After five very long years I am officially done with my undergraduate degree. It doesn't feel real yet, and it probably won't kick in until I have walked across the stage and I am holding my diploma with my own two hands.
I never thought that I would see the end when I started college, and as I would pray that the semester would fly by and I could complete another year of college. Back then I would say how I wanted time to pass and things that like, and you always here people say "don't wish your time away" and it is true. Now that I am moving on to a different chapter in life it literally seems like a dream that I was sitting in freshman seminar waiting for the weekend so that I could go have fun with my friends. I don't think you realize how much time changes people. I have different priorities now and a new outlook on life.
College has taught me that I can do anything I want to if I put my mind too it.
College gave me the three most amazing best friends that I have ever had, I know that those three friendships will last a lifetime.
College gave me a chance to be someone who helps others.
College made me appreciate how important family is. And I must say that I never would have made it through without the support and sometimes tough love of my family.
College let me continue to participate in the sport I love for four years and make history as being Indiana University Easts first four year track athlete.
I could go on and on about how college has changed my life, but what I need to say most is I owe Indiana University East a huge thank you. This place was like a home and the people are like family. I have had the privilege of getting to know, meet and work with amazing people. I also have never set foot on a campus that was so willing to go the extra mile for any student who needed a hand. It is astonishing to see how much Indiana University has grown even since I was admitted and we were still the pioneers.
It has been an honor to be given the opportunity to write blogs for the university and work for the amazing Admissions staff. They deserve a special thank you for putting up with me and my crazy schedules all these years. The admissions staff really go above and beyond.
So in closing, I am sad to say that this will be the last blog that I write for Indiana University East and I am excited more than ever for the next chapter in my life. I wish every single one of you the best and want to end by saying......
So usually around this time people are freaking out about finals, their grades, and if they are going to graduate or not. Am I right? What if I told you that last weekend I spent 8 hours literally freaking out. From Saturday at midnight until Sunday morning at 8am, I was up.....CHASING GHOSTS. My friends and I decided to get all of our work done ahead of time and spend the night at Waverly Hills Sanatorium.
Sure, it doesn't look that scary right? WRONG. This is one of the scariest places ON EARTH. Waverly Hills Sanatorium was a hospital specially for Tuberculosis patients. The building consisted of 5 floors with never-ending hallways. Over 63,000 patients died in this place. What did they do with the dead bodies? They threw them down a 483 foot tunnel (originally used for building the hospital).
Patients who were more likely to live longer or be more responsive to treatments were able to enjoy the fresh air on the OPEN balcony side of the hospital. Other patients who weren't so fortunate, we stuck on the other side of the hallway where they were confined. Or they were sent upstairs to the 5th floor where they never exited...alive.
I'm not going to lie, this place was extremely scary. There are things I still cannot explain. I saw things with my own eyes that I will never forget. I heard things that the people in my group also heard. We captured a few creepy things on camera that are interesting. This image was caught by a person in our group:
My experience at Waverly was among one of the creepiest I have ever encountered. It opened my eyes to a whole different world. It has my mind racing and my blood boiling. BUT! Let's not forget that the devil has his ways. He plays tricks and tempts us. He does anything and everything to lead us down the wrong path and away from God.
He's not fooling me!
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Let’s be real, at 18 we’re all a-holes. Senior year it seems every adult you’ve encountered since Sunday school questions you about your future and nods with an enthused smile as you answer matter-of-factly. In retrospect I can only assume their always polite response is covering up their actual thought reel of ‘yea right, keep thinking that you little idiot child.” As a senior I thought I knew exactly what I was doing and where I was going- granted, up until I was a junior my answer to the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” was flatly, “famous.” I would become a plastic surgeon or doctor of some sort at a university in a big city far from my small town, meet the man of my dreams, graduate, get married, make monies then babies and live happily ever after. I mean, duh? No question. And I would judge those who graduated before me and label them losers if they weren’t hopped up on that assembly line to white-collared security.
