with a dreamy far off look and her nose stuck in a book

One of my favorite hobbies has always been reading and it’s a hobby that I’m exceptionally good at. I remember my kindergarten teacher handing me my first book to read on my own. I always read books with my mom and my grandparents. I was the kid who read for fun at any chance she got and spent her birthday money at the bookstore. I would stay up into the late hours of the night reading my newest book. Having the most AR points in elementary was always a personal goal of mine. I love to read. I love books.

Books have always been an important part of my life and I miss reading dearly. As my school and work schedules have gotten busier, I have read less and less. So I have decided to change that. I am making myself a book bucket list, a book-it list, if you will. I’m stealing borrowing this list from a host of other “books you should read by…” lists and throwing in a few of my personal favorites and plan to update it as go! Continue reading

Class Is In Session

Hello all! This week was my last first week of school! I started my official senior year here at Texas A&M and I am set to graduate on December 18 with my BS in Ag Communications and Journalism! Whoop!

20150831_073505This semester I am taking 13 hours of classes. My last required core coursework class is statistics, which I’m not necessarily looking forward to, but it’s the easiest statistics course A&M offers, so I should be able to get by. I am also finishing up the required courses for my minor, which is sports management. I’m taking a seminar in sports history, governance in sport and sport sociology. All three of these classes are online, so they require me to be pretty disciplined with my study schedule. (I think I’m going to make a blog post with how I organize my class work… stay tuned!)

My final class for the semester is the one I’m most excited about – social media! We really get to deep dive into social media in the course, covering everything from strategy, audience analysis, how to use platforms, building brands and personal profiles. Our major projects for the semester are brand case studies, building our own LinkedIn profiles and creating a social media strategy for a “client!” I’m really excited about this class because I love love LOVE social and digital media and really hope to make a career out of it.

Speaking of careers – I have sent in my first job application for a big kid job! I applied to be a social media coordinator for Spurs Sports and Entertainment. EEEEK. I don’t think the application has been up very long, so I haven’t heard anything yet about the next steps. I hope I don’t jinx anything by saying this – but I think this would be the perfect job for me. I’ve looked at plenty of job descriptions and plan on applying for many more openings, but this job really just seemed to fit me. I’m pretty excited to see what happens next. And also a little scared. Adulting is hard.

I’ve also now been at my current job with Transportation Services for a little over two months and I absolutely love it! I’ve gotten to get out of the office a little recently working some resource tables and meeting people at Gig ‘Em Week. Our app has updated and a lot of our promos and ads for the app have been published, which is exciting because I made/edited a lot of our print and digital ads! One of my most recent projects was creating a set of big banners with all the information about our app to take to football games and events.

P.S. – you can download our app if you plan on heading to College Station this year for an event, like my graduation! It’s called Destination Aggieland and it’s available for Android and iPhone for free!

I plan to keep y’all updated with my very busy fall semester and stay more active on my blog. I’ll share updates on my job search as well!

live in the sunshine. swim in the sea. drink the wild air.

Hello all! I have finally finished with my summer classes and have time to waste  spend on the internet! Yaaaay! So I’d like to share a little recap of my lovely summer with you! I’ll try and keep it short and sweet, since I’m covering nearly three months in one post.

First – I went to summer school!

This summer was the first time I’ve taken summer session classes. I took self defense for my health class during the first session, which was so super fun. We got to learn some really cool and useful self defense tips, like how to kick and punch and escape different holds. I highly recommend that everyone takes some sort of self defense training in their life.

I also took two classes for my major over the whole summer session, Media Writing II and Public Relations. In the writing class, we focused on different types of writing, like features and writing for broadcast or radio, etc. My PR class was a really good intro into the industry and basic writing assignments, like a project proposal and research memo. You can see some of my work from the summer in my portfolio!

Now that I am finished with my summer classes, I only have my fall semester between me and graduation! This fall I’m enrolled in a couple of sports management classes to finish up my minor, statistics (ugh, it’s required), and a social media class! I’m super excited about the social media class, because I really really love digital/new media. I could see myself pursuing a career working in social media and such, so I’m really looking forward to learning more about it.

I got a new job!

