A Lesson On Self Worth

As many of you know, I began my big girl job working with Connecticut lobbyists a few weeks ago. I begin every morning by sending out a report of what happened in the Senate and the House of Representatives on the previous day. To make sure I didn’t miss anything, I look over the “journals” put out by both chambers, outlining things like which bills were passed and who voted which way on each bill. The House always begins with a prayer, and because I’m normally in a rush while reading through the journal, it’s something I usually skip over. This morning, I had a few extra minutes, and found the time to read it.

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What 2016 Taught Me

If you’ve been on the Internet at all throughout the past month, I’m sure you’ve seen at least twenty different people talking about all of the bad things 2016 has brought. Whether they’re referencing the presidential election, the death of a celebrity, or sharing a meme of Kermit the frog – everyone seems to collectively agree that this past year hasn’t been a great one. Well, this may come as a shock to the rest of the Internet, but I don’t feel the same. Of course, I didn’t have a perfect year, either, but throughout the last 365 days, I’ve changed exponentially. Continue reading “What 2016 Taught Me”

Be All There

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I’m sure that everyone who reads this can remember at least one time in their life that someone has told them to pay attention to a task at hand. This person was probably a teacher or a parent reminding you to get off your phone, and this probably annoyed you, and you probably went right back to your social media within a few minutes. Well, you’re not alone – I’ve absolutely done this a million times. Until now. Continue reading “Be All There”

“I Can’t” Is Dead

This is something my uncle used to tell all of his classes when he used to teach middle school math. When the students were introduced to a new concept, they would immediately tell him that they were not able to do it, whining I caaaan’t. He told them, “I can’t” is dead. As you may have guessed, I was definitely one of those annoying middle schoolers who complained and whined about math class, absolutely using the phrase I can’t every other minute. It’s no secret that I used to hate nothing more on this earth than mathematics, despite my uncle’s best efforts to get me to believe that it wasn’t so horrible – quizzing me on my multiplication tables every time he came to my house. I’ll never forget that seven times eight is fifty-six. However, thankfully, this post is not about math (sorry, Uncle Steven) but instead about positivity.

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Okay, So You Got Your Diary… Now What?

As you definitely know by now, I am always telling someone to get a diary (and if you didn’t know that, read how the phrase originated here). I’m usually saying this in response to someone complaining, often as a joke. But what most people don’t know is that when I whip out my signature catchphrase, I’m actually being serious. I truly believe getting a diary is a good idea. Continue reading “Okay, So You Got Your Diary… Now What?”

The Truth About Summer Classes

As most of you know by now, I love to talk about my nerd life. I’ve talked all about my majors (yes, I meant to put an ‘s’ there – I have three), my minor, and my paralegal certificate program in previous posts, so I won’t bore you with that today. If you have read those posts, then you know that in order to graduate on time, I have to take winter and summer term classes. Because a lot of people ask me about them, I’ve decided to answer all of their questions here! Continue reading “The Truth About Summer Classes”

Acing College Classes: A Guide

It’s definitely no secret that I’ve evolved into a bigger nerd than I ever thought I’d be. In high school, I was a bit of a slacker (you can read more about that here), so when I got to college, I knew something had to change. To me, not giving school my absolute best effort would be equivalent to wasting practically hundreds of thousands of dollars. College is expensive – and I wanted my money’s worth! Getting accepted to a top law school was also a factor that fueled my motivation to learn. Once I put my mind to it, I noticed that getting good grades in college wasn’t as hard as I had assumed it would be at all! If you’re interested in learning about how I’ve aced my college classes, keep reading! (Warning: this is a long one, complete with a couple of stories). Continue reading “Acing College Classes: A Guide”

Credit Cards: A Guide

Because a couple people reached out to me and told me that my other posts about saving and financial literacy were helpful to them, I’ve decided to write another for ya! As a college student, I’m around a lot of talk about finance. Whether it’s someone complaining about how they only have $3 to their name or someone opening a tab at the bar with their parents’ credit card, it’s always around. Unfortunately, I was never given a credit card from my parents (but Dad, if you’re reading this, feel free to issue me one whenever you please!). So, I applied for my own as soon as I turned eighteen. Thankfully, I was well informed about the nature and dangers of credit cards from a young age because of my experience working at a credit union, the finance classes I took in high school, and competing in banking competitions (yeah, you better believe I was that nerdy). Continue reading “Credit Cards: A Guide”

Putting Yourself Out There

As a twenty-one-year old with one year left in college, I feel like all I ever hear about is people complaining about jobs. Whether they’re complaining about not being able to find one, bitching about the one they already have, or worrying they’ll never find a ‘real’ one – someone’s always talking about it.

Well, to the person my age complaining about their unemployment: let me be the first to shut you up. I understand there is so much pressure to find the perfect internship or the impressive undergrad job, trust me. However, if you’re completely unemployed and all you’re doing about it is sitting and home and whining, then my advice to you is to get a grip, and put yourself out there. Continue reading “Putting Yourself Out There”

Haste Makes Waste

This morning, as my dad was driving me to the train station, he noticed a construction truck with its lights flashing parked on the side of the road. Good thing I saw that, he said, I was going a little fast until it reminded me to slow down, getting pulled over would’ve ruined my day. I said that it would’ve put a damper on mine, too, because if he got pulled over I would have surely missed my train to work. He proceeded to recite a lengthy lecture about the dangers of speeding, which I normally would have ignored, except he ended it with a phrase that stuck with me: haste makes waste. Continue reading “Haste Makes Waste”