Fall semester was honestly a blur. It moved by so quickly and I feel like I had so much going on in so many different parts of my life. I love being busy and having a ton of things in my planner at all times, but I also love time to relax and hang out with friends. I think I finally mastered a healthy balance between school and fun. Sometimes, I probably slacked off on homework to explore graduate programs and celebrate being twenty fun; but I ended up finishing with pretty solid grades and some new friendships. I love writing life updates and y’all seem to like reading them so here goes a fall recap and update post.
I learned a lot from my exec position.
Here’s the tea: I’m an ENTJ also known as the Commander. I am always one to jump in and take charge and love planning and organizing. I think that’s one of the main reasons why I was elected to be on the Exec Board of my honors fraternity this year. My position is basically kind of like a New Member Advisor. This was hands down one of my favorite parts of the semester. From recruitment to Initiation, I was able to form connections with so many people that view me as a role model. I’ve learned that I definitely love taking charge but also can lose stamina once I reach portions of the semester that I didn’t plan as hard for. Avoiding burn out is my number one goal for next semester.
I fell off my healthy living path and am so ready to hop back on!
There was a good portion of the semester where I was cooking and eating healthy and living my best dang life. School and extracurriculars took over my life and I didn’t balance them well. I am pretty tired and don’t feel my best a lot of the time because I stopped eating the way I should and exercising is here and there but really nothing consistent. I’m ready to kick it in the gym though and will definitely be implementing a permanent series on the blog about it for accountability.
New relationships over coffee and photoshoots.
As many of you know, I am really into portrait photography right now. I know it’s probably annoying to hear about every five blog posts, but seriously it’s what I’m passionate about right now. Anyway, I’ve been able to make a ton of new relationships over shared interests. I’ve started meeting with people over high-quality coffee and shared tons of giggles during photoshoots. Shoutout to my new blogger/Youtube pals: Camryn, Mikayla, and Maddy! Y’all keep me going on this creative outlet journey that is blogging and content creation.
Yeah, my latte art Instagrams may seem pretty superficial, but what you don’t see are the real conversations about politics, the future, and the Bachelorette franchise behind them. Okay, so that last one is still kind of superficial; but whether or not Arie will be a good Bachelor is the serious stuff.
Sports weren’t my thing… weird.
I only went to one home football game. We aren’t a football school though so it’s okay. I’m honestly feeling like my first three years of dedication to athletics was enough and now I have much more important things to be focused on. Also, once you win the natty, can there really be anything better? Probably not.
I love traveling.
I feel alive in cities. The hustle and bustle of the cars and people who have places to be and people to see are thrilling. My trip to NYC was everything I needed for my senior year fall break. I usually head home and slum around for four days, but I felt like I needed that trip for myself. It was rejuvenating and put NYC as a potential grad school city contender. SoHo is my favorite, in case anyone wanted to know.
My academic/professional trip to Phoenix was also quite amazing and finally cemented that I am on track to the right professional career. I loved listening to all of the speakers and attending the workshops. It was such an amazing experience and I totally recommend that you try and do something similar to that during your undergraduate career.
Blogger events/experiences were so cool this semester.
While I might not be as active on the blog, I am always active on social media. This keeps the blog collaborations and contacts going even when we’re not writing. I was able to work with bartaco recently and attended the Girl Trip Pop Up in Raleigh. I love supporting small and local business; also, reviewing a restaurant has got to be the best experiences. I’m a huge foodie, but I don’t know much about how to review cuisines. I’m looking into exactly what the foodie blog world is all about because that was such a fun experience.
Self-confidence and applying to graduate school.
So my postbac plans are pretty up in the air at this point. I got all my applications in on time and that was a relief. I applied to a lot because regardless of what accomplishments, experience, and talent I might have; I seem to always doubt myself. I’m really happy to say that I’ve already gotten some interview offers and that’s really boosted my confidence about the process. I’m excited to learn more about these programs and start seriously considering where I’ll end up after graduation. Life is coming for me and I’m definitely ready for it!
What have y’all been up to? I want to know some things about what you’ve been up to this semester; answer these questions down in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!
– What was your favorite class this semester?
Me: Social and Political Though for my philosophy credit, who would have thought?
-What’s one goal that you wish you would have focused harder on?
Me: Healthy lifestyle. I did great at the beginning, but then fell off!
-What’s your favorite memory from the fall?
Me: walking through SoHo, sipping an iced latte, surrounded by fashionable New Yorkers on a crisp October morning.
keep on keepin’ on,