Celebrating Friendship

Friendship

There are friendships that we work for and then there are the ones that just happen.

Today’s blog post is dedicated to the latter. To the friends that you just stumble across and don’t realize that they are one of the greatest gifts until you take the time to notice.

While I do have a fair number of friends there are two in particular that I want to highlight today. They may be the sole reason I survived this past school year. Both helped me in many different ways and I am more than thankful to have them in my life.

To start, let’s talk about Anna. If I had a personal assistant Anna would be the one. Yes, I put my own schedule together, manage my own time and all of that good stuff, but if it was not for Anna, things simply would not get done.

If I ever have a question (and I have plenty) Anna is always there to provide an answer or suggestion, or anything to get me moving in the right direction. She always goes out of her way to help me complete whatever task I have at hand and is always so positive even when things are not.

Our friendship really came about because we were involved in a lot of the same things, but never in the same way. For example, in Second Year Council, Anna and I were on different committees. For Women’s Basketball, I play and Anna is a manager. Anna is a member of the Chi Alpha Christian group and I am a member of Athletes in Action.

To say the least we are involved in many of the same things, and I think that is what makes us such great friends. We are able to bounce different perspectives of the same situation off of each other; therefore, making whatever the situation is a better one for the both of us.

Now let’s talk about Sophia. It was freshman year, and I was in Spanish 1060. I think we sat next to each other in class and if you know Spanish teachers at UVA, participation (interacting with your classmates) is a huge part of your grade. Let’s just say that she was great at Spanish and I was mediocre but our conversations were always interesting.

We ended up doing our big Spanish video project together and from there our friendship took off. She would come to my basketball games, I would stop by her intramural field hockey games. We ended up having another class together this past year and she became a basketball manager as well. From here the rest is history.

The best part about our friendship is that our conversations never get old. We keep the good times rolling when we hang out, and though our busy schedules keep us from chatting often, when we do, we go on forever.

To add to that, we both want to work in the athletic realm after college and are highly invovlved around grounds, so naturally we have a lot to talk about anyways.

So what is the point of this blog post?

Honestly, I think I gravitated to writing this post because too often we work really hard to be liked or to become friends with people who might not actually care about us or share any of our same interests. I am guilty of this myself. But just recently I have been able to recognize the friends and friendships that have always been there and been effortless. These friendships are the ones that I am most thankful for.

So my challenge to you is to open your eyes to the friendships that are present in your life, and to start celebrating them. Some friendships you wait for, some friendships you work for, other friendships just happen. That’s the beauty of it!

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Graduation ’15

Graduation

When you are a freshman, people graduate. When you are a sophomore, people you know graduate. When you are a junior people you know and love graduate. But when you’re a senior, it’s finally your turn.

Having just completed my sophomore year I fall into the category of people I know graduating, and while I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal to me, it is actually tough to see people I know leave the University of Virginia.

Having known most of the graduates for about two years, I can do nothing but be proud of them as they collect their degrees, wear the honor of honors, and embark on the next chapter in their lives. But at the same time sadness comes over me as I realize that they will no longer walk the grounds of Virginia with me as an undergraduate again.

Fortunately, not all of my friend in the class of 2015 are leaving me! A few are pursuing masters degrees at the university so we get at least one more year together!

But with all of this being said, the biggest thing that I will take away from this year’s 2015 graduating class, is to cherish the moments you have with people you care about.

Yes, we all probably have heard this before, but as I enter my junior year this fall and realize that the majority of my friends are rising seniors, I will definitely keep this lesson in the forefront of my mind.

Watching next year’s 2016 graduating class go might hurt just as much or more as seeing the class of 2015 graduate, but I plan to live in the moment, tell my friends how much they mean to me, and create and document our memories to ensure that when it is all said and done, I can say I did not take our precious time together for granted.

To the UVA class of 2015, you will be greatly missed. You helped to hold our community together during a trying year at the university and for that I am grateful.

To the class of 2016, it’s your turn now, but until then, happy summer!

2015 Summer Plans

Summer

So it’s officially summer now and you know what that means. No school! But after nine months of school playing a major role in my life, I find myself wondering what to do with my leisure time.

