Alright, I’m no expert, but I wanted to share a few tips on how to completely nail an interview. College interviews, jobs, internships, you name it. Since 2019 started, I’ve done about 5 interviews, and I wanted to share some of my misconceptions and tips that I wish I would’ve known before doing an interview.
Look the Part. As much as I hate to say it, your appearance really is your first impression. If you enter an interview looking professional and well put-together, you’re already starting off on the right foot. On the other hand, if I were to enter an interview in my pajamas, that just would’ve be the best choice, especially since I’d be trying to impress a potential employer. Consider investing in a nice dress or pants and a blazer to help yourself look the part! One of my favorite places to shop is Tommy Hilfiger. It’s pricy, but definitely worth having a few staple pieces in your closet.
Have ALL of your Paperwork. Don’t forget your ID, Social Security Card, resume, and any other paperwork when you’re headed into the interview. If you end up getting the job on the spot, or need to show proof of residency, having these things on hand will help the process run smoothly.
Be Familiar with Where You’re Applying. Knowing about the company you’re applying for is more important than you think. If you’re able to relate your interview responses to the mission or motive of the company, it makes you look like you care more or are more knowledgeable than other candidates, right off the bat! It’s super simple and can go far!
Turn Your Cell Phone Off. This seems simple but is crazy important. Don’t embarrass yourself and have your phone be ringing like crazy while you’re trying to be professional.
Be Early. Early is on time, on time is late. Enough said. Also, if you’re going somewhere you’ve never been before, plan out the route!
Always Be Positive. As much as you might feel inclined, don’t talk negatively about old jobs or employers. This could reflect on you being an employee that might talk behind the back of employers, and you definitely don’t want that to be your first impression.
Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Moment to Think. During my first interview, I was asked a few “critical thinking” questions. I was almost scared to try and ask for a moment to think about my answer. Luckily, I asked if I could have a minute, and this didn’t hurt my interview process at all. You’re better off waiting a minute to answer than throwing out a random answer that isn’t well thought-out!
Those are most of the tips I have so far! If you’d like a part 2, just let me know! In coming weeks, I’m going to be talking often about jobs and productivity! Let me know if you have any requests. Until then.
Oh. My. Goodness. Prom is in LESS than two months! I am so darn excited, and I’ve been looking at so many dresses online. Has anyone else fell into the Pinterest trap when it comes to prom? I thought that I’d share a few of my faves, and then I’ll reveal what I actually ended up wearing when April rolls around.
(from left to right) most of these are from sketchy-ish websites (as most Pinterest finds are) darn! So I am trying to find comparable dresses on reliable sites!
Gold Shimmer Dress– this one is SO beautiful and so sparkly. I think that this one would be so incredibly beautiful under all of the lights at Prom and I’m loving the length and v-neck!
Blue Laced Dress – this dress was definitely the first one that I feel in love with. I love the neck, the lace detailing, and just how flowy and light it looks. If I had to choose one to pull straight off of Pinterest, this would be it. I love the dark blue color as well, I think that color really balances well with my hair.
Yellow Dress – Okay, doesn’t this one just look absolutely amazing? I love the bright color and the neckline. This is definitely a dream dress but I’m not sure if my blonde hair would match well with the yellow.
Blue Diamond Dress – Despite my dislike for intense detailing, I am loving the subtle addition of jewels on the top of this dress! I like how the bottom is more regular and lacks flair as well.
Blue Overlay Skirt – I really was skeptical about this one, I wasn’t sure how much I loved the skirt that was open in the front… until I saw a gal wearing it this weekend at a choir event. It is seriously SO stunning and I love the color combo. I also love that the skirt is detachable and I could use this dress for other events.
I think that I’m going prom dress shopping very soon, so I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on the final pick! I can’t wait for prom!
If we’re all being honest, we usually say that we read our Bible a lot more often than we actually do. This post is exactly for those girlies that keep breaking that promise to themselves on. the daily.
