A Lesson On Self Worth

As many of you know, I began my big girl job working with Connecticut lobbyists a few weeks ago. I begin every morning by sending out a report of what happened in the Senate and the House of Representatives on the previous day. To make sure I didn’t miss anything, I look over the “journals” put out by both chambers, outlining things like which bills were passed and who voted which way on each bill. The House always begins with a prayer, and because I’m normally in a rush while reading through the journal, it’s something I usually skip over. This morning, I had a few extra minutes, and found the time to read it.

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Did Someone Say the “G” Word?

 

In less than one week, I will be a college graduate. The concept of *gulp* graduating is absolutely unfathomable to me. What do you mean I have to worry about more than just research papers and finals? I have to live without my best friends being one door away? It is so hard to believe that my four years is finally up, and that I have to continue on to the *another gulp* real world. Throughout my college experience, I have learned so much more than I ever imagined possible. I’ve done things that I never thought I could do, with the most amazing people I could have hoped to meet by my side. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be graduating with three degrees in four years. I had no idea I would have the opportunity to travel to England, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, or Mexico. I definitely didn’t think I would get so involved with Connecticut politics; working at both the Superior Court and the Capitol.

Most shockingly, I could have never predicted accepting a full-time job lobbying for the municipalities of Connecticut. I still remember the first conversation I had with one of the first boys I met in college – him telling me he wanted to be a lobbyist, me asking “what’s that?” like an idiot, and then upon him explaining it to me, responding with “that sounds horrible.” I guess I owe you an apology for that one, Ross. It’s scary to think that at eighteen, I was completely turned off by the idea of doing exactly what I’m doing today – and now, it’s something I’m passionate about. This just goes to show that you have no obligation to be the same person you previously were; which brings me to the purpose of this post – to tell you about some of the most important lessons I learned while in college.  Continue reading “Did Someone Say the “G” Word?”

Plans Change, People Change

From the second I began my college career, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had a very specific goal, and I took the necessary steps in the direction that was going to lead me to achieving it. However, somewhere along the way, I started to think to myself about why I felt so compelled to stick to my strict plans. Nothing I was doing made me happy anymore. Continue reading “Plans Change, People Change”

The Importance of Faith

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This morning, while trying to pay attention in class (which, let me tell you, is significantly more difficult at 8:30am on a Saturday), my best friend texted me “I need your help.” Knowing her, she could’ve needed anything from a sweater from my closet or a ride to the emergency room. Today, she needed help analyzing a conversation between her and a boy she likes. Since I’m an expert on this subject, I happily obliged.

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This Year, I’m Going To… (2017)

I have been debating whether or not I should post my New Year’s resolutions (or as I like to call them, birthday resolutions, in an attempt to make my New Year’s Eve birthday more relevant). After a couple weeks of thinking about it – or putting it off, you decide – I have chosen to tell the world what I am planning to accomplish this year!  Continue reading “This Year, I’m Going To… (2017)”

What 2016 Taught Me

If you’ve been on the Internet at all throughout the past month, I’m sure you’ve seen at least twenty different people talking about all of the bad things 2016 has brought. Whether they’re referencing the presidential election, the death of a celebrity, or sharing a meme of Kermit the frog – everyone seems to collectively agree that this past year hasn’t been a great one. Well, this may come as a shock to the rest of the Internet, but I don’t feel the same. Of course, I didn’t have a perfect year, either, but throughout the last 365 days, I’ve changed exponentially. Continue reading “What 2016 Taught Me”

Be All There

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I’m sure that everyone who reads this can remember at least one time in their life that someone has told them to pay attention to a task at hand. This person was probably a teacher or a parent reminding you to get off your phone, and this probably annoyed you, and you probably went right back to your social media within a few minutes. Well, you’re not alone – I’ve absolutely done this a million times. Until now. Continue reading “Be All There”

Studying For Finals: A Guide

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It’s that time of year again. Thankfully, I only have one final in class this year, but I’ve been completely swamped in terms of final projects and papers. After three and a half years of college, its safe to say that I feel qualified enough to share a few of my study tips with you! Continue reading “Studying For Finals: A Guide”

Unbecoming Everything

My last fall semester as a college student is rapidly coming to an end, and I am completely swamped with capstone projects to complete, research papers to write, presentations to give, and even Saturday classes to attend. However, even though I’m currently being haunted by due dates, I’ve decided that now would be a good time for me to begin another blog post. Priorities.  Continue reading “Unbecoming Everything”

On Being a Verbal Minority

When my mom woke me up the morning after Election Day and told me the results, I should have been happy. The person I voted for was elected to be the next President of the United States, and my party now controlled both the Senate and the House. But instead of being filled with joy, I was immediately overcome by nerves. I knew that once I returned to my classes, the only thing people were going to be talking about was the election, and how devastated and outraged they were by the result. One of my three majors is Sociology, and the majority of the classes I am taking this term revolve around the concept of race and the constitution. All semester, my professors and classmates alike have been badmouthing Trump and the entire Republican party, and I have kept my mouth shut for fear of them reacting negatively. Continue reading “On Being a Verbal Minority”