Next Stop: Adult World … {RUN AWAY}

This past weekend I attended my LAST college football game & tailgate as an undergrad

(I don’t think I need to talk about the end result).

Where has the time gone? This put a lot of things into perspective for me:

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I graduate THIS May

 

Yes. In less than 6 months I will be an Alumni of the University of Louisville with a bachelor of science degree in Communication… Hopefully. I have learned a lot through my internship experiences as well as my academic studies. I really like all aspects of strategic communication, but I am nervous about facing reality and growing up in just a few short months.

I need to find a job….

 

My goal is to begin my official job search in January. I am wanting to stay in Louisville to be close to my sister while she finishes up college at UofL. As a backup plan, I am open to moving back home to Lexington. I am pursuing a career in marketing, public relations, and/or event coordination. I followed the rules: I went to class and I kept my social media clean. Who wouldn’t want to hire me??untitled

 

 

…But I have no idea what I am going to do with my life

 

I’m very undecided; I like so many aspects of communication. I am afraid that I will not be able to find a position that fulfills all of my interests. But anything is better than minimum wage jobs and unpaid internships right?

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I don’t think I am cut out for this adult thing

 

Bills. Bills. And More Bills. Mentally I believe that I am prepared for holding a full time job position and being on my own in the scary world, but I am very nervous about the financial aspect of things. This might help when/if I find a job….

 

That being said wish me luck with finals!!! And if you have any life advice, networking contacts, or know of any employment opportunities please let me know:)

 

Running Out of Time

*Attention college students everywhere*

If you haven’t started freaking out already, well you should. We are one week away from Thanksgiving, which also means another thing… FINALS. Yes, the dreaded week when you try to convince yourself that you can teach yourself a semester worth of material in two days and still get an A.

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images.jpegIf you haven’t noticed on campus, things are shifting. This past week I have made some observations on campus and I am happy to report to you how the UofL student body is reacting to final exams through some common quotes that are heard this time of year:

“Who are you?”

Yes, this is the point in the semester when a random stranger will sit down next to you in class and try to become your best friend. They will ask if your teacher has been taking attendance and if they missed any important assignments. You’ll slowly discover that they are one of your classmates even though you don’t recognize them. Don’t feel that bad when you “forget” to send them your notes from the whole semester, chances are they already have like a 37% in the class.

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“Can I drink on this antibiotic?”

Look around: chances are that someone is sneezing, coughing, or appearing as if they might die in the near future. Sleep isn’t an option because of procrastination, meals include whatever looks appealing in the nearest vending machine, and immune systems are shot because of coping methods on the weekends. Campus Health is packed with kids trying to get doctor’s notes and medications. However, no you cannot drink antibiotics, so students I recommend chasing with orange juice if you want to “cope” with your sorrows

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“I just want to drop out”

No. No. No. A 50 question multiple choice exam or a 5 opinionated page paper is not going to kill you. Take it from a college senior. College is fun, you do not want to be a real adult with a real job, so keep your head up and your GPA higher. You got this!!!

Happy Studying:) 

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Cupcake Wars

After the results of the president election there has been a lot of tension in the air. Many are ready and hopeful to “Make America Great Again” while some believe that we will be at war in no time. I decided to get away from it all tonight and participate in my own kind of war: Cupcake Wars.2016-flyer_orig.png

This evening Phi Sigma Rho, the engineering sorority, at the University of Louisville hosted their annual philanthropy events. All proceeds go to Supporting Heroes & the Travis Manion Foundation. Teams of four compete to create the best cupcake creation, with the supplies given, according to the theme announced. This year the theme was was “Superheroes” since the money goes towards supporting heroes like firefighters and policemen. A couple of firefighters also attended the event and served as the judgesIMG_5093-1.JPG

Me and three of my sorority sisters signed up and decided to participate. We did not know what to expect, but we had a really good time. They told us to start and everyone ran to the middle table which included sprinkles, icing, cupcakes, and more baking decor. By the time we got to the table everything was gone and we had an hour. It. was. war.

