This winter session I am here on campus in Newark, DE! I am taking two online courses, Anthropology101, and Statistics 2. The reason why I chose to take online courses for this break is to have more flexibility in my daily schedule. This allows me to sleep in later, take my classes when it is most convenient for me, and travel during the week, and weekends! I have also been able to make time for a bit of work, I have been giving tours on campus to perspective students which let’s me meet a lot of some of our future Blue Hens, and make a little bit of money on the side!
So looking back about 4 years ago now, I was just finishing up submitting all of my college applications. While I had all of my grades up to par, my resume filled out, and my common app ready to go I procrastinated the final component of my application; my college essay. I have always considered myself to be a strong writer, as I always got nearly perfect grades on my papers, (and hence why I’m a blogger for UD now of course!) But when it came to pick that imperative topic; the one that would admit or reject me from my next big step in life, i drew a blank. This time during my senior year, my teacher assigned my 12th grade English class an assignment to mirror a college essay about a memory-an essay that would paint a visual in someone’s mind. At the time I was just getting back to school from summer, envious of all of my older friends who were away at college, and focused on three specific days of my summer that still to this day I proclaim as one of my biggest adventures thus far. While the topic was risky, and a bold move on my behalf I wrote an essay about a trip that I took with some of my best friends to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. While my teacher, and the admissions staff were not able to deduce that this was a trip in which I went behind my mother’s back and snuck off for a few days-I painted the picture of my moment of clarity. I had a moment of maturity, self discovery, and morals all which were summed up in a splendid vacation for myself. The essay’s original purpose was to only serve as just an assignment for my English class. But after getting back a flawless remark, and glowing recommendations from my teacher it seemed like the pieces fell into place for it to become my college essay. My advice to all of the college applicants out there, is as a decisive and worrying person myself, college is a process that you have to let the pieces fall into place. Sometimes one of your favorite stories is your best story-even if it doesn’t cover the same topic of a typical college essay, as that is the essay that will set you apart from the rest and show your true personality.
Clicking the Final Submit Button to College Applications
While I applied to colleges nearly three years ago, it is still one of the most vivid moments of my life. Having a younger brother who is currently applying to schools, and interviewing lots of prospective UD students about their college application process brings back feelings of nervousness, panic, and looming stress that I could not wait to end. I remember I analyzed every word I wrote down stressing as to whether or not my personal statements were just right, or if my extra-curricular activities were worded well enough.
But once I finally finished the common application and pressed submit, life was still not quite back to normal. The stress shifted from concerns over a deadline, to the threatening idea that maybe none of the colleges that I applied to would admit me. I had nightmares thinking that I did not see one acceptance letter. Afterwards my feelings were a series of mixed emotions of stress, relief and excitement knowing that in a year from the day I clicked submit on my college application I would be living my life at college. As a decisive person who likes immediate answers, hitting the submit button increased my worries as I did not know what lay ahead of me and j what the future had in store.
Here at Delaware we love to show our Blue Hen pride, and especially near and dear to our hearts is our mascots, YouDee and Baby Blue. You may ask what the difference is, and really it’s the difference between our big Blue Hen mascot, and the little blue hen. Personally I have a special place in my heart for Baby Blue. While YouDee may be the official mascot, there’s something so cute about the petite baby blue, his smaller size, and appearance that makes me like him a little bit more. Plus, I’ve gotta give it to Baby Blue that wins hands down for better tricks over YouDee. It’s a tough choice which is better but hands down I love Baby Blue!
So Junior year thus far hasn’t been quite as hectic as I had pictured. Usually I find that my school work is overwhelming and extremely stressful. I don’t want to jinx myself but I think since I have been getting more involved in the core curriculum of my classes that the workload has been more manageable, and less stressful. It could be from a few factors that 1. I now have my time management and school strategy mastered, 2. that my math classes and prerequisites will be entirely done by this semester, and 3. that I’m truly interested in my coursework. So far, it’s been a great transition into the second half of my college career. Everyone seems to have come back with an agenda-and seems more mature. It’s weird in a way, as I think that I’m in complete denial about my age for once in my life and really dreading the next step into the real world but also slightly refreshing.
