“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.”
It has been quite a while since my last blog post. So much has happened in such a short time frame, which has left me little to no time to write! Since my last post, I completed my junior year of college with another semester of all A’s, turned 21 during finals week, moved into a house with two of my girlfriends, drove 16 hours to Marco Island, FL for a week, and ended an incredibly enriching experience to begin another new and exciting chapter of my life.
These milestone happenings deserve their own separate posts, but for the sake of time and interest, I’ll condense them for you in some short anecdotes and pictures.
My last day at Community Foundation of Louisville: It was tough not to shed some tears upon leaving one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. I am so thankful to have gained invaluable experience, unforgettable memories, and to simply have been a part of the Community Foundation of Louisville family. I had been there since last February and loved every minute being their first intern. I’m very happy that one of my Bellarmine friends, Alex, is the next intern and I have the utmost faith in her, knowing she will have a great time! The CFL crew even threw me a farewell party, where I was given a gorgeous and stylish green briefcase as a parting gift, and I gave my supervisor, Anne, and the CEO, Susan, gifts that I hand-painted for them. The quote that I used struck a chord with me in that I was truly surrounded by dreamers, believers, and all of the other categories listed in the quote, and I was truly going to miss working with such a talented and supportive team. They have helped me grow so much in the past almost year and a half and I can’t thank them enough. Thank you again, Anne and the rest of the crew at CFL, for such an amazing first internship.
Beginning at Brown-Forman: I was honored to accept an internship position with Brown-Forman after going through a very competitive application process for the past couple of months. 165+ candidates applied for around 25 positions within the corporation and I am so happy that I was chosen. I just started this past Monday (May 20) and have thoroughly enjoyed my first week. I have been assigned to work with the Digital Marketing team for the brands Southern Comfort and TUACA and it’s still all so surreal to me that I’m even working there. I have never been a part of anything at such a large scale as Brown-Forman or the Modern Liqueurs brands and I’m in awe to be surrounded by and to learn from so many talented professionals. After taking a Marketing class this past semester, it’s amazing to see what I’ve learned be put into action. I’m eager to learn from the Digital Marketing team and have a great time making new experiences and meeting new people. They have been so welcoming from the start and I know we are going to have a great time!
I hope that was semi-condensed. I’ll be sure to post more frequently this summer, now that things have relaxed a bit!
Song of the day: Get Lucky by Daft Punk and Pharrell. It brings me back to Earth Wind and Fire, with a touch of Daft Punk’s hit Harder Better Faster Stronger from a couple years ago. Enjoy the jam!
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
After months and months of careful planning, I’m very happy to say that my hard work has paid off. I’ve known for a while now how busy this weekend was going to be, so luckily I’ve been able to mentally prepare, but I never expected I would learn as much as I did. I’ve never felt so empowered, so motivated, so inspired. This weekend showed me that I’m capable of so much more than I ever thought of. Now that I can let out a sigh of relief and enjoy some downtime, let me tell you a little about my weekend:
Bellarmine held its first annual Impact Summit leadership program on Friday evening. I was able to attend the first committee meeting and assist with foundation planning of the event, but was unable to attend the remainder of the meetings as I had two other big events I was responsible for in the two days after the Summit. I was truly impressed with how the Impact Summit program turned out and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be surrounded by so many talented emerging leaders within our University. We all came from different backgrounds and different student organizations, but we all had similar experiences.
What stuck with me the most was learning the importance of making a difference. Even if you impact just one person, that’s positive change and your act, whether you’re aware of it or not, may trickle forward to other acts of kindness. I’m a huge fan of random acts of kindness, as well as letting my friends and family know how much I care about them, so this program really meant a lot to me.
After months of planning, countless meetings, late nights and crafting, it was finally the big day! I was so happy to finally welcome almost 200 Phi Mu women from across Kentucky and southern Indiana to Bellarmine’s campus. It was a wonderful opportunity getting to meet new sisters and swap ideas with them, as well as listen to our oh-so-elegant National President speak. All of the hard work for this event, especially this past week, became so worth it getting to sit in awe knowing I was surrounded by girls who have gone through the same things I have and share the same special bond.
After Impact Summit and KY Phi Mu Day I was ready to close my weekend with the Phillip Phillips concert. One of the countless reason why I love Bellarmine so much is that they provide us with so many opportunities. Whether it is to help us develop professionally at the Impact Summit, allow us to celebrate our sisterhood at Phi Mu Day, or to enjoy a relaxing evening in the Quad accompanied by Phillip Phillips’ wonderful performance, they give us opportunities. And for that, I’m incredibly thankful.
