Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I'm Back + A Summer Update

Hello hello I'm back from the dead!

I so apologize for the silence around here for almost two months. With finals, moving home, 2 weeks in New York, getting adjusted to my new internship and starting a pretty awful summer class, I've been a bit swamped!

So you're probably wondering what the heck I've been doing since April when I posted last. Well, here's a bit of an update.

Sophomore year was honestly my favorite one so far both academically and socially. This past semester I took some awesome classes like Visual Communications, Marketing, Retail Professionalism and Intro to Media. Needless to say, I seriously enjoyed my school work and all of the fun projects on my to-do list. I can confidentially say that I am totally in the right major and minors for me, and I am so excited for the fun courses ahead too. (For reference, I'm majoring in Apparel Merchandising through the School of Art, Architecture and Design and then minoring in Marketing through the Kelley School of Business and Media and Creative Advertising through the Media School.) Then socially, I definitely found my people this year. I was always so nervous about being in a sorority because I thought I would get sick of being with so many girls all the time, but it has really been the biggest blessing I could have ever imagined. Moving home was such an adjustment because I wasn't used to not being with 5 of my best friends at all times! From late nights chatting about life to ice cream runs to studying at the library, this past semester was one of the best of my life. I soaked up every moment with my people and can't wait to move back so we can do it again.

After I moved home, I had just a few days before I headed to New York City for two weeks. The first week was for what was called the New York Field Seminar which is an application based 3 credit course that about 26 of us attended. I only knew one girl going and it was so fun bonding with everyone over running around the city going to appointments at different companies. We went to some awesome companies like Nike Swim, Club Monaco, L'Oreal and the Kohl's Design Center, and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go. That weekend, I took the Jitney to the Hamptons because one of my best friends from school lives there. Even though the weather was cold and rainy, we had so much fun shopping and spending way too much money on food. And then the second week, I attended the Ross Sophomore Externship back in the city. There were only 11 of us there and it was awesome getting to see what buyers and planners really do on a daily basis. I used to be hesitant about wanting to potentially intern or work full time in NYC, but both of these weeks made me think: why not?!

What have I been up to since then? Well, my brother graduated high school the day after I got back (yay Chuck!) and I started my internship at a furniture company about 40 minutes from my house the week after. I'm working in both the buying office and advertising departments and have gotten to do some awesome things like write product descriptions and help design the set for commercials. Unlike last summer where there was a whole intern squad, I'm the only intern this summer so I've been super busy working on a variety of projects. I'm learning a ton and have quickly discovered that coffee every morning is veeery important :)

So you're probably wondering now... is she back for real or what? Well, I do plan to post as much as I can, but with my summer class (which is getting pretty hectic since it's crammed into 8 weeks) and my internship, I'm not going to promise 3 posts every week because it's just not realistic at the moment. But, I do have some fun post ideas in the works that I think you guys will love! I'm trying to really think about what content I love to read (and watch on Youtube because it's my latest obsession), and I can't wait to share them with you. I've been trying to live in a more healthy, balanced way this summer, and I want to share these ideas with you guys too!

As always, let me know if you have any post ideas - I love hearing what you guys want to read!
Happy Hump Day!

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