Life is good.

Well it’s been about two and a half months since my last post. I’m already half done with this semester, and I feel like I owe my awesome followers and myself a little journal update.

Eating at USM President Dr. Bennett's house for "Dr. B's Book Club"

Eating at USM President Dr. Bennett’s house for “Dr. B’s Book Club”

As a refresher, I’m a junior, so I would think that overall I should be getting a little more busy and overwhelmed. Surprisingly this has felt like the easiest semester yet. I think I finally got my ish together, and I feel like a new person. I’m actually going to bed early (well, early for a college student), working out regularly (outside of my ballet class), and not stressing over little details. Heck, maybe I’ll get my first fall semester 4.0; that’s my goal at least.

Live at 5.

Live at 5 in downtown Hattiesburg.

This is my first semester living in my sorority house, and, gosh, it’s crazy fun. I’ve had so many moments of awkward bonding with these girls, and I love how my close friend circle continues to expand each day; not to mention, it’s super convenient when trying to find the perfect outfit or swap swag when there’s only one minute to spare.

I always get attacked when I walk in my room.

I always get attacked when I walk in my room.

I had quite a few friends graduate in May, but this hasn’t stopped me from seeing them. I love that my close friendships have only adapted to the times and are now growing in different ways. I’ve also made so many new friends! I personally love meeting people, like anyone and everyone I come into contact with. These people have affected my life and play a part in it (whether they have lines or not), and I think I should take every opportunity to meet them. I like to think that some of them will even be a part of my distant future, so we shall see!

USM Homecoming game with old and new friends.

USM Homecoming game with old and new friends.

I’ve also been spending a lot of time with our new Delta Gamma members and trying to be the role model that I had at that time during my freshman year. I’m so impressed with these girls and just wish that I were able to spend bundles of time with each one of them.

Myra and I were glad that Recruitment was over. Super ready for Bid Day festivities!

Myra and I were glad that Recruitment was over. Super ready for Bid Day festivities!

I’m also so freaking proud of my chapter right now. More than ever before. We have given every ounce of oomph to every task that we have been given, and it shows! We’ve won the homecoming team activities and philanthropy events; new and active members have made their presence known, not only in the Greek community but also all across campus. I’m running for a few positions within my chapter for this upcoming calendar year, and I can’t wait to see how everything works out.

Delta Gamma on Team 2 for Homecoming!

Delta Gamma on Team 2 for Homecoming!

Speaking of, I actually applied to be on USM’s orientation team for next year and was called back for the second round of interviews this upcoming week. I’m thrilled to be going back, so pray for me!

SMAC got a its logo on the Student Activities HUB window!

SMAC got its logo on the Student Activities HUB window!

On top of that exciting news, I also received some outstanding news that I’ve been waiting to hear for the past two months. Two of my fellow SMAC executive members and I will be presenting an educational session at the NACA national convention which will be held in February in Boston!!! This is a big deal, y’all. I jumped around all day yesterday telling everyone I know about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and will surely keep telling my friends over the next couple weeks. Sorry, I’m not sorry.

Can't wait for Boston with this awesome friend!

Can’t wait for Boston with this awesome friend!

Get ready Boston because you can't stop this!

Get ready Boston because you can’t stop this!

Also, SMAC has done superbly well this semester! I’m beyond proud to be a part of this team. Of course there have a been a couple flukes, but I have never seen us caught off guard by them. I have so much faith in our members, executive board, GA, and advisor that SMAC will continue to do great things for our university and just straight up conquer the world.

Sisterly support at SMAC's Ice Skating event this semester

Sisterly support at SMAC’s Ice Skating event this semester

SMAC has rubbed off on me so much. I’ve gotten more organized (oddly enough) and more silly and creative too. I mean I’ve dressed up as some crazy things the past few weeks, like a rock and a pinata. All complete with awkward confrontations and worthwhile memories.

That Halloween when I rocked.

That Halloween when I rocked.

I’ve found a new love in exploring my college town by finding new places to visit with my friends, but we have still gone to the regular spots as well. This also includes volunteering. This morning Delta Gamma actually helped with the annual Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center dog walk, and once again it was a beautiful day for such an event. For the first time, we also visited the state veterans’ home in Collins, MS a few weeks ago. All these experiences have really opened my eyes to some hidden opportunities, and I’m grateful to be able to share these moments with my friends.

I asked State Senator Sally Doty (whom I met at NEW Leadership Mississippi over the summer) to come speak at DG's chapter meeting.

I asked State Senator Sally Doty (whom I met at NEW Leadership Mississippi over the summer) to come speak at DG’s chapter meeting, and she so sweetly agreed!

So back to classes… one thing I can’t share with my friends is my school work. I don’t have a tremendous amount of outside work to do, like I did in the past, but I have something new and big tacked on.

AN HONORS’ THESIS.

This is my chance to present research through the Honors College that I will compile over the next (less than) 2 years. By research I don’t mean Facebook creeping; I mean real legit stuff. I was nervous about this process at the beginning of the semester, but now I have two advisors in place and just have to figure out a topic. I have a lot of ideas thanks to the fact that I reflect on all my class lessons throughout my daily routine. My only problem is that everything sounds so interesting, and I don’t know how to properly ask a research question (yet). I can’t seem to go a day without sounding out the Northampton symbols or analyzing situations in regards to how a Deaf person would feel, but I know this type of nonstop thinking will only help me in the long run.

Oh, I became a Grand Big!

Oh, I almost forgot. I became a Grand Big!

Side note: I’m in Womens’ Chorus again! I’m also really glad my best friends were able to come watch our fall concert (:

…which means it’s finally Fall! This is my favorite time of year mainly because of the different colors that the leaves radiate. I miss seeing the yellow leaves of the gingko trees at home, but I can’t wait to see them when I visit next time.

Visiting Dana for her 21st birthday.

Visiting Dana for her 21st birthday.

I have only gone home once this semester, which is pretty normal, but I was able to see several of my good friends that still live at home or are working. I also entered a fun little contest/pageant at the Delta Hot Tamale Festival in Greenville, MS, and I was crowned Miss Hot Tamale 2013! This was definitely a huge step outside my comfort zone, but I received immense  support from my close friends. I am still immensely appreciative for my friends who visited me at home that weekend to help me not freak out and watch me work it. And especially for my roommate, who dealt with corn husks being all over the floor for a week. Thank you.

"Hot Tamale, y'all"

“Hot Tamale, y’all”

Random tidbit: my hair is getting long! No more cutting it. I’m trying to see how long I can get it again.

Since it is junior year, that means this is the year of turning 21. Several of my friends have turned 21 already, but my turn is quickly approaching. Mine is next Saturday (same day as our DG initiation) , and I honestly don’t have any birthday plans set for the weekend. I will probably just be spontaneous. That’s usually a real adventure, so I’m banking on that option.

One of my new friends :)

One of my new friends Riane!

Finally, I think I’m ready to sign off again. I know this was long, but, hey, I had a lot to cover. I can’t wait to see what other opportunities God has in store for me, my family, and friends. Every day is a journey. A new day. A new beginning. That’s what keeps me going.

That and the free coffee.

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