Now I’m about to graduate from college (in December) and I want to punch my 18 year old self as well as every other teenager I have the misfortune of encountering on social media. That was harsh… I apologize. BUT the plans you make for life, in general, are perpetually tentative. I am not going to medical school (as of now-again, the tentative thing; you never REALLY know, right?), I am literally at my home- not far away, the man of my dreams is still a stranger, I’m graduating a semester late, I am nowhere CLOSE to being a bride, I literally have ZERO money ($6.20 to be exact) in my bank account and my uterus shall remain vacant for many years to come. A loser by my previous standards, yet I have been extremely successful during my time at IUE and I can’t forget that, but I am also aware that this happy little bubble I’ve been successful in is merely preparation for the next phase of my life; a phase I am equally excited for and dreading.
I am a part of a generation that, as Entertainment Weekly put, is overentitled and underworked and I get it. My parents have worked for everything they’ve given me and I understand the value of the hard work (take a gander at my GPA) yet most of our parents were hard working to provide not only for themselves but for a family. My mother married my dad at 18, had my sister at 19 and worked. My grandma got married at 16 and had her first child at 17 then 3 more followed. All but a couple of my relatives went straight to work out of high school. Generationally, I think we’re different. Most 20-somethings now don’t want to get married or have kids, we’re too busy accruing a disgraceful amount of student debt and overexposing ourselves on twitter and Facebook to really want to be responsible for anyone else. So how do we now unabashedly discuss our future goals and wants with our parents without seeming like whining brats? (We watch Girls on HBO, that’s what we do- or at least what I do). I really don’t know. You see, after graduation I have this plan. But I mean, we’re all going to die and YOLO, so why shouldn’t I be an astronaut or a famous actress or a journalist or a Spice Girl without 40-somehtings thinking it’s irresponsible and grandiose? I guess I just want someone to tell me what I’m supposed to do next like every teacher and advisor has done thus far. What the heck is my plan for life? According to Forrest’s mama,” Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” But right now all I want is a Reese cup and a schedule mapping it out...
‘Til next time-
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Today marks the start of the last week of classes!
If you are a senior like me you probably have found it harder and harder each week to continue to pay attention, especially if the sun is shining outside. That being said we need to stay focused and finish up this year with a bang! (I know it's hard lol)
I often find myself day dreaming of walking across the stage, accepting my diploma and going to celebrate later that night! Needless to say I absolutely can't wait, the feeling is almost surreal.
^^That brings me to this quote. As my fellow seniors and I get ready to take on the real world I believe we should take this in. With an education we have the opportunity to change the world, even in the smallest way. I think if you believe in something you should go after it whole heartily. And who knows, an IUE grad could be the next person to discover a cure or make a research discovery!
And I will leave you all with this. With a new beginning, starts a new life.
Have an amazing week!
Study hard for finals and finish strong!
Although my days have been quite crappy recently and all I want to do eat is copious amounts of chocolate, Augustus Gloop-style, I constantly remind myself that things could be much worse and the world will indeed continue to turn whether or not I want it to. So if you're having a bad day or if you've had an exhausting week, here are some of the things that have pepped me up lately, if only for an hour, and stop me from diving (willingly) into a chocolate lagoon/waterfall to my death (even though Augustus didn't actually die...DID HE?!).
The new Catching Fire trailer, anyone? (!!!!!!)
Talk to you soon!
So you know those days when nothing seems to go right? Well, those days have been frequent for me lately. I am just so over this semester, but unlike years past, I have no concrete plan for the future. The sparkle in my little freshman eyes has vanished and my face seems to consistently resemble Grumpy Cat. I no longer have the luxury of a structured, yearly schedule. I graduate in December…then what? Will I get into graduate school? What happens if I don’t? Is McDonald's hiring? This ascent into adulthood is one I’m fighting along with these final months of school. Senioritis is real… and contagious. I need help…and a crystal ball.
