About Amanda Carpenter

Amanda is a rising sophomore at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. She is studying biology and anthropology and hopes to combine the two into a fabulous career where she can make the world a better place. She’s involved in a number of volunteer organizations on campus and is a biology teaching assistant. She’s a second degree black belt and loves working as an assistant tae kwon do instructor on her breaks home from school. If you like what you’ve read or just want to chat, you can contact her at acarpenter2@mail.smcvt.edu

Get Smart Lessons Learned

I learned numerous lessons this summer during my time with Get Smart, and I want to share them with you! I DO Matter: When I first started interning with Get Smart, I didn’t think I had very much valuable advice or words of wisdom that people would want to hear about. But I quickly realized [...]

Work Hard, Play Hard, Get Smart

A Photo Journal of Summer Lessons In the true spirit of a Get Smart girl, I’ve been having an absolutely incredible summer. In addition to interning for Get Smart, I’ve been doing undergraduate research at my college during the week and enjoying everything Vermont summers have to offer on the weekends. My weekdays have been [...]

Get Smart about the 9-5 Grind

I recently started what I like to call my first real, big person job. You know, the 9-5, dealing with co-workers, bosses and paychecks. The stuff that sitcoms and endless dinner table conversations are made of. But I have to admit, my job isn’t a typical one. I’m a summer research student, which means I’m [...]

Get Smart about DADS!

Father's Day Thoughts from a Get Smart Gal! With Father’s Day approaching, it seems fitting that Get Smart acknowledges some of the awesome men in our lives.  We’re all about empowering women, but male mentors can teach us things that female mentors never could.  They’re an integral part of our growth and development, and it’s [...]

#GetSmartNOW: Amanda Gets Smart about loving her body.

When I begin to think of things I like about my body, nothing particularly stands out at first. My hair is okay, it's always been a pretty color. My ears are small, but cute I think. Nothing particularly stands out, until I begin to think of all the things my body can do. Then, my [...]

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Being an Effective Leader

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch Before you continue reading, I'd like you to stop and look back up at the title of this week's post.  Notice what it says - being effective leader.  Not how to [...]