We all do it! We sit in our small group, glance around the circle, and subtly say, “My goal this year is to read the Bible more!” We don’t often realize that that’s the exact same resolution we’ve made for years and years. This year, I decided that I could turn that around– and trust me, don’t be discouraged because it’s mid-January already, you can get started on this anytime throughout the year.
Today, I’m giving you my top tips for how I love reading my Bible. I’ve ACTUALLY read it for probably 18 out of the 20 days of January so far, which is an insane record for me! You don’t have to read much, even a verse or two is something. This is all about you. If this is something that you want to start forming as a habit, keep following along.
They say that it takes about 40-60 days to form a habit, and I think that I’m definitely getting there. The more I keep myself up just another ten minutes, the less of a burden it becomes, and more of an almost immediate action it becomes. I thought that the most practical thing to do would be to make a list of what helps me read each night, so you can easily follow along with me. Let me know what works for you if you have any other ideas!
First of all, STOP making excuses. I promise that you can do it. Cut out the 10 minutes you scroll through Instagram in the morning and replace it with this! You will seriously begin to see a positive change… plus, you and I both know that you scroll through the exact same posts you’ve all seen multiple times per day.
Set an Alarm – Seriously, if you do something at the same time every night, you’re guaranteed to make it a part of your routine faster. I promise.
Reward Yourself – Okay, eventually, you won’t need a reward, because reading is enough a reward for yourself. For me, personally, I must admit, I love eating chips and salsa while I read and take notes… it’s totally a guilty pleasure but it definitely works for me.
Watch Coffee and Bible Time for advice! – These gals are so wise, and they make some really awesome videos and in-depth Bible studies. They even have printables available for you! Check out this video on reasons to read your Bible!
Break out those pens! – I don’t know about you, but I LOVE annotating and marking up my bible with markers, sharpies, pens, and washi tape galore. Something about taking notes gets me so much more motivated to keep reading! I’m currently obsessed with the Zebra Mildliners. 11/10 recommend
Set a Goal – For me, my goal this year is to read through the entire new testament! Knowing where my end goal is keeps me going on the days when I’m kinda unsure about what I’m working towards.
Start a Bible Study with a Friend – Get one of your friends involved! Start a weekly bible study, go grab some coffee together, and talk about what you’ve read! Having a friend to keep you accountable and motivated is often times the best thing you can do.
There you have it! Those are my top tips for reading your bible more often! Seriously, I’ve found that reading daily changes my outlook on things and lowers my stress level like crazy. You haven’t known calm until you’ve read a chapter before bed! Try it out sometime and let me know what you think; you can do this girl!
I understand that I’m throwing myself to the wolves here. I’m expressing part of my beliefs online, and that can always be nerve-wracking. Please keep your opinions respectful and keep debate to a minimum. I am simply writing a think-piece. I do not see this as a piece of advocacy for either side.
No, I did not march.
Does this mean I didn’t want to? No. I was actually at rehearsal, but I wanted to share my thoughts on this year’s Women’s March.
I am in full support of women’s rights. Would I consider myself a feminist? I can’t be sure. With today’s connotation of the word, it’s almost scary to label yourself as a feminist, for fear that someone will see you as a “hysterical woman.” The dictionary definition of feminist is “someone who advocates for women’s rights and equality between sexes.” Who wouldn’t want the two sexes to be equal? I thoroughly believe that the majority of the country shares this belief, however, somehow we have connected the term “feminist” with a scary, intimidating image.
This is the definition of “feminist” on Urban Dictionary: A person, usually but not necessarily of female gender, indoctrinated to find fault in everything a male does whilst believing all females can do no wrong. Feminists will use any lies, deceit, dubious statistics, manipulation, aggression and threats to eliminate any sense of fairness, justice or decency to men (or boys) irrespective of creed, ethnic background or colour.
Since when did this become the definition of a feminist? I view feminists as I believe they should be viewed. Human beings who want nothing more than human rights. Women have gained crazy amounts of rights over the years, which I definitely support. Should women be superior to men? Absolutely not. All we are asking is to be seen as equal, in the workplace, at home, and out in society. It makes perfect sense.
