As I sit in my room I am starting to realize that Sophomore year is quickly coming to an end. Yesterday, I finished all my classes and now as I prepare to take finals I cannot help but feel a tad sad. But I am going to suppress those emotions until it is time to go. After all I do still have one more week left!
I must say I have got the best parents in the world. Right now the area where I live, the Greek, is currently under construction and the move out process is going to be insane. I really wanted to try and avoid that and luckily my parents were able to work out coming before it all got under way. We had to take everything from the second floor of my fraternity house outside around the corner and down the gate, where we then climbed on a step ladder to hand it over to my Mom on the other side so that she could put it in the car. It was quite the process! We were also trying to beat the storm that was about to roll in. Needless to say, after some hard work the mission was successful!
I had a 15 page paper due on Tuesday and a design project and 6 page paper due on Wednesday. They came Tuesday afternoon, but I still had things to get done. My parents were so helpful. They then took my friends and me to dinner. After dinner the storm was about to hit and my sweet mother drove my friend and me back to campus in my car and then drove herself back to her hotel in the middle of the storm. She was kind enough to take my car so that it would not receive any hail damage. She then picked me up the next morning at 8 a.m. to go print my project and then we met my Dad for breakfast. They then took me to park my car, we all piled in their car, they dropped me off at class, and back to Arkansas they went. It was a very fast and busy time, but I really loved getting to see them. I cannot even begin to explain to you how awesome it is to feel so loved and encouraged during this stressful time. Mom and Dad, thank you SO much. I do not know what I would do without you!!
Prayers for all of us as we finish out the semester, move out, and start the summer! I am really ready to be done with classes, but not so much ready to leave TCU! Here's to soaking up the last few days as a sophomore and being extremely thankful for that!
Southern and Thankful
Well Ladies and Gents... Turned in a 15 page paper today and I have one design project to turn in tomorrow morningalong with one 6 page paper to finish and then turn in tomorrow night. After that I will have a couple of hours of relief AKA sleep and then I get to study for finals. Now doesn't that sound SO fun? One day at a time... One day at a time!
In the excitement of dining at the chancellor's yesterday I totally forgot to mention that yesterday was also my last tour of the semester. And with that thought there goes another little piece of my heart. I cannot believe I have the privilege of being a tour guide and I really cannot believe I have been doing it for over a year now. Time seriously flies! A majority of the students I had were juniors and I thought that was a little strange until I realized it is almost May 1st, which means most seniors have decided already since that is the national deadline for deciding. And just like that we are on to gathering students for the next class! Let me say it once more... Time flies.
Y'all know I have to share that last tour selfie. I always love people's reaction when I ask them to be in my selfie. That look will never get old! It's like in that moment they instantly fall in love with me and everything else in the world (hahaha).
I have got to get in bed, but just wanted to take the time and share the last selfie of the semester! Hit me up next semester if you come to look around TCU! I am always happy to help out in that area... I have had lots of practice (lol).
Hope everyone has made it to the half way mark of the week with a thankful heart. Take a minute for me and pray for all those who are sick and need God's healing hands. Sick people in general have been on my mind today and I am lifting them up in my prayers... You should join me!
Southern and Thankful
Tonight I had the opportunity to have dinner at the chancellor's house, through Student Foundation (STUFO), and what a fun time it was. This is an annual event at the end of each school year, but last year it had to be moved somewhere on campus due to bad weather. I was excited to go visit the chancellor's home because I knew it was going to be spectacular.
Needless to say, it was a fun time with good food and fun company. This was also the seniors last STUFO event and what a fun way to end their time here. Every time we have an event I am always reminded how lucky I am to be in such a phenomenal organization with such incredible people.
Huge thank you to the chancellor and his family for opening their home, providing a yummy meal, giving gifts, and making each one of us feel known and welcome. I do not know about other universities, but I don't really ever hear any of my other friends talk about having dinner with the chancellor at his own home. Pretty cool, huh? Just another reason why I am in love with this university.
It was also cool getting to tell the chancellor a little bit about Southern and Thankful. He said he also journals almost every day, which is fun. I encouraged him to write his own blog (lol).
