The Thirst Project

663 million.

The number of people without the access to safe drinking water

8 college students.

Turned $70 into $1700 and founded the world’s largest youth water organization

 

Why: Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than AIDS, Malaria, and all world violence combined. By providing a community with safe drinking water, disease rates can drop up to 88%, and child mortality rates can drop up to 90%.

 

Where: Swaziland has the single-highest-density population of HIV/AIDS in the world, and even if you have access to medical treatment,

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My Journey as a Student Leader: Part 1

There are a lot of ups and downs to being a student leader, so you have to be prepared for the good, the bad, and the ugly. For now, we’ll just focus on the good.

One of the things that I love about Saint Joe’s is that there are tons of student run organizations to join that allow you to find where you fit as a student leader. Throughout my four years here, I have been an executive board member on our programming board and two organizations within The Office of Multicultural Life, an ambassador for a freshman early move-in program,

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“And everything I had to know, I heard it on my radio.”

– Queen, ‘Radio Ga Ga’
(Before I begin this post, let me just say: WOW, it feels so good to be back! I’ve had to take a bit of a break from blogging lately to focus my energy on other endeavors; last semester, my classes required me to spend all of my spare time studying and working on group projects, and this semester’s internship has changed my sleep schedule — and my life — completely. But I’ll get to that.)

Monday morning, 3:45 AM. One of the four alarms I have set on my phone begins blaring what would normally be considered a fairly pleasant tune;

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Working out without going to the gym

When I came to college I stopped playing sports because I no longer had the time to dedicate to practices and to games. To make up for the lack of physical activity that I attempted to go to the gym a few times only to realize that it just wasn’t for me.

To be honest, I hate using the machines at the gym. They’re large, bulky, and anything that I have to pull down is difficult to use because I’m barely tall enough to reach anything (I’m only five feet tall). I prefer to use free weights so working out in my apartment saves me the trouble of having to travel back and forth between campus and my apartment just to get a little bit of exercise.

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Second Semester Mantras

The beginning of my second semester as a freshman I made a few goals; not resolutions to stop eating Campion cookies, but instead mantras to implement in my everyday life. Now the middle of the semester, I can happily say that all three of my mantras are in fact being met, and I believe that each has made a huge impact on my semester thus far.

 

Mantra comes from Sanskrit origin, with the prefix meaning mind, and the suffix meaning instrument. Therefore together, mantra means an instrument of the mind. These words or phrases are made by you in order to aid as a tool in order to bring psychological and/or spiritual power.

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Visit Philly 2016: Spring Events

The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and the temperature is slowly escaping the below freezing mark; spring is coming! Spring is my absolute favorite season in the year. The feeling of crisp, fresh March air on the face and warm sun on the skin is bliss in its purest form. This spring, I’m making it a goal to get out into the beautiful city of Philadelphia more often. With the city nearly in my backyard, I sometimes take it for granted. I’ve done some research into events going on in Philly this season, and hopefully it will also inspire all you lovely readers to get out and feel the brotherly love.

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Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference 2016

After joining the Student Union Board here on campus, I realized that planning events for college campuses was something that I enjoyed and was pretty good at. So I started talking to a few administrators around campus about pursuing a job in Student Affairs. This includes all of the departments that oversee RAs, orientation leaders, programming boards, Greek Life and much more.

On Friday, I attended the 42nd Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference with another student from SJU. She and I were serving as interns for the conference, which was an initiative that was implemented for the first time this year.

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All Aboard the Struggle Bus: Part III

The long awaited final part of your new favorite (yup, definitely your favorite) trilogy! If you’re just tuning in, feel free to check out part I and part II!

Vivian’s new shoes were pretty great. They were comfortable and they just happened to be the same color as her raincoat. Nicole and Vivian took the magical subway across the city, and walked the rest of the way to the art museum. It was a cloudy day, but fortunately it was a pleasant 70 degrees outside. They walked through a park and past the Ben Franklin Parkway.

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Galentine’s Day 2016

The term “Galentine’s Day” was first brought to us via the comedic gold that is NBC’s Parks and Recreation. For some, this special holiday is celebrated on February 13th, but others celebrate it on the 14th, sort of as an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration. Galentine’s Day is a time for girl friends to come together and celebrate one another. If you’ve read my Hawk Mate post, you know I’m a big fan of empowering female friendships. And now, thanks to Leslie Knope, there’s a whole day to celebrate these friendships.

I’m not an anti-Valentine’s Day crusader or anything;

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Trying to eat healthy in the dining hall

I always say that I’m going to eat healthier, but this semester I decided that I really wanted to give it a try. It is not always easy but so far I have been doing pretty well. What I’ve realized is that my best option for a well-rounded meal (or as well rounded as it can get in a college dining hall) is to go to the Home Zone (between the Grill and Dessert stations if you don’t pay attention to the names). For example, a few weeks ago they were serving meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, and roasted cauliflower. The cauliflower is surprisingly really good when it’s roasted,

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