This summer I also started a new job! I work in the marketing and communications department at Texas A&M Transportation Services. It’s a really great job and I love everything I get to do there. I work with bus advertising, helping process and fulfill contracts, and have even designed a few banners. I do a lot of graphics and ad creation as well for our new app and have gotten to work a bit with the social media.

I went on vacation!

I traveled with my family to Puerto Rico for a long weekend trip! We stayed at the El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on the northeastern coast of the island. It was some much needed relaxation time in the sunshine with my family.

On the trip, we hiked through the El Yunque National Rainforest and saw a beautiful waterfall, explored the town of Old San Juan and the old fort, and got rained on at the beach on Palomino Island. Ian and I tried to kayak in the ocean (well, Ian actually did pretty well and I did not) and it started raining while we were halfway back to the shore. Other than a bit of rain, the trip was really fun!

I went to Ag Media Summit!

At the end of July, I traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona for Ag Media Summit, which is a conference for ag media professionals and a joint meeting of a few ag media industry organizations. I went as a member of Ag Communicators of Tomorrow, the student group for the industry. At the conference, we had business meetings for ACT, attended sessions that taught us new skills, went on an industry tour, and got to meet with a lot of industry professionals! I wrote a paper about the conference for my media writing class, which I’ll post in my portfolio, if you want to read more about the conference!

I saw my favorite band live!

This past weekend I got to see 5 Seconds of Summer live in the Woodlands! They are my absolute favorite band and they are really great live. I took Ashley with me and we had a lot of fun at the concert, even if we were some of the oldest fans there. You can bet I was singing along just as loudly though!

I also saw Garth Brooks live earlier in the summer thanks to my friend Peyton! She took Ashley, our friend Peyton G (I know, two Peytons, confusing) and me to see his concert in Houston and we had a great time. Garth Brooks is a really great performer and can definitely put on a show. He played all his greatest hits, so we knew all the words and sang to them really really loudly. Trisha Yearwood even sang a few songs, so we had to belt those out as well.

And I had some good times with my best friends!

This summer I got to spend a lot of time with some of my best friends! We had such a good summer and made lots of new friends and great memories. I can’t believe that it went by so fast, but I’m looking forward to this fall as well. For most of us, this is our last fall in Aggieland before we graduate and move on to our next path in life, so we are definitely going to make the best of it. After all, I graduate in only 129 days!

Is it really August already?

Howdy all!

I’ve been super busy lately with school and owe you all a few blog posts about my recent adventures – I went  on a family vacation to Puerto Rico earlier in July and just came back from a trip to Arizona for Ag Media Summit. I promise I’ll get around to blogging them at some point.

Until then, here’s a quick little post for you! I made this video of Ashley and her horse, Lizzy, for a project for my Media Writing class. Enjoy!

Put me in summer and I’ll be a… happy snowman!

Hello Internet friends! I’ve been a little MIA for awhile, so today is just an update on my life and current events. I’m working on creating some actual blog-y content, but first, summa school y’all.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince my last post, I have made a trip home to watch the young one (little brother, Ian) graduate from high school! All the family came down for the weekend. We had a graduation party Friday night, then spent the day out at the missions in San Antonio on Saturday before heading out to the high school for graduation, which went pretty swell. Except it rained on us during the ceremony. And of course, we all sat there in the rain while they finished graduation. That will be a memorable graduation for everyone fo sho. Little brother is now headed to Texas Lutheran in the fall to play football – Go Ian!

20150530_131713While at home, I went up to the fire station to watch dad and his boat team get interviewed by NBC News! Dad and his crew just got back from making rescues all across Texas after the flooding, especially in Wimberley.

I had to then quickly skedaddle back to College Station because summer classes started that following Tuesday. This summer I’m taking Media Writing II and PR for my major and a short KINE class, self-defense. This is the first time I’ve taken summer classes and they definitely feel a lot different than normal semester classes. My KINE is only 5 weeks long, so it is already flying by quickly. PR is all online rather than in class like it would normally be, but Writing is in class, but the prof is super chill. The only downside is I have to be in class at 8 am Monday thru Thursday for the next 10 weeks. Yaaay. (Much sarcasm.)