Nowadays, we are incredibly lucky to see women in leadership positions, such as my role models Savannah Guthrie and Hota Kotb who act as the lead anchors of The Today Show every morning. Why can’t we see feminists as successful women (who they absolutely are) who did the work necessary to get to where they are, rather than screaming, angry women who are being belittled by others, male and female alike?
I know that several will agree with me. I know that several will never see eye-to-eye with my beliefs. I know some will never be able to cleanse their minds of an image of a hostile woman or man yelling about rights. I know that some people will just never see it the way that I see it. And that’s okay. I just hope that one day, the world can, in the words of John Lennon, “be as one.”
I’m a TOTAL book nerd. And I can’t wait to share that on my blog. I’ve thought about it for quite some time, and I’m a little upset that I didn’t read much in 2018. I love reading and spending time buried in books, so this year, I decided I’d make a list of 19 books I want to read in 2019. I’m not entirely sure if I actually can read this many this year (junior and senior year oof) but I’m going to at least try for 10! This is pretty much just a list post, so I’m going to keep this short. (Spoiler Alert: There will be MANY WWII era books, true crime novels, and romance novels. Those are for sure my favorite three categories, not sure why)
Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys)
The Zookeeper’s Wife (Diane Ackerman)
When I Am Through With You (Stephanie Kuhen)
Midnight at the Electric (Jodi Lynn Anderson)
Girl in Pieces (Kathleen Glasglow)
All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
The Wrong Train (Jeremy de Quidt)
The Ravenous (Amy Lukavics)
This is Where It Ends (Marieke Nijkamp)
Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterly)
Present Over Perfect (Shana Niequist)
A List of Cages (Robin Roe)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
They Both Die at the End (Adam Silvera)
Daring to Dream (Nora Roberts)
The Girl Who Chased the Moon (Sarah Addison Allen)
When I say that I never saw college coming, I never saw it coming. Crazy. It’s hard to believe that in about a year and a half I’ll be moving into a college dorm and beginning life somewhere else. It’s hard to believe that I’ve finally arrived at the season of standardized tests, applications, essays, and recommendation letters.
I decided to visit Arizona State University – Downtown Phoenix, a university that I excited to visit, but wasn’t quite expecting to ever visit. The reason? It’s incredibly close to home. Sure, being close to home isn’t a bad thing, but I’ve lived in Arizona my entire life, so going out-of-state has always been a big dream of mine. This tour might’ve changed a bit of that.
ASU has a giant journalism program that’s absolutely incredible. It’s named after Walter Cronkite, one of the greatest journalists of all time. Students have unique internship opportunities, their own TV station, and editing bays and equipment galore. I was honestly stunned to see how much they had available to their students, and when I found out that the journalism building is open 24/7 (aka the best idea ever for journalism students who are always working on their next story). Guess where you’ll find me at 3am?
I first got to tour the actual ASU campus and the dorms, which were much more spacious than I expected! The campus itself is open to the city and really blends in, but I have to say, I really appreciated the city/school balance. There’s just enough places to intern, work, or find a place to study. The dorms are all in one building that has a nice post office, kitchen, and dining hall downstairs. The whole campus is in the middle of Phoenix so there are several food options.
The walking tour really showed off how versatile and supportive ASU is of their students. There were banks solely for students, student discounts everywhere, and buildings that boasted ease of access. I thought that the city blended students with regular civilians, and somehow, I could suddenly picture myself walking to and from classes, and wanting to investigate all of the buildings that I didn’t get to step inside.
The actual Cronkite building itself (which I got to go through individually) was six stories tall and right across the street from the dorms. The building had its own TV station inside (insanely cool) that juniors and seniors can all audition for, and its own newsroom where everyone could work alongside the set. I was elated to see how professional the workrooms of the building were, and in a way, it made me feel like Cronkite gives less of a college classroom feel and more of a workplace feel. I was super excited to see all of the “editing bays,” which are small rooms with computers, microphones, and all the editing software you could ever need to give students every opportunity possible to craft the perfect story. The guide, Alexis, talked about how students at Cronkite seize every opportunity to be professional and advance in their careers, even talking about the 2 absence limit. I thought this really aligned with what I do and what I want, so that was definitely a pro of the school that I never would’ve seen without the tour. Side note: make sure you tour schools! You might not realize you love a school or certain aspects of it until you see it in person!