This past weekend I finally got a chance to visit my best friend from home at Penn State. After 3 years, and her visiting me freshman year I finally booked my 8 hours Greyhound trip (3.5 hour car ride) to State College. Our visit was great, and it was really fun to finally hang out with her friends that I had been skyping for three years now. Penn State was a great experience, but I still would not take back my decision to go to Delaware. The school was a bit too big, and too much in the middle of nowhere for me.
This Labor Day weekend, I traveled home for the first time. I went back up North to Boston to work the PGA Tour’s Championship, and the TPC Boston, where I worked all summer long. I wanted to see the tournament in full swing, earn some bill$, and also see out the work I had over the summer. It ended up being an exhausting weekend putting in lots of work hours, but all in all, very cool to be behind the scenes of the tournament. I don’t particularly consider myself a huge golf fan, but I did get the opportunity to serve Rickie Fowler which I will say, was very cool. Now I’m currently blogging from the Amtrak train as I took a red eye from providence to make it back bright and early at 6 AM on Tuesday morning for classes. Labor Day is the weekend that really marks the end of my summer, so I’m ready for a week with my work-load in full swing and to hopefully achieve my goal of making Dean’s List this summer. Fingers Crossed!
So as summer is starting to wrap up I’m ecstatic to get back to school and stop working but also going to miss my beach day, $$ in my bank account, and stress free life. I’ve been exceptionally busy working around 50 hours a week at my internship, the TPC Boston, PGA tour golf course waitressing, babysitting and scooping ice cream. Last week I took some time off to enjoy some relaxing time on Martha’s Vineyard and move into school. While it was a hurried week off, and a bit hectic I was able to set up my new room in my apartment at school, and build all of my new furniature. And it looks pretty chic if I do say so myself. So 10 days until I say goodbye to Massachusetts but for now I’m awfully excited to head back down to school again.
For my Junior Year I decided to officially move away from off-campus housing. While my housing situation has been a transition to this from living in my dorm in Rodney, to the on campus apartments in the Christiana Towers I don’t think that myself, or my roommates entirely thought through all of the responsibilities with renting out own unit. We knew that we would be responsible for our rent, and furniture but never expected to deal with some of the situations that we had to. From an unsympathetic landlord, paying excessive unforeseen fees for damage, and dealing with the hassle of acquiring large furniture pieces such as couches and storing them has been a bit of a nightmare for us all. While my new place next year is a beautiful, 4 year old condo on Choate Street (just near Klondike Kate’s), a lesson that we learned from our experience thus far is that we should have investigated things more, and spoke with the landlord more about the issues as we would have never rented from them after learning some of their hidden agendas. So all in all, for perspective students if you consider moving off campus for your sophomore year, when you begin to look into apartments in the fall make sure you do your research about your landlord, exact rental unit, and know what you’re getting yourself into so you don’t get yourself into a predicament like we did.
Today I’m blogging from my cubicle at my internship! I’m currently interning in the Advertising Department for the Christian Science Monitor Newspaper. I work, and commute from my hometown in Boston, and my office is just across from the Prudential Building. It’s week two, and so far I have nothing but positive things to say. I’ve been working with advertising analytics software, advertising sales proposals, and LOTS of Google Doc’s. I commute in every day on the train, and get to read my Chelsea Handler book:) and enjoy my hour long lunch break shopping at the Pru..not too bad. While my internship is unpaid, it’s a great way to help me boost my resume and make me a stronger applicant for when I apply for a job in the real world when I graduate.
So seeing as “half way to go” is the most optimistic way to put I am now a Junior at UD, I can’t believe where the time has gone. Everyone always says, you won’t believe how fast time flies. On graduation day in high school it was hard to believe that 13 years later I was sitting with my same peers that I started Kindergarden with, and now we were all heading in our own separate directions to different schools. College has especially shown me how time flies. While I’m extremely busy, I always find myself in disbelief at yet another week that has flown by, and here I am with only two years until the real world. So for Junior year I’m staying optimistic, with lots of exciting things coming my way. From being an SAO for admissions, starting my Tier 2 BHLP certification, holding the position of Events chair for the Blue Hen Marketing Club, a rho gamma for sorority recruitment, and turning 21!! I certainly have a lot to look forward to. While freshman year was all about adapting to college life, balancing school work with friends, and meeting people, sophomore year was much more focused for myself to on track for the real world. I worked on getting my GPA up, encouraged myself to explore new opportunities, and even took on more responsibilities in the organizations that I’m apart of. While I was extremely busy, it was a give and take. I found that I thrived not only by boosting my resume, but also academically by becoming more involved and working with a strict schedule. While I was forced to frequently choose my obligations over having my “me time”, my goal for Junior year is to find the happy medium of them both. So I am VERY excited for the upcoming school year, and couldn’t be happier about earning some bills this summer, and a fridge full of free food. So PEACE, LOVE AND ICE CREAM HAPPY SUMMER TO ALL, and I’ll be in touch!
