Do yourself a favor and buy that damn plane ticket already.

infinite satori

“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.  I spent a large part of my youth traveling the world as a hippie. And what money did I have then? None. I barely had enough to pay for my fare. But I still consider those to have been the best years of my youth.The great lessons I learned has been precisely those that my journeys had taught me.”

-Paulo Coelho

I know you. You look through countless of travel blogs, browse through the travel section of the bookstore, read Lonely Planet guidebooks, and National Geographic magazines. You’re in love with city maps, atlases, and globes. You get shivers down your spine when you run your fingers down the tiny blood veins on a map as if it was breathing and coming alive. And it says to you, “Buy a god damn ticket and explore me.” But you don’t, because you…

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Substitute Fun for Fame

The FADER is a New York-based music magazine launched in 1999 by Rob Stone and Jon Cohen. The FADER documents a range of emerging music, style and culture. Their issues give insight on up-and-coming artists in the music industry, and for the most part are really intriguing to read. Check them out.

Sustainable Technologies

This entry is in response to an Article by Vivek Wadhwa for the American Society of Engineering Education's Publication "PRISM." Innovation is the product of creativity, strategy, and forward thinking.  With an abundance of innovative technology, the future seems to be coming at us exponentially faster; and the predictions are incredible.  This article by Vivek Wadhwa outlines …

Mission: Transition 

Last fall, during my first semester at CMU, I participated in the Alpha Leadership Experience.  The following semester, I volunteered with the program as a facilitator (which, as it appears, is an experience I did not blog about.... oops.) Alpha has been a part of my schedule each semester so far, and it's looking to stay …

Legacy

Frozen. A popular facilitation tool used in leadership curriculum is to ask "In one word, how would you describe how you're feeling right now?"  After my weekend in Cheboygan, MI, I have to pick "frozen."  The temperatures were devilishly low, scraping levels of the thermometer, before then, unknown me. Snow and ice coated streets and buildings, hiding any …

Built To Last

Participating at the Connections Conference last fall left a strong and empowering impression on me.  I left the conference feeling closer with my LAS cohort and having made new friendships outside of the leadership institute, all while in an environment conducive to leadership development. I returned this year as a member of the committee to …

Retreat 2K14

What a weekend.  I am just settling in from the LAS Mentor/Mentee retreat; my body is in agony and I'm beyond exhausted, but  chiefly, I am so happy.  This retreat could not have gone any better than it did. As a returner, I got to play the "mentor" role.  My goal was to mentor just the basics; …

Mentorship

Coming into the LAS program, I was blessed to be brought into a great line of mentors.  James Wilson, my immediate mentor, and Justin Sutherland, my grand-mentor, made my first year at a university incredibly easier.  Justin and James are both socialites, and introduced me to seemingly half of campus.  They helped me build a network of …