 

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We grabbed what we could: green and brown icing, and 10 cupcakes. Not much to work with. The first thing that came to mind was the Hulk, so that is what we decided to do. It did not turn out exactly how we wanted it to, but hey, it was for a good cause.

 

 

We often forget to appreciate the good things in our lives when things get hectic. There are men and women that fight for our lives everyday, and I was happy that I was able to donate to that charity tonight. It also gave me an opportunity to get away from social media and the post election hate. I think that we should be more appreciative that we live in a free country.

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I consumed a lot of calories after designing my cupcake masterpiece… I should probably go run. If you take anything away from this blog post: CUPCAKE WARS>REAL WARS.

 

ShamRock’N Run

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As a member of Kappa Delta sorority, at the University of Louisville, we are required to organize various events throughout the calendar year devoted to our philanthropies. Kappa Delta has two national philanthropies: Girl Scouts of America and Prevent Child Abuse America. Every fall we host an annual 5k race. 20% of these proceeds go to Prevent Child Abuse America, while 80% go to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky to help make policy changes and support preventative efforts here at home.

14657355_1476791185667841_9055338652500610522_nThis race is called ShamRock’N Run and is happening THIS Saturday, November 5th at Cherokee Park. Registration and check-in will begin at 8:30am with the race starting at 10am. Not only will there be running going down, but also a contest for the cutest dog that attends the event, as well as a corn hole tournament, and raffle. This will be the 11th year in a row that UofL’s KDs have put on this successful fundraising event!

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Along with raising money for these kids on Saturday we will also be making efforts to boost morale, and raise funds for the next couple days before the race. Thursday, November 3rd, we will be having a percentage night at the Chipotle on Bardstown Rd. in Louisville between 5pm and 9pm. Every person that mentions Kappa Delta or Shamrock while ordering will get Chipotle to donate 50% of their proceeds to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky!

 

Finally, on Friday, November 4th from 6-9pm, the ladies of Kappa Delta will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner, in the KD Suite on campus, in honor of the race the following day. General admission will be $5, but registered runners can eat for just $3!

14907158_1490102611003365_1113599233811698946_nTo register for the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kappa-delta-alpha-xi-11th-annual-shamrock-n-run-tickets-21496635014

Can’t make it to the event but you’d still like to support the cause? Make an online donation using the following link to help put a stop to child abuse!

https://www.billhighway.com/aph/forChapters/v2/donate.aspx?d=gAw1QY071pw%3D&u=O4kIKDIdtBI%3D

Hope to see you there, I will be running for the kids:)

Ready, Set, Go

Last Saturday, October 22nd, was the day that I have been anticipating all semester: The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon.

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Saturday Morning I woke up very early and headed downtown to the Belvedere, between 5th and 6th street on Main. It was very cold out, and I was slightly regretting signing up for this race.

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The start line opened at 8:30am and from that moment until after the race I made many observations:

Many elderly people destroyed me in this race

I really don’t understand how a 70 year old man sprinted past me on mile 8, but he did, and I applaud him. Well done sir, well done.

Morale was low

The first mini marathon that I ran was the Kentucky Derby Festival Half Marathon last may. It seems like the entire city of Louisville comes out for that race and line the whole course with signs, water, snacks, etc. There was hardly any cheerleaders a long the way. They were all at Papa Johns Stadium….

Cherokee Park is the devil

I was scared, I expected the worse, and I was correct. Why the race commissioners decided to make miles 4-8 run through the mountains that are Cherokee park is besides me, but it was painful.

My phone died

This is not a drill. My phone literally did that thing where it dies on 78% on the tenth mile. This is also when you are so close, yet so far away and your emotions begin to get the best of you. I ran in complete silence for the last thirty minutes, I also shed a few tears.

People actually drink Bourbon post race

After the race there was a party and all runners got free: Pizza, shots of bourbon, burgoo, beer, bagels, fruit, and more. What more could you ask for. Only in Kentucky will you find thousands of people that will throw back some Evan Williams seconds after crossing the finish line.

