I cannot believe how fast the time flew this fall semester. I have begun many of my major courses and it has been a whirlwind of work and fun. Coming back from Thanksgiving break, I am still in vacation mode because winter break is just around the corner. I only have four official class days left! While this semester has been a blast, I will be so glad to be at my own home in Duluth, resting on my big comfy couch and being lazy. I’ve put in a lot of effort this semester, so it is a well deserved break. I cannot wait to see all my old friends and hang out with my new ones. I’ll spend time with the boyfriend and his family which is always a fun time.
The only thing that stands between the break and I is this week and next. I am so busy with assignments this week, and beginning to study for my finals. I have my media kits, a five-page paper, the quizzes, and reviews. Not to mention all of the reading that needs to get done. It’s crunch time in the college world, and I think I’ll be able to make it out. Not only will I have to hang tight and get through all the assignments I’ve procrastinated, I’ve decided that I should have enough food at my apartment to not go grocery shopping. I’m sure by the time I reach my house for break, I’ll clear out the fridge.
Well let me start off by saying that I am thankful for Mrs. Groover to cancel our class on Friday, because this week is going to be the worst.
What I am really thankful are the great relationships I have in my life. I have a wonderful family, a great group of friends, and a boyfriend who’s awesome (especially when it comes to general semantics assignments). But without the love from all of those people, I would not be the person I am today. Throughout high school, and a little bit of college, I have been through some trials and tribulations that I am not most proud of, but my mother, being the supportive person that she is has seen me through them. I owe her everything, because she is the one person I always look up to. She is also the one person that will always answer my phone calls, even if it is just to let me vent about how I’ve procrastinated and I have two research papers and a presentation due in the next week.
I am also really thankful for my brother, Sean. Since I’ve been away at Georgia Southern, our relationship has gotten ten times better. Probably because I was itching to get out of the house and on my own, everything little thing that his then middle school age annoyed me. But, now he’s matured (somewhat) and I look forward to seeing him when I go home. Were able to talk more closely about things, and share just a few secrets that the parents don’t know.
This Thanksgiving holiday, I am most thankful for those in my life that I love, and who love me too.
Whether it is the t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other articles of clothing worn by the sleepy college kids trucking to class for a test, or it could be the stickers on the back of the giant truck on the way to Walmart, there is school spirit all around. I remember when I first found out I got in to Georgia Southern, I put a pink eagle bumper sticker on the back of my Jeep Cherokee. School spirit is about the pride that person has in what they belong to. As a student of Georgia Southern, I wear the logos because of my love for this great school.
Also being in a sorority, I have much spirit for the organization. On my car, I have my letters stuck high on the back windshield. One my shirts, hoodie, and rain jacket I have my letters for everyone to see. It is because I am so involved and have such a love for my sorority that I want people to know what I belong to. The spirit also shines through when my sisters and I support each other in things like the Homecoming voting, and other competitions that are held on campus.
This week is a great way to exemplify school and sorority spirit with the campaigning of the King, Queen, and court. While there is some competition, Homecoming week is also a good way to pull people together for the one thing that everyone has in common at this school. For my sorority, it’s a week of socials and activities that everyone contributes.
Let’s show some school pride!
Okay not going to lie, I don’t think I’ve picked up a book for fun since the summer. Actually, I left halfway through Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I’m also reading a book called I am Not but I Know I AM for my bible study class. It’s a fun read by Louie Giglio, and it really opens my eyes.
However, I always find time to read Cosmo. This popular womens magazine is quite the hit in my apartment. Every month, one of the girls invests in the new issue and we all sit around and share the articles. Some are humorous and some are for the up and coming in fashion. That is one of the reasons why I love that magazine. My minor is fashion merchandising, and I love looking at the crazy, unique, and interesting designs that come out. I also like to look through Vogue and Elle because these two magazines are more based on fashion than women health and sex.
When it comes to my favorite author, I cannot pinpoint one. I enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks like any normal girl. I will admit that I do this Tucker Max’s I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is a hysterical read. Authors that can keep the humor in the writing are what catch my eye.
Over the summer, I read The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren, a pastor in California. This book really is one of the best I’ve ever read because it breaks down a course of 40 days, and each day it adds on to the values that are taught through the church.
This weekend is mountain weekend! It’s a tradition that a small group of my friends and I have made starting last year. We rented a cabin in Gatlinburg the first time, and it was a blast! It’s always good to get away for the weekend, especially when nothing is happening in Statesboro. I will be sad I’m missing some of the Halloween bashes, but this year we booked an amazing cabin in Helen, Georgia. About 4 hours North of Statesboro, we will be partcipating in Octoberfest! I’ve only been to Helen for a day trip, but that was years ago. I cannot wait to be up in the mountains!
The surprising thing about these trips are the great deals we get on the rentals. For only $100 each, we are getting a beautifully decorated cabin with pool table/game room, hot tub, and grill. What else do college kids need? We are also only a short drive from downtown Helen, which gives us the opportunity to stroll down the streets. The cabin also has an fire pit in the backyard, and is located on the river. It’s the perfect time of year to get a good fire going and roast some marshmallows. One of my favorite things about getting away to the mountains, or even the lake in the summer, is the stars at night. Obviously in Statesboro, those are easy to see, but from Atlanta you can’t see the beauty. This mountain weekend is going to be one of the best road trips yet. We’ll have to go out with a bang because one of our friends in the group is graduating this fall!
This week in our public relations writing class, to hot topic for the blogs is the “dream job”. Since I was about 12, I have always wanted to work for a fashion magazine. I love the idea of a fast-paced environment filled with chic, desirable clothing and accessories. To this day, I can’t get enough when I flip through the pages of Elle, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan. It was hard for me to find my route when I came to college, because I knew that writing was my strong point but I didn’t want to be a writer for a fashion magazine. I want to work behind the scenes, helping to pick what should and should not make the cut in the next month’s issue. I want to be there on photo shoots, and meet the brilliant designers and artists.
Not only is this job perfect for me, most fashion magazines are located in New York City, one of my favorite places on earth. I love that there is so much culture, so much to do, and so much to learn in such a big place. It is also filled with history, as well as everything that is on the rise. My family and I usually take a short summer trip up the to Big Apple once a year, and every time I leave feeling like I can’t get enough. I know that I could only live there for a short while, but to ne able to experience such an industry as fashion, and a city like New York would be worth a lifetime.
With break-ins on and around campus, it has put many students in an uneasy position. How are we to know that our valuables are secure in the small town of Statesboro? Especially with the rising number of students here at Georgia Southern, it will be even harder to pinpoint the culprit. However, I think there are several measurements that for students and faculty alike to help in the reduction of crime.
First thing is first, no one should walk around campus alone at night (for common sense reasons). As far as break-ins, always make sure to lock your door whether you are coming or going, especially if you are the only one in your apartment, dorm, or house. It is smart to leave at least a small light on when no one is on the premises. A smart thing to have in your phone are the numbers for campus and Statesboro police force. While 911 is always a good thing, the direct line for those forces may get you help faster. If you’re living in a dorm, be aware of where the RA lives, in case of emergency.
Hopefully by taking these precautions, the crime on and around campus can be minimized.