Me Rants


My how time flies.

I haven’t written anything in months and I’m pretty sure it was my New Year’s Resolution to write at least once a week. We all see how that worked out.

Well this summer (Yes, I know it is November) was AMAZING. I went to China for 2 weeks and had an amazing time. And then I moved on down to Florida to complete my internship.

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me at Qingdao University

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My time in Florida was so amazing. I was working at a very small institution and they wanted me to get the most out of my time there. I worked with some awesome people who I hope I get to work with again one day. I learned so much about myself and my future professional self in the short 6 weeks that I was there. My last post was Summer of Growth and boy, was that true.

I can’t wait to see where my profession takes me and what I end up doing. I do know that with the support of my friends, family, and coworkers that I will never be alone and will always have a listening ear or someone to push me in the right direction.

I have officially started my job search and this is when I learn if I will sink or swim as a new professional in student affairs. I graduate in 172 days. That is not much time when you think about it. And on top of that I have 110 days until I present at my first professional conference, 127 days until The Placement Exchange, and 144 days until the test that determines my fate. But before then I have to make it to Thanksgiving. I know that I can do it.

I’ll try to write more, I promise.

Y’all I am BEYOND excited about this summer.  This is going to be the best summer I have ever had and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you.

First off, closing is in 11 days. Yep 11 days. But before I can get to that I have to get past 3 tests, 1 paper, and a poster board session. I know that I can do it!

In just 19 short days I will be boarding a plane for China! It’s hard to imagine that in less than 3 weeks I will literally be on the OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD! I have a lot of concerns about leaving the country but that’s for a different post, this one is all about the AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES that I have been given.

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24 hours after I get back from China, I will be heading to Florida. Yep, Florida. I get to spend 6 beautiful weeks in the Sunshine State completing my internship.

I’ve never been more than 2 hours from home and this summer I will be halfway across the world and then 15 hours from where my family is. Talk about scary!

I know that this summer is going to be the most perfect summer because I am going to be able to grow as an individual and as a student affairs professional.  If I had never realized that student affairs is what I want to do the rest of my life, I wouldn’t have been given these amazing opportunities.

Many people have been there for me and supported me in this journey and I can’t thank them enough for everything that they have done for me.

My summer of growth starts in just 11 days…

This week I am on duty and it has been a week. A friend has decided that the duty phone is a horcux because when people have the phone they get REALLY grumpy and angry. And boy has that been me this week.  It’s just normal duty things: lockouts, broken windows, leaks in lobbies, and doors not opening. But for some reason this week has completely drained me!  Maybe it’s because I live in Arkansas and there has been threats of severe weather and tornadoes but poop on this week!

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On the bright side here is a list of wonderful things about today:

  1. It is FRIDAY and that is always a beautiful thing!
  2. We have potential GA candidates here for their on-campus interviews.
  3. It’s a BEAUTIFUL day after last night’s storms.
  4. I have bubble wrap!
  5. I bought all kinds of Cadberry chocolates last night.
  6. I’m completely done with one of my classes until the final on May 1st.
  7. I get to watch an Extremely Goofy Movie for class.
  8. My Pandora station is playing AWESOME songs today.
  9. On Monday I get to take the Sword of Gryffindor and destroy this horcrux pass off the duty phone.

Today is my 24th birthday. There isn’t really anything special about 24 that I know of but this was by far the best birthday I have ever had.

It all started yesterday…because everyone wants a birthday weekend not just a day.

I spent Saturday with some friends. We went to Little Rock and had a blast. At midnight my sister called and my nieces sang me happy birthday.

Sunday I got to sleep in a little bit and then my mom drove up to take me out to lunch. She brought my puppy dog with her so we ended up going to PetSmart so she could get out and run around. While looking I fell in love with a fish. He is the brightest blue I’ve ever seen. His name is Olaf. And he obviously came home with me.

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Then I went and had coffee with my lovely friend Larissa. It was a bitter sweet moment because that will be the last time for a while since she’s getting married in a week and moving to Arizona! She got me these BEAUTIFUL flowers.

