Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Moment of Clarity

While the stress of internship searching is over, it's now back to the stress of regular life. Whatever regular is supposed to mean. I've managed to book my weekends solid for this entire semester, taking away the little free time that helps me maintain my sanity.

Yesterday during one of my classes we began talking about taking  heroic measures and what we feel we are ethically obligated to do. In a classroom filled with student affairs grad students this pretty much became a venting session of how much we feel we have on our plates, and the fact that we work around the clock in positions that are supposed to be twenty hours a week. Some because there's just that much work to be done, some because we just can't help but put it in extra time to not just satisfy duties but excel past expectations.

Afterwards I headed to counseling class. Listening to the soothing voice of my instructor from 7:30-10:15pm on Tuesdays is typically pretty calming, so much so that it can be hard to stay awake. At the end of each class period we tape ourselves counseling each other to practice the techniques we're learning in class. While each week we've had some example role play situations to go off of, this week some of us decided to just vent our own issues out. I must admit it was nice to just put it all out there on the table, and honestly be challenged to think about things in a different light.

I went home last night and had a serious "come to Jesus" with myself. Anna, what are you doing? Get your life together and stop constantly burning yourself out! I realized I'm barely getting any sleep, I consume far more caffeine than water these days and I can't remember the last time I made it to the gym due to my schedule. Then it went a little like this... ah-ha!

As much as I start every semester with intentions of not doing too much and trying to stay sane, I only ever think about it. After spending the weekend at a leadership conference talking about putting plans into action I realized I'm the biggest violator of that

By the grace of God the only free block in my schedule was today, and it was actually free. I typically have to use this precious time to schedule meetings and run errands that I can't fit in anywhere else. I've taken the past few hours to clean up my apartment some (as it wasn't recognizable anymore), write in my journal, take the time to leisurely read (rather than frantically skim) for class, do some shopping and naturally, go to Starbucks. 

As soon as I took the time to breathe things began to fall into place. I forgot to go to the bank, then there happened to be one right next to Target I hadn't noticed before. The barista at Starbucks forgot about my order. After five minutes I spoke up calmly about my coffee and got a free drink coupon in addition to my tall skinny vanilla latte. 

I know things are crazy for many people right now, and as hard as it might be just say no to something and take a few minutes for yourself, you'll be surprised how a leisurely afternoon (or even 10 minutes of peace with some coffee) can turn things around.

In other good news, my sister finally made a decision about college. In greater's South Carolina!

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Verdict Is Out

After weeks of cover letters, interviews, thank you notes and extreme stress chaos, I'm excited to finally know where I'll be at for my summer internship and what exactly I'll be doing. Drum roll please, I'll be spending my summer in Ft. Worth, Texas at...

I will be doing an ACUHO-I Internship at TCU working with Summer School Housing, Fraternity/Sorority Life Projects and other initiatives on campus within student affairs. I am ecstatic to be joining the TCU staff for the summer and already know it will be an amazing experience. It was definitely a tough choice to make, but I know that this opportunity at TCU will be the most beneficial towards my professional goals, and I think that the campus community will be a great fit. Plus...I get to go to Texas!

Don't worry I'm also already planning my road trip out there. My bff from home, KMK, will hopefully be driving out with me and then flying back home. It's about a 17 hour drive, so we'd have to stop over night but I know we'd definitely have a blast! We've talked about a cross country road trip forever, so here will be a half CC adventure. Also, one of my good friends from USC will be a Southern Methodist University for the summer, so I'm excited to have her close to me out there as well. 

Now that I can finally breathe and focus on something besides my internship search, it's time to really get my focus back to school and work. The next few weeks until Spring Break are going to be absolute madness. Now that I know my dates of work for this summer I've realized I won't go home to MD again until Thanksgiving, and after SB I won't have time off until Fall Break in October. But it will be worth every bit of exhaustion!

Off to Jacksonville, FL this weekend with the Beta Theta Pi officers and advisors here at USC for their Keystone Leadership Conference, similar to Sigma's Officer Academy. I'm excited to learn more about Beta, meet some staff and connect with other chapters to get some great ideas for recruitment here. 

This has been such a wonderful week thanks to so many blessings and amazing people in my life, thank you to everyone for all of your support and encouragement over the past month. Greatly looking forward to this summer...yee haw!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Top 5...Quotes

As stated before, I'm a quote junkie. I've got a huge word document full of quotes and song lyrics that is forever exponentially growing. I also have plenty of hand written & printed quotes saved away with a few fortune cookie slips. A good quote can make my day, it makes you think, and it can turn your perspective around. 

While these may not all be the most profound, they're by far my favorite, enjoy!

1. "I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day very difficult." -EB White

2. "It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. " -Anne Frank

3. "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." -Lucille Ball

4.  "To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." – Jimmy V

5. “Maybe mistakes are what make our fate... without them what would shape our lives? Maybe if we had never veered off course we wouldn't fall in love, have babies, or be who we are. After all, things change, so do cities, people come into your life and they go. But it's comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart... and if you're very lucky, a plane ride away” -Carrie Bradshaw, Sex & the City