Being a part of Greek life is something that I don’t think people truly give enough credit to. While from the outside looking in, many people assume that it’s all about socializing, and “paying for friends.” While it is something that I believe you can’t quite understand until you’re apart of it this article really highlights some of the great aspects that it really has to offer. From establishing yourself professionally, getting involved with your campus community, surrounding yourself with people of different interests, and gaining valuable life skills I believe through my own personal experience and as stated in this article that Greek Life has been nothing but an asset to my college career.
So as all of you are making your college decisions, if you look back to my post you can see what made me choose UD. But now after a year of blogging, I’m changing my post to why I’m still as confident, and happier than ever in my choice to attend Delaware. So here it goes!!
1. It’s ALWAYS warmer here than it is at home. =me getting my tan on earlier than in MA.
2. I can have cheesesteaks whenever I want and people don’t make a weird face when I describe what they are.
3. There’s so many cool clubs to introduce you to new people, and offer something new.
4. I have been able to explore 4 new cities in 2 years (NYC, Baltimore, Philly, and DC)
5. Rita’s definitely keeps a smile on my face.
6. Main street’s food, and brocolli bites.
7. Laying on the Laird Campus Turf on a beautiful day.
8. I’ve learned to live independently on my own, and figured out how to figure out solutions that I used to depend upon from my parents. Being so far away from home, it has forced me to adjust to independence, and take on more responsibilities for myself.
9. UDairy keeps coming out with awesome new flavors..
10. Every day there is a new event, or speaker occurring on campus to teach me something new.
11. Every week gives me a new experience, adventure, or teaches me something I didn’t know before wether it’s academic or socially related.
This past Friday I went on a “field trip” to New York City to visit Advertising companies with the University of Delaware’s marketing club. We visited two advertising firms, Arnold Advertising, as well as Ogilvy and Mathers. Not only was it exciting to spend the day in the city, but it really put my future career into perspective. It gave me an idea of more credentials that I should have on my resume, as well as important insight to my dream role of being an account executive one day. One company that we in particular visited was Ogilvy and Mathers. Their company, and environment painted the picture of my dream job for when I graduate college. While their programs are exceptionally competitive to be accepted to, and landing a job is even more difficult I am determined to get my foot in the door with their company, even if I have to do some serious leg work to network.
So this week I’m blogging from HOME! It feels great to use my own shower, sleep in my own bed and best of all open up a fridge full of my favorite foods :) But an opportunity that I recently learned about here at school was the Blue Hen Leadership program, otherwise known as BHLP. This is an awesome program here on campus that I first learned about through my sorority, that is designed to create, strengthen, and promote leaders amongst our campus. BHLP consists of 3 tiers of certifications and this Spring I will be earning my Tier 1 certification. Each tier represents a level that an individual has completed in the program. Tier 1 asks that you attend 10 events, Tier 2 implements a project, and tier 3 is service learning. I think this is an excellent program that I decided to get involved in to add something to my certifications on my resume, and to hopefully give me an advantage when applying for a managerial position one day. I started my certification process by attending a 7-hour conference followed by a series of presentations which focus on ways to promote yourself as a leader, improve and have also included some inspirational stories. If you’re an incoming freshman I highly encourage you to check out this program! It’s easy to complete, a great thing to write on your resume and very useful!
