Sprinting to the Finish Line

Lately, I feel like I have had a lot of deadlines… a lot of procrastination… a lot of “ends”.Between schoolwork, internships, and training for my next race I have been very overwhelmed. I think a lot of it has to do with it being senior year.

Today I had a huge realization: that after four months of hard work, my internship is quickly coming to an end. Like you already know, I intern for the St James Court Art Show, and today was Setup Day

.IMG_4065.PNGSetup day is a very hectic day. All of the streets get shut down, all of the artists come into town, and literally no one has a clue of what is going on. I mean can honestly say I have never seen more U-hauls in one area at a time.

POURING rain. Food vendors are setting up, Police are patrolling, artists are bickering, it honestly is pretty entertaining until the “hate emails” come into your inbox…. Note: Artists are not friendly people…

I set up 48 cardboard recycling boxes, assisted with artist and volunteer check-in, and rode around in a golf cart pretending like i knew what was going on. After this I attended KASA’s St James Court Art Show Pre Party at the Muhammad Ali Center downtown. It was a very long day. So I went home and decided that I should probably check my email before day 1 begins.

Boy was that a mistake.

IMG_4062.PNGI am in charge of media interviews with the local news. I have spent weeks coordinating with local stations and artists and assigning media interview slots for them.

Today they were reminded of their time slot and so many of them decided to flake. So tomorrow when I arrive at St James Court at 4:30am I am hoping that there is someone to talk to the cameras, because it certainly will NOT be me. Prayers appreciated

Stay tuned to see how the sIMG_4064.PNGhow goes…if I don’t run away first:)

Running the Art Show

Today marks one week before the St James Court Art Show Festivities begin. This past summer I have been interning for the St James Court Art Show and have assisted with their social media, marketing, and media relations. It has been a very rewarding experience and I am so grateful for everything I have learned under my supervisors: Margue Esrock and Karen Clayton. That being said, it is crunch time.

st-james-court-art-show-3The art show includes over 700 artists from all over the country that come to feature and sell their one of a kind artwork. In a week they will arrive to Old Louisville and set up their booth spaces, and the chaos will begin.

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Many residents of Louisville do not understand that there is a huge application process that begins in January that potential artists have to go through to even be considered to have a booth at the art show. Their work is then juried, and only the best of the best gain the privilege of being a part of such an amazing tradition.11755769_10152931790191260_7818174752644485323_n.jpg

 

 

 

There is more to the St James Court Art Show then just the art show weekend: there are many events that lead up to it. Many talks by long time art show friends, volunteer meetings, as well as the high school competition in which students submit portfolio pieces in a contest in order to have their chance to win one of multiple scholarship

 

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I have had the honor of working with multiple news stations and local media in order to schedule interviews, radio ads, and to advertise for our show. It has been a very fun experience and I have truly got an inside look on what reporting is all about.
I have a feeling that next week will consist of long hours, little sleep, and a lot of art. If you go to the art show you will for sure see me running around like a crazy person!

Running for my Life: To Campus Pt. 2

Today I was glancing at my phone before one of my classes, scrolling through Twitter, the usual…when I came across an article from WLKY: “Woman urged to be vigilant after 2 sexual assaults near UofL”.

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I clicked on the link and began reading the article. I soon found out that 2 young women, one being a student at UofL, were held at gun point and sexually assaulted; one at 3rd and Gaulbert and the other at 7th and Shipp Ave on MONDAY.

There are many things wrong with this scenario, but to name a few:

  1. This is a vulgar act of violence, no one deserves to be treated this way.
  2. I live exactly 2 blocks away from 3rd and Gaulbert. Crime is happening way too close for comfort, and way to close to campus. College is supposed to be safe; this is slowly dwindling away at the University of Louisville.
  3. WHY ARE WE JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THIS 3 DAYS AFTER IT HAPPENED. There was not a RAVE alert sent out, no warning to avoid areas, absolutely nothing.
  4.  The title of this article: “Woman urged to be vigilant after 2 sexual assaults near UofL” …Really?  Maybe instead we should urge people not to sexually assault others?

 

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At approximately 6:09pm this evening I received an email from the university issuing a “crime notification” that this incident occurred on Wednesday… so which is it? Monday or Wednesday?

They also, so ever kindly, provided tips on “what to do/not do during and after a sexual assault or burglary occurs” and “suggestions that may help prevent you from becoming the victim of a sexual assault or robbery”. Gee Thanks ULPD!!!
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This is the bottom line:

 

Increasing in Louisville, whether its gang or drug related is honestly irrelevant to me. What is relevant, however, is that I do not feel safe. I do not feel safe walking through campus, walking home, walking through parking lots, and even getting out of my car in a public place alone.

I have common sense: I avoid the sketchy areas that young women like myself should not be in, but what happens when these areas become where I live, where I work, and where I learn.

I am looking forward to talking with ULPD about their thoughts on this situation, because quite frankly, I am not impressed.

Running for my Life: To Campus

Every morning during the week I wake up at approximately 7:00 am and walk to work. I work at the Student Activity Center in the early mornings and it is about a 15 minute walk from my house. I normally do not mind walking to campus in the daylight, it gives me an opportunity to listen to music and think about my day.

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Like I said, I live fairly close to campus, on the outskirts of Old Louisville.

Last week as I was watching the evening news I learned about an eighth grader bringing two guns (one loaded) into his middle school. As I continued to listen closer I learned that this happened at the school that I walk past EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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My mother is a huge proponent and subscriber to the “Louisville Crime Maps”. I normally get a weekly lecture about how I need to be more careful and aware of my surroundings when I am out and about in Louisville. After receiving ANOTHER RAVE alert last weekend I finally understand why she preaches the importance of being safe over and over and over to me.

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There are nice parts of Louisville, there are nice people in Louisville, but there is also a lot of crime and bad things that occur here as well. I should feel safe attending my University.

However, when my phone buzzes and I get a notification about another armed robbery a few blocks away from campus or my house, with no additional information I do not feel safe.

I appreciate the University utilizing the RAVE alert system, but I think that it is also their responsibility to update us on these dangerous situations, and give us more details after these occurrences. In the mean time while ULPD works on making campus great again, I think I will start running to school.

Fresh Shoes, Fresh Start

Well school has officially started, and the stress will surely begin shortly. This semester is very busy for me. Between taking 15 credit hours in communication and finance courses, balancing 2 internships and a part time job, and still having somewhat of a social life it is insane. Which is why I run.

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I actually started running a little over a year ago. Since then I have ran in 2 5Ks, 1 10K, and the Kentucky Derby Festival mini marathon last May. I run with a couple of my friends in the evenings after our  hectic days have come to an end.

We normally run downtown to the waterfront, which completely distresses me. Something that I have learned since I have started this journey is that running is all mental, just like a lot of other things.If you stop thinking about the reasons why you can’t run 5 miles, you’ll get there; just like if you stop worrying about an exam: you will probably perform better when you are not a nervous wreck. It’s all about confidence.

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Every time I go for a run I discover new things, brainstorm different ideas, encounter new people and places, and see interesting perspectives on life. Sometimes I’m even scared for my life because there are a lot of “characters” out in the streets of Louisville.

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I just got a new pair of Brooks running shoes, which I believe represents a fresh start. A new year, new experiences to be had, and new races to train for: Urban Bourbon Mini Marathon: October 22nd/Graduation: May 2017. I hope to update you, my readers, on the lessons that I learn this year, things that I encounter, and everything else that occurs as I sprint into my senior, and final, year of college with a clean slate. After all: Fresh Shoes, Fresh Start.