hello 2016!

Hey guys!

I was thinking about this blog and how I haven’t been doing a good job of posting regularly (whoops). So I went and looked through this blog today and realized it’s been exactly a year since my first post! I figured I’d catch you guys up on what’s been going on with me.

A few things have changed since that inaugural post, but I still feel like the same person. Here’s a quick and dirty recap of where I’m at right now:

  • I’m a junior in college now!

That’s right, I’m an upperclassman! It’s definitely weird to think about how I’m 82% done with my degree (I’d like to say that I knew that number off the top of my head, but I had to go check). Having been at my university for 2.5 years now, I definitely feel a lot more comfortable and way more sure of myself than I was at the beginning of my college career. But with the passage of time comes the feeling that I still haven’t done enough. I certainly don’t feel ready to venture out into the “real world.” Plus, now that I’m an upperclassman, the pressure’s on to find internships and network, and the thought of being out of my league in the professional world makes me want to puke from anxiety. I have a lot to learn, but here’s hoping I can make the best of it. Besides, I feel more confident now that I’ve done pretty much everything PR-related that I could possibly do except get an internship. Perhaps the process of getting said internship won’t be as terrifying.

On that note…

  • I have a new job!

I’m not a cashier anymore! (Thank goodness.) I was lucky enough to get an on-campus position as a social media marketing assistant for my university’s student unions organization. I get to do lots of stuff relevant to my public relations degree, such as social media management, covering live events, photography, writing, some graphic design, etc. I also have a great boss (who offered to ditch date night with her boyfriend and drive to my apartment to lend me her laptop charger when I told her I’d left mine 200 miles away at my parents’ house — YES, SHE IS AN ABSOLUTE ANGEL) and two other students I work with who are super nice. Not only am I learning things that will help me in the future, but for the first time I really like and care about what I’m doing. (The fact that this pays better than my previous jobs is just the icing on top.)

  • I moved to my first apartment!

I’ve added a few more decorations, but here’s what my bedroom in my apartment looks like (although now there is much more clutter).

Well it’s not really MY apartment, as my parents pay the rent (which I am obviously grateful for, because with my schedule there is no way I could work enough hours to afford all of my living expenses), but it’s the first place away from my parents that really feels like home. I have two roommates — one is a high school friend from back home with whom I share a room, and the other is a randomly assigned roommate (who fortunately turned out to be very nice). Everything is decorated just how I like it, and my lease has already been renewed, so I will stay here until I graduate from college. What a crazy thought.

  • I went to a ton of concerts!

 

A low quality picture of high quality Ed Sheeran concert.

I had never actually been to a concert until I moved to Austin, but once I got here, I went a little crazy. (They don’t call it the Live Music Capital of the World for nothing.) This year I saw Broods, Ed Sheeran (who is PHENOMENAL live, by the way), George Ezra, Leon Bridges, and Of Monsters and Men (the latter three were at one big concert).

As for this year, I already know that I’m going to go see Adele in November — I was lucky enough to snag some tickets! Still on my concert wish list: Florence + The Machine (which may actually be a possibility — fingers crossed), Hozier, Paramore, and Taylor Swift.

 

 

 

  • I went on a cruise for the first time!

I’m on a boat.

And let me tell you, it was pretty great. I have never eaten so much in a one-week period. Since you’ve essentially already paid for your food with your ticket, you can basically pig out. And that’s what we did — brunch, a three-course meal for dinner every night, and occasionally a midnight snack from the pizza place that was open 24 hours. Can’t complain.

I like how I immediately thought about food in regards to this cruise rather than the stops we made. Our cruise stopped in Cozumel and Progreso. It was my first time in Mexico, and it was absolutely lovely. I got to swim with dolphins in crystal clear water, which has been a dream of mine. I got to relax at a beach resort and just enjoy the waves crashing down on the shore. I also got to explore the little shops in Cozumel beside the port. It was really a beautiful place.

I made a new friend.

  • I kicked ass last semester!

I don’t like to brag, but I’ve been trying to work on taking ownership of things I’ve done and not belittling my accomplishments. Last semester was my most difficult semester yet — I took 15 hours of classes instead of my usual 12 — and I started a new job AND I had to keep up with all my extracurricular organizations. I was literally scheduling nap time for myself. But all my hard work paid off — I made it to the Communication School’s Dean’s Honor List! This is the second semester I’ve made it. My lowest grade was a B+, which was quite an accomplishment for me. I realize that there are probably tons of other people who got this distinction but who cares — I’m trying to teach myself to enjoy every victory, whether it’s small or large.

Now we’re catching up to the present…

  • My birthday is in a couple of weeks!

I’m really excited about this because it’s a big one… I’m turning 21! One of my best friends just turned 21, and we’ve been planning a joint birthday party since… oh, around September or so. We’re so nerdy that we even have a joint Pinterest board dedicated to alcoholic drinks and cocktails that we could possibly make at our party. (We are both still adding to it.) I also recently realized that I have no fancy glasses (or even red Solo cups at the other end of the fanciness spectrum), so I’m likely going to be sipping on a margarita from my Wizarding World of Harry Potter mug. Yay adulthood!


 

That’s what’s been going on in my life. As always, thanks for reading. Feel free to comment with your favorite drink recipe. 😉

 

xoxo,
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