Sunday, June 23, 2013

An Education: 25 Things I Learned in College

Now that I am officially a week into my post-college life and on the eve of my departure from San Diego, I've taken some time to reflect. College isn't about the education you receive in the classroom, but rather the education you receive everywhere else. Here are some of the lessons, in no particular order, that I've learned in my three years of undergraduate study.

What I Learned in College

1. You will make and lose friends naturally. If you're lucky, your best friend will be the first person to walk through your dorm room on move-in day. Don't waste time with people who bring you down.

2. Relationships based on alcohol aren't real, but they can provide good memories. 

3. Internships are more important than any class could ever be. 

4. Your professional career ranks as a higher priority than academics. If there is a networking mixer during the time you have lecture - you skip lecture.

5. You can never have enough booty skirts.

6. The Freshman 15 and The Sophomore 10 are alive and well. 

7. No it's not from alcohol, it's from the midnight drunken burrito runs.

8. Studying abroad is the best thing you can do. 

9. Being a tour guide is pretty freaking awesome, too. 

10. Use the gym on campus. Not because you are trying to lose The Freshman 15, but because you will never have free, unlimited access to a facility of its quality ever again. 

11. Only buy the books you absolutely need. The rest you can reserve at the library or borrow from a friend.

12. Prioritize your readings. Not every single reading will be important. 

13. Get involved in a student organization. Take a leadership position, it looks great on your resume and is a great first look into what it's like to manage people.

14. Again, study abroad. Do it.

15. Stay in touch with your best friends from high school. They will remind you of who you really are.

16. Invest in a costume box. You will attend MANY themed parties.

17. Date the losers, but don't let them hurt your heart. 

18. Date the nice guys and bookmark them for later. 

19. Your mom was right about everything. Everything.

20. Start job hunting the minute your senior year hits. It's never too early to plan for the future.

21. Decorate your half of the dorm with an explosion of colors and posters. When else in life are you going to feel comfortable having hot pink and teal posters on your wall?

22. Grades don't mean a thing, but it feels damn good to walk across the commencement stage in honors chords. 

23. There is no such thing as "the popular kids" in college. 

24. Everyone needs to have their own slutcapades session.

25. Those late nights in the freshman dorms will open your eyes to the diversity of the world and the various backgrounds of your peers will be humbling and inspiring.

There you have it. 25 simple things I picked up in my college years. People always say that college is when you "find yourself." I'm not sure if that's true.

I plan on spending the rest of my life exploring the world and building new relationships. I don't think it's about finding yourself, I think it's about developing yourself into the person you want to be. I began that journey in high school, continued it in college and will remain doing so as I begin this next chapter in life.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sweet Moments From Graduation

As I begin to pack up my life here in San Diego - I can't help but reminisce over my lovely graduation weekend. Take a peek below to see some special moments:

Goofing around with my first and best friend at college before our graduation celebration on a yacht:

Enjoying a warm afternoon with my family on the sunny patio of the beach cottage they rented:

Loving my older brother's graduation gift to me - a book of his favorite commencement speeches, complete with baby pictures of us on the front and back cover:

Posing for the camera after my commencement ceremony:

Cutting the cake like newly-weds at the graduation party our families threw us:

Stay tuned for more sentimental blog posts...

Monday, June 10, 2013

Foodie Adventures: The Smoking Goat

I took a mid-week treat and indulged in a fabulous dinner at North Park's The Smoking Goat with a bestie last week.

The bistro's quaint ambiance featured exposed brick walls and a gallery of vintage, masculine and inspired art. We sipped bubbly to open our palettes and then savored the duck confit salad and tartilette.

I highly recommend this new American/French spot for a cozy dinner for two - with a bestie or a date.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

What it Means to Be a Leader

Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a friend and fellow executive on the Undergraduate Communication Society on the topic: What it Means to Be a Leader.

Take a listen for my answers. Check out Nikki's full website discussing leadership and listen to more interviews featuring leaders on UCSD's campus.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Five Life Lessons Learned as a Tour Guide

Perhaps one of the greatest decisions I made in college (that ranks with taking Gospel Choir and Studying Abroad in Italy) was becoming a UC San Diego College Ambassador... otherwise known as a Tour Guide. 

The tour guide life is not one for the timid, nor the uncoordinated. After years of talking and walking backwards, I have learned some fantastic life lessons.

1. Strong public speaking skills are invaluable. Speaking to complete strangers and presenting material to critical audiences will be a huge part of my future in business. I am so thankful to have learned the tricks of public speaking during my time as a tour guide. My takeaways: speak slowly with plenty of energy and instead of saying "like" or "umm" as a place holder... simply pause. A quick pause looks like a lot like more intelligent than umm, like the other alternatives.

2. Make friends with a diverse network. I've always felt that the UCSD College Ambassador program was a microcosm of our greater university. The hiring staff did a fantastic job of selecting representatives from nearly every niche on our campus. We've got the Nor-Cal, Communication, Choir students like me and the out-of-state, pre-med, LGBT activists in our group. I can genuinely say that I have learned so much from each and every College Ambassador. Further, I have made lasting friendships with individuals that I would have never met otherwise. Together, we make up this diverse, melting pot of a tour guide family.

3. People relate to your personal stories. On our tours, we are encouraged to share our personal experiences as UCSD students, not just ramble on with the facts about our school. Upon giving many tours, I have noticed that our visitors engage most with my personal stories. Of course, there is such a thing as too much information, which we are discouraged from sharing. However, I always receive the warmest interaction when I open up and speak of my accomplishments that I am proud of and my embarrassments during these crazy years (see #4).

4. A sense of humor goes a long way. If there is, but one trait humans should have - it is a sense of humor. Nothing makes people feel better than a good laugh. On tours, I've witnessed this from rambling on about my embarrassing and humiliating moments as a dorky, clumsy Freshman who thought she was way too cool for school. Self-depricating humor is especially good when you are trying to entertain sassy middle schoolers stuck in the horrifying era that is puberty.

5. Education is the greatest gift. When I give a tour to incredibly passionate and excited prospective students who are dying to know if their GPA or SAT/ACT scores are good enough to get them into our fantastic institution, I am so proud of my school. When I give a tour to school groups of students from underserved communities, I am so grateful for the gift of education. College is an opportunity that I have been very fortunate to receive. I come from a family and a community where college is not a question, it's a requirement. However, working as tour guide has opened my eyes to the many situations of students who dream of attending a university like mine and who hope that one day they will have the grades and the finances to achieve that goal. Never take your right to education for granted - we are the lucky ones.

Photos by Risa Farrell (a fellow CA)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Area Rugs... or why my decorating budget just severely shrunk.

Living in a San Francisco Victorian will have many gorgeous perks such as crown molding, big windows and hardwood floors. That being said, in San Francisco there is a standard rule for most rentals that 85% of the hardwood must be covered (especially if you live above the first floor).

This in mind, I am on the hunt for some beautiful, yet neutral area rugs to take up my studio. Though I love the look of colorful and fun rugs, if I'm going to invest big bucks into this... it's going to be versatile.

Here are some of the rugs I'm lusting after.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Song for Monday

My friend Jen introduced me to this gem. I can't stop listening... or staring. Matt Corby you Australian God.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

What I Wore: Senior Send Off

Dress: Forever 21, Shoes: Kate Spade, Clutch: H&M, Jewelry: Forever 21, Nails: Essie "Beyond Cozy"
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