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  • May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    There’s no doubt I would be the Peeta of the Hunger Games. I faint whenever I see blood, I have a fear of getting stung by a swarm of bees—let alone tracker jackers—after seeing “My Girl” and I would most definitely try to force a romantic moment with my crush while trapped in a cave together. How could you not?! I wish I were Katniss, with her awesome hair braid and killer archery skills and 2...
  • 4 Tips for Successful Management-Resident Relationships

    Minor disagreements between management and residents are easily avoidable when both parties approach the relationship professionally. Sometimes arguments occur due to a lack of proper communication or simple mix-ups. How is that handled in any other business relationship or between close friends? Typically, respect and compromise are a great starting point. Whatever the case, both parties are...
  • Je Ne Speak Francais

    The first day of my high school French II class, the teacher turned to me and said, “Comment allez-vous?” (Translation: How are you?) “J’em appelle Lauren,” I replied. (Translation: My name is Lauren.) The teacher seemed confused—most likely because I couldn’t understand the most basic French after a full year—and shook her head. “Comment allez-vous?” she repeated. “J’EM APPELLE LAUREN.” Cue...
  • The Time I Almost Saw Nancy Pelosi: Your Lobby Day Coverage

    The first time I participated in NAA’s Lobby Day, I arrived at the Capitol for a day of Senate and House meetings. I had absolutely no idea there were actual Senate and House buildings. I sort of assumed everything was conducted within the dome.  Yeah, I’m not really a political person. (And, in this case, perhaps not even an educated person.) The point is that if I, of all people, can have a...

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