Working With A Majority Female Executive Team

This semester I️ have the pleasure of serving as the Fellowship Vice President for the Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, or APO. APO is a national, co-ed, service fraternity with core pillars of leadership, friendship and service.

Because of all that this organization has given me, I️ was excited to run for a leadership position and have the opportunity to give back. What has become the highlight of my service however, is our executive team. This semester the team is comprised of (almost) all women. Eight out of the nine leadership positions, including president and president-elect, are held by dedicated, passionate, and driven women of our chapter.

APO Exec at Work

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Living on Dreams and Spaghetti-O’s

You could say that I️ live in the quintessential college house. Tiny, old, a little run down and filled with mismatched furniture from thrift stores, yard sales or family member hand-me-downs. All the same, they say it’s not about where you are, but who you’re with.

What really fills our house are fits of laughter. The smiling faces of new friends and old. The smell of burnt toast. Sweaters with mascara stained shoulders. Warm cups of tea. These are the staples of the lives that fill our humble home.

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Finding Meaning in the Middle

I️ remember taking a future career placement/aptitude test back in middle school and getting results that placed me in every field under the sun, from film director to accountant. Why was I️ taking a test like this in middle school? I️ still don’t know, but it was the beginning of the middle for me.

The 5 Love Languages

I️ have always felt that I️ can pick up most anything well enough, or that I️ know a little about a lot, but I️ am not amazing at any one particular thing. In high school, I️ did well in all subjects but wasn’t particularly drawn to, or challenged by, one over another. In every aptitude test I’ve ever taken to try and get some clarity on the direction I️ should take my life, I️ have always ended up in the middle of the sliding bars for almost all categories. Even in The 5 Love Languages test, I️ tied for 3 out of the 5 languages while my friends all clearly had a top result.

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Why You Should Travel with Your Mom as an Adult

Over this past winter break, to celebrate the new year and my upcoming 21st birthday, I️ got to explore the beautiful Hawaiian Islands with my mom. Now, let me just say, my mother would be the first person who comes to mind when you mention a lot of things: support system, dinner date, person to brag about my accomplishments to and cry about my failures with. “Travel buddy” was not at the top of the list. However, after this epic, two-week journey through paradise, I️ thoroughly believe that everyone should travel as an adult with their mother. Here’s why:

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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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What Running Taught Me About Love

If you would’ve asked me 3 years ago if I️ was a runner, I️ would have definitely laughed in your face. The idea of sweating, cramping and being sore was not appealing to me whatsoever. I️ really didn’t understand runners, and the joy they found in battering their muscles and bones against the pavement.

 

So, what got me out on the trails? A boy. Yeah, typical I️ know. I️ had just gotten out of a hard relationship with a messy breakup, and I️ was ready to unleash my revenge bod (as Khloé Kardashian would say) on that boy who didn’t know what he had when he had it.

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5 Hamilton Lyrics Every Incoming Freshman Should Know

When Angelica Skyler said “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. And when I meet Thomas Jefferson, I’m ‘a compel him to include women in the sequel! Work!” I️ felt THAT.

These words were the start of my Hamilton obsession. The Hamilton craze has swept the nation – no, the world – because of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ingenious ability to speak to any and all of our ~feels ~ while telling the story of an old white man, through hip-hop rap battles. It is a story of determination, drive and diligence that I️ think all incoming college freshman should take a closer listen to.

Here are my top 5 lyrics from some of my favorite Hamilton songs that you should seriously download and rap at the top of your lungs in your dorm room or, heck, the communal showers down the hall.

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Legacy of Joy

Recently I️ was posed with the question, “What do you believe in, and why do you believe it?” This turned out to be a deeply hard and complex question, because on the surface it would seem I️ believe a lot of things. I️ believe in education, I️ believe in love, I️ believe you can’t beat a North Carolina sunset, I️ believe in giving back, I️ believe your toenails should always be painted, I️ believe laughter is the shortest distance between two people, I️ believe travel opens eyes, minds and hearts, I️ believe in friendship, and the list could go on. But to find a singular answer I️ had to dig beneath all of those things. Why do all of those things matter to me?

And I️ came to the conclusion that I️ believe in the pursuit of joy.

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