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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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