1. Samantha Bert

    Let’s go for a Walk


    The other day for my philosophy class I had to go to a lecture titled, “Philosophical Streetwalking: A Guided Tour”.  Luckily I get extra credit for it!  The professor’s main point of the lecture was about how your best thoughts are those that you do when you are walking.  Jean …

  2. Samantha Bert

    Last First Day of School!


    Today is my first day of Senior year…where did the time go??  I remember my first day of freshman year when I moved into my dorm and I was so nervous!  I remember thinking that four years were going to go by so slow!  But now I laugh at myself, …

  3. Samantha Bert

    A Tribute to a Legend …


    Just recently I read a magazine dedicated to Marilyn, but held off on posting until the 50th anniversary of her death. When I think of Marilyn a few words come to mind: beautiful, a legend, trend setter, funny, smart, an icon, rule breaker, and the list can go on. But …

  4. Samantha Bert

    Hot Yoga !


    Today I signed up for hot yoga in Long Beach, NY for my last few weeks home until I go back up to school.  As some of you may know, I did hot yoga in Ithaca, NY with my roommate and loved it.  So, I decided to give myself this …

  5. Samantha Bert

    “Half Broke Horses”


    A few days ago I finished Jeannette Walls’ true novel “Half Broke Horses”. Did I mention I finished it in one day? I absolutely loved this book, which is not surprising considering how much I loved her memoir “The Glass Castle”.

    Instead of this novel being about her, this novel …

  6. Samantha Bert



    When the movie “Think Like A Man” first came out, I was really excited to see it. I still am happy that I saw it, it was a very good movie. I think that the first three minutes or so of that movie really lead an insight into why things …

  7. Samantha Bert



    A year ago today I was roaming the streets of Italy, Rome with a group of people I’ve never really met before. I remember walking around with pure amazement, a little anxiousness, but mostly just pure happiness. I remember thinking that Italy would be nothing but a purely sick time …

  8. Samantha Bert

    Beautiful Creatures


    While I’m on the subject of books… I’d like to add that I’m in the process of reading “Beautiful Darkness” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl which is the second book of the “Beautiful Creatures” series. However, while in Florida I carelessly left the book at somebody’s house when I …

  9. Samantha Bert

    Book Talk (Finally!)


    I’ve been so busy with my own writing and working a lot that I haven’t really had the time to sit down and read a good book. Ironic because during the school year that is what I was looking forward to the most during the summer: freedom to read!

    I …

  10. Samantha Bert

    Do we Need a New American Dream?


    First off I would like to start off by apologizing for being a neglectful blogger! I’ve been away for a little while and could not access any Internet so therefore I couldn’t blog!

    This week, I went to Orlando, Florida and went to Disney for a day. Now, don’t get …

  11. Samantha Bert

    Words From Jodi Picoult


    Today’s words of wisdom come from one of my favorite authors: Jodi Picoult. In one of her most popular books, “My Sister’s Keeper”, she wrote:


    “And the very act of living is a tide; at first it makes no difference at all, and then one day you look down …

  12. Samantha Bert

    “The Cost of College”


    So for today’s Tuesday Talk, I’ve decided to discuss the article, “The Cost of College” in the New York Times from May 28th, 2012. Being a current college student, I know the stress that the cost of college brings. In a year when I enter “real world”; a place I’ve …

  13. Samantha Bert

    I Love Lucy


    Today I was watching “I Love Lucy” for the first time in so long. I used to watch this show all the time when I was little. I was so upset when nick at nite took it off the air – it felt like the loss of a generation to …

  14. Samantha Bert

    Write The Right Way :)


    So I am happy to say that I finished the first draft of my book! It turns out the author’s advice I’ve looked for of just sitting down and writing is the best advice I could have received. For about nine days, I sat down for eight hours and just …

  15. Samantha Bert

    Wednesday’s Wisdom ….


    Good morning!  Today’s words of wisdom is:

    “I  figure life is a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt with next. You learn to take life as it comes at you-to make each day count.” -Titanic


    So there you …

  16. Samantha Bert

    Two Days Worth of Posting


    So yesterday when I went to write a post about “Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom” I kept getting a page telling me that there was maintenance on my page .  So, I will post what I would have posted yesterday today!

    “There will be a time when you believe everything is …

  17. Samantha Bert

    Day 2 of Writing !


    For the past two days, I have been vigorously writing and working on a novel that I’ve had in mind since I was a senior in high school.  I am SO excited that I’ve finally had the time to get this started.

    Over the school year, I was following some …

  18. Samantha Bert

    A Special Thanks!


    I just wanted to give a shout out blog to all of my viewers!  I’ve been getting so many nice comments and really great feedback and I just want all you to know that I greatly appreciate it.

    Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved to write.  I …

  19. Samantha Bert

    Love Yourself


    Today I was just told something that disappointed me.  No names involved, but I was just told by one of my friends that they know somebody who was paid less as an extra on a show because she was not as “pretty” as the other extras.  This is why I …

  20. Samantha Bert

    Just some light reading … :)


    So, when I got home from school I had two copies of “The New Yorker” waiting for me!  How exciting  I was reading the May 7th issue and really enjoyed the article “Machine Politics” by David Kushner.  This article discusses George Hotz who you can basically call a professional hacker.  …

  21. Samantha Bert

    Advice to Undergrads….



    So I stumbled upon this today and found it really funny.  Although I am still an undergraduate, I just packed everything up so I can go home tomorrow – this means that my Junior year is officially over.  Where did the time go did from being a Freshman to …

  22. Samantha Bert

    Hello, Gorgeous ;)


    So one of my friends just invited me to join this awesome group on Facebook called “Hello, Gorgeous“.  The main goal of this group is to stand up for what is “beautiful”.  But what exactly is beautiful anyways?  ”Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a …

  23. Samantha Bert

    NCTE Field Trip! :)


    Today with my fellow NCTE members I went to an elementary school in the Endicott area to donate the money we raised and choose the books we wanted to give to them.  In September, there were terrible floods that ruined schools and homes in the area.  As one could imagine, …

  24. Samantha Bert

    Yoga Sesh


    “When you step out of your comfort zones, go into the unknown, that is when we change.  If we are not pushing ourselves and doing something different, we stay the same, we never evolve.  Push yourselves….”

    That is what my yoga instructor said as she turned off the lights while …

  25. Samantha Bert

    So true :)



    This is definitely a quote to live by.  The people you surround yourself with influence your development as a person.  If you are surrounded by negative people who do bad things, you will most likely go down that path.  It is important to remember to be around those that …

  26. Samantha Bert

    Need uplifting?


    Now that summer is creeping up around the corner, AKA bathing suit season, this is about the time of the year I stress out the most.  This is the time of year, not only me, but it seems like everyone around me is dieting, working out a lot, and complaining …

  27. Samantha Bert

    Digital Citizenship!


    Digital citizenship is very important and it is a “concept that helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately” (Digital Citizenship).  I think it is very important to stress in your classroom that (hopefully) uses technology/computers to be appropriate on the …

  28. Samantha Bert

    My First Live Binders Experience!


    For those of you who are educators, you may know what live binders is.  This is a website that allows teachers to create unit plans/lesson plans online and share with the website.  This is a great tool for teachers because it allows you to organize your units/lessons into binders so …

  29. Samantha Bert

    Some Teaching Ideas!


    So for those of you who are educators like me, well like I eventually will be, I am sure you are always looking for ways to improve your classroom.  I’ve been browsing the web all morning and I’ve found really awesome ideas!

    One thing I found particularly interesting was an …

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