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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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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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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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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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 Get Your Life Together

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I’m so excited to bring you all our very first guest post! Today, one of my good friends, Lauren of Experience Exhilaration, is giving you ten steps to help you get your life together when it seems like everything is falling apart. Fun fact: she makes an appearance in one of my older posts discussing reconnecting and maintaining friendships. She’s an incredible writer and always has such thought-provoking perspectives, so I promise you it’ll be good. 🙂 Take it away, Lauren! Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and I am a psychology student at the University of Maryland. My current field of interest is in biological psychology/neuroscience! I love to share my own experiences in life and learn about others’ experiences. I am a strong believer in learning from the many individuals whose paths you cross. Random fact: I love cupcakes 🙂   How to get your life together: from […]

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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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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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11 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Winter Break

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Now that the busy hubbub that is the week leading up to Christmas is over, you (if you’re a student) probably have a few more weeks home from school. Instead of sleeping in until 1 in the afternoon every day, today I’m sharing 11 things you can do to make the most of your winter break!   This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you click through a product link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no added cost to you. Thanks for supporting Sweet Tea Epiphany!   1. Knock a book or two off of your reading list. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck // Room // Gone Girl If I’m being completely honest, I probably haven’t finished a book in a year at least. I mean, I’ve been halfway through Jane Eyre and Bill Nye’s Undeniable ever since I […]

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What To Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

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Can I just say that classes this year went from 0 to 100 real quick? In addition to all new subjects to deal with, I have more extra curricular and work responsibilities than I’ve ever had before. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret any of those responsibilities; I’m gaining great leadership experience and having a lot of fun in the process. This, however, means that I have a lot more on my plate. I need to manage my time even more specifically to meet my various deadlines. I’m also finding myself sleep-deprived, stressed, and overwhelmed more regularly. Life shouldn’t be so exhausting all of the time. You shouldn’t have to go through your days feeling like there’s too much for you to handle. “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” -Rikki Rogers I know you can handle […]

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