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PLAInvadesLA

I think a lot about how we retell the stories about our experiences. The way that we talk about an experience to someone else often ends up being the way that we remember it. For that reason, I have had a lot of hesitation in writing a reflection about LA; there were...

Balancing Quiet and Noise

At a recent PLA lunch with alumna Sarah Bastian, she and I talked extensively about the value of quiet and silence. Specifically, we talked about how college students are constantly inundated with noise throughout the day. And when I talk about noise, I don’t just...

Linear vs. Nonlinear Progress

If you’ve talked to me this semester, you’ve probably heard me talk about my thesis, and probably make some half-panicked remark about how I have not accomplished as much as I would like to. Completing my honors thesis is my big ticket item for the semester. It is the...

Thanks Amanda

True to character as a former fat kid, I love Girl Scout Cookies. I mean, who doesn’t? They are undeniably delicious and help support a good organization. With that in mind, I had a real hankering for them during the spring semester of sophomore year – I was drowning...

Defining Priorities

It’s natural for ambitious, high-achieving students to try to take on too much, and that’s something that I am struggling with this semester. In my first blog of the fall, I kind of ran through all my different obligations for the semester, and now, around the halfway...

Harmony & Leadership

When President Barron spoke to our class about his reading of Team of Rivals, he explained how he followed the theme of Lincoln’s communication throughout the book. This thread of communication as an element of leadership guided his reading of the entire biography,...

Senior Year, bro

As I enter into my senior year of college, nothing feels real anymore. It is amazing to me that I have made it this far into my undergraduate career – and damn that time has flown by quickly. I am entering a series of lasts – last math classes, last Blue Band events,...

HANGRY

Tonight, I am writing to you from a hangry state-of-mind. As you might be able to imagine, the food in Chicago is a bit more expensive than food in State College. Coupled with the fact that I don’t have any kitchen supplies to cook anything in my apartment, I have...

Are personality tests bullshit?

After my first year in PLA, the most crystallized takeaway that I got was the power of introspection. In each speaker’s presentation on the NYC and Seattle trips, there was some kernel of “know yourself and what you value.” Knowing yourself is a lot easier said than...

Wow I have a lot to learn

Three months after the PLA spring trip, I am back in the Windy City for the summer! I am interning at Grenzebach Glier & Associates (GG+A), a philanthropy management consulting firm based in Chicago. Essentially, GG+A is a for-profit consulting firm that...
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