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To The Moon & Back

Today’s post has two purposes: celebrate my very first college friend’s birthday and continue on with the 30 Days of Truth Challenge. Let me first take you back five years ago to August 2008. I happened to get lucky and land the single room at the end of the 4th floor short side hallway in Peabody Residence Hall. The single was nice but the hall itself wasn’t. Yet, I created the absolute best memories there and made a lifelong friend in the process.

trishbdPoor Trish was the girl who lived next to me freshman year. I honestly think we became friends because I was so loud and she heard all of my conversations through the super thin Peabody walls. Thank God for those walls. She was my first real friend at Temple and five years later, she is one of my best friends and the most level-headed person I know. I often wonder how someone who is so calm and laid back could be a friend with someone as high-strung and insane as me. But she is and for that, I am very grateful. This leads me to the next Truth Challenge prompts:

Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.

Part one: While Trish and I have pretty much been friends for our entire college careers, there was a time when our relationship wasn’t as strong as it is today. This was due to a lot of things that have subsequently changed for a variety of reasons. That being said, I don’t ever want our friendship to go back to that place. I know I couldn’t live without Trish, her perspective on life that helps to keep me calm and grounded. In broader terms, I know I couldn’t live without my friends – maybe not the exact same people but an inner circle that I rely on for support and advice. My friends keep me going; without them, I don’t make sense.

Part two: There’s a laundry list of things (even people) I could live without. However, one thing I know I could live without is drama. That is one of the many things my friendship with Trish has taught me. The drama is just not worth it. Life is simply too short, as cliché as that sounds. Trish has the patience of a saint and is happy just being with people. She’s not high maintenance and reminds me that friendships (or any relationship really) shouldn’t be. There’s no need for drama; talk it and hug it out and things will be just fine.

moonMy life has changed more than ever since I started college. The one constant has been my friendship with Trish. She has consistently and happily shown up during the last five years. There’s no way I could ever express how grateful I am for that. I know I say that about all my friends but in reality, she has been the only there, on the ground with me at Temple for the entire time. The memories we have are priceless and hysterical. I know the future only holds more great things for us. Happy Birthday Trish!

Getting “It” Right

panelYesterday, I was fortunate enough to be invited back to Temple University for the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) alumni panel. I was an active member of PRSSA for three years and served on their executive board during my senior year of college. So when their president reached out inviting me to attend, I knew I had to go.

I was 1 out of 5 young alumni who sat on the panel yesterday. We introduced ourselves, spoke about our time at Temple and then answered students’ questions. While the purpose of the panel was to share our knowledge and experiences with students, I know I learned a few things yesterday too.

Temple MadeWhen you first graduate, you are very much against being called an alumnus. It’s the denial phase: I did not graduate, I will be back here in the fall, etc. For probably the first time in nine months, I realized the importance of my alumni status. Not only are my opinions valued, but I have a huge network of other Temple alumni who are willing to help. The lightbulb absolutely went off in my head yesterday. Being an alumnus isn’t a bad thing, instead it’s something I’ve very proud of.

More than anything, yesterday was reassuring and gave me a much-needed boost in confidence. I finally feel like I am getting “it” aka adulthood right. I had students telling me how awesome I was, how well I speak in front of an audience and asking me all sorts of engaging questions. I was reminded that I am successful, that I have a job utilizing the skills I worked so hard to cultivate in college and that it is all coming together. Sometimes it’s nice to hear it from someone else.

Lastly, yesterday was a great example of how paying it forward is really important. I had mentors and help from PRSSA during college. So it was only natural for me to mentor younger members and speak at the panel. Never underestimate the impact you make on people’s lives and make sure to give back what you have received.

Thank you Temple PRSSA for inviting me back yesterday! It was truly a blast!

 

Motivation Mondays: #TempleMade

This weekend, I headed back to Temple for homecoming. I was reunited with my best friends and got to watch our football team win its first Big East game since 2004. I’ve been back to campus a bunch of times since graduation, but this was different.

Recently, Temple unveiled a new campaign called #TempleMade. They held a giant celebration at the Bell Tower and created a video to showcase “Temple Made” students. As I watched this video play on the jumbotron at the football game, I thought about the reasons why I am “Temple Made.”

1. My perspective: Before I went to college, I was exposed to the same type of people with the same type of lifestyle. Going to Temple helped to widen my perspective and appreciate people from all walks of life. I’ve learned about different cultures, seen real life examples of inequality and watched people work through them. I had my mind opened up to so many new, amazing things thanks to Temple.

2. Humility: Temple has taught me to embrace the phrase “Be kind, for everyone is fighting their own battle.” I think part of being “Temple Made” is being empathetic and understanding that everyone struggles equally; no ones is more worse off then the next person.

3. The Ability to Think: Temple professors don’t just lecture, they teach you how to think and problem solve. They expose students to hands-on experiences that make us better students and ultimately better individuals.

4. Crisis Communication 101: At the start of my junior year, I became a Resident Assistant. I was responsible for 5o residents, designed educational programs for them and responded to various issues in the building. This job taught me how to be calm in a crisis and what exactly to say to people during them. It’s proven to be an invaluable skill. Plus, the ResLife crew is a bunch of awesome, inspiring people. They have become my mentors and friends during the last two years.

5. Family is Defined By Who Shows Up: I might have learned this before Temple but it was definitely solidified this past year. First off, Temple Owls are always willing to support one another and come together in times of need. Then there’s my family, a group of girls who consistently show up for me and take care of me when I forget to take care of myself. I am proud to say I’m still friends with my very first college friend, Trish. We met because she heard my extremely loud voice through the wall between our rooms. She has proven to be the most consistent part of my college career and one of the happiest people I know.

I’ve also found my real-life Christina Yang and together with our crazy cat lady, we formed Club Rockstar. Sorry, they are actually known as Lauren and Niki. Niki is my biggest fan, always there when I need to be cheered on. Lauren and I have a friendship that defines anything I’ve ever know. We are just on the same wavelength all the time and she understands me better than I do myself.

I was reminded this weekend that being “Temple Made” is something special. It means defying adversity, supporting fellow Owls and working hard to make dreams come true. All of this has motivated me to stop with my negative attitude and to keep moving forward. My time as an Owl was the best four years of my life with memories that will last a lifetime. I will be proud forever to be #TempleMade.

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