I wish I could elaborate more on the night, but I have to quickly finish a 15 page paper and turn it in. Prayers prayers prayers because I have a few too many things due this week. I am on the downhill side now and I am thinking that is something to be thankful for!
Southern and Thankful
Woke up this morning with full intentions of going to the Kappa Color Run, a 5k put on by the local Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority to raise money for their philanthropy, and cheering on my super sporty friend Michael Drake all while being supportive of my friend Callie who was one of the ones in charge of the event. Luckily, I got my roommate John to come along and when he put on his Birkenstocks as we walked out the door I was secretly happy because I knew there was no way he'd be running. If I was asked to run I would have just said that I wouldn't want to leave John alone (lol I am smart).
Well little did I know we would get to the event and Michale Drake would peer pressure John and I to run and little did I know John would give in to this pressure and decided to run barefoot. Yes, people he left the sandals in the car and we all took off on the color run course.
Y'all I haven't ran a 5k since like junior high. Y'all I haven't ran anywhere for any reason in a long time. I had planned to go to the rec this past week and run just a little to warm myself up. But then I got sick stuff all up in my throat, head, and chest it was just not happening. Huge shoutout to the boys, Michael and John, for running along with me, encouraging me, putting up with my less athletic stature. In the moment I was really not feeling it, but afterwards I was so glad I did it. It was a fun time! This might incline me to work a little harder this semester when I have a little more time.
Lots to do this week, but there is not much more time here so I am going to enjoy it as much as possible. Pray that I can have a good balance this week! Also, I will be moving all my stuff out with my parents so let's hope that goes good. I am looking forward to seeing them!
Find things to be thankful for this week! There is always something!
Southern and Thankful
Between the cold I am rocking and the two papers/one project due, I am to the point where I am needing this semester to be over.
Lol that sounds bad, but I swear 1,000 things have happen in the next 12 days and I am at this point where I don't know how it is going to happen. I am SO sad that sophomore year is ending, but at this point I am bitter because I can't even enjoy the little time left without feeling like I need to be doing something on the to do list. That is sad y'all!
But good news! Last night I had the privilege of going to Gamma Phi formal with my sweet friend, Morgan! This semester has been full of formals, but y'all know I love any excuse to get dressed up for a good time! Even though so much is going on I was so excited when Morgan asked if I wanted to go with her. Morgan and I hung out tons last year because we both lived in the same dorm, but this year has been harder since she wasn't downstairs anymore. But nights like last night just make me happy because I am reminded how thankful I am for some of those freshmen year friendships. We may not see each other everyday, but when it comes down to it, I know we will always have a fun time! Last night was a great addition to our many memories!
Morgan, seriously I could not have asked for a better last event of sophomore year. Thanks for being my friend these last couple of years! I am so missed you not being down a couple of flights of stairs, like last year, but nights like last night make it all worth it! I am super thankful for you my only Rhode Island friend and our memories made together!
No matter what is going on I can assure you that I will always find a time to stop and be thankful. I know many of you can relate to that! May you all find some time to rest this weekend...
Oh by the way-- looking to make a little extra cash? I have two papers I will be happy to pay anyone to write!!!!
lol @mom and @dad I am kidding
(okay but for real hit me up people)
Southern and Thankful
With not very many Wednesday nights left in the semester I have to share my favorite thing about this night. I have a late afternoon class that usually gets out around dinner time and my favorite thing to do is come to pasta night at Bluu 2. Bluu 2 is a dinning/study space on my side of campus. They have several different restaurants within the building, which is nice because you can come here and pick from a variety. There is this bistro within the building called “Magnolias” and on Wednesdaynights only, they do a make your own pasta bar. They have all these different veggies, any type of meat you can think of, sauce options, and multiple choices in pasta. You tell the cooks what you want in it and they throw it all together. They then cook it in front of you, which is what I like best because that way you know it is fresh!!
Usually the line goes all the way to the door… It is crazy! That’s actually how I found out about it. I noticed the long line and quizzed some people. One of the best things I have ever done (lol). Since then I have probably been coming every Wednesday. When you come to college you forget that you are responsible for planning your meals. I can’t really explain how nice it is to know I can have pasta every Wednesday night if I want it.
Every week I try to bring someone that hasn't had it before because I am obviously so passionate about my love for pasta night. Exposing someone to something new is one of the most rewarding things ever!
