Segments Worth Sharing

Every morning I️ start my day with a strong cup of coffee, a piece of peanut butter toast and the morning news. My house doesn’t get cable (because we’re ballin’ on a budget) but we do have a smart TV that lets me access the NBC and ABC News apps. After the biggest headlines and hard news have been played, there are always fun, thought provoking or informational longer-form stories that start to queue.

I️ noticed that I️ kept saving story names and URLs in my phone to reference “one day” or maybe share later on social, but never really did. And then I️ thought, why not make a running blog post for them!

So, without further ado, here are some (mostly news, but some podcast or documentary or youtube) segments that I️ have found inspirational, informative, funny or, in some other way, worth sharing.

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LIII: The Sexless Super Bowl

I️ can’t really call myself a football fan per se, but I️ definitely watch the Super Bowl every year with friends and family. It’s a social tradition and annual celebration of America, good food and fun.

Of course, I️ also watch the Super Bowl for… the commercials. I’m in it for the humor, the heart string tugs and the cute puppies. I️ also find these 30-second pitches so interesting because they are a reflection of America’s culture and climate at that moment in history. This year, women were on center stage for one of the biggest, if not the biggest, masculine performances ever created. AND I️ LOVED IT!

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Fitting the Camp Counselor Experience on Your Resume

How do you quantify the experiences and life lessons you learn around a camp fire, out on activities, or in the cabin with your campers and co-counselors into resume snippets? In a role where you are manager, advisor, teacher, playmate, caregiver, hairdresser, coach and so much more, how do you even begin to explain everything you learned and gained during those high school summers?

Camp is something that has shaped my young adult life beyond buzz words and resume bullets that sometimes future employers don’t understand or appreciate. When I left Camp Seafarer after my final summer in 2016, they sent home with me an amazing Staff Resume Resource. Below are the highlights of that document, mixed with my own tips for how to effectively translate to your resume the myriad of experiences, skills, and character traits you develop as a summer camp counselor.

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Ideas To Pass the Time on Your Next Couples Road Trip

This past Easter weekend my boyfriend and I headed to Florida to spend time with his family and enjoy some warmer weather. Although not the longest road trip I’ve ever taken, 7 1/2 hours in the car was not something I was looking forward to. However, time flies when you’re having fun (& in love). Here are some of our favorite road trip car games and activities that you can try with your special someone next time you hit the road.

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The Moments You’ll Miss

Do you ever stop in a moment as you live it and realize, “Wow, one day I’m gonna really miss this?” That just happened to me while sitting at the dining room table of my little college cottage after registering for classes I will take my SENIOR year. Wow. My housemate and I had the same registration time and sat anxiously waiting for the clock to strike 9:00 a.m.

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5 Things You Can’t Miss in Madrid

1) Free Walking Tours

I wish we would have started our trip with this tour, although I’m glad we snagged a spot with Adam from Utah. In his red Bubba Gump hat and waist length scraggly hair featuring crooked bangs, he was charismatic in both appearance and personality. When I first saw him, in addition to knowing this tour was absolutely free, I was definitely skeptical. However, the free walking tour ended up being a highlight of the trip. Getting a fun history and narrative of the city gave me some context and connection to the unfamiliar streets and sights around me. It was entertaining, informative, compelling, complete and free! I definitely recommend signing up for one at the beginning of your trip. The only cost involved is in the form of a tip. Choose whatever amount you think reflects what the tour was worth.

Plaza Mayor visit on Walking Tour

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The Great Franklin Street Pizza Tour

Why are there so many pizza restaurants on Franklin Street? Every year a new one moves in. What is the logic? It’s like gas stations that move in across the street from one another and compete by the penny for price per gallon. Let’s mix it up. Can I get a Chopt?? Can I get a Cookout????

Anyways, rant complete…

I decided to figure out what was so special about all these joints. In a stroke of genius investigative journalism, I spent the last couple months touring every pizza place on Franklin. Starting from IP3 and eating my way up to Benny’s, one slice at a time.

Drum roll please…

Below are the final rankings from The Great Franklin Street Pizza Tour:

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How to Spend A Week Abroad for Under $1,000

My past two spring breaks have been spent abroad. Last year in Bergen, Norway and this year in Madrid, Spain. I had the time of my life exploring these amazing cities and hope to continue the tradition next year.

When people see my different posts and pictures from my frequent and extravagant excursions, I get a lot of questions about how a college student is paying for it all. (Yes, it all comes out of my own pocket.)

To start, if you want to travel in any capacity, you need to be good with saving and managing your money. I prioritize travel, so after paying the bills and eating, my life goes something like work, save, travel…rinse and repeat.

Once you have the money to spend, below are my tips for making it go the distance!

Bergen

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The One Where I Tried Out for Wheel Of Fortune

What I️’ve learned from my different experiences on TV shows is the incredible amount of clapping that goes into their production. More than anything, that is what has stuck out in my mind and left a sting on my palms. To date, I️ have been in the studio audience of The View, Good Morning America and, just recently, I auditioned for Wheel of Fortune.

I️ walked into the grand Raleigh hotel meeting room where there were maybe 50 chairs lined up in rows. At the front of the room hung a big projection screen and sat a small plastic wheel, like you would see at a raffle or cheap carnival.

A couple of months ago my mother texted me out of the blue saying that she had auditioned for Wheel of Fortune. She is a big fan and avid viewer every night with a glass of wine just after dinner. Apparently, the Wheelmobile had come to our home town and she figured, “What the heck?” For this follow up audition my mom was allowed to bring one guest, and I was the lucky chosen. 

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