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I Entered My First Sales Competition and the Experience Was PRICELESS

Never in my 21 years have I ever thought about going into sales. I always picture some miserable guy shoved into his cubicle making endless phone calls that end in abrupt hangups and the occasional insult. Not exactly inspiring.

Understandably, I was quite shocked when I found myself at the Mid-Atlantic Sales Competition this past Saturday, kitted out in my suit and official-looking pad folio. I had somehow convinced myself that this would be a riveting new challenge. Let’s try and get someone to buy what I’m selling! The closest I had ever come to that was convincing my parents to let me stay out past curfew in high school. Continue reading “I Entered My First Sales Competition and the Experience Was PRICELESS”

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Current: College Turned My Brain into Mashed Potatoes

I’ve only been here for about 4 weeks and my brain already hates myself for it. I do this thing at the beginning of every semester where I think my abilities to conquer anything and everything are paralleled to that of a superhero. Take on a full load of classes and an internship? Sure, why not?! Teach meditation Monday mornings, play soccer Thursday nights, and try to maintain a social life? Sleep is for the weak!!!  Get all of my school work done and study for exams? It’s time for senioritis to creep in like the plague! Continue reading “Current: College Turned My Brain into Mashed Potatoes”

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Etiquette Every Traveler Should Follow

If there’s one thing any traveler should know before they take off on an adventure or vacation, it’s how to be a respectful tourist. I grew up in Cape May, a small beach town in South Jersey, and I really can’t tell you how many times I was tempted to run over a rude shoobie (Cape May lingo for tourist). Continue reading “Etiquette Every Traveler Should Follow”

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Alta Acqua – Hidden Gem of Venice

If you’re a book fiend like I am, then you need to visit this hidden gem in Venice, Italy. Nestled within the winding alleyways is a beautiful store where gondolas are filled to the brim with books, and there’s a staircase in the back with books stacked so high with you can literally walk up it. Off the beaten tourist track, the Alta Acqua is hands down my singular favorite spot in Venice. Continue reading “Alta Acqua – Hidden Gem of Venice”

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Ending the Gap Year Stigma

It’s that time of year again. High school seniors, college seniors, and grad students across the nation are getting ready to answer the single most dreaded question any young adult has ever been asked: What’s your plan?

It’s not that we’re incompetent individuals or lost souls, that’s just a really big question to answer. What do you want to do for the rest of your life? Kids in high school aren’t even old enough to legally drink alcohol, let alone decide the direction of their lives for the next 50 years. On average, one in three students will change their major at least once during their college career. Heck, my cousin went to school for archaeology and is now an accountant. At 18 and 22, many of us don’t have enough real world experience to have a firm understanding of the field that we’re going into. So why not take some time off to really learn about the world?

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Perks of Having a Pen Pal

The average age when a child receives a cell phone is now just 10 years old. By the age of 13, 50 percent of these children also create social media accounts, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. When young children become so enthralled in social media and their cell phones, they lose various other ways of communicating. They stop making phone calls and interacting face to face, because why would you call someone when you can text them in 30 seconds? The way I connected with friends during my childhood (I’m a ’97 baby) and the ways kids do today is an entire world apart. Continue reading “Perks of Having a Pen Pal”

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DIY Vision Board

Sometimes I feel like an unmotivated potato, perfectly contented to stay huddled in my blanket as the glow of Netflix makes my face visible in the darkness. It’s easy to lose track of our goals when life is filled with speedy deadlines, daily errands, and blurry moments. Vision boards are a great way to keep our goals and dreams in plain sight – and in a cute, stylish way! They’re simple to make, and you get to add your own spunky, personalized touch. Continue reading “DIY Vision Board”

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Summer in Cape May

This summer in Cape May might be one of my last. Senior year of college has begun, and the possibilities for adventure, success, and learning are only just starting to reveal themselves on the distant horizon. Seeing that time whizzes past me faster and faster every year, I wanted to make sure this summer was not one that I would forget, using my camera to freeze frame my favorite moments, so they might stay with me just a while longer.

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A perfectly still night at the Cape May Marina.

One of the best things about Cape May is that it sits in its own bubble. When you watch the sun slipping out of view as it melts into the ocean, hearing the sound of the waves lightly lap the shore like it’s been doing for millions of years, you forget the rush that life has entangled us in. The noisy city you come from or the homework you have due eases into the background as the salt erodes our stress-hardened edges. The ocean will always be a deeply healing place for me.

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Crashing waves at The Point.

Sometimes our happiest moments are the ones we weren’t planning: going to the beach in-between a double, exploring a dock, just taking it all in. These spontaneous moments are some of my favorites.

Wherever my career and wanderlust may take me, Cape May will always be my true home. With the sound of the ocean waiting on the other side of my window, the salt breeze to kiss my skin, and a town filled with lessons and memories that have shaped me into who I am, it’s hard to forget a place like Cape May.