The Barrett Honors Program is also a big part of ASU and it’s an honors program that focuses on building community. I liked that the students in the honors program get to take unique classes to fulfill their honors requirements, such as study abroad classes, or even taking a class that analyzes Disney Films (seriously, who wouldn’t want a Disney class?)
Overall, I was really impressed with ASU as a whole, and I was glad to see that there was such a strong journalism program so close to where I live. I’ll definitely be applying this summer, so stay tuned to see what happens with this one! I’ll be sure to share my future tours with y’all as well, until next time!
You guys!! I seriously can’t believe it, I’ve finally reached the halfway mark with my Invisalign… and there’s a pretty huge difference. First of all– my dentist promised that braces would be a shorter journey for me… my Invisalign have been on for 5 months and are coming off in 4! My braces would’ve taken about a year and a half. I’m so glad I went with the Invisalign option.
My teeth have gotten noticeably straighter, but there hasn’t been much pain at all. I now switch my trays every weeks instead of every two weeks, which makes the process go by much faster, and the trays less gross (ew). I’ve gotten better about remembering to bring my Invisalign bag wherever I go, and I’m no longer forgetting bits and pieces whenever I travel (the amount of tiny toothpaste bottles I’ve gone through!!)
I can tell that my teeth have gotten closer together and the few that were super problematic are now starting to straighten out. It’s not too painful, like I said earlier, but my mouth is always sore at the beginning of the week, no fail. I have 24 trays total, and currently, I’m wearing #11. There has been one recurring issue, and it’s that I keep accidentally swallowing attachments (small, plastic Invisalign brackets) when they fall off my teeth. It’s not really a big deal to swallow them, just inconvenient because they have to reglue all of them at the orthodontist’s office. That is NOT my favorite experience.
I’ve had so many people ask me so many questions about Invisalign, so feel free to drop yours below if you have any, and I’ll include them in the 75% done update! I’ll be there in mid-February, since my teeth are moving faster and faster and I’m switching about 4 trays per month instead of 2. Until next time!
I’m officially halfway through my junior year, and I’ve had sooo many people ask me: where are you in your search? I really love following along with other’s college searches, so I definitely wanted to share mine with all of you! I’ve broken it all down into a few categories: My Major, My School, My Tests, and My Applications.
I want to major in journalism, with an emphasis in broadcast (so that I can achieve my dream career of being an anchor). Even though I’m pretty set on what I want to do, I’m also interested in taking some classes in producing and editing, so that I can be a well-rounded journalist. I’m looking for a school that gives me the ability to study broadcasting, and has a student news station, so that I can practice being on-air before I actually graduate.
I’ve been struggling to figure out what I want most in a college. Is it the campus? Social life? Academic rigor? The honors college? So, to figure that out, I’ve been touring. I’ve toured University of Denver (totally random, we were just in the area), University of Southern California, and Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix. I’ve loved various things about each (and for the linked ones, click for my thoughts) but I’m not 100% set on any of them yet. I’m planning on touring Northwestern this summer, and several more, if and when I get accepted. Currently, I have my search down to about four schools, give or take one. I don’t plan on applying to more than 5 or 6 schools, considering that applications are usually about $75, and I only want to apply to schools that I could really see myself going to if I was to be accepted. Point is, I’m more about the practicality than the “I got into 10 schools!” approach.
I’m not sure how much of this I can talk about on my blog, so I’ll give you what I know I can share. I’ve currently taken the PSAT twice and the SAT once. I improved each time, and currently, I’m sitting at a score that I am proud of! I am planning on taking my SAT once more in the Spring. I’ve never taken the ACT, but I personally feel like I’ve done so well on the SAT that it’s not really necessary for me to take the ACT at all. I used Khan Academy to study for FREE, and let me say, it definitely paid off and I would 10/10 recommend.
