The ABCs of My First Year of College
Hello, feisty friends! HAPPY SUMMER!
I've been home for two weeks now, and I'm back at work and settling back in Richmond. While doing this, I have been reflecting about my school year as a whole.
This time, I wanted to write another one of those, but for the year as a whole! All different words and phrases, with new memories and experiences. ALRIGHT, HERE WE GO:
That was definitely one of the feelings I felt this year. I was accepted to a wonderful school, luckily accepted to an amazing program, and I felt accepted among my peers. My passion for social media was finally accepted as a potential career, and there were people who supported me.
I've always struggled feeling accepted ever since being bullied when I was younger. However, after this year, I definitely feel there are people that love me for who I am, despite my bizarre and outrageous personality.
This year, I decided to subscribe to Birchbox Man, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while. Basically, for $20 a month, I receive a box of cool grooming/pampering products (sample size) and one lifestyle full product/item! I know that sounds a little pricey, but it is nice to be surprised with a “treat yo self” box every month!
If you want to subscribe to Birchbox, check it out here. (They have Birchbox AND Birchbox Man.)
A lot of things changed during my first year of college. I feel like I changed as a person. I would say I’ve become more independent, more open-minded to new things, and (some would disagree, haha) more mature. All of this change is just what I needed. I was very open to the change of environment.
I’m still the same old Feisty - just a little more adulty.
I got the chance to go to Disney World with the Communications Fellows during our trip to Florida. Definitely an amazing experience that I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Check out my vlog:
I talked about this in my latest #FeistyObsessions post, but Elonthon is a 24- hour Dance Marathon that raises money to benefit the patients and families at Duke Children's Hospital! Over a thousand students came together and danced the night away and raised over $275,000- FOR THE KIDS! 110% FTK.It was a wonderful experience because I was able to hang out and dance with friends while raising money for a great cause! Unfortunately, I only was able to dance 9 hours because of scheduling conflicts, but I KNOW I am going to be doing 24 next year!
I traveled to Florida with the Communications Fellow and I blogged my whole experience there. Check it all out by clicking this hashtag:
--> #FloridaFellows2016 <--
Overall, Florida was somewhere I had never been and I absolutely loved it.
(Maybe I could live there one day???)
Green World is a dining hall on my campus that serves only vegetarian and vegan foods, and it became my FAVORITE place to eat. It is so delicious - I’ll be living right next to it next year and I’m HYPE about it.
There were so many times when I would accidentally refer to Elon as my home… and honestly, it feels like home.
Sooooo many cups of iced coffee. Enough said.
I'm so glad that I was able to journal throughout my year using social media. Sometimes it is forgotten that social media isn't just an outlet for you to show your followers what you are doing, but it can remind you/document your life! I am able to reflect on my year by using social media posts that I created throughout the year. This blog along with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube help me achieve this :)
Yes, this is a weird word choice for K, but it leads me to one of my life mottos I've created this year:
"DON'T LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT THE FOLLOWING: your phone, keys, wallet, and dignity."
Live Oak Communications
Live Oak Communications is a student-run communications agency that works with several North Carolina companies with strategic planning, social media, and more. I was fortunately able to work as an Account Executive during my second semester, and it was a blast! It is great to use my love for communications and help a real-life company (ours was a local restaurant). I'm excited to be working in the fall as an Account Supervisor!
This is a very specific and kind of personal one: I've never had that many close guy friends before college. I definitely had a few, like the wonderful Matthew Whiting, but still not as many as your typical dude my age.
I didn't have that many guy friends because I'm not like your typical guy - I can't relate to masculinity that much. However, this year, I met some amazing guys that don't judge me for that and actually wanted to create friendships with me. It was one of the best parts of my first year of college.
I won't call anyone out, but you know who you are :)
My trip to New York City was one of the highlights of my life honestly. That city is so beautiful and alive and I cannot wait to explore it more. Thank you so much, Jordan Hsu, for letting me stay with you and showing me cool spots around the city.
Every time I think of my first year of college, the first word that comes to mind is opportunity. I’ve been able to pursue so many amazing things. I’ve been able to explore my passions, go cool places, meet amazing people, and more :)
I still can’t believe that I can say this…. But I saw PENTATONIX LIVE. What…. How… I still haven’t processed it. They killed me and then brought me back to life. They were absolutely wonderful. Hopefully I can see them again one day. Plus, Us the Duo gained another fan with their killer opening.
Quitting the Stress
I've had a few people from high school say to me "You seem less stressed." This is very true. For some reason, the freedom and exploration of college has caused my days of stress, sweating, and anxiety disappear. I'm thinking it is because I am learning in a less competitive environment. I'm surrounded with creative, supportive people all day and I LOVE IT.
I hope I stay this way for the rest of my college career and beyond.
I realized a lot about myself. I realized what makes me happy. I realized what makes me anxious. I realized what I need to take out of my life, and I realized what I need to keep in and savor. I’ve had so much self realization this year
I realized this year that I specifically want to work in social media. I’ve been fortunately able to already start helping run accounts and helping people with social media strategy. It’s something I do daily personally and now I get to help companies do it. It’s a dream come true.
Now, this might sound selfish. LET ME EXPLAIN: During high school, I was very mentally and emotionally strained because I would be focused on pleasing my teachers and friends that I would disregard my own mental health. I would worry so much about others and what was going on to others around me that I would forget to take care of myself. I wouldn't sleep enough and eat very poorly.
This year, I adopted a new trend of making sure I do at least one thing for myself a day to make sure I'm feeling alright. I would also even take time away from others so I could fully check in with myself to make sure I was okay.
I would definitely say this new "treat yo' self attitude" has allowed me to be happier because it gives me a small daily boost so that I can spend the rest of the day talking with others, helping others, and staying positive and fulfilled.
There wasn’t one moment this year that I wasn’t learning. Whether I was in class, with friends, traveling, or by myself, I was always learning. I learned about myself, communications, other people, things I want to pursue, things I don’t want to pursue, and more. College is all about learning, inside and outside of the classroom.
I have been vegetarian since January of this year and I’ve absolutely loved it. It honestly hasn’t been difficult and I’ve loved every second of it.
I know I'm not going to be vegetarian when I go abroad next January (for the cultural experience), but I think I want to be vegetarian for the rest of my life!
I could go on for pages and pages about this, but I’ve met of the best people while in college. So many creative, driven people – those of the people I want to surround myself with. I appreciate all of the wonderful people who put up with me this year (you know who you are.).
I couldn't think of any good words that start with X, so "XOXO" stands for all of the love that I feel for the people and experiences I had this year :)
I was luckily able to explore the world of Youtube video-making myself this year! I made a few different videos, which you can check out here. My latest one was with the lovely Nicole Ackman,:
THERE ARE MORE COMING SOON, I SWEAR!
Zero Days Forgotten
I don’t want to forget my first year of college… because it was the best year of my life to date. It was better than I could have ever imagined. Elon University is exactly where I need to be, and communications is exactly what I want to do. I couldn’t thank my family and friends more in supporting me on this collegiate journey. Thank you so much.