August 2012


What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?

I haven’t accomplished much in my life. I’m only 22 but I think I will be able to come up with 5 things that mean a lot to me.

1. Getting my job.  I loved loved loved being a resident assistant and it was last year that I decided that I wanted to go into student affairs so when I was offered the hall director position here I was so excited! It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve only been doing it for a month.  I can not wait to see what else I learn from this and the person I am in May.

2. Falling in love.  I believe that everyone should experience love.  It is an amazing feeling. Falling in love was an accomplishment for me because I always told myself growing up I wouldn’t get married or have kids so when I fell in love my whole outlook on life changed. Even if the love doesn’t last (like mine) it is still something that everyone should go through.

3. Being alone. I hate hate hate being alone. It drives me crazy but just last night I went to the gym alone and ran.  Then after the gym I went and sat outside by myself.  It was nice knowing that I didn’t have to have someone else there with me.  That I was perfectly content being by myself and spending time alone outside of my apartment.  This was a big deal for me so I am really proud of myself.

4. Being an aunt.  I realize that I didn’t actually have to do anything to become an aunt except have a sibling this is still one of my greatest accomplishments.  My nieces are the best and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  They are amazing little girls and they know that I will always be there for them, no matter what life throws their way.

My nieces and brother in law

5. Graduating from ASMSA. I realize that I’m 22 and shouldn’t be talking about graduating from high school anymore but ASMSA was hard.  I almost left that school many times because it scared me. I was afraid of failing out and being away from my grandparents. But I stuck it out and ended up getting straight A’s one 9 weeks. It was great and I’m so glad that I went through with it. It made me a better person and a stronger person and that’s what matters in the end.

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If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Most people know the answer to this because I am obsessed with turtles.  They are awesome in so many ways.  I would want to be a turtle because they are lazy, take their time with everything, and CARRY THEIR HOUSE ON THEIR BACKS! How cool is that?

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This makes me laugh!

Let’s be honest, turtles are super cool.  Not very many animals can carry their home around with them. Also, turtles aren’t narcissistic. The story of the tortoise and the hare.  The turtle wins because he is slow and steady and believes in himself.  That’s why I would be a turtle.

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And of course I brake for turtles!

So my department does the Strengths Finder thing.  It’s this book that gives you a code where you go online and take a test.  At the end of the test it gives you your top 5 strengths out of 34 possible themes.  It focuses on the fact that you shouldn’t work on your weaknesses because you may never have that talent, so just make your strengths better.  So here are my top 5.

Achiever: I like for things to happen. It means that I must achieve things to be happy.  Goal oriented.

Relator: This means that I like to talk to people and I can relate to them however, I like my small group of friends and I’m not going to share information with you unless you are in that group.

Input: This means I know a little bit about everything.  I collect information or things or in my specific case, both.

Restorative: I love to solve problems.  I am energized by the idea of solving somethings

Developer: I see the potential in others.  This means that I see the small things and work with that person to become a better person.

I think these all are me. I’m just now realizing how important these are to me and my career choice. I love that everyone is so different but also so similar that your life can boil down to 5 things that describe you.

So the last two weeks have been filled with excitement!  I went on my first Hall Director retreat where we got a flat tire!

Then RA Training happened! We went to the 4H Center and did the ExCel program.  We had the choice of going on the giant’s ladder or the high ropes course.  I chose the high ropes. It was fun but I am definitely a tree hugger! Here are some pictures that the 4H Center took and posted of our group!

There were circles.

And promises were made.

Ladders were climbed 30 feet in the air.

Can you see the fear in my face?And then we went down a zip line!  This was my favorite part. And doesn’t Brittany look adorable?

Resident have moved in now so we have started having our Opening Week events.

There was a block party with DJ Hollywood.

And Casino Night where we had 173 residents come out to play!

Tomorrow we are going bowling.  It’s going to be a blast!