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Getting Your Money’s Worth: Part II


This is the sequel to last week’s personal finance blog post. If you are like me and you cannot get your hands on one of those nifty bills up there, here are a couple things that help me “adult” better and save money. Continue reading “Getting Your Money’s Worth: Part II”

What should I be when I grow up?

What should this person do after she graduates?

When you graduate from college, a lot of people ask what you are going to do after. To answer these constant inquiries, I have asked people in my life what they think I should do after college, since I myself have no idea what I am doing. Continue reading “What should I be when I grow up?”

Beginner’s Survival Kit


Palms sweaty? Knees weak? Arms heavy? Well, that is okay, you do not have to know much to start. Being an expert in anything is all about putting in time, making mistakes, and being curious. Today I felt like writing about every time I was super nervous about starting something I have never done before, and how that nervousness is sooner rather than later replaced with confidence. Continue reading “Beginner’s Survival Kit”

“The Most Dangerous Worldview is [That] of Those Who Have Not Viewed The World”


A very important part of growing and developing is learning about the world around us. Sometimes we forget that the world is an unimaginably huge place. There are more than 7 billion other people out there and almost 200 countries, think of that the next time you think Cardwell Hall is crowded. In fact, just think of all the different cultures, attitudes, beliefs, and thought processes out there. People live their lives in very different ways and that makes the way they tackle their issues or the way they get to solutions vastly distinct. Think about how learning about just one or two different cultures or languages can open up a whole new world of possibilities and make you see the world  around you with not just one but two or three sets of eyes.

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My Favorite Quotes

I’m one of those nerdy people who love quotes. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Always be a little kinder than necessary. – J.M. Barrie
  • Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten. – G.K. Chesterton
  • Is fat really the worst thing a human being can be? Is fat worse than vindictive, jealous, shallow, vain, boring, evil or cruel? Not to me. – J.K. Rowling Continue reading “My Favorite Quotes”

Sunday [Thursday] Soul

Hey folks.

So if you’ve read Cody’s post, you’re aware that life happens. It just kinda hits you hard at some points and depending on the kind of person you are it will take over everything and/or you’ll thrive and blow your own mind with how much you can handle. Unfortunately, I am not one of those things; I am one or the other or a mix of both.

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How to Adult: Paying Uncle Sam

Most of us remember a specific moment or period in time where we just felt like “Oh, that was very grown-person of me, that is an interesting feeling.” Well, that is what a lot of people call and Urban Dictionary defines as “adulting” Continue reading “How to Adult: Paying Uncle Sam”

If my grandma wrote my resume

I was a bridesmaid in a wedding for people Grandma did not know. So naturally she crashed the reception to see me in my dress. I also snuck her some wedding cake.
I was a bridesmaid in a wedding for people Grandma did not know. So naturally she crashed the reception to see me in my dress. I also snuck her some wedding cake.

Potential Employer: “Maria, I see you studied abroad in Costa Rica. Tell us more about that.”

Me: “Yeah, Costa Rica, wow. Great culture and food there. I… uh…”

When it comes to resumes and job interviews, we are often encouraged to rave about our strengths and accomplishments. We are told to use “power” verbs, and descriptive language that makes us look like the best person in the entire universe and only conceivable choice for the position. Continue reading “If my grandma wrote my resume”

Nonprofit Connect Shadow Day

IMG_1266This past Friday, I woke up at an unholy hour and drove to Kansas City to Nonprofit Connect’s Shadow Day, an event that K-State Career and Employment Services recommended to me. At Shadow Day, college students are matched with professionals in the nonprofit field to shadow them at their jobs.  Continue reading “Nonprofit Connect Shadow Day”