Inspire Others

This is something I remember when I think about my long-term goals concerning education. I want to be an advocate of education because I believe it is the best way to achieve your dream. I hope inspire someone.

Service Learning

I am now officially certified in Service Learning. As I conduct research on engaged learning, I’m interested in knowing how these certification programs measure up and how students benefit from them. I personally have found these experiences really helpful in my improvement and betterment, but have others? The world may never know. Or will they.

please and THANK YOU

I tweet, text, e-mail, Facebook and make phone calls daily. I am responsible for the University of Kansas Office of Admission social media sites. I have also tweeted for Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, a nonprofit called Dundori Orphan Project, the University Daily Kansan and our school’s magazine Jayplay.

Tweets, texts, e-mails. Our society is incredibly integrated into digital communications. But what about ole’ fashion pen and paper?

I am a Thank You card fanatic. Handmade cards, Hallmark cards. It doesn’t matter. I love to send cards.I want you to realize the importance of a thank-you. It leaves a wonderful and maybe even a long-lasting impression on those who you encounter, those who serve you and those who could possibly hire you.

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Do it now. The moment someone does something nice is the moment you should start drafting a thank you. Now, don’t go over board and write thank you’s to all of those who hold the door open or compliment your new watch. Make sure a thank you is granted. Remember, timeliness is very important.

Be specific. Use names and details. If you’re thanking someone for their help, be clear on what you are thankful for. Let them know their services and kindness do not go unnoticed. Do not simply say thank you because you feel like you have to. Specific details express your appreciation.

Be personal. If you’re writing a thank you as a follow-up to an interview, address the letter to the interviewer personally. A personal touch is an important aspect of the art of thank you letters. I always try to put my e-mail and website on the back of the card to add a personal and communicative element.

Take your time. Draft the thank-you note. I can’t tell you how many times I have wasted nice stationary because of silly mistakes. Write it out on a scrape piece of paper before the final draft.

Don’t write something dumb or simply two sentences. Thanking them is a really nice gesture but not putting thought and time into it could show a lack of gratitude.

Be Fancy. You don’t have to splurge in order to get quality paper. Now a days, you can get a fat stack of blank cards from your local Target or office supply store. I prefer blank cards because then I can get my creative juices flowing.

Not creative? Buy a simple thank-you card with the words, “Thank you,” nicely printed on the front. Then you can even google: “How to write a Thank you.” To generate some good ideas. But remember, make it sound like it is coming from not just you but also from the heart.

Make a good lasting impression. Make a call to action and future communications by ending with, “I look forward to working with you in the future.” Or something of that nature. Also, don’t simply sign off with your first name. Use your full name.

Snail mail is a great art and should be apprecaited. Showing appreciation will only enrich your lives and your relationships with others. Write on.



Moleskine Madness

As some of you might have guessed, I love my Moleskine notebooks. No, surprise there. Now, you may also know that when I like something, I love it.They’re quality notebooks for people like me, who love to write and appreciate style when they do. Moleskines provide an incredible writing experience with its flawless design – the pages lie flat and leather binding hold the pages well. My gel pens glide on the pages and always look nice. I’m known to press pretty hard when I write, so I appreciate quality gel pens and paper.

In all honesty, I am obsessed with Moleskine. That’s why I ended up on a Moleskine blog, called Moleskinerie. There are some cool stories on here. Including one about a guy who hiked for over 500 miles and recorded his adventures in his Moleskine diaries. There’s another story that follows a man’s journey on the Pacific Crest Trail through his Moleskines.

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I have many Moleskines full of many adventures. My travels, trials and tribulations are all caught on paper inside my Moleskines. I will have to snap some pictures of them next time I’m at my parents’. Over four years of Moleskines are nicely placed in order on a bookshelf at their house.


Many Moleskine owner like to what-they-call “hack” their Moleskine and incorporate the GTD system, which encourages people to Get Things Done. Here’s a way to hack your Moleskin and make it a GTD Moleskine.

Sweet As, Candy

Tomorrow, I’ll be hearing CNN Reporter Candy Crowley. It’s William Allen White Day at the School of Journalism. The event is held every hear. Our J-School is named after William Allen White, an incredible journalist that stood out in a time when journalism looked the same.

The William Allen White School of Journalism will hold its annual William Allen White Day celebration on February 10, 2012. The William Allen White Foundation will award its National Citation this year to CNN’s Candy Crowley. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium of the Kansas Union.

Takin’ Care of Business

Would you consider interning at a nonprofit organization? Some say that an internship at a nonprofit can be both rewarding and fruitful. I really enjoyed my citizen philanthropy class last semester. Not only was the coursework interesting, it taught me the ins and outs of the nonprofit sector. For a while I was considering the Peace Corp. This should come as no surprise to those who know me. I love to travel, I love people and I love to do things differently. The Peace Corp. taps into all three of those. However exciting the AmeriCorp programs continue to sound to me, I still always find myself making excuses not to apply. According to a college blogger, in a tough job market, more college students are looking to do service jobs, such as AmeriCorp programs. Here’s a How-To guide with more information on what it’s like to join the Peace Corp.

Here is a fun story from that talks about six internships that have the best perks. I could really use some perks right about now. The semester is already weighing on me pretty hard. It is time to buckle down and take care of business.

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Let’s see how many websites I can add “sarahdweaver” to without running into a problem:








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Oh, Zotero

I have been up to my ears in research for months now. If you call yourself a scholar, God bless you. This is exhausting. Fortunately and unfortunately, I am in love with researching. This is good news considering my future endeavors will involve more research.

Here is a useful program that my GTA from my PRE515 McNair Research and Methods course shared today: Zotero. As the social being that I am, I created a Group in Zotero for my McNair course. Here is the link for the Group:

I will update you all on how useful or utterly time-sucking this program is. My hopes are that Zotero is both helpful and easy-to-use. I would love anything and anyone that can save me time.

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