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When I returned from getting coffee there was a note under my door that told me to check my office. I walked into my office to find a bunch of balloons, more flowers and the sweetest card from my staff. And one of my Cubs got me a movie poster from my favorite movie that I can’t wait to get framed and hang up!

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I finally settled down to watch some Walking Dead when I hear someone POUNDING on the doors to my building. I opened my apartment door ready to jump into RC mode to see Bri, Matt, and Stephen standing there with pizza and cupcakes. They decided to surprise me for my birthday. I had no idea they were coming and it was the perfect way to end my day. In the middle of the Walking Dead I also received an awesome video of the cutest kid wishing me a happy birthday.

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I often forget how blessed I am to have people like this who really care about me and want to celebrate me. I can’t thank everyone enough for what they do for me everyday. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for them and I can’t wait to see what the next year of my life holds. I know that I will be just fine with my friends by my side!

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This is a VERY busy time of year for me and my co-workers and my cohort members. The second years are busy job hunting and us first years are looking for summer internships.

I applied for summer internships through ACUHO-I because I LOVE LOVE LOVE housing and really want to stick with it. I’ve been in Arkansas ALL of my life. I need to get out and try new things if I want to be marketable when I start job hunting next year.

So far I have had 2 interviews and I have 2 more set up for next week. I’m still waiting to hear back from a couple places as well, so like I said, I’ve been busy.

One of the things that makes the internship search so difficult is that I have very specific dates that I can work. Why you might ask? Because I AM GOING TO CHINA!! I paid my deposit last week so in May I will be boarding a plane and flying halfway around the world! How amazing is that?  I’m really really excited but also really really nervous. Because I AM GOING TO CHINA!

Well that is what is going on right now. I don’t think I’m going to have time to post again anytime soon because this weekend I will be at SPE interviewing candidates for next year’s cohort and then next weekend I will be going to Fort Worth to SWACUHO!

It’s a very busy month! But I will leave you with this…my birthday is in 19 days!

So, there is this thing going around on Facebook where you write things people didn’t know about you and then if you like it they give you a number and that is how many things you have to share.  I had been avoiding it and then someone called me out on my trickery. At least she didn’t call me a cheater like someone else I know.

Anyway, the number I got was 6, so here we go.

  1. I collect turtles. Not real turtles, just stuff with turtles on it.
  2. My favorite movie of all time is Wizard of Oz.
  3. I am terrified of things that go bump in the night. Like seriously, any noise at night FREAKS. ME. OUT.
  4. I love kids, I think they are awesome but I don’t want to have my own.
  5. I am an old soul. I like going to bed early, quilting, and learning about the past.
  6. Since May I have read over 30 books. I like to read before bed and tend to finish a book in just a couple days, so I’ve read a lot!

First off, I’m writing this from my phone so please forgive me for any mistakes.

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while and just kept putting it off. But now seems like a great time.

Forgiveness is a hard thing to give. Mostly because you don’t feel that the person asking TRULY deserves your forgiveness, but they do. Seriously, everyone makes mistakes. If someone gets the courage to ask you for forgiveness, they deserve it. (Side bar: there are a few things that I don’t think deserve forgiveness even if they ask for it but that’s a different story.)

Forgiveness goes hand in hand with understanding. I think to truly forgive you have to understand what the other person was feeling at the time and they need to understand how they made you feel. This can be hard because when you are hurt or upset you don’t want to think about it any other way, but it helps.

Recently I’ve made a big change in my life. I have grown as an individual more in the last 2 months than I ever thought I would. And I was able to think back on some things and for the first time was able to forgive someone for something they did to me years ago. They never asked. They never will ask for forgiveness because they have their own demons. But I’ve forgiven them and that’s all that matters. I was able to forgive because I was finally able to look from the outside and see the truth.

Like I said, everyone makes mistakes. You don’t have to let the person back into your life, but not forgiving them doesn’t hurt them. It only hurts you.

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