About Courtney Runn

Courtney is a senior at the University of Texas where she studies journalism and Italian. An Austin native, she loves living in the capital of Texas but also has a soft spot for Italia where she spent middle school and high school. A few of her favorite things include chai tea lattes, spending time with her golden retriever puppy, and good food shared with even better friends.

Do Colleges Really Want Well-Rounded Students?

While colleges might seek to make you a well-rounded person once you're on campus, they aren't necessarily looking for a membership to every high school club and sport on your resume. What are colleges looking for in a prospective student? While every college differs some on their ideal student, most colleges now want to see passion,...

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By |September 30th, 2016|Education, Featured, How do I get there?, Real World|0 Comments

Autumnal Equinox – Fun Facts about the First Day of Fall

Fall officially arrives September 22nd, the day of the autumnal equinox. If you're not totally sure what the equinox is, check out these facts! Pumpkin spice lattes are back, football is on TV, and candy corn is out in stores. Fall must be here! In case you weren't paying attention in Earth Science class, we'll...

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By |September 21st, 2016|Featured, Real World, STEM - Science|0 Comments

An Ode to Pluto

Even though Pluto has been downgraded to a dwarf planet, it will always be an OG in our hearts. Check out these fun facts about our favorite dwarf planet - Pluto! Clyde Tombaugh first discovered Pluto in 1930. Tombaugh grew up in a farming family in Kansas and educated himself since he couldn't afford college. The...

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By |September 7th, 2016|Featured, Real World, STEM - Science, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Communication: Commonly Misused Words

If you think you can sleep through your English class, think again. Communication is key for all fields, including STEM. Check out these commonly misused words! We all have at least one of those friends - the person who is incredibly smart, yet sounds uneducated when speaking. Language doesn't always have to be formal, but...

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Extreme Sports – Whitewater Rafting Guide

Sports and STEM go hand in hand, including extreme sports. Heather Ludwig, a whitewater rafting guide and high school science teacher, is the perfect example of someone who combines her love of sport and passion for STEM to make her dream career. Heather began her journey as a whitewater rafting guide in the spring of...

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A Breakdown of STEM AP Courses – Arts

AP classes don't have to be intimidating if you love what you're studying. If the arts are your jam, check out these AP classes! AP Art History Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons You should take this class if: you enjoy learning about history, have a mind for dates, and appreciate different cultures. College Board suggests...

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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of seven wonders of the natural world. Check out these facts about one of Australia's greatest treasures! Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons The Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Queensland is known as the "Sunshine State" and is home to ten of Australia's...

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By |May 11th, 2016|Featured, STEM - Science|0 Comments

Job Spotlight: Fragrance Formulation Specialist

From chemistry to engineering, there are jobs for every STEM type in the beauty industry. If you're looking for a unique career, consider becoming a fragrance formulation specialist! If you enjoy chemistry and can't stop watching your favorite beauty blogger's haul vlogs, then a career in fragrance formulation could be for you. Fragrance formulation specialists test...

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Skills for Success in College

Want to transition from high school without falling on your face? Check out these college success strategies! When people talk about college being the best four (or five, or six) years of their life, they usually are forgetting the not-so fun parts, like time management and hours spent in the library. College is...

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By |March 31st, 2016|Advice, College, How do I get there?|0 Comments

6 STEM Blogs You Should Be Following

Check out some of our favorite STEM blogs that will keep you reading for hours! Wired Science Blogs Wired makes science fun. With articles from "The Physics of OK Go's Epic New Zero-G Video" to "All the Volcanic Eruptions You Missed During the Super Bowl," the site's science blog makes STEM accessible and relevant. If...

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By |February 24th, 2016|Advice, Education, Featured, Lists, Resources, STEM - Science|3 Comments