Hey, everyone! I am back for my last semester of college?! I have so many emotions going through me right now and I honestly don’t know what to do. I am first sad because it the last time that I get to say “back to the burg, back to the books”, so I will need everyone’s help to keep this going! Hahaha, but seriously.
So let me just recap my break for you. It. Was. Fast. I feel like I was doing something every second to plan my wedding, catch up with my family, “do” holiday things, and lastly sleep (I probably did this the most). But overall it was so good. I think that the older I get the better going home gets too. When I was a freshman I was always itching to get back to school and while I won’t say that I don’t want to be at school, I have learned to be content in both places, which is a really great place to be.
One thing that the Lord has been teaching me at this point in my life is waiting. I am sure I won’t be done learning about this anytime soon, but there are so many things that I am “waiting” for. Getting married, getting a job, making enough money to save for once, and waiting to be done with school, just to name a few. I kind of figured it out Christmas Eve when my pastor taught about how people were waiting to hear from God for over 400 years. I obviously don’t have to wait 400 hundred years to get married, finish school, or get a job (that I know), but like the people waiting for the Lord were faithful, I need to be faithful to God too, especially in the small areas of my life. I need to enjoy where I am and take it all in because before I know it I will be married, done with school and working a full-time job and I am sure I will be telling all of you to be careful what you wish for!
I will surely keep you updated on how my “waiting” is going throughout the year!
Below I posted some pictures from my Snapchat (@mereboyce) story while on my drive back from Minnesota! My goal was to get every ornament for each state I was in!
Now that we are all back from Thanksgiving Break I am finally able to show you what it is like to live in the Commons! I lived on the 4th floor of the Commons last year and it was amazing! The Commons are different than any other dorm on campus because it has a common area, hence being called the Commons. The common area connects the boys side to the girls side — it is a great way to meet your brother dorm and have fun movie and game nights with everyone. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a place to stay on campus. The only problem with trying to live there is that it fills up so fast and can be difficult to find a room. But any other place on campus will be just as fun if not more fun. Your dorm doesn't make your college experience, you do. Check out the video below so you can see what it is like to live in the Commons!
*** Boys can't go into the girls side and vice versa.
Man, it's that time in the semester when you are living off of 4 hours of sleep a week, 7 gallons of coffee and 5% motivation. Just kidding, but it feels like this at times. I have some tips for everyone who is dealing with the slump.
I am not sure about you, but whenever I am outside, I am never stressed. I love the fresh air and just feeling the warmth of the sun or the cool breeze, or even raindrops (because I living in Drenchburg where you never know what you’re going to get). But being outside is proven to increase your mood. Especially with the sun setting earlier, it is important to not get cooped up inside. When we spend time outside we can also see the beauty that God has created. When I go outside I tend to feel closer to God and I have more peace.
One thing that I like to do when I get sick and tired of doing work is try to read or listen to inspirational stories about how people were successful. It always puts me in a good mood and really helps me motivate myself because I want to be successful too!
I listen to a lot of Dale Partridges podcasts here.
I think that this is the best thing to get more energy! When I work out I can sleep easier and I just overall feel good about myself. When I get really stressed one thing that helps me the most is to do yoga! I love it because it helps me to calm down and the stretching really helps me too! Another reason I like to work out is because when I make myself go to the gym, I feel like I really have to get work done when I get home because I took time out of my day to go work out. It keeps me from procrastinating.
Remind yourself of your goals.
You can pass and graduate and get a good job and live your dreams out. So make sure you tell yourself why you are here right now! Stop wishing you were somewhere else and do what you have to right now to succeed today!
Hope those tips help you… I need them myself!
Hey everyone again!
I just want to talk a little bit about internships that I have had the opportunity to do! I have had the chance to work with two amazing companies and groups of people.
ABC 6 News: This last summer I worked with a news station running their social media and doing anything that they wanted me to do. I was lucky enough to be paid for this internship. Really I would just call it a job because I helped them a lot with social media tasks. It was an amazing place to work. All the anchors and reported were super cool and so fun! Loved it. Updating their website, Facebook and twitter with the latest news were a few things I did everyday. This usually kept me pretty busy. I would also find cool stories to post on our website that I knew would bring a lot of traffic to their website. In this internship I was able to work 40 hours a week so I get a glimpse into the full time job world and made some good money with it! I also helped them with their Instagram and created a Snapchat for them. Overall I learned so much about the news industry. It was seriously so beneficial.
Sam Stroud Photography: I currently am interning with a photography business here in Lynchburg. I would call this one a true internship because I am not getting paid, but it could potentially turn into a job. This internship has also been super beneficial because photography is something I want to do full-time one day if possible. The people I work with are amazing and they make 12 hour weddings worth it! Plus, weddings are super fun and the food is always super good! This internship is typically only on the weekends so it really hasn’t been too hard to balance it with my job and school. Also, when I'm there it doesn’t feel like work. I have learned a lot so far!
To be honest the way that I got these internships was through other people. I think that you can have a lot of skills and talent, but making connections with people who can help you find internships and jobs is super important. Everyone you know is a connection and they might know someone who works in the field you want to be in, all you have to do is ask!
Things are looking a little spooky here on campus! Check out how some people chose to dress up around campus in honor of the holiday weekend! How will you dress up?
Rosie the Riveter
Starbucks workers dressed up too!
Just a festive Avengers sweater!
The workers at Simply-to-Go dressed up.
Iron man... without the iron. a.k.a. Tony Stark haha
A Star Wars onsies... how comfortable.
Ursula from The Little Mermaid
Max, Goofie's son!
I think I found the face on the milk carton!
Just some Average Joes
Workers at Subco in DeMoss
More Star Wars!
Have a SAFE weekend everyone! :)