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My First Week as a First Year Teacher

My first full week as a first year teacher has been quite the adventure. I’ve already experienced a roller coaster of emotions. I have some of the most amazing students, but some of those amazing students are quite challenging. I’ve managed to keep a smile on my face and passion in my voice as we covered basic skills for constructing and presenting a formal speech. For some classes, this was an easy task. For one class in particular, we spent 55…

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Grow Spiritual Journey

Outgrowing an Exclusive Faith

Last year I read a book that changed my life forever. It’s a memoir called Post Traumatic Church Syndrome by Reba Riley. Riley wrote about one year’s worth of rediscovering faith by opening her mind to other religious practices. Essentially, she had been hurt in the past by the Christian faith, yet she felt called to embrace faith in all aspects, to explore what it means to believe in something more across different cultures and communities. It’s a truly remarkable book full…

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School Year’s Resolutions

Tomorrow is my first day at my first teaching job. Tomorrow, I’ll be in my classroom, as I have been for the last month now, but this time kids will actually walk in. I’ll be the first adult face that some of these freshmen meet as they start their new journey at a new school. I’ll be the last face some of them meet on that day. Tomorrow I’ll get to shake hands with the students on my roster. I’ll…

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Personal Reading List for Fall 2017

Fall is my all-time favorite season of the year. It’s the most beautiful season and the season with the most seasonal activities, including football games, hay rides, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and haunted houses! Fall has the most perfect weather. We can finally turn off the AC, and we don’t have to spend money on heat yet either! One aspect of fall that I am truly excited for is opening the windows, breathing in the crisp air, and snuggling up…

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Why You Should Volunteer Your Time as a College Student

Being a college student is an incredibly busy and stressful time of life. You have to juggle classes, work, and extracurriculars, so why would you want to add any more to that list? Well, I’ll tell you why. In college I had 18+ credit hours every semester, up to 6 jobs (yes, really), and was involved in 4 extracurricular activities (mostly honor societies and other clubs that looked good on a resume), but I had two volunteer positions that started…

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What Ditching Makeup Taught Me about Myself and Others

I’ll never forget my first day of Junior High. It was exciting for many reasons, but it was also the first day my mom allowed me to wear makeup to school. I went all out – two types of foundation, lash-lengthening mascara, a hint of blush, and TONS of blue eye shadow to match my favorite blue butterfly shirt. My friends taught me how to tone it down a bit after that, and eventually makeup became pretty routine and standard for…

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Travel (Go!)

Stratford’s Shakespearean Experience

“Stratford Upon Avon.” Just saying those words makes me feel positively British. Visiting Stratford, England is a must for lovers of the Bard. The simple town is welcoming and inviting, with plenty of small book shops and coffee houses for playwrights, poets, and authors alike. I visited Stratford with fellow English majors, and we were overjoyed with what it had to offer. But please, don’t feel that you have to be a downright bookworm to enjoy visiting this wonderful town.…

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Upon Visiting Jane Austen’s Home

Jane Austen’s home in Chawton was our first stop on our third day traveling England. It was the day that stayed with me the most out of our seven day excursion through the southern countryside of the beautiful country and our three day stay in the fascinating city of London. Chawton, a quaint village of maybe 500 people, was the most beautiful place I had ever been. As we rolled into the small town in our large charter bus,…

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Don’t Travel Abroad without These 5 Items!

In the last three years, I’ve traveled to Mexico, France, Burkina Faso (Africa), Ecuador, England, and South Korea. These trips ranged anywhere from one week-three months in length. For each trip, I traveled with a different group of people, and I picked up some genius travel tips along the way. Now, I’m prepared to share with you the top five items that I absolutely will not travel without. Most of these items are for making a trip abroad less stressful,…

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Practicing Self-Love through Yoga

Though I like to think of myself as an adventurous and free-spirited person, I do not live a healthy enough lifestyle to make physical, outdoor activities relaxing to me. For example, I love hiking and kayaking, but I tire easily from these activities because I am in poor shape. I don’t mind exercise, but I do not push myself enough when I work out on my own. I also struggle with finding a balance between a healthy diet and the…

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