Who Am I?

For one of my classes, we were assigned to write a paragraph about our “personal brand.” I liked mine so I thought I’d share:

I am slightly over-programmed, but I like it that way. I am a student athlete in a sorority on Student Senate majoring in Journalism double minoring in Sociology and Business in the Honors Program and I wouldn’t change a thing. I work hard and want to be the best at everything I do. Being an athlete, I’m extremely competitive, mentally tough and know what it truly means to be a team player. In order to balance athletics with academics, campus involvement and social obligations, my agenda is hands down my favorite accessory. I am very passionate about education, female empowerment, gender equality and social justice. I love the idea of creating something that can impact people and make a difference in the world and hope that I will have a career that allows me to do so. Although I’m extremely busy, I have a lot of fun yet maintain a very driven and focused mindset. I’m not ashamed to love the color pink, hanging out in coffee shops, acoustic music, dancing, cats, my family and being outdoors. I’m an avid social media user, pajama wearer, and dessert eater. Someday, when I’m not a broke college student, I want to travel the world. I’m blunt, I’m sarcastic, I laugh a lot, I occasionally trip over my own feet and I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.

POTUS at KU

Over the last week, I had the privilege of standing in lines for over 8 hours because a certain someone visited LFK. That certain someone happened to be the leader of the free world and hands down the most powerful man in the world.

President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday in D.C. and I got a chance to see him reiterate his points on Thursday. Although the POTUS and I don’t agree on everything, the experience was by far one of the coolest things to ever happen to me. Not to mention, the President used the softball locker room to hang out in before his speech. Secret Service suggested we write him notes and much to our pleasant surprise, he signed them all.

I wasn’t selected as one of the chosen students to sit and be honored behind the president or volunteer at the event but I was maybe 30 feet in front of President Obama and enjoyed every minute of the time I spent this week. It was well worth the wait.

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Pals

It’s a truly amazing thing to have good friends in your life.

Growing up, I never spent a lot of time with the people from my school. I played softball every weekend and had practice twice a week. Those girls were more than just my best friends, they were my family. Today, a group of us got together for the first time since 2012 and it was honestly as if no time had passed.

I had some truly wonderful memories playing competitive softball, but like any competitive athlete will tell you, there are some serious downsides to it too. What truly bonds a team, however, no matter what age or level, is respect and I’m convinced that respect for one another is what’s kept my friendships with my former teammates so timeless. To this day, I respect their talent, personality, and values, something I hope I can achieve with any and all my future relationships.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is that you don’t need to be best friends with someone in order to be a good teammate. Results happen from mutually respectful relationships, however, I was fortunate enough to make lifelong friends with those who earned my respect. You may hear to surround yourself with like minded people or dreamers or optimists but from my (very wise) 19 years of knowledge, I find it best to surround yourself with people you want to fight for whether it’s on the field of play or not. The respect you have for a person is fundamental for success.

True Life: I’m an E-mail Hoarder

I love online shopping. Correction: online window shopping would probably be more politically correct on a college budget like mine. If you also partake in shopping online, then you know for many sites, you can’t enter until you give them your e-mail. Although I’m sure there are many people that choose to exercise self control, I do not and without fail, I submit my e-mail to pretty much any site I stumble upon. Therefore, this morning, I deleted 2645 e-mails from the three accounts I actively used.

Some e-mails were the junk mailers I invited to occupy my mailbox, but many of the e-mails that were sitting there were over a year old. They were all there: old office hours e-mails, correspondences with the university newspaper old editor, grade checks, practice schedules, etc. I deleted every e-mail in my box but 25 that are still relevant and I’m not going to lie, it felt like I was deleting old friends. They may just be old e-mails but it actually made me sad to see the memories and invites and information disappear. This is not normal. With every e-mail came another pathetic wince as I hit delete and I realized that this needs to stop. I’m actually a hoarder… and this actually needs to stop…

So, for the first of my many goals for 2015, I vow to stop collecting e-mails like they’re a baseball card collection. I’m getting closer and closer to my professional life and I need to use my e-mail accounts to organize my life, not to collect old memories. I’m not going to promise that I won’t be online window shopping anymore, but I’m going to use a junk e-mail from now on. I cleared every mailbox, deleted all my trash, and hit unsubscribe to every junk mail clogger and I already feel less overwhelmed.