And tonight I just so happened to have a special guest. Not just any typical student… an official TCU Alumni whom just so happens to be from the famous Stuttgart, AR!!! Michael Dabbs is here!!! For those of you who don't know Michael, his Mom and my Mom are friends that also work together. We have known each other for as long as I can remember! I would not have known about TCU if Michael hadn't been in school here during my college search process. He has been a wonderful resource and friend the past couple of years.
When I heard he was in town I was pumped. What’s better than treating a student to Pasta Night? Treating an Alumni to Pasta Night!!!
It was so fun to catch up with him!! Always happy to have you on campus Michael!
With this being said, if you want to accompany me to a Pasta Night, I am always down to go with you!
Super thankful today for yummy pasta and friendship!
Southern and Thankful
This semester I have had the opportunity to finish up my required science classes at TCU by taking contemporary issues in nutrition. With each science class you also have to take a lab section. For this nutrition class the lab consists of several things, but for the most part you have several opportunities to go to a kitchen lab and cook. I remembered writing about the first day I cooked in that class this semester because it is really something to be thankful for. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate not having to go to a lecture hall or computer lab and do work that way each week. It has been such a refresher.
Today we had the final in our lab part of the class and we literally cooked a dish with our group. That was the final. How fun is that? Every group cooked something from a different country and then when we ate. We had food from all over the world. I really enjoyed it, not to mention the food was so good. My group cooked Huevos rancheros and it seemed to be liked by all the other groups!
It will be really cool to take the things I learned in this part of the class and apply them when I have a kitchen of my own next year. I will kind of be sad to not get to go to the cooking lab on Tuesday's, but at the same time I am super happy that we wrapped up lab this week because the next two weeks are going to be crazy busy. I will appreciate adding that time back to my Tuesday's.
Prayers would be great because I woke up this morning not feeling too great and now is not the time to be sick. I mean I never hope to be sick, but if I am going to be sick, Lord, just not right now. I have a test tomorrow, which you could also lift up, and then several papers and projects due next week. I am a little overwhelmed thinking about it, but I am going to just keep on telling myself to take things one day at a time! No matter what is going on I really don't want to be sick!!
If you are ever needing a nice change in pace I encourage you to get in the kitchen. In an outside of this world recipe and take the time to make it! It really is a nice way to feel productive, yet relax at the same time.
I am thankful that I had the opportunity to be in this class this semester! Lots of fun times, good memories, and fantastic food.
Southern and Thankful
Last night when I looked at my schedule I was so confused because I had
"Experience TCU" written down for today (April 18th), which is confusing because usually Experience TCU is on Friday. I love love love giving tours for Experience TCU because all the students attending have already been accepted to TCU and now they are just trying to make their decision. It puts a good pressure on me as a tour guide because I know I am one of the last hopes we have at making these kids horned frogs. They are at 7:45 a.m. and that is early for a college student, but it is still so worth it.
I was actually pretty excited to have an experience TCU on a Monday because I knew it would be a great way to start the week. I was a little worried because it has been storming here and the admissions department was making backup plans incase the storms affected today's tours. Luckily right as the tour was starting things seemed to clear up and we were able to take the tours. It was not the prettiest morning, but I was just happy to be able to show them around campus without lightening flashing in the background. That would not be a very appealing way to show off TCU!
This really got me thinking about Monday's. I dislike them just as much as the next person, but if you think about it a large part of how the week goes all depends on how Monday is. I have so many things going on with this being the last week of class and I am kind of stressed on how I will get it all done, but I am thankful because starting the week with an Experience TCU has really put things in perspective. I am so blessed to go to school here and learn. It may be a lot to handle at times, but the Lord will never give me more than I can handle. Soon enough I will look back and this will all be behind me. Even though I don't want to write these papers or study for these tests, I am going to try and enjoy it as much as possible because in a few short weeks I will no longer be a sophomore in college. I have gone back and forth on whether I want this semester to end, but when it comes down to it, I will be sad to move out in a couple of weeks. I will be happy to have a break from school, but I will not be happy to have a break from TCU. That is why I am going to try my hardest to embrace this stressful time with open arms.