20150602_205542This time last summer, I was just about over my head in running a ballpark at my internship with the Brazos Valley Bombers, so this summer might actually be a lot less stressful, even with classes. I did spend a night out at the ballpark, but I got to sit and enjoy a whole baseball game for a change. I met some of my former intern friends for the Bombers opening night to watch our boys pick up their TCL Championship rings – I even got one too! Let me tell you, that is the largest ring I have ever seen. My mom thought is was funny that I got a championship ring before my brother ever did.

Snapchat--782430913920039764120150604_142916Thursday night we took our roommate, Peyton, out to dinner to celebrate her 22nd birthday! That next day we got to play “find the pony” out at the barn. Ashley’s horses had found the hole in the fence and decided they wanted to explore the 2500 acres behind the barn. After sending in a search crew the next morning, the ponies were found and are now grounded by their very very very worried mother.

Ashley is off to take her LSAT next week and I should be starting a new job soon! I have been offered a position with TAMU Transportation in their marketing department as student worker extraordinaire. Okay, so the job title is just student worker, but I think it needed a little embellishment.

Until next time, lovely people! Hopefully I’ll have some time to create some more blog-like content once I get into the swing of summer school.

Cheers!

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Pony Tales

Hello lovelies! Today I spent the afternoon with two of my best friends, Ashley and Lydia (and our favorite four-legged boy, Major Tom!), out at the barn with Ashley’s horses, Tilly and Lizzy. We took advantage of the pretty sunshine, which we haven’t seen all week, to take some pictures of AshKay and the girls. See the gallery below for the photos!

There’s No Place Like Home.

This past week was my final one in London. After my final goodbyes at work, I got to say goodbye to the city of London.

Friday morning, I finished packing my bags, checked into my flight and killed a little time in the Hammersmith area doing a little shopping. That afternoon, I wandered around central London, from Westminster to Trafalgar Square to South Bank.

I did a little filming for a vlog (video blog) that I will be using as an entry to BUNAC’s contest to win a internship trip to Australia to work as an correspondent on their work abroad programs. Filming videos in public is a little weird, especially when it looks like you’re talking to yourself. But I think I got enough content to make a pretty good entry!

I grabbed a pie for dinner on South Bank and then headed into Leicester Square to catch Avengers: Age of Ultron! The movie came out in the UK almost two weeks before the US release date, which is this Friday. It was a really great movie, but since no one in the US has seen it yet, I can’t talk about it without ruining the movie for everyone.

I headed home and went to bed, resting up for a very busy day of traveling on Saturday. I woke up around 7 am and took my very heavy checked luggage to Heathrow, since bag drop doesn’t open until a few hours before the flight. After getting the bags checked, I headed back quickly to my flat, grabbed my last two bags and turned in the keys to my flat. I had thought that 2 and a half hours would be plenty of time to run back into the city for just a second.

Apparently, I was wrong. After sitting in panic on the tube, I arrived at the airport at 11:01, made it through security at 11:16, and onto the airplane at 11:29. My flight left at 11:50 and the plane door closed about 5 minutes after I got there. So I was cutting it a bit close.

Besides my morning jog through Heathrow, my journey was smooth sailing. I spent the next 10 hours on the plane watching movies. I probably should have slept but planes aren’t that comfortable and to me it was still mid-day.

I landed in Dallas around 3:30 Texas time and had to go through customs and recheck my luggage. I then headed to the terminal, bought a Dr Pepper, called my mom, and waited for my last flight home to San Antonio! I left Dallas around 7:30 and touched down in San Antonio an hour later.

I was home! I was greeted by a very happy mommy, my grandparents and brother. After picking up my luggage (I made Ian grab the heavy suitcase), we all sat down to a late dinner and talked about my journey in London. Before I started to fall asleep on the table, we headed south and after a quick stop at the fire station to say hello to my dad, I was finally able to sleep in my own bed for the first time in three months.

It feels so good to be with my family and be home in Texas! I definitely missed everyone and will be reuniting with all my College Station friends soon. I do miss London a bit and had such a great time there, but there really is no place like home.