Saturday, August 12, 2017

Emma Koslow: Girls in STEM

Welcome back to my blog! I hope you're having a wonderful summer and got lots of relaxation in. I'm savoring my last few days of break since I go back to school next week.
In today's post, I interviewed Emma Koslow, a high school sophomore with a passion for computing. I hope you have as much fun getting to know Emma as I did. Let's get started!


Sanjana: Hey, Emma! It's such a pleasure to interview you. I read your bio, but I'd love to know a little more about you! What is your favorite book, movie, food, etc.?

Emma: It's great to be talking to you! My favorite book is Harry Potter, but movie is hard because I love so many! My favorite food is probably sushi (but only vegetable because I don't like fish).

S: Sushi is so good! I have a lot of favorite movies, too. I know technology plays a big part in your life, so tell us about your tech background. What got you started with tech?

E: I know I became interested in tech when I was really young and I used to use my parents' computer. I think the first time I did something major in computing was probably when I was six and created my first website! It was called Koolpupz and was about dogs. I think that is what really started my interest in tech! 

S: That's so cool! Now that you're older, how does technology influence your everyday life?

E: Technology definitely has a huge influence on my life. While there are the basics like using my phone and computer, it influences what I do everyday. I am working on creating an animated short about girls in tech. My classes in school also often require me to use a computer, like AP Computer Science A. 

S: I would love to watch the animation when you're done! It sounds like you are very well-rounded. What do you feel is your biggest technological achievement?

E: I am so excited to show it to everyone! It has been so much fun to create! I feel like my biggest achievement has been being able to teach myself various programming languages. Whenever I learn a new language, I feel so accomplished. Also, receiving the 2017 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Honorable Mention and New Jersey Winner awards was a huge accomplishment. Being recognized by such an incredible group is a great honor!

S: Congratulations Emma! That’s a wonderful accomplishment! Can you explain what NCWIT is?

E: The National Center for Women in Information and Technology (NCWIT) is an organization that is a collaboration of different companies and colleges that are working together to support girls in tech! They created the Aspirations in Computing Award to acknowledge high school girls in technology and gives them the chance to win prizes and to connect with other girls in computing!

S: As a fellow member of the NCWIT community, I know it is a wonderful organization. I’ve met great girls, like you, through it! However, I know that girls in STEM must overcome obstacles. What challenges do you believe girls in STEM face, and how can they work to overcome these challenges?

E: The huge challenge is definitely being underestimated or not getting opportunities because of being a girl. People are still getting used to the idea of women coding and working in STEM, so some people need time to accept the fact that girls can do just as great things as boys can. The best way to overcome this is to keep moving forward. I have heard way too many stories about women who have quit their jobs or dropped out of classes because of the gender gap and discrimination.

S: This is such an important message to spread! We need to face stereotypes and gender biases head on. Thank you so much for your time, Emma! You've done big things and I can't wait to see what else you accomplish.

That concludes my interview with Emma! She has a bright future ahead of her and this was a great experience. Thank you so much for reading and be sure to comment below with your thoughts!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Break Beauty Essentials


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Hey, everyone! I'm so excited that the weather is getting warmer and I can spend more time outdoors. I'm also excited to travel over spring break. I have accumulated some spring break beauty essentials and wanted to share them with you today.
Before I begin, I wanted to let you know that this is a collab with the amazing Nikita from Jasmine Loves! She posted a spring makeup tutorial, so go check it out and tell her I sent you. She has such a great blog and is a wonderful friend.

Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express Mascara
I wanted to try out this mascara because it is so popular on YouTube. The wand is easy to use and it is easy to apply, never smearing or flaking. It can get a little clumpy, but it's never been a real problem for me.

Revlon Dreamer
I have always been a fan of Revlon nail polishes. They are long lasting, pigmented, and come in a wide assortment of colors. This gorgeous pastel blue is feminine and light, perfect for this time of year. I'll definitely be wearing this while on vacation!

Suave Moroccan Argan Styling Oil
Now for the only non-blue product in this post. My hair tends to be frizzy, and I have the hardest time keeping the frizz in control. I've found this oil to be magic in a bottle! While it doesn't tame the frizz completely, it makes my hair way more manageable and has quickly become a staple in my hair care routine. I've tried several other hair oils, but this one is the best by far. I also love the scent! I'll be taking this with me for sure.