This was an article that I saw early last week that was e-mailed to me from my Linked In updates. This year I’ve been trying to stay a bit more up to date on my business current events and I’m not so sure it’s a great idea from the articles that I’ve been seeing. Recently advertising and marketing firms have been laying off many workers in their sales departments due to new trends in advertising which are much less costly. The trends in advertising recently have been transferred from online ad campaigns to simply placing an ad on Facebook that reaches a larger market and is FREE compared to millions of dollars. So what does this mean for me as a student with a marketing major and an advertising minor? Well, it does not mean that my job-field won’t exist when I graduate. Instead, it means that I need to be well trained in this new niche advertisisng. I am currently in the process of interviewing for an internship this semester that would give me some real world experience in this new area in the industry. While I don’t necessarily have tons of free time on my hands, experience, and insight into the new future of advertising will be beneficial in one year (:0 OMG) when I am looking for a job.
This weekend has me absolutely beat. I’ve been waking up at 6 AM and staying up until 3 AM some nights because we had sorority recruitment at Delaware this past weekend. For those of you who don’t know, sorority recruitment takes place every year at the beginning of the Spring semester and lasts for the first two weekends. The whole purpose of sorority recruitment is for girls at UD who are interested in Greek Life to be matched with a sororities, and for sororities to find the girls best fit to represent their legacy. Last year I was on the other side of recruitment; I was getting to know all of the different sororities, figuring out where I wanted to belong, and was making my choice. This year things are a bit different since I’m now an initiated sister and I’m the one who is choosing what girls would be best fit in our sorority. I love the devotion, and enthusiasm that my chapter has during these two weeks, and it’s so exciting to see who will be our new baby hooties (we’re the owl sorority)! We’ve been practicing for HOURS how to have an effective conversation with the new girls who are rushing, as well as practicing the skits that we performed last night for them. We did three dances to renditions of Space Jam, Umbrella by Rihanna, and California Girls by Katy Perry which we Chi-O-ified to better fit our purpose. While I’m completely wiped, it’s been so exciting to meet the fabulous girls that participated in rushing, get a little exercise in LOL and also as corny as it is, work on my networking, and selling skills through talking to all of the new girls. A week from today is bid night and I can’t wait to see who my new sisters will be!
Since day one of applying to college I have always known that I wanted to study abroad. One of the reasons that I especially picked Delaware, was because of the 7 week period in between the Fall and Spring Semesters. While living in a foreign country for several months seems like a dream, I didn’t want to have to give up a semester at Delaware for it. So I thought that the 7 week break was a perfect opportunity to study somewhere. The process of studying abroad (at least for the winter session) begins about a year in advance. So this winter break I did some research to figure out where I really, really want to go. My heart is set on heading to Australia to continue studying my major. I’d like to do the trip that splits the time between Australia and New Zealand. I want to eat the food, the fruit, see the great barrier reef, go sky diving again and especially LIVE on the beach. And of course find some kangaroos and koala bears too! While studying abroad is definitely extra money to pay, it is something that I believe my college experience would not be complete without. I’m looking forward to the application process this Spring and crossing my fingers to be accepted to head to Australia in January of 2013!
This winter session I had a perfect vision for how my five weeks were going to go..
1. Relaxing, Stress-free
2. A solid A in my class
3. Have lots of free time to hang out with friends
4. Kill it in ad sales for my internship
5. Go to the gym everyday
…until I got Mono. Usually when I get sick at school I can take care of myself and with a little bit of extra effort stay on top of my tasks. However, with mono I am completely pathetic and helpless. I flew home today to recover for the week and try to get better before second semester starts. While I’m not exactly the most delightful person right now, I am EXTREMELY grateful I am not going through this during the regular semester. I guess I had to tough it out at some point so it might as well be when I don’t have a ton of responsibilities and it’s freeeezing out! Crossing my fingers to get better soon so I can go back to school.
One of the coolest things that I found out freshman year was that one of my good friends, and now one of my sorority sisters’ father is Steve Schirripa. While I was unsure of his claim to fame when I first heard his name, I soon learned my friend Bria’s father played the staring role of Bobby on the Sopranos. He also has starred in a TV series called the Secret Life of the American Teenager, is the author of many books, and is also is featured in many commercials. On move-in day, my father came running to my dorm room to tell me that a star of the Sopranos, his daughter was living in my building. My first reaction was thankful I did not see my Dad making a fool out of himself on move in day, but disregarded his suggestion that it might be cool to meet his daughter. Several months later, I was in my good friend Bria’s room when I saw a familiar celebrity face on her dorm wall-and yes it was the Sopranos star that my father was stalking just a few months earlier. I had been friends with Bria for several months, and the humble girl that she was, had never said anything about her famous father. I of course thought it was just about the coolest thing ever. I demanded to meet her father the next time he visited. The day that we returned to Spring Semester Bria introduced me to her Dad- I was starstruck just like my Dad was. The only time before this that I had been that close to a celebrity, was in 9th grade when I walked past Rihanna near security at a concert. I am very excited for Bria’s dad to come speak to Delaware, and I will definitely be in attendance to hear all about his acting journey. Who knows, maybe if my Dad is lucky maybe I’ll invite him for the weekend so he can be THAT guy in the audience..
