Semester Crunch Time

Hello all,

Just thought I’d catch you up on my life. I’ve been somewhat busy with school and my involvements but nothing too overwhelming. I’ve learned to really enjoy life recently… pushing away all the negatives and focusing on the positives and things that make me happy. I’ve mentioned it before, but I am so incredibly thankful for the awesome friends in my life. It’s the little things I want to look back on and appreciate about my senior year: getting froyo with Molly, playing intermural basketball with friends, going out to eat with Raleigh, bonding with the AGD senior girls, eating cookie butter and hanging with Austin, walking on the beach in the sunshine… the list can go on. These are the things worth mentioning and remembering during my senior year.

It’s the home stretch for this semester. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and half of my senior year will be over in just a few short weeks. In a week from tomorrow I will be flying home for Thanksgiving (a much needed break and some home-lovin’). After those 5 days, it’s back to Wilmington for 2 days of class and a week of finals. And that’s it. While it’s simple to write about right now, I’m in for some rough waters ahead. I’ll eventually brace myself for the work that will soon slam me, but not even the thought of finals is bringing me down at the moment.

While I am recognizing and appreciating all the great things I have in my senior year, I can’t help but think about my future. Recently, I’ve become somewhat consumed by the idea of what will happen to me upon graduation in May. The idea of not knowing where I’ll be in a year is a very intimidating thought. So I’ve spiffed up my resume, spoke with the career center, and have begun the job search.  For those of you that don’t know, I really want to pursue a career in public relations in the entertainment industry. Finding a job may be the scariest process I’ll experience in my life. I know it’s kind of early to start applying, but next semester is right around the corner so I want to have an idea of what I’ll be looking into. It’s CRUNCH TIME. I know this is just the beginning of probably a long, stressful, straining process, but I’m glad to have an idea of what I want to do with my life. Who knows where I’ll be living, but the thought of moving to a new city is frightening and thrilling at the same time. If anyone has any suggestions about tips for the job hunt, I’d love to hear from you!

I’ve just registered for my last semester of classes and it was truly a strange feeling. I’m definitely looking forward to my classes that will start in January and have successfully scheduled everything to have NO FRIDAY CLASSES (yay for senior privileges). Also starting in January, I will be interning at Cape Fear Community College in the Public Information Office which is located downtown. I’m really excited to work with their office because the supervisors seem extremely friendly and are willing to give me work that is relevant to what I want to do for a career. I’ll be working on PR projects, such as writing press releases, updating social media, taking photos at events, and writing (hopefully) published pieces on the college’s updates. More to come about this next semester…

Okay that seems like enough of an update for now. Hopefully I’ll post at the end of the week to share more about this FINAL full week of classes (it’s crazy how time flies)!

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My Perfect Sunday

Yesterday was somewhat perfect. Usually I’m pretty stressed on Sundays because I’m cramming to get tons of work done before a new week, but yesterday was pretty much stress-free. I woke up feeling super well-rested (thank you daylight savings for an extra hour of sleep) and then Molly picked me up to get coffee and Beach Bagels (a really good bagel shop near the beach where you can find tons of college kids eating brunch on the weekend). We met up with a few friends there, and had a good time talking about being out at the beach bars the night before (gossiping the day after going out is always enjoyable). After that, Molly dropped me back on my street, where Raleigh’s film group was shooting some scenes for their project. I stopped over to talk to her for a bit, and then crawled back into bed for a little while to watch some episodes of New Girl (MY FAVORITE SHOW). I honestly think I watched about 15 episodes this weekend and can proudly say that I am officially caught up on the show so if anyone wants to talk about their love for Nick Miller with me, I’d be happy to obsess over him with you. Then Taylor came over and we took a long walk on the beach while catching up on life (she used to be my roommate and we miss living together). After our walk on such a beautiful fall day, we drove to campus to see the second half of the men’s basketball exhibition game, which we won by over 50 points. I went to Trader Joe’s after the game to get some groceries, then went back home and hung out until my sorority chapter meeting that evening.