Song of the day: Home by Phillip Phillips. This weekend proved to me that Louisville is my home, reaffirmed to me how Bellarmine couldn’t have been a more perfect choice, and that this is where I truly belong.
When Prof. Winnie Spitza emailed me asking me to stop by her office to tell me of an “experience of a lifetime,” I had no idea what to expect. I sat down in the chair perpendicular to her desk, seeing her giggling and smiling, and I was eager to know what we were about to get ourselves into. There were a handful of students in her office with me, as she told all of us that we were selected to participate in the “Bon Jovi ‘Because We Can’ Community Service College Campaign.” I couldn’t have been more excited for this opportunity to work backstage with the Bon Jovi management and production teams the day of the concert, last Thursday (3/14). It was truly an experience of a lifetime, and I now have even more respect and appreciation for all of the people who help make concerts happen… let me tell you why! There was so much going on throughout the day, so I’ll do my best to give a condensed version. :)
We arrived to the YUM! Center around noon the day of the concert and were very quickly assigned tasks by the management team. We were responsible for helping our supervisors with various assignments throughout the day, from ticket sales preparation, merchandising, VIP and Fan Club party preparation and more. It was awesome getting to see not only the in’s and out’s of the YUM! Center itself, but to see how much manpower it requires to put on a show. I love concerts and have been to several performances at the YUM! Center in the past couple of years: Lady Gaga (twice!), Taylor Swift, the Backstreet Boys and NKOTB (my favorite), and even got to cheer on the floor at the BU vs. U of L game – so I was really excited to take part in this opportunity.
We were able to travel through the YUM! Center and passed by the dressing rooms a couple times (no band interaction, though,) and we also were able to stand in the “pit” (the first three rows of the floor seats) and take pictures and video, just like the rest of the media crew. It was such a thrill! Getting to watch Bon Jovi perform his opening songs and get some great shots from so close was a blast. Ultimately, what truly made this experience the best was how nice and helpful the management crew, as well as the rest of the YUM! Center crew, were to us interns. They took great care of us and made sure we were getting to see everything we wanted to see, and be a part of as many activities as possible. They were also such down-to-earth people, and I loved getting to see their dedication for their job. The supervisors and other volunteers had really great stories to tell and it was nice getting to meet new people.
Getting to work as an intern for the management crew of the Bon Jovi “Because We Can” tour was truly an experience of a lifetime, and I was honored to be one of the six Bellarmine students selected. We definitely made some great memories, and I’m glad I have my pass, ticket, and even a guitar pick to remember it!
Song of the Day: You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi. He opened with this at the concert and really got the crowd going! Here’s his live performance at the YUM! Center:
Looking for a new dinner spot to check out tonight or this weekend? After months of painful waiting, Chipotle has finally opened its doors on 4th Street in Downtown Louisville! When it comes to Mexican fast food restaurants with a modern twist, Louisville has long been a Qdoba-Only city. Bellarmine students can now rejoice in having a close-to-home Chipotle, as the nearest other locations are as far as Cincinnati, OH or Lexington, KY. Chipotle is best known for its burritos made with fresh and quality ingredients, and follows a menu similar to what we’re familiar with at Qdoba. However, from the students I’ve asked, their loyalty is to Chipotle.
I have yet been able to experience the wonderment that is Chipotle, and I’m hoping I can stop by for my first burrito bowl within the next couple of days!
Two more classes.
One more test.
That is all that separates me from Spring Break.
It’s so close I can almost touch it! I’ve got to keep the motivation going for another 24 hours and then I feel like I can relax for a little while. The past couple of weeks have been crazy with planning several events, both for my sorority and for my internship, attending countless meetings, working on personal professional preparation, attending class, and somehow trying to find time to study for midterms.
I’m seriously ready for the world to slow down for a week so I can rest up for the remainder of my semester. I couldn’t be more excited to just go home and hang out with my family! From here on out, nearly every weekend is booked with meetings, volunteering, and events, I have several projects, papers, and presentations to get ready for, in a blink of an eye the semester will soon be over.
Though this semester has been challenging, it couldn’t have proven itself to be more worth it. More to come on that!
Hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break!
Song of the day: Sweet Disposition by the Temper Trap. It serves as a good reminder to live in the present moment and to share good times with others.
If you’re a Bellarmine undergraduate student, working toward your first degree, have completed at least one semester before you send in your application, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, this blog post is for you. There is a special scholarship opportunity that Bellarmine gives out every year called the Presidential Achievement Scholarship, and if you haven’t already received this award or full tuition scholarships, I highly encourage you to try for it, and fill out your application! Applications are due Monday, Feb 25.
