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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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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Why I Shocked Everyone (Myself Included) And Joined A Sorority

Why I Shocked Everyone (Myself Included) And Joined A Sorority

I’ve seen how the movies perpetuate the sorority girl stereotype. I know what people outside of Greek life think of us, especially when they see a blonde wearing letters. With all of this, I can definitely understand my friends’ and family’s surprise when they found out I was going through recruitment. After all, how could a shy, quiet, timid, introverted, engineering freshman like myself possibly be interested in a sorority?   I joined Alpha Omega Epsilon my first semester of college. Recruitment started only a few weeks into the school year, so I really haven’t known college without this organization. So why, despite the stigma, did I decide to join *gasp* a sorority? Out of the hundreds of student groups out there, what drew me to this one in particular?     I can’t speak for all of Greek life since A.O.E. is very unique. We’re a professional engineering sorority- […]

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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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500 Words On The Inexplicable

The Inexplicable

I don’t know what it is about 2017, but we’re only two months in and my life has been so much happier. Maybe it’s because I realized how much I can reasonably handle without going insane or because I’m staying on top of my classes. It could be because I’ve been making a conscious effort every day to live out my focus word or maybe all of the bad that has taken over the news lately brings out an equal extreme- a strong, astounding appreciation for the small and the beautiful in life. Possibly, it’s a great big bundle containing all of the above and then some. As I mentioned last week, I’m one of those people that is just in love with morning. I love waking up as the sun does the same and I love sitting in the quiet with a cup of coffee to watch the world […]

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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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Kings And Queens | Friends That Rule The World

Kings and Queens

We cross paths with thousands of people in our lifetime. We know the names of a fraction of that. We get to know even less. Subtract from those and we have friends, though only a select few, an elite, become some of our closest. They become our lifelong brothers and sisters. These people make up who we are. They make up a special part of us that no one can take away. The boys and girls I talk about today, now amazing men and women, have all been extremely important in my life. I think about them all the time and our sweet memories will never fade away. Here, you will find friendship. I will try and give you a glimpse into these beautiful people. You will gather the meaning of a best friend, those you love with all your heart. You will see that sometimes letting someone go in […]

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9 Moments That Defined My Year | 2016

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With the end of 2016 quickly approaching, I want to take this post to reflect. Today I’m revisiting some of the meaningful memories that defined my year!   2016 began my first semester as a sister of AΩE. Is there anything greater than sisterhood? The first time I was officially able to put on my new letters and wear them proudly was such a great day. Walking around campus and seeing my other newly initiated sisters from my candidate class in their letters too was so exciting! Though that was technically at the end of 2015, I started off the new year as a sister of Alpha Omega Epsilon and have worked to uphold our ideals and objectives ever since. I’ve been able to experience so much as a member of this amazing sorority and I can say wholeheartedly that joining this organization shaped my freshman year, college career, and this […]

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10 Reasons Going To A Big School Is The Best

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When I was looking at colleges, I knew I absolutely wanted to go to a big school. I went to a pretty average high school (a lot bigger than some, a lot smaller than others), but I was ready to go bigger. I was dead-set on going out of state, so I figured- why not go all out and get the biggest, loudest, best college experience I could find? Well, I didn’t end up at the biggest college out there (we’re the 64th biggest, that’s something right??). I’m now finishing up my third semester here at NC State and I love life at this school so much. I couldn’t imagine a better decision or a better fit for me than right here. I attribute a lot of this to the school’s size because with size and quality, everything else readily follows. Today, I want to share everything I love about […]

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PROGRESS Workshop- Extrospective

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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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