Mary Rebecca Harakas

Mary Rebecca graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in English and History. Always excited for new adventures, she enjoys running, cooking, and traveling, and finds the best inspiration from good friends, good wine, and good travels.

4 Reasons You Should Always Go For The Girl Who Drinks Red Wine

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
I've always been a fan of red wine. Any malbec, pinot noir or red blend has a fast pass to the top of my choice drink list. It's the perfect birthday gift, hostess gift and downright anything gift that I could give or receive. I'm not a wine…

20 Things You Can Only Learn From Growing Up With Brothers

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
My adolescent years were an adventure. I grew up in a house filled with brothers — three brothers to be exact. Usually people cringe and ask, "HOW was that?" Most people think growing up with all men in your family is miserable. Yes, there were…

7 Things I Learned After Joining The 'Quarter Century Club'

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
I'm a recent member of the “quarter century club.” Yes, I celebrated my 25th birthday and was bombarded with many happy birthday texts, calls, social media posts -- and the occasional, “Happy Quarter Century," post. Ask me how I felt about turning…

Why Graduating From College Doesn't Mean You Stop Padding Your Resume

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
I have always been a type-A go-getter. In college, I would eagerly commit to any leadership position, community service opportunity or other way to get involved in clubs and in my sorority. Ultimately, I felt it was simply part of the age-old advice…

7 Reasons Couples Who Drink Whiskey Together, Stay Together

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
I had thrown a housewarming party in my new apartment. A guy friend eyed my decanter of Gentleman Jack whiskey and asked me, “Who taught you how to drink?” Puzzled, I replied, “My mother.” It's true: My grandfather owned liquor stores, which allowed…

OCD: 3 Ways 'Obsessive Career Disorder' Negatively Affects Your Life

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
I'm a driven, disciplined and professional woman. This self-motivation began in high school; freshman year was too easy, and I always wanted a challenge. I took on AP classes and extra curricular activities. Those are the things that get you into a…

6 Ways Having Multiple Friend Groups Makes You A Well-Rounded Person

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
My first real exposure to cliques came through the movie, “Mean Girls.” I was in high school, a small school compared to others in the county, and I never really paid attention to cliques, though they existed. “Mean Girls” has your stereotypical…

Sisters For Life: 30 Sorority Life Truths That Change Post-Graduation

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
My four years of sorority life were great; they were filled with endless movie nights, wine, an over-packed closet of cocktail dresses, way too many monogrammed items, frequent lazy afternoons and sisterhood bonding. Besides all the fun within the…

It's Not Just For The Boys: 4 Healthy Reasons Girls Should Drink Beer

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
Beer often gets a bad rap. It's full of carbs and full of calories, which is the perfect combination for developing the dreaded "beer belly." First, let's be clear: moderate drinking is considered to be one beer for women and two for men, so none of…

10 Fashion Items To Add To Your Closet That Are Worth Investing In

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
Many young professional women are in the same boat: We’re in our early 20s, starting fresh careers with minuscule paychecks, and yet, we have big dreams of traveling far, succeeding with promotions and raises, and filling both our wallets and our…

4 Things You Can Do To Make Post-Grad Life Better Than College

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
The years between 18 and early 20s are full of milestones, and the two biggest ones are often referred to as “college” and your “first job.” Some people think that college is the best four years of your life, and when you’re in college, it does seem…

4 Non-Traditional People In Your Life You Should Be Thankful For

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
We always remember those we are thankful for at Thanksgiving, like our friends, families and even our health. But, we should expand from this one day of the year designated to giving thanks; we should actually be thankful for these people and ideas…

From College Girl To Working Woman: 4 Obvious Life Changes

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
I edited my résumé, drafted cover letters, interviewed and finally landed a position at my dream PR agency. I had the credentials, the extra-curricular activities and the grades to prove I would be a successful, valuable candidate for the office. I…

6 Ways To Handle Your Finances More Efficiently In Your 20s

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
Many things in life are no longer as stable as they used to be, like careers, friendships and even marriages. As part of that, it’s important to prepare for anything life throws at you. The word, “budget” is part of everyday thought and…

Work Smarter: 5 Ways To Stop The Vicious Cycle Of Procrastination

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
We’ve all been guilty of procrastination at one point or another. I have always had a Type A personality, yet somehow, in college, procrastination got the best of me and my GPA reflected it. The workload wasn't too much and the difficulty wasn't too…

6 Fabulous Fall Fashion Trends To Suit Women Of Any Body Type

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
It’s difficult to figure out the best fall fashion trends of 2014 when there are a million resources with different opinions. Some say the trend is short skirts; others say long skirts. Some vote dark colors; others vote bright colors. Whatever the…

Ballin' On A Budget: Why Millennials Need To Be More Money Conscious In Their 20s

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
We're hate hearing the term "budget." But as 20-somethings, many of us are fortunate enough to have our parents give in every time we ask for money. We're lucky to have financial aid packages and to skid by with a measly paycheck from a part-time…

Sh*t Just Got Real: 5 Things I Learned When I Entered The Real World

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
Going from college graduation to the real world is a huge adjustment. There are no more classes or professors, all-night study sessions, super-late nights out followed by an 8 am lab, midterms or final exams. Once all the stresses of college are put…

Study, Sleep Or Be Social? Why You Can Only Juggle Two In College

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
My freshman year of college was quite an adjustment: I went from 267 students in my high school graduating class to 4,000 students in my college freshman class. The high school classes in which I dedicated little effort to receive "A" letter grades…

5 Easy, Budget-Friendly Recipes For The Times You're Too Lazy To Leave Your Apartment

ByMary Rebecca Harakas
Whether it happens in college or a year into starting your career, money and time will, at some point, be tight. However, these two factors shouldn't be a sacrifice to your health. During my college years, I experimented with different ingredients…