It is all about attitude people. I am just praying my positive attitude will stick around for the rest of the week. Make your Monday. Fill it full of things to be thankful for and I promise you will see a difference in your week. I am going to try my hardest... join me!
Southern and Thankful
I cannot believe I have yet to share with you all what I did last Sunday. Things have been so crazy I didn't have ton of time to share! Last Sunday night Hillary and I went to Justin Bieber in Dallas!!!
It was really funny seeing him because I have seen him before and I can assure you a lot has changed since then.
•He now has a lot of tattoos and a lot less hair.
•He wore a lot less purple.
•He did not fly around the stadium in a giant heart.
•I actually stayed the whole show.
•I did not feel like my ears were bleeding due to the insane amount of female screams.
•He was very relaxed and very chill.
•He jumped around on a giant trampoline.
•He did the show while getting rained on.
•His dance skills have really improved.
One of the best things about the show.
I saw Justin in Arkansas when I was in the 8th grade. I liked him back then, but not as much as all the teenage girls. When I saw him last time it was insane. I couldn't really even enjoy the show because of all the screaming. It was never ending. I actually ended up leaving. This time was a lot different. Those annoying girls are all grown up. They still love him and they still scream, but I think they have realized that no matter what they do, they will not end up in Justin's arms at the end of the night. Just my take on the whole thing!
Hill, it was so fun!! This is why I love you being in Dallas! We have to do another concert again soon!
I was also really impressed with all Justin's Christian influences. It is in his music. It is in his words. It is even in his actions. I have read articles and things where he talks about how God has played a huge role in his life over the past couple of years. I have been very impressed with him and I guess that is why I was interested in seeing him preform. Seeing him in the 8th grade, I can promise there is a different Justin Bieber on the stage. One that he should be very proud of! He's not perfect; none of us are, but he knows that and it is obvious that makes him a better person every day. Very cool, Justin.
I leave for Italy exactly 3 weeks from today... I am a little stressed thinking about all the things that have to happen before I leave. Please say a little prayer as I enter the last full weeks of classes with tests, papers, and projects galore.
Here's to a new week! Make it yours!
Southern and Thankful
There are some things you learn to do early in life. These things are often seen as necessary and often you could be ridiculed for not learning how to do so. In this moment I am referring to riding a bike. I, like most of you, did learn to ride a bike when I was younger. I vaguely remember not being very excited to take the good ole training wheels off and I do remember a few scrapped knees along the way. Learning to ride a bike with your little helmet on seemed to be such a big deal, especially if you didn't know how.
I bring up riding a bike because this afternoon I rode bikes with some of my friends!! I forgot how much I enjoy it. Not to mention the good company AND it was great exercise. Allie, Gianna, Landon, and I started on campus and rode all the way downtown AND back. Not sure how many miles that was for those of you unfamiliar with Fort Worth, but it is a pretty good distance. Here are some things to know about our biking adventure:
1. Avoid going up hills at all cost.
2. If you happen to get yourself in this situation, walk the bike up the hill, unless you are athletic like Landon.
3. If you are desperate and don't think you can make it up the hill, call uber.
4. We were very close to number
5. Renting the Fort Worth bikes automatically labels you as unprofessional in the bike world.
6. Going off road is only comfortable never.
7. When you pass the food truck park and see the sweet treats truck and you really want to stop, but you must remind yourself you are getting exercise.
8. Allie and I are going to Italy 3 weeks from today and we will be riding gondola's only.
9. To get the perfect photo next to the best mural with the coolest creepy dog/panther you must reposition yourself until the 3rd time... thats the charm.
10. No matter what making memories with friends is always a good idea!
I have never felt so one with the nature of Fort Worth in my almost 2 years of living here. It was such a fun thing to do!!
TBH I think I forgot how to ride a bike there in the beginning. I felt such pressure to learn as a kid, but fast forward and it didn't matter how hard I tried to learn or how many scrapped knees I got...because today I almost fell a couple of different times. I really should bike more! My point in saying all this is to say that no matter what we do in life a part of us will always be learning or re-learning in this case. And there is nothing wrong with that as long as you take the time to have fun while you are doing so!
Thanks for a fun adventure, friends! Next time lets stop at Chuy's?!
Southern and Thankful
Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A student at Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!