Hello all, welcome to my first blog post! For this first post I wanted to just chat about something massive that recently happened to me: I graduated college. Yes, I have done it. After four years of stress, good times and hours in the library, I have finally graduated college.

First, I’ll give you a little background on my college education. I went to the University of Central Florida, I majored in advertising/public relations (Ad/PR) and I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A.) degree.

Overall, I have to say I really loved college.

In the beginning, I wasn’t really doing much. I would go to school and come straight home. I didn’t have that many friends during my first year because a lot of my close ones from high school went to college either hours away, or out of state, and I had a lot of lecture classes that made making friends difficult. I did meet a few people and we’re still friends now, but it wasn’t like you see in the movies. I did have my best friend from high school with me though! Thanks Kierstennnnnn. Here’s a picture of me on my first day of college in 2013 (check out that hair!), my last first day in 2017, and of Kiersten and I circa 2015 with TABINOF (fun fact: we took this photo because I didn’t know AmazingPhil was coming out with a book, but I knew who he was, and was so surprised/excited by it that I took a photo).

 

My second year of college changed my life. I started taking introduction classes for my major and they were, once again, lecture halls. I went in not knowing a soul. I sat on the right hand side of the classroom with my notebook and my caramel-colored, Jessica Simpson purse ready to take on my dream major… by myself.

About a week or two into the class there was an announcement and an invitation to join the PR club on campus. Feeling determined to succeed as an Ad/PR major, I went. This was so out of my comfort zone. Going to a meeting with strangers all by myself?! C R I N G E. To this day that freaks me the hell out, but I did it, and I am so glad I did. I went to that meeting and I met two girls, Maria and Victoria, who were also in my introductory classes. We hit it off OK and by the end of the meeting we had exchanged numbers. The next day I sat down in class in my usual spot and I saw Victoria sitting in the middle of the classroom with a group of people. As I looked over I convinced myself to do the most awkward thing ever: text Victoria and ask her if I could sit with her, like a damn plebeian. And I did. And she said yes. Victory.

We sat together every class period after that and before we knew it we had our own little group. It was me, Victoria, Maria, Anesia and Alexis. I didn’t know back then but these four women, and our friend Jasmyne, would become one of the greatest things that ever happened to me at UCF. I became a “proper” college student because of them. I went out, I met guys, I tailgated, I partied, I cried, I laughed, and I had so much damn fun. Honestly, I cannot thank these girls enough for coming into my life and changing it for the better. They will always be my squad, no matter what. Here are some photos of our good times and how they rolled:

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As time went on I got more involved in other clubs and met some other really great people, like Safi, Shelly, Lucy, and Tiyah. I also got really close with a couple of friends from high school, Darcy, Marcus and Arianna, but you’ll hear loads more about them in my post about Europe.

When I started this post I had no idea where I wanted to go with it. I guess overall I can say I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made and the education I have received. College is not for everyone, but it was for me. I had my ups and my downs, but I made it out better than I went in. And if you’re going to college or in college and feel a little lost, that’s OK. My advice would be to work hard, stay focused, have fun, and get involved. Oh, and major in something you actually enjoy.

It’s been a stressful ride, but it’s finally come to an end (until I work up enough strength to go grad school of course). UCF has served me well and I will remember it fondly. With that being said, I’m finally done and my future is unlimited.

 

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