I Tried Every Fall-Themed Item at Starbucks. Here’s What Happened.

Every once in a while, a writer challenges themselves to do something funny and stupid in the name of their art. Because they work for an established website or magazine, they have an editor to either rein them in or bankroll their bravado. As a blogger, I don’t have an editor; when I have a funny, bad idea, my friends just egg me on. So on Thursday, when I decided to taste and review every fall-themed item at Starbucks, there was no one to stop me.

Well, that’s not true. My boyfriend said, “That sounds like a terrible idea.” But my friends thought it was funny, and no man is going to tell me how to live my life, so I went and did it anyway. (Sorry, Ken.)

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Travel Week // Love and Liefs

Dear Shannon,

I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been experiencing so much yelling! I apologize on behalf of my home country. I’m glad you can take it with a hint of humor!

This week has been good and bad for me. Late last week, on Thursday and Friday, I had the immense joy of flying to DC for a presidential summit (officially, the Sixth Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Fall Gathering; say that five times fast!). I got to know a few new friends and also see a little bit of DC before we flew back to Wellesley. When I got back, though, I was fighting off a cold, writing papers, and sleeping too little, so I wasn’t as well-rested as I should have been for my flight to Chicago on Wednesday!

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3 Ways to Add Joy to Your Day (Featuring Tazo Tea)

This post brought to you by Tazo® Tea. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Sara Laughed.

Life can be such a roller coaster — sometimes you’re up, enjoying the outdoors, reading, or laughing with friends. The next minute, you’re stressed, tired, and worrying about a deadline or due date. Over the last few years of college, I’ve found that adding joy to my daily life is a great way to curb stress and find some balance in my day. Here are three ways I add joy to my daily life — to avoid anxiety, create happy routines, and generally live better — featuring sponsor Tazo® Tea!

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Interfaith Matters: My Experience at #PICSCC
Faith, Issues

Why Interfaith Engagement Matters

I grew up in an interfaith world. My two closest friends in elementary school were Jewish and Catholic; because I was raised Unitarian Universalist, I grew up learning about different traditions and beliefs in not just our city, but within our own congregation. Today, I am rooted in my Christian faith, and my closest friends include members of the Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and atheist communities. In fact, I am close to more people outside of my tradition than in it.

I am so grateful for these friendships, because I know that they have enriched my life and made me a more thoughtful and compassionate person. But it’s important to remember that on a global scale, the experience that my friends and I have had is not only unusual, but very, very new. Above all, it’s something worth fighting for.

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5 Ways to Enrich Your College Life (Featuring Amazon Underground)
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3 Ways Apps Can Enrich Your College Life (Featuring Amazon Underground)

I’m currently completing my last semester of college. In the five years since I started blogging and the four years since I became a college student, I’ve written dozens of articles on college life, and quite a few on how I use technology to improve my life as a student. Over the summer, though, I bought my first tablet (an Amazon Fire HD), and it’s opened up a whole new world of possibilities and apps that I can use in my day to day life. Today, I’m going to be talking about a few of my favorites from their selection of 3,000+ free apps in the Amazon Underground appstore. A pet peeve of mine is when supposedly free apps include micro-transactions and paid upgrades; but these apps, along with all Amazon Underground apps, are all actually free (all the better for college students)! Below are a few of my favorite recommendations.

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