The Urban Bourbon was more exciting than the UofL Game

After we completed the race my friend and I rushed to UofL’s tailgate so we could meet up with our friends and walk to the game.  UofL: 54 NC State: 13….. enough said…

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It probably wasn’t the best idea to head immediately to tailgate right after, but #gocards over everything am I right??

The 5 Types of People at the Gym

Everyday thousands of individuals walk in and out of the University of Louisville’s Student Recreation Center, better known as the “SRC”. This state of the art facility opened in 2013 and offers some of the finest fitness equipment that there is. Some of the main features of this building include: 6 basketball courts, an indoor soccer arena, 3 racquetball courts, 3 group fitness studios that offer free classes for members, a gaming lounge, a turf field and even a golf simulator

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From this description you can only imagine the kinds of people that are in and out of this building every day. They can easily be categorized into five groups:

  1. The MeatHeads
  2. The Social Butterflies
  3. The Creepy Alumni
  4. The Confused
  5. The “I Just Want To Get In Shape” img_4486

The MeatHeads are normally guys that are in the gym at least twice a day. They wear those small little cut off shirts to show off their muscles. They drink their pre workout as soon as they get to the gym and surely enough they are shaking their protein powder in their blender bottle on the way out. If you follow them around for 5 minutes chances are you will see them staring in the mirror flexing their muscles to see their “gains”.

The Social Butterflies are the females that show up to the gym barely wearing any clothes, hair and makeup perfected as if they are going to a black tie affair, normally trying to get a boy’s attention. Yes, they might hop on the elliptical for 5 minutes, but this is just so they can plan when and where to attack.

The Creepy Alumni….pretty self explanatory. They are old, they are creepy, and they should probably join a water aerobics class. But hey they do say stay in college as long as you can right?

The Confused are the people that spend half an hour trying to operate a combination lock only to give up and risk their stuff getting stolen (which normally happens). Then they hop on a machine, can’t figure out how to work it, so they just go home.

The “I Just Want To Get In Shape” group. Yes, these are the normal people. They tend to make two big appearances throughout the year: After they have made their New Year’s Resolutions, and 2 weeks before Spring Break. Because miracles happen in the SRC. In the months April-December you can catch them at the nearest McDonalds.

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Reporting live from the SRC, Katelyn Hogan (student reporter and SRC worker)

A Morning Jog

I am not a morning person. I normally jog in the evenings. However, a couple of weekends ago I found myself sprinting around Old Louisville at 4:45 am…. And it wasn’t for fun.

As part of my internship with the St James Court Art Show (I promise this is the last time I will talk about this) I was responsible for making sure that the local news stations (WDRB, WAVE 3, WLKY, WHAS, etc) were accommodated and had artists to interview each morning. The segments ran from 5am-9am and the art show started at 10am.IMG_4075.JPG

3 takeaways from this early experience:

  1. The reporters have no idea what they are talking about
  2. The camera man is not interested in anything going on
  3. The awkward smile from the reporter after he/she is done speaking is even MORE hilarious in personIMG_4067.JPG

 

 

 

 

About 10 minutes before each segment I would inform the reporter of the artists’   background, general information about the St James Court Art Show, and expand on any other topics that they could use to fill their time.

 

They were not familiar with any of this information prior, which I found a little surprising. At first, I did not understand why I needed to be there, but I soon learned that I was the source of information that they were seeking, I was their fact checker.

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As I sat back and observed for a little bit I noticed it was strange that the camera men and reporters did not have much interaction until they were about to shoot. There seemed to be no relationship between the two, no talking, joking around, not a lot of communication at all. They were both strictly there for business and wanted to get their jobs done and move on with their days.

And as for takeaway #3… pretty much self explanatory

I’m happy that I was able to see the news from this perspective. It’s interesting that these reporters can portray that they know exactly what is going on, when in fact that is not always the case.
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I guess my jog was worth it.