to help them learn and grow. I can understand how little minds work and […]

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Dad | Everything I Am, I Owe To You

Dad

To my dad on the day after Father’s Day… I am so, so lucky to have such an amazing father! Dad, Daddy, Father, etc all have slightly different connotations, but you fit all of them. You’re the fun dad grilling steaks and playing basketball with the family. You’re the daddy a little girl could count on and look up to. You’re the strong father keeping our lives together and tackling the hard subjects with us when we just want to give up.   You would play Barbies with me even though now you often tell me how much you hated it. You may not have liked it, but you dealt with it anyway (albeit unenthusiastically 😉 ) just to spend the time with me. You forced me to face my fears. From throwing me off the edge of the pool to pushing me down the hill on a bike to making […]

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Mid-Year Check-In | Finding Gratitude

Finding Gratitude

I don’t think I’ve shared this online yet, but on January 1 of this year, I started a gratitude journal. Now, I may have some success faking it as a writer ( 😉 ), but I’m definitely not a journaler. Frankly, I’m lazy, never know what to say, and feel silly writing whatever I decide should be written down. Despite that, I wanted to tackle this journal idea. I had gotten a new notebook for Christmas and there is so much opportunity in a book of blank pages! It’s now been 163 days into the year and I have kept a gratitude entry for every single one of them. The goal was to work on finding something to be thankful for in every day, no matter how small. I don’t know what I was hoping to get out of that, if anything, but my big life epiphany came not too […]

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Why You Should Study A Second Language In College

Why You Should Study A Second Language In College

While it is true that a university education is still a privilege these days, isn’t it also true that it should continue to be the responsibility of students to use their higher education to make a difference in society? Language is a fundamental aspect of a culture; communication and general comprehension between groups are what allow us to transcend borders and unite on one planet. The ability to speak another language has benefits for all areas of the public and of the self. For positive development of new generations (and society as a result), learning a second language should be seriously considered among all incoming students! I think every student should put in the effort to study a foreign language because I’ve experienced first hand all that there is to gain from doing so. And what all do you have to gain besides, you know, another language? I’m glad you […]

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SSB Takes D.C. | Weekend Recap

SSB Takes D.C.

This past weekend, the majority of the solar spring break team caravanned up to my house in Maryland to attend the National March for Science in Washington, D.C. We had such a fun time adventuring and such an empowering experience at the march, so today I’m finally sharing our weekend with you!   If you have no interest in how cute we are as a team ( 😉 ) , you can scroll further down to read about the why behind the march and what we can do now that it’s over!   Friday Night We all met up Friday evening to pack into two cars and drive the five hours up to my house. It wasn’t too long of a drive, but I’m still counting it as a road trip because I love the excitement of being in a full car heading off to adventure. Just being with *almost* […]

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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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7 Big School Myths: Debunked

Big School Myths_ Debunked

Spring has brought out all of the college tour groups! I know decision deadlines for you high school seniors are coming up fast; if you’re on the fence about attending a larger university because of all of the stereotypes surrounding them, I want to take today to let you know that they aren’t all true. I absolutely love going to a bigger school (read why here) and knew I wanted attend one despite any stigma surrounding state universities. Needless to say, it was probably one of the best decisions of my life (no exaggeration). Here’s hoping the following 7 things will help lead you to your second home!   1. You’re just a number. This is probably the big school stereotype that frustrates me the most. Even with tens of thousands of other students, you are still a person and your university will recognize that. Faculty, staff, peers, employers, and the […]

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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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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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