‘Til next time-
Last week I and three other Communication students had the absolute pleasure of flying to Kansas City for the Central States Communication Association Conference. The Conference was such a great experience. It consisted of panel sessions with paper's being discussed on various topics, a Graduate Fair, a job fair, and a trip to the WWI museum. Did you know the national WWI museum was located in Kansas City? I had no idea! The whole trip was quite the experience. Our small group of students were in awe of the plane ride, the city, the conference, the food, and the people we met.
Have you ever been outside of the state? It's amazing to see other states and landscape, but there is something even better...the people! We saw and met people from all over. I sat next to a Russian transfer student who was studying communication via media outlets. Her and I talked briefly in between presentations. I was able to sit in on any panel that was interesting to me. Being a big media consumer, I decided to theme my weekend as MEDIA MANIA. I tried to attend every panel that had a topic centered around media and/or interpersonal relationships. The topics varied from Rebecca Black to sexting. All topics were well researched and presented. Being at the conference inspired me to further my research and my knowledge in the communication field.
Below are some pictures of the food we ate, the things we saw, and the places we went. Kansas City is such an amazing city. Everything was in walking distance, including the Power and Light District. The PLD was a huge outdoor bar/restaurant area. The place was very impressive!
Now that I'm about to graduate college (in December- so I still have some time to freak out) I constantly think about where I am now compared to where I was. My mom recently found some old videos of my family from the early 90s when I was just a bambino with an afro, and I kept thinking 1) 'I am the cutest baby in the history of babies' and 2) I wonder if as a little kid I ever thought I'd be the person I am today; did my parents ever expect me to be so weird and brilliant? HA! But, really. Do you ever wonder what your younger self would think of your current self? I'm pretty sure if you asked me what I thought I'd be like at 22 when I was a 10 year old I would've said I was going to be a famous singer like Britney Spears dancing my life away in pink baby-tees. Well thank the LORD I didn't turn out like Baldy Spears, right?!
Although I still think I should be famous right now on MTV, and even though I think 22 is one of the most confusing ages to be, I'm proud of what I've done so far and who I am at this moment and I am glad I chose IU East over the 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' route because I feel being a Red Wolf has had the greatest impact on me as a person to this point. So here's to 7 more months of college and probably a lifetime long of dramatic freak outs (I'm telling you, I came out the womb a performer- shooting out like a cannon, ready for the world!)!
'Til next time-
Kels xx1 Comment
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Here's part TWO to my previous vlog of college survival tips! Now I know you all are like.....
but just watch it! I didn't talk to a webcam for nothing. Also-
1) I refuse to accept I look like that on a regular basis.
2) I promise I'm not on drugs.
3) Madea does in fact reside inside my soul.
PS- SPIDER CHECK!
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Hi ya'll! I've spent the last month traveling around the eastern part of our country! That's right, during school. You may ask how I can do this? How I can be absent from the campus for so long? Well, that is the beauty of online classes, ladies and gentleman. Because I am in the Communications program here at IU East, most of my classes are online. Online classes offer many benefits; however, there are some negatives as well. The big perks include getting a syllabus at the beginning of the semester that has all the assignments, weekly modules, weekly forums, and other "set-date" assignments. Professors are very good about allowing tons of time for work to be completed and turned in. Because I was able to see ahead and work on my assignments ahead of time, I was able to do some traveling.
It wasn't all play, though. After Easter lunch with my family, my dad and I took a trip to New York. I had an interview for a coaching job in upstate New York. It was a 12 hour drive...minus the stopping, touring, eating, and other necessities. On our way back, we stopped at Niagara Falls. It was only 30 minutes out of our way--so we HAD to stop! It was an absolute blast!! It was a little chilly and very windy, but worth the drive! My dad and I really marveled at how beautiful something can be. BUTTTTTTT, did you know that we (humans) have altered it. WHAT THE?! We can actually turn it "off and on." Basically we can stop it from being so strong of a force. That is VERY sad. We need to let nature run its course!