Friday’s Fantastic 5 11/30

Ok so its been forever and a day that I have updated, but I have a perfectly good reason for it…I HAD NO INTERNET.  I know, the notion of living without internets is pretty shocking so I’ll give you a moment to digest my sucky existence for the past few months.  Actually it really wasn’t that bad, I finished two books, made more Sim families that I even knew was possible, and got a healthy use out of my Netflix account.  I now live in my permanent housing with plentiful internets so that I can blog, watch puppy videos, and Pinterest until my heart’s content.

1. Moving Into My Permanent Place!

255107_10100754608136099_2058944783_nSo this is kind of a super dark picture of the house I share with an amazing co-worker and his partner.  I seriously could not have asked for better housemates.  Not only did they let me stay upstairs (I live in the basement level, pictures forthcoming), but they helped me shop for furniture.  I really feel that I am starting to become part of DC life and not just a visitor passing through.  Not to mention its impeccably decorated for the holidays.

2. Having Internets Again
Ok, anyone who knows me knows Im not by any means super connected.  I don’t have a smart phone and I only really use the internet to entertain myself.  I didnt really realize how much I missed it, till I didnt have it.  I couldnt skype with my mom and Lola (still cant due to a dysfunction camera, but hopefully that will be remedied tomorrow when I get a new one!), I couldnt check weather or news.  It was just weird to not know what was going on with friends.  I know sometimes the internet can get a bad rap but it really can keep us connected and really just makes me feel like Im not so far from home.

3. Finding the Perfect Gift
So my Dad is literally the hardest person to shop for.  He hates when you spend money on him and will never give you legitimate ideas when you ask for them.  Im not going to say what I got him because I want it to be a surprise to my whole family because it is pretty awesome.  The stroke of genius I had as I was online shopping when I was staying at work late the other night and it really propelled me to go on a creative streak for the rest of my Christmas list and hopefully I will be able complete it this weekend if not next week.

4. Figuring Out My Bus Schedule
I usually pride myself on being pretty good at figuring out subway routes and bus schedules, but I must say DC’s bus system through me for an absolute loop.  There are probably 1242039402938 different lines (may or may not be an exageration) and trying to figure out what was the best and what made the most sense for me to take to work each day was a huge headache.  But after three straight days of taking the bus to and from work, I can safely say that I really feel I have mastered my route options with the help of the Trip Tracker on the WMATA website.

5. Junior League Interest Meeting
A great friend was able to visit me a couple of weeks back from Orlando and she talked about how she had started the process of joining the Junior League.  I decided to check out Washington’s local chapter and really enjoyed what I found but I am really excited of seeing what this experience could mean for my connections to DC.  I really enjoy their mission of helping out in the local community and the genuine nice nature of a lot of their members.  Fingers crossed that I make it to the new member class!

Stay positive my friends



Everything Happens for a Reason…

First off, so so sorry I’ve been MIA for like 2 months, but a little thing called Retention happened.  Retention is a “weekend intensive class” (aka I class on the weekends) with just the same amount of reading as a regular semester and a 25+ page paper to cap it all off…  Now that my time isn’t completely consumed by school work, I can give a quick update on my life.

Over the summer, I had the great opportunity to do a practicum in the Office of Student Involvement at UCF and it really ignited my love of student involvement all over again.  Being involved at FSU is what defined my undergrad career and what eventually led me to my career in higher education.  With the help and encouragement of my amazing cohort, I was able to come to the realization that I had to make the difficult decision to look for another assistantship my second year of grad school.  If I wanted to actually be doing what I want to do, I would HAVE to get an assistantship in student involvement.  Low and behold, not only did an assistantship open up in OSI at UCF, it would be working with students I had already gotten to know pretty well.  I was ecstatic and thought for sure I had the job in the bag.  Now my interview wasnt by far the greatest, but I didn’t think it was a total disaster either.  A week after I should have heard goes by… than another.  I really start to panic, what if I didn’t get this opportunity as easily as I had thought, was the fact that my contract at my previous job wouldn’t be up till August played against me?  Two and half weeks after I was supposed to originally hear, I get that fateful form email that informs me that I did not get what I perceived as my dream assistantship.

I was devastated.  I spent the majority of that night crying my eyes out feeling like just absolutely nothing was ever going to go my way.  I eventually convinced myself that something else was coming along and that if God didn’t want me to be at OSI, than that’s not where I was supposed to be.  As pure fate would have it, three GA positions posted the NEXT day Stetson University’s Office of Student Involvement.  I was apprehensively excited, I had learned to not get my hopes up and didn’t want to end up feeling rejected again.  I submitted my application for two of the positions that I had the most experience with and felt that would fit more with my personality.  I had never been to Stetson before and was intrigued to see a new part of Florida that I’ve never been to before.

I’m pretty sure my excitement started when this was my drive up to the school:

Downtown DeLand is one of the cutest areas ever!  I was starting to feel that aprehensiveness of falling in love.  I was too afraid to like it too much in case I didn’t get the job.

Then came the campus view:

SWWWOOOOOOONNN!!  UCF definitely has its own character, but coming from FSU with its red brick gothic architecture, I had forgotten how much I missed the red brick “oldness” that FSU has.  I was falling in deep.

I go into my interview in a beautiful red brick union building that is completely charming and had by far the most fun I had ever had on an interview.  Everyone who was part of my interview was fun to talk to and actually made the interview an enjoyable experience.  I knew I had found my home, I knew as soon as I left the interview that even if I didn’t get a position that it was a great experience to see that there are other student affairs professionals who are just as compassionate about helping students develop as I am. 

I wasnt really expecting an answer from them until Thursday at the earliest, but to my utmost delight and surprise I received a call around 2:30 offering me one of the positions I applied for.  I was absolutely over the moon.  I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for accepting a job offer ever (except maybe the first time I got a job with UP, it ranks right up there with that).  Even if I had gotten the UCF job, I wouldn’t have been as happy as I am right now. 

Today has been total proof that everything happens for a reason 🙂