From The Archives | Stop Helping And Serve Instead

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This post was originally published in March of this year (read it here). It’s been slightly edited to include the personal reflection that occurred since the original drafting, but the overall sentiment remains unchanged (because it’s timeless!). Why am I resharing it so soon? The service break applications at my school are due this week! Read about my spring break that started it all here and the most recent one that changed my outlook on life here! This past spring break, I participated in a second alternative service break trip through my university. We flew out to California to work with the nonprofit GRID Alternatives to install solar panels in under-served communities as well as integrate ourselves in the culture of the San Francisco Bay area. As I sat in my room on my first night back in North Carolina after a whirlwind of a week, I started to think […]

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An Open Letter | To My Little

To My Little

A very similar post titled “To My Future Little” was originally published in September 2016.   Dear Little, You don’t know who I am yet, but when reveal night finally arrives it will be one of the most exciting experiences I’ve shared with this sisterhood. I always believed we were meant to find each other. I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and at the time that it’s supposed to come. Life always has an incredible way of working out and I couldn’t be happier that I have the honor of being your big sister. I always love every minute of recruitment because I get to talk to all of our amazing potential new members, all the while knowing the amazing journey that each could soon embark on. I had such a strong feeling that this semester was it, that I would get to share in an […]

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What I Learned From A Summer In Construction

What I Learned from a summer in construction

As you may remember from this post, I interned for a contracting company this summer. I got to be out on site every day, working on a new middle school and it was so much fun! I can honestly say I found what I want to do with my life; after all, how many people can say they not once dreaded going to work in the morning? This was completely different from any other job I’ve had prior. It was a completely different industry with people I would never have been able to meet working in an office. I spent ten and a half weeks on this project and I learned so much more than I ever could have imagined. I could speak for days on my awesome experience, but I’m going to spare you my *seventy-page* document of technical details I compiled and give you the life-lessons I picked […]

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A Day In The Life | Summer 2017

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Some of my favorite blog posts to read are simply about what people do every day. People fascinate me and I will gladly spend an hour reading how someone spends the same 24 hours we all get (I won’t make you do that, don’t worry). I think it’s so fun to get to know the person behind the keyboard through the combination of blogs, Instas, videos, etc. It’s amazing how we can form these connections with people we never would have met otherwise! I’ve always wanted to write a “day in the life” post and I’m actually in a pretty solid routine this summer, so get ready for everything you didn’t want to know about how I spend my typical day 😉   5:30 – 5:45 AM – Alarm Beeps (and Beeps. and Beeps.) I usually set three alarms – two at 5:30 and 5:40 on my phone and a […]

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Your New Zero-Effort Breakfast

Your New Zero-Effort Breakfast

I have to get up for work at 5:30 every morning and, though I’m a self-proclaimed morning person, I like my morning routine to be as easy as possible. Since I’m a mess in the kitchen (especially when I’m half-asleep and running late), I was so excited to try out this recipe for make-ahead fruit and yogurt parfaits from Iowa Girl Eats! These easy parfaits have 4 base ingredients, but a ton of options to make it your own. They’ve made my mornings so much smoother and breakfast is super quick and painless, not to mention yummy! So, today I’m sharing her recipe as well as some different ideas for how to make it your own.     Find the full, original recipe with pictures and measurements on IGE here!   Why? Not only are these parfaits super easy to put together (duh), but all you need to do in […]

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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

Spending Spring Break Underneath A House-archives1

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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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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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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Why Being Out-Of-State Is Secretly The Best

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I don’t regret my decision to move hours away from home one bit. I always knew I wanted to go to school outside of Maryland, so much so that I went on tours from New York to Tennessee to Florida. I know I’m close enough that I can drive home when I really need to, unlike two of my suitemates who have to take planes home (Hawaii and Texas!), but living even just a few states away is basically an entirely different world. The miles between these two worlds are some of my favorite things to call my own. Today I’m sharing why, if you’re an out-of-state student, you’re secretly living the dream! 1. You gain a newfound independence. via I’ve always been a very independent person. Well, as independent as you can be while still being afraid to go to the store by yourself. Coming to college made me […]

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