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Redefining My Purpose

By Lea Mercado Web Content Assistant Manager Have you ever felt like you were put on this earth to do something big? No one told you to or provided instruction, but the feeling persisted until reality stepped in the way or self-doubt crept in. I know that feeling, and while some may categorize that feeling differently, I call it purpose. For the longest time, I thought that my purpose was […]

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Lifestyle

Fear, Change, and How We Learn from It

By Lea Mercado Web Content Assistant Manager It seems like everyone is going through some sort of change these days. Spring really is a time to reset and prepare for what the rest of the year has to offer. For some of us, we're getting ready to graduate. For others, it can be a big move somewhere new or just generally dipping into the vast pool of uncertainty that accompanies […]

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Lifestyle

Wellness Habits that (Annoyingly) Work

By Lea Mercado Web Content Assistant Manager   In full transparency, I'm horrible at self-care. Like, face-mask-in-eyes and fell-asleep-while-meditating type of bad. While I know it is the only thing that stands between the average college student and academic burnout, for me, it somehow manages to feel like another assignment at the top of the pile.    Since 2020, people have been more determined than ever to take care of […]

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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day: Women for Climate Justice

By Lea Mercado Web Content Assistant Manager International Women's Day is a day dedicated to showing appreciation to the women who work hard to positively impact our lives. Those who choose to celebrate may adorn the women in their lives with flowers, gifts or maybe take over some of their responsibilities as a display of appreciation. But the focus of this year's celebration requires far more than pleasantries. It requires […]

todayMarch 8, 2022 47 2

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Lifestyle

How to Avoid a Useless Degree

By Lea Mercado Web Content Assistant Manager   Every student has experienced that heart-dropping doubt that the degree they've invested their time and money into won't lead to the salary a college degree is expected to produce.    Perhaps the doubt was caused by the confused looks on your parents' faces when you announced your major, or simply the inability to explain your dream job to someone without feeling like […]

todayFebruary 21, 2022 71 1

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Web Content

The Importance of This Year’s Black History Month Theme

By Lea Mercado Web Content Assistant Manager As we enter February of 2022, Black History Month helps us kick off the new year again. Each year, a theme is selected to guide the public's awareness of issues disproportionately affecting Black individuals. Past themes have ranged from "Afro-American Scholars: Leaders, Activists and Writers," in 1993 to "The Crisis in Black Education" in 2012. Each theme provides a snapshot of history, just […]

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Entertainment

Strategies to Make Internship Season Painless

By Lea Mercado Web Content Assistant Manager   It is that time of year again: internship season. The time where college students finally update their resumes, cave into writing cover letters and learn how to market their skills to employers.    While searching for internships can be an exciting process, it can also be exhausting. So here are a few strategies that have made my internship search significantly less painful.  […]

todayJanuary 11, 2022 23 2

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Web Content

The Course Everyone Should Take

By Lea Mercado Web Content Assistant Manager College is recognized as the most significant opportunity to become familiar with the world around you, not only through education and prospective contributions to the workforce but through interacting with the community and applying classroom knowledge while doing so. The problem is, not every program equips students with an in-depth understanding of how exactly our society functions. Though universities have tried to accomplish […]

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Entertainment

3 Thanksgiving Recipes You’re Going to Want to Try

By Lea Mercado Web Content Assistant Manager As someone who loves to bake, Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year. I always grew up being in charge of the pies and puddings, but over the past few Thanksgivings, I decided to expand my contributions to appetizers in addition to desserts. The only issue was: I'm not a good cook. Typically, the extent of my cooking skills maxes out at […]

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