The application consists of basic information questions, a handful of short answer questions, an essay, and two teacher recommendations. Here are a couple tips for the process:
1.) START EARLY
I hope that you have already started the process and gave your teachers ample time to write you a recommendation. If you’re just now starting, allow your first task to be getting your teacher recommendations completed. With that said, I’ll move on to the next point.
2.) BE CORDIAL
Out of your two recommendations, one must come from a professor. The other can come from any another faculty/staff/administration member. Choose wisely and ask in person. Ask teachers that know you well. Also, consider giving your professor a copy of your resume as well as a short personal paragraph so they can write a good recommendation. Be sure to include your ID number as they will need that for the online application! Afterwards it’s always nice to send a handwritten thank-you note to show your appreciation.
3.) BE PERSONAL
The essay normally asks for you to write something along the lines about your college experience. Dig back to the times you had to write those moving, personal essays to get into college, and use that mindset when you write this essay. Share with them special stories about what has been significant to you and get personal. Writing from the heart helps show your effort and dedication.
I was very happy to receive the Presidential Achievement Scholarship last year and definitely think it is a good opportunity. It helps our college get to know you better as a student, and may also help open doors for other opportunities in the future!
Here are some other links that may help you along the way, too.
Song of the day: Troublemaker by Olly Murs and Flo-Rida. Olly sounds like a good blend of Adam Levine (Maroon 5) with the 90′s boy-band vibe. Enjoy!
It’s truly astounding to be a part of an organization that is so much bigger than myself, and to be able to embrace the support of sisters who have been in the organization long before me. This past December, I applied for and was awarded the Louisville Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship. I was one of two recipients and we were recognized this weekend at a special scholarship luncheon. It was an incredible experience getting to be surrounded by women with whom all had one special thing in common: regardless of how old we were, what chapter we were from, what sorority we were from, and what school we came from, we all share the bond and ideals of sisterhood.
I’m absolutely honored that this wonderful group of alumnae picked me to be one of the scholarship recipients. The women represent all sorts of sororities but still believed in me and chose me. It was heartwarming to know that they have faith in me and my abilities and want to help me succeed in school.
The luncheon was absolutely wonderful. We had a great professional image consultant come and speak and I enjoyed getting to spend time with Phi Mu alumnae as well as with new and old friends. It is so surprising how sorority life can open doors and connect you with people you may never have had a chance to meet. I’m really glad I got to see my old friend, Kayla! (See photo on the left.) After she moved to North Carolina for high school and then came back to Louisville for college, I never expected that we would both be sorority sisters! She’s in a different sorority, though.
On another note, this year’s Outstanding Alumna Award winner was also a Phi Mu alumna, and I was able to sit by her at our table and talk with her further. When she went up to get her award, she spoke about how her twenty years of being a Phi Mu alumna was more significant than her time as a collegiate member. That left me wondering and hopeful for the future. I hope to give back to my chapter and my organization in the future, especially because of how much it has helped me. Phi Mu has given me countless opportunities to grow professionally, academically, and socially, and I cannot be more thankful for the support from my collegiate sisters as well as my alumnae sisters. Phi Mu is not just for our collegiate years, but a support system from a wonderful group of girls that lasts a lifetime.
Fun fact: did you know Bellarmine has many Greek professors? In fact, we have five Phi Mu’s on staff! Leave a comment with your guess on who they are :)
Song of the day: I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons. I was so happy that they won so many awards at the Grammy’s last night. They deserve it! Such a great band.
My faith in humanity was definitely restored tonight. Let me tell you why: earlier tonight, I was multitasking, balancing laundry and homework, and had a load of clothes finishing up in the dryer. After a while, I went to check on my clothes. I walked into our laundry room and noticed that my clothes were neatly folded on the top of my dryer, and there were loads running in both the washer and dryer. I was so taken aback- not only were my clothes dry, but they were nicely folded.
I’ve seen some incredibly poor laundry etiquette while living in the residence halls, where anonymous people toss damp clothes out on the floor and steal your dryer, so this was such a nice and unexpected gesture. After taking my clothes back to my room, I left a little note and a Valentine’s Day Mini-Reese chocolate to thank the “Laundry Fairy” for taking such nice care of my clothes.
So, if you’re out there reading this… thank you so much, again, for being so nice. The little things like that truly mean so much.
Want some other sweet examples of random acts of kindness? Check out this Buzzfeed article. There are 26 heartwarming pictures!
Song of the day: Let it Roll by Flo Rida. One of my good friends, Anthony, played it for me this past weekend and I LOVED it!