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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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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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- 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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