I haven’t started any applications yet, as many for the Fall of 2020 open in July! I’ll keep y’all updated, but so far, all of the schools I’m applying to are through the Common App, except for one (yikes, why can’t they all be on the same platform). I’m starting to pick out which teachers I want to write my recommendations, and what things I’m going to put on my college resume. Point is, I’m so glad I’ve started to think about this ahead of time, because there are so many more pieces than I thought.
That’s about where I am at the moment, but I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as I progress through the actual process. If you’re younger (or my age) and have any questions, let me know so I can answer them! I’d love to let you all know how my journey is going!
I have to admit. I’ve been going through my blog the past couple of weeks and taking a look at everything that I’ve done in the past year. I’ve realized that towards the end of the year, I feel like my blog got a little unauthentic! Some of my posts don’t sound quite like me and they sound like I’m just trying to fit into the blogging community. Some posts sound rushed and I know they’re not the best I could do, and that’s not what I want to do. Yes, I want other people to love my blog, but I want to love my blog, too. So, I’ve decided that this year, my word of the year is AUTHENTIC.I want to be authentically me, and not only in person, but online.
If you took a look at my Instagram that my friends follow, you’d see my “inspiration” posts where I go off on whole tangents which reflect me and what type of person I am. I started to ask myself why I didn’t do that on my blog, and I figured that now is a better time than ever to start. I want to start sharing more of my life with y’all, more of what I love and care about, and less of things I just try to love or show.
This year, I’ll focus more on writing about what I love and sharing that with the world. As I get older and move towards college, I really want my blog to become a home where I can share pieces of my life for people to see, especially with family and friends as I move onto my next stage of life. It’s hard to keep up to date with everyone, so I’m really going to accomplish that with my blog.
I figured I’ll reintroduce myself, so you can really get a good idea of where my blog is going and what I want to do with it. My name is Emma, I’m a lifestyle blogger 110%. I love blogging about advice, faith, school, and camp. Besides blogging, I love writing for a local magazine and channelkindness.org. I’m a junior and starting to narrow in on college applications, so I’ll definitely be sharing about that soon. I can’t wait to share more of that with you all this year as I strive to be more authentic.
Alright, enough of that! Onto my resolutions:
Try to keep my room clean. I’ve never been good at this, because I come home and throw everything onto my floor. I feel that if I actually keep my room clean, I’ll get much more done.
Read everyday. Reading is something I really love and I’ve been reading nonstop over winter break. I always love a good autobiography or true crime novel. If you have any book suggestions, please let me know, I’m always adding to my list!
Post at least once a week. This may seem easy, but for me, it’s a struggle sometimes to balance my freelance writing work (for magazines) with my blog work. I desperately want to become more consistent with my blog this year!
Focus on skincare. This is another thing that I am the absolute worst at. I’ve started using a new skincare brand called Bliss so hopefully I’ll be more motivated to work on that this year.
Take a break day each week. I’m going to try my hardest to give myself a night off each week! I can do this.
There we go! I hope that you’re excited for the future of And Then Emma. This is going to be a year focused on self-improvement and blog improvement, and I’m ecstatic to get started. Until next time!
Welcome back to my recap of 2018! If you didn’t see the first half of my year, you can check it out here. I am so excited to share my second half of my year with you, it was full of just as many surprises as the first half. I won’t bore you with the regular stuff, let’s get going with July.