While I didn’t really do anything super incredible, I just wanted to write down what I did to look back one day and appreciate the freedom and friends in my life at this point and note how much it all means mean to me. As you may know, this year started out really hard. I’m not close with my current roommates, I was really stressed about school and Rock for a Cure, I was sleeping horribly, and I just felt a little lost. Yesterday was one of those days that helped me realize that things are turning around and I can feel myself being a lot happier again. I’m taking time to be with the friends who actually care about me, and trying not to dwell on the negatives in life. Senior year is too short to be unhappy the whole time!

I’ve been really into reading posts from a blog called “Thought Catalogue” and found a post recently that really applies to my life. Read it if you have a little time… it’s really relevant to all you college kids out there. 

http://thoughtcatalog.com/ana-stringari/2013/11/15-things-college-has-taught-me-so-far/

It’s now Monday and I’m back to being busy all day. I’m using this few hour break in my day to write down some senior year moments that I want to remember. Yesterday is definitely one of those for sure. I wanted to pause yesterday in the middle of the afternoon and bottle up my happiness and freedom and youth to revisit whenever I want when I’m old and married and not living in perfect Wilmington anymore. If anyone finds a way to do that, let me know 🙂

Halloweekend

Honestly, I’ve been kind of a Halloween hater for the past few years. I think this holiday is annoying once we all get past the acceptable age of trick-or-treating and are forced to dress up in cute/creative outfits and find plans and go out and have an awesome time. It’s overrated. So this year, I approached the Halloweekend like I have been for the past few years: unenthusiastic and uninterested in planning a costume and plans. However, I did conform and go out with all my friends due to peer pressure and the fact that I didn’t want to sit home during my senior year while everyone else is out. I do admit that my costumes for the different nights were pretty lame, but at least I came up with something. I went to a mixer as a cowgirl (threw that one together in about 5 minutes), I went downtown as a bat (which consisted of wearing all black and a bat headband), and I went to a friend’s party as a flapper (that outfit was recycled from freshman year). Regardless of my lack of creativity for my costumes on the different nights, I still had a fun time while being out with my friends. It’s senior year… no time to regret being lame and staying in!

Overall, the Halloween weekend was fun because everyone went out and I got to see a lot of friends. I still feel like Halloween is really overrated and puts unnecessary pressure to dress up and make awesome plans, and I’m glad it’s over with so we can all focus on getting excited for Thanksgiving, a holiday that is actually worth the hype!

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Katie, Me, Coutney, Jessi before going out downtown! (They were Dunkin Donuts!)

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Julia, Tricia, and me downtown!

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Jake, me, and Kieran at a Halloween party

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Me and Esme (Cowgirl & Peacock)

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(Me, Chelsea, and Raleigh – Flapper, Miley Cyrus, Rosie the Riveter)

Let me tell you about my LITTLE…

Just two weekends ago my sorority finally had Big-Little Reveal. I’m SO excited to FINALLY announce that my little is a lovely junior named Tricia! It’s so exciting to talk about her in public and not keep it a secret anymore! Tricia is transfer nursing student from Sanford, NC and is such a sweet girl. SHE IS AWESOME. Over the past month and a half, I’ve been working my butt off to gather goodies and make crafts for her to put in four different baskets of surprises for four weeks straight. Well, FINALLY, the crafting and money spending is over, as it ended with a big celebration on the beach and then going out to a party my AGD sisters.

The reveal was really exciting… we all formed a long line on the beach and made a tunnel with our arms for the new girls (the littles) to run through one by one. At the end of the tunnel, I was hiding in a decorated box and popped out when Tricia ran through. Both of us were SO excited when I popped out and we hugged and laughed and took a bunch of pictures with our family on the beach. It’s a really rewarding feeling to finally have my little and see how much she appreciated everything I’ve done for her so far. I like that I have some leadership in the sorority, even though I do not have an official position in the chapter (which I wouldn’t have time for anyway). I know that Tricia is really excited to have me as her big, and we’re already getting super close. She knows I will be there for her if she ever needs anything and I’m happy to help her find her place in our chapter. This week is initiation week, with ceremonies each night for our new members before they officially become sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta after the initiation ceremony on Friday evening. Here are some pictures of the baskets and crafts I made for Tricia, and also some cute shots of the reveal and after-party. YAY FOR FINALLY HAVING A LITTLE!

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