Jack Black Black Tea & Blackberry Lip Balm
I picked up this lip balm a couple of weeks ago, and I've been using it ever since. I absolutely love the taste and easy application. Overall, it's a good moisturizing lip balm that is lightweight for spring. However, it's a little pricey for what it is.

Covergirl Midnight Mauve Lipstick
Last but not least, this lipstick has been my absolute favorite lately! I actually bought it spur of the moment, and I'm so glad I did. It is such a gorgeous soft mauve color that I feel suits any skin tone! It is a great nude for spring and I'll definitely be repurchasing it.


Thank you so much for reading!  Have you tried any of these products?
Stay tuned for more posts like this and don't forget to visit Nikita's blog! ❤️

Do you have any plans for spring break?

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

17 Ways to Conquer 2017 // Guest Post

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to Sanjana’s blog. Today I have the honor of posting on her blog.


I am sharing 17 ways to conquer the new year with y’all:


Create a new skincare routine.


Skincare is so important. I started using skincare products from Tarte’s Rainforest of The Sea collection. My skin has never been clearer.


Take lots and lots of pictures.


Last year, I took so many pictures. When I’m bored before I go to bed, I just scroll through them. It’s nice looking back at the memories.


Take a class.


I’m actually going to start a kickboxing class in the near future. I’m looking forward to not only the new experience, but alleviating stress.


Try something new.


I’m going to be trying lots and lots of things this year: prom, college orientation, etc. Embrace new things.


Let go of toxic people.


And sometimes it can be so hard, but it’s worth it. I did this once-- and I suffered some consequences. After letting time heal wounds, I felt incredible… Like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.


Pray.


Sometimes I pray a lot and sometimes I don’t pray at all. When I pray, I feel good. 2016 was a year where I truly grew in my faith. I want that to continue.


Get creative.


Express yourself. I do it through writing… maybe you do it through art.


Manage time management.


I live off of to do lists. It’s really helped me manage my time more wisely. If you can manage your time better, your stress is history.


Stick to your fitness routine.


Every year, I think it is the year that I’m going to go hardcore. It’s not practical. It lasts for two weeks- if I’m lucky. Make it practical. And stick with it. One to two times a week is plenty.


Drink fruit water.


I started drinking lemon water over the summer. It has a ton of benefits. Read about it here.


Come up with a financial plan.


Now, I’m not going to lie. I stink at financial budgeting stuff. This year, my family is putting $1 away the first week of January, $2 the second week of January and so on… until we’re at $52. We’re going to use this for a fun filled vacation!


Strengthen your confidence.


I’m serious: wear what you want to wear, dance to the music you want to dance to, follow your heart. That’s the real way to strengthen your confidence.


Do your hobbies.


People have always told me that having a blog was dumb.  You know what, it’s not. Because I enjoy it. I love coming up with blog post ideas… I love drafting them…. and editing them… and making graphics… and connecting with people. It’s kinda indescribable.


Stay motivated.


I’ll be completely honest… sometimes I lack motivation. In order to stay motivated, download some apps. The Holy Bible app sends verses to you everyday-- I love that.


Keep a journal.


I definitely recommend keeping a journal. I started one in April of 2015. I was really able to analyze my pieces and understand myself a lot better.


Set goals often.


I love setting weekly or monthly goals. It makes me work a little harder for the things that I truly want.


Say yes more often.


Zoella is one of my idols. 2016 was the year of saying yes for me: I told my boyfriend I loved him, I applied to three colleges (and got accepted to all of them), took a public speaking class and got an A, etc. For me, that’s motivation enough to say yes more often this year.

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Thanks for these tips, Guilianna! I know I will be using them to help make the most of my year. 
Guilianna is the sweetest and always has such great advice. I was so excited to have her guest post on my blog to kick off the new year. She is an amazing lifestyle blogger, so you should definitely check out her blog if you haven't already! You might remember her from the Blogirl collab last summer.
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season filled with all the people and things you love. Here's to a happy and prosperous 2017. Happy New Year!