Oh, friends. July was the month of a lifetime. I left a day after getting back from California for church camp and went straight up to Prescott to go to Sky-Y. I had been to Sky-Y as a camper once before, but this time, I was going up to be trained as a CIT (counselor-in-training), which I had been looking forward to ever since I left camp the year before. I had no clue what I was in for. My first week of training, we drove out in a YMCA bus to Payson and camped for a week. And I mean, camped. Tents, cooking our own food, an outhouse, the whole shabang. It was my first time going actually camping (besides that time when I was probably 10 and we forgot the tent poles, yikes, we
have never gone camping as a family again), and it was terrifying and crazy fun at the same time. Staying up late playing ERS and making cord bracelets with my friends will always be one of my favorite memories. I came back to camp the next week to shadow a full-time counselor and I was put in a cabin with 17 7-year-olds. That was probably the hardest thing of my life. It was exhausting (mentally and physically and emotionally!!), exhilarating, and flat out difficult. I was incredibly lucky to be asked to stay for another week as a real counselor for a cabin of 12-year-old girls who were absolutely spectacular and really cool. I had the time of my life at Sky-Y this summer and I can’t wait to go back as full-time staff next summer, but first, I get to go up and be a cabin counselor for New Years! I’ve never been to winter camp so it should be super exciting to experience camp in the snow for the first time. Being in Arizona, I don’t get to see snow a lot, so combining my favorite place with something I haven’t really experienced much before should be super different and super exciting.
Nothing much happened in August, folks. I found my new favorite restaurant of all time: Snooze (yes, I’m a total breakfast fanatic. Find me a good breakfast place and I’ll never leave). Other than that, I started my junior year with a full schedule and one extra class. Two choirs, three AP classes, a third year language, and an online class. Try that… just kidding… really don’t try that if you don’t have to.
Cue September: the busiest and best month of my year. September was full of surprises. I was asked my an amazing family friend, Lara, to work at the Emmy Awards, which I was so excited about. Since I want to go into television (news), and that’s what the Emmys is all about, I was over the moon excited to be able to see it all happening behind the scenes. I also submitted my work to the Student Emmy Awards and was totally shocked to find out that I had won! That picture is me holding my student Emmy, still in utter disbelief that it actually happened to me.
I had worked so hard to create a beautiful video about a charity in Phoenix and ended up submitting the video last minute. I had no idea that it would win, especially after watching some of the other entires. I can’t wait to submit again this year… I’m hoping to submit in the documentary category and the News Anchor Talent category for my highlight reel of my anchor work! Actually working the Emmys was great; I got to sit backstage and help produce and stage manage, which was something I had never done before. I had stage managed plenty of choir concerts and theatre productions, but never a televised event! I also got to meet some kids from Cronkite and ask about their experience in Journalism school, which was a nice look into my potential future. The last week of September was homecoming week, and it was Greatest Showman Themed! My choir got to perform in the assembly, which was definitely an exciting thing that we had been looking forward to doing for years.
October started off with a bang! My school’s Student Government (StuGo) invited me to come on their annual leadership trip to Disneyland, which was absolutely spectacular. It was so fun getting to meet all sorts of new people and bond with some of the StuGo kids who I had gotten to know. The advisor jokes that I’m the “honorary StuGo member” because several teachers and students always ask if I’m in StuGo since I’m at so many of their events. I absolutely love everyone in StuGo at my school; they’re super nice, they put so much energy and love into their events, and they’ve really stepped up the game with all of the great spirit days and decorations this year. Sometimes, I wish I was one of them (maybe in the future???), but for now, I love being their “honorary member” (haha). Disneyland was so cute, it was all decorated for Halloween and we got to attend an awesome leadership seminar where they took us around the park and taught us all about the Disney company and how it symbolizes leadership. It was definitely the most fun leadership seminar I had ever been to.
November was filled with veteran’s events, especially since I’m the president of a local veteran’s organization. It was incredible to be able to speak at my town’s ceremony (which is well-renowned because our memorial has been mentioned at the national level and is very popular during the season). It was such an amazing honor to do so and I got to meet so many other amazing veterans in the process. The rest of the month was pretty average, not much happened besides the usual studying and working!
For December, I do not have photos yet! It’s been a pretty hard month and a lot has happened, but I might get into that more later. One thing that I’m really looking forward to is Winter Camp! I’ve never been to winter camp at the camp I work at, but I am SO excited to go up at the end of December and have my own cabin. That’s also what my first day of 2019 will be, a day at camp (hopefully in the snow)!
Thank you so much for reading through my 2018, it was so fun to share and I can’t wait for an even more amazing 2019. Until then!