So I am taking a winter online class this winter session to pass the next 5 weeks of my time. I’ll be testing on campus in Delaware, but since my testing week doesn’t start until next week I will still be enjoying the comfort of my own bed and food while I watch my lectures at home. I originally wasn’t super thrilled with the idea of taking a class online, let alone Philosophy but I’ve decided there are a few perks.
1. I can take my tests any time of the day, any day of my designated week that I want.
2. I can stay at home for a little bit longer.
3. It costs less money than a regular class
4. I can go to class anytime of the day that I want..aka I can continue sleeping til the late hours of the afternoon!
5. If I take terrible notes for one day I can go back to re-watch a lecture.
6. I can fast forward the monotonous parts of the lectures where a professor will repeat himself.
I’m not entirely excited/ready for school work again but I’m thankful I do have something to do with my time for the next 5 weeks until Spring Semester!!
Thanksgiving was just what I needed- just a few days off to relax and take a step back from my work. While my journey home started off a bit rough, the usual 6 hour car ride turned into an 8 hour fiasco when we hit stand still traffic an hour away from home, and then had our car die in the middle of the frenzy. However, after I finally brought in my bags and had the perfect nights sleep in my bed, nothing could ruin my few days off. I can’t say I’ve ever been more excited in my life to enjoy puddles of gravy on all of my food, watch a gross amount of TV, and enjoy the company of my family. The fact that the next few weeks I can listen to Christmas music, see Christmas lights, and eat Christmas cookies has me possibly a little too optimistic about my finals week at school.
So this winter since I am living in the towers I am ecstatic to say that I will not be sitting on my couch for seven weeks at home. This winter I will be coming back to school to take my online class. I will be taking a Philosophy class to satisfy one of my group A humanities requirements. I really wanted to take an online class because I did not want to have to rush back to school on January 2. I wanted to take the first week of my classes while still enjoying home after the rush of all of the holidays, so I thought taking an online class was the perfect solution. Plus if we wanted to leave for a weekend to take a ski trip we would have the flexibility to do so. Plus a major bonus is that it’s much warmer here than Boston!
This past week I attended a talk hosted by America Ferrara here at the University of Delaware. Her talk focused on the importance of being a role model to our peers, and especially amongst our classmates. Her talk was not only inspirational but also inspiring as it was so genuine. Typically you here from celebrities trying to earn a good name for themselves so that they can have a good image. However, Ferrara truly put her heart and soul into the presentation relating it to her personal life, heritage, and academic achievements at the University of Southern California. It was cool to not only be in the presence of a celebrity whom I love, but also to hear some her of inspirational words.
So I promise I do many other things with my life besides updating my blog for you guys once a week. Just last week I was honored with the position to be the sales executive of a new upcoming newspaper here on campus called the Odyssey. The newspaper is centralized on Greek Life here at Delaware. It is articles, advertisements, and info for all of the students apart of Greek Nation here on campus. The newspaper consists currently of a team of three other individuals and myself who are essentially running our own business here on campus. Our job is to produce the paper, hire writers, and produce enough revenue to make the business stay afloat. We are managed by a team based out of Indiana who we make calls/skype with roughly twice a week, and stay connected through an online database to ensure that we are meeting out goals, staying on track, and also have them for guidance. My job as a sales executive is to produce enough revenue to allow the newspaper to earn a profit and be able to be printed. While the rest of the team and I are currently working on getting the ads, my job in the long run will be to manage all of these ads. And it’s an internship that I earn commission on (9% to be exact :]). While this opportunity has put a bit of a damper on some of my free time, it has been an awesome opportunity that I have been able to take advantage of to learn more about my field of study. I’m very excited to get the newspaper going and start earning some $$$!