For me, while I am out of school I am still a college athlete. That means workouts, workouts, and more workouts. But think about it, a workout, or my typical workout lasts at most three hours in a day, that leaves a lot of time to do other things.

I recently landed an internship with Around The Horn! This is a huge step in my career, especially considering that I want to go into sports broadcasting (hopefully for ESPN) when I graduate. So if I add this into the equation, it takes about seven hours out of my day.

For me, it is not so much that I don’t know what to do with my extra time, it is that I have so many things that I want to do I don’t know where to start. So here is my short summer bucket list.

1. Be a tourist in my home town, Atlanta.

I love Atlanta, but I never realized how much until I moved away. This summer I want to grab a friend or two and explore. It’s a huge city so there is no way to get bored.

2. Prep for upcoming documentary.

The documentary that I am prepping for is called, “The Elephant On Grounds”. I got the idea after the huge discussion on race that followed the Martese Johnson case. The goal for this documentary is not to highlight his case, but to inspire students to keep the dialogue on race going. I plan to create it with hopes that it will ease the racial tension on grounds and prevent the next racial profiling or stereotyping incident from happening on grounds.

3. Explore DC.

I’m from Georgia and it seems as though every private middle school takes a trip to DC at some point. Well, I was the kid that missed that trip due to switching schools between the seventh and eight grade. Even my 13-year-old brother has gone and seen all of the monuments. Since my internship is in DC I might as well catch up on that little piece of history I’ve been missing.

4. Spend time outside.

I wouldn’t say I’m an outdoorsy person, but I definitely enjoy being in the sun. A little tan never hurt anybody and it is a great way to stay active throughout the summer. Whether it is hiking or going to the pool I want many of my days to be spent in the sun.

5. Shopping.

This might seem strange but yes, it is on my list of things to do. Since I landed this wonderful internship with Around The Horn, I have realized how few professional/business clothes I own. Now that I am heading into my junior year, it’s time to make a change to my wardrobe. This summer, I want to grow the business attire side of my closet.

With all of this being said, regardless of if I do all of these things or none of them, my ultimate goal is to rest, relax and recharge. This past school year was tough and I’m sure I’m not the only student in the world who feels this way.

It’s not uncommon to be on the go all the time during the school year and while summer might be hectic as well, make sure you take time to yourself. I find myself always trying to fill time with other activities when in reality rest is an activity too.

My challenge to you all is to find some time to recharge this summer. I promise you will not regret it!

Why Finals Are Bad For Our Health

Finals

I’m not going to lie, I really contemplated whether to write this post or skip this week, but here it is.

I was, and still am, in the middle of finals searching for content to write about when it dawned on me that the very thing I am going through is worth writing about… FINALS.

So here I bring to you a short list of why I think finals are bad for our heath.

  1. Sleep… or lack there of.

I have never been so exhausted, and to every adult that blames sleepless college nights on partying and procrastination, I can confidently say that I have done neither. Writing final papers takes time; studying takes concentration. It is proven that you absorb the most information within the first 20 minutes of studying, but unfortunately you are going through a full semester worth of material. I am sure you can do the math and realize that sleep does not fit into the equation.

  1. Packing

On top of studying you are packing to leave for the summer. As an out of state student I literally have to pack my life away every year. The majority of my possessions are with me at college and my parents do not come up to move me in and out. It is truly on me, and whatever friends I can recruit, to move everything out and into storage. Trust me, it’s exhausting!

  1. Nutrition

Well, if you aren’t sleeping you have to get energy from somewhere, right? Whatever nutrition plan I might be on goes down the drain for about a week to two weeks as I attempt to fuel my body with late night snacks and lots of coffee. The struggle to finish the semester along with other responsibilities comes at a price.

To say the least, college students are going through much more than mere assessments during finals. Yes, they are a good way to gage what we, as students, have learned throughout the semester, but are they really worth it if we have to go through this?

So I’m suggesting that we let the school year end when classes end. There is no need for a final assessment after the last day of class. If I didn’t know it then, the chances of me knowing it with summer around the corner and freedom in sight is even slimmer. Who are we trying to fool? Finals are simply bad for our health.