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 🙂

Rock for a Cure Recap

Hey blog readers!

So here’s my post Rock for a Cure update for you all:

The week leading up to it I was pretty much freaking out, and definitely sleep deprived. But I blinked my eyes and it was already Friday, so I woke up with a smile on my face despite all the major anxiety and stress this event has caused me. The morning and early afternoon started out with a beautiful sunny sky… until streaky gray clouds rolled in while my parents arrived in to town. (Reminder: this event is on an uncovered rooftop downtown.) So of course… it started to rain. Lightly at first, then steadily pouring just an hour before Rock was about to start. I seriously almost started crying… all my hard work would NOT go to waste for a little water from the sky. Some weather miracle must have happened, because the skies cleared with just enough time for us to wipe down the soaking wet tables and re-set up the auction items and raffle displays.

The event was SO much fun… and a HUGE success! Despite the rain scare, so many people came out to support the Communication Studies Society and the Pink Ribbon Project. Honestly, it went even better than I had expected. I had my whole family there, my best friends, a huge group of Student Ambassadors came out, and ton of other students too. I want to give a HUGE shout out to the group of Student Ambassadors who came out… their support at my event meant so much to me and it just further shows how much of a family we are. Love you guys! Also, thank you Julia & Hannah who came out from AGD to support me too!

We raised a little over $5,200 for the Pink Ribbon Project and my Professor, Jennifer Chin, who served as our faculty advisor, even admitted that this was the most fun she’s ever had at Rock for a Cure in the 7 years she’s coordinated it. (That’s a big compliment coming from her.) My family won two prizes from the raffle drawings that I was in charge of too, so I’m glad that all the prize gathering paid off.

Overall, I am so thankful for this experience as a co-coordinator of Rock for a Cure 2013. I learned a lot about what goes into planning a large benefit event and I was really pushed by Jennifer to do my best work and meet pressing deadlines. There is so much that goes into coordinating an event… more than I had ever thought about. But the experience was definitely one that I can look back on as extremely rewarding.

The rest of the weekend with my parents was great. Jakes’s roommate and best friend, Kieran, also had his parents in town so the big group of us took on Wilmington together. We ate at all of my favorite restaurants (Sweet & Savory, Indochine, Osteria Cicchetti, Orange Leaf froyo), went food shopping, walked around downtown, and  watched the Eagles play at a bar with all Philadelphia fans (the Copper Penny… that was nuts)! Thanks to my beautiful mother who baked me brownies, maldel bread, and banana bread which is now almost completely gone (I’m a fatty). I miss my parents already 😦

Overall, it was one awesome weekend and now I’m back in the library writing this blog post with a large cup of coffee on the table. Back to reality until I can escape back home for Thanksgiving!

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