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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...

Refreshed, Thankful, Motivated

In the week leading up to Spring Break, I remarked to my parents that “I’m looking forward to break, but I don’t really feel like I need a break yet.” I was staying afloat with my coursework, and I was getting used to the cold weather. I felt that a break from school...

Olympics

If you have read the blogs from Candice or Sumit from this week, you’ll know how much I love the Olympics. Like I ****ing love the Olympics. I love the ideal of the world coming together to celebrate athleticism and sportsmanship. I love the patriotic pride that...

Storytime with Ryan

Without a doubt, the most engaging part of the PLA Newsletter each week is the new column “Storytime with Sam.” Each Thursday afternoon I look forward to learning a little more about the life of Samuel Guthrie and the wisdom he imparts on us. Because of this, I...
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