Feeling Flooded

Written May 3rd, 2020 | 2:45AM | 7 Days until Graduation

Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a planner. I️ guess I️ get that from my mother. The woman who has every area of her life labeled, color-coded, and filed away in alphabetized tabs.

That quality used to annoy me, but here I️ am. I️ guess we do all turn into our mothers sooner or later. Or at least versions of them.

So here I️ am. The planner. With all my plans losing their footing. Not only plan A, but B and C and D too. Because as every good planner knows, you never have just one plan. You have backups. And backups for your backups.

But all my backups have lost their backing.

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Crash Campaign: Hour by Hour

24-hour marketing competition. ~45 minutes of sleep. 1 complete campaign.

Completing this challenge pushed me past what I thought I was capable of and made me grow both personally and professionally along the way.

I️ learned how to work under pressure, pay excruciating attention to detail (there’s no time to re-do if you mess up), be creative in both a realistic and efficient way, work with a diverse group of individuals I️ did not know 24-hours prior, and even have some fun – or at least an immense sense of satisfaction – after completing (AND WINNING!) this marathon that was somehow simultaneously a sprint.

Hour-by-hour this is Crash Campaign from the inside. Check out my Instagram, @eclairetravels, to see the full story under the highlight “Carroll Hall”.

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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.

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

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

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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 campfire, 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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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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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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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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