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2010 So far… Part 1

19 Feb

There have been a few heavy things on my mind since 2010 began. I have a strange obsession with numbers; specifically even numbers and 2 and 5. So 2010 looked as if it had all the potential to be a great year for me. I graduated in December and it seemed like every relationship and path in my life was going in the right direction. Well, people disappoint, and life throws you curve-balls so it’s time for me to spend a series of posts explaining myself not only for my sanity, but to possibly help you through a few tough times if and when they present themselves.

The first topic I want to address is health. My personal health is in great shape, thankfully *knock on wood*. But I’ve found that the health of others, especially those close to you, weighs heavily on your emotional well-being.

My mom’s best friend is her closest friend since middle school. Needless to say, our families have grown up together and developed a close bond. When 2010 began, my mom’s best friend’s son went to the hospital to see if he had a sinus infection. A sinus infection diagnosis lead to a chest pneumonia diagnosis lead to a chest ‘cloudy spot’ diagnosis lead to a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma… attached to his heart, lungs, and spread throughout most of his chest… diagnosis. He’s a senior in high school. It’s not good.

I don’t think I need to spell out how devastating a cancer diagnosis is. I also think you can imagine how painful it is to see someone so young and otherwise relatively healthy, go through cancer treatment. What I wish I could spell out however, there are no words for.

I cannot for the life of me express how heart wrenching it is to call just to say hello to someone and hear physical, excruciating pain in their voice. Its world shattering, and I hope you never have to experience it.

Reality is though, you probably will. Everyone knows someone with cancer and its devastating effects can be seen worldwide. People cannot hide from it, and as of right now, we cannot stop it. While I hope my blog posts inspire you to think about something, today I am going to ask you to do something. Michigan State University’s Relay For Life is coming up in April and I’m on the committee as the public relations chair. More importantly however, I am attending the event in honor of some very dear people in my life. If you can, I ask that you please donate to the American Cancer Society and join in the fight against cancer. You can do so by becoming involved in a local Relay For Life, or by simply donating to my team on my Relay For Life fundraising page. No matter what you chose to do, thank you.

To sum, health is often taken for granted. Sometimes, we beat up our bodies and are shocked and disappointed when they get hurt. Other times, out of the clear blue, a fluke trip to the doctor can shatter your world. Never take something or someone for granted and value your interactions with everyone because when the day comes that health has an adverse affect on yours or a loved one’s life, you will feel it. Both physically and emotionally.

MSU Relay For Life 2009

Dreams are Possible

6 Dec

With graduation only days away, I’ve been spending most of time thinking about my future. However, I know that my future rests solely on my past and there is so much that has attributed to where I am today. Looking back on how scared I was to come to Michigan State University, there are a few things I would like to point out.

Obviously, my family played the most important role in my going away. My parents agreed to let me live at a home away from home and help me out the best that they could. Without their support, I know I would have had a much tougher time not only dealing with the transition of life in East Lansing, but also affording it.

Next, my academic success has granted me many opportunities to excel and experience things that not every student has the chance to. I’ve been an undergraduate teaching assistant, a research assistant, been on the Executive Board for an amazing organization, and held two wonderful internships. The experiences have all been entirely worth it, but it hasn’t always been easy.

Going away to college is not cheap, and for students who think that they cannot afford to do so, I am proof that there are ways. Yes, I am graduating with a scary number of loans, and yes, my parents did help me, but because of my academic success, I was able to receive a few scholarships from MSU that have helped keep me from going further into debt.

For students who don’t know, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences has a ton of scholarships that students can apply for each year. Since my sophomore year at MSU, I have applied and received a scholarship from CCAS. I was thankful enough to receive the John and Martha Aldinger Award, the Communication Arts and Sciences Endowed Scholarship, and the David Ralph Scholarship. So for those who wonder how they can afford to go to a Big Ten University, I know it is possible.

Through a combination of loans, my parents, scholarships, and thrifty living, going away to college is not only possible, it’s the best decision that I have ever made. MSU has opened so many doors for me, and while my future is still uncertain, I can look back confidently at my years here and be thankful for all that I have achieved.

Saturday when I walk across the stage at Breslin in my bright green gown, I know my life is going to be different from that moment forward. And while I am terrified, I couldn’t be more excited to see where life takes me. So thank you to all of my family, my friends, and Michigan State University for all the love and support I have received. I know I would not be where I am today without you.

Bless You, MSU

18 Jun

If you are a Michigan State Spartan, you should be pleased to hear that yesterday, the Pope himself blessed Michigan State University! And no, that is not a lie. We got up extra early yesterday and traveled down to spend the day in  Vatican City. It reached a high of 90 here yesterday and we watched the Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square in the scorching sun. I have never sweat so much in my whole life like I did yesterday, it was disgusting.

Seeing the Pope was amazing and I took some incredible pictures. I also got a video of the five minute English interpretation and naturally, the very last group blessed was MSU so when I post the video, watch it to the end! I will upload photos/videos soon so keep an eye out for that.

From there we got lunch, toured the many, many museums within the Vatican Museum with Susan Sanders and lastly, saw the beauty of the Sistine Chapel. We weren’t allowed to talk or take pictures so naturally Susan told us everything about it while we were there and I got some great pictures I will post for you soon!

Today Aubrey and I went for another run. It was once again amazing but I’m worried my sweat tastes sweet because I am covered in bug bites and Aubrey is fine. Yuck. Tomorrow we are catching the bus at quarter to 7a.m. to go to catch the train to Cinque Terre. Our professor Tom is taking us hiking through the mountains and cliff diving. It will be another super sweaty trip but one I am highly looking forward to. All my roommates and a few other people will be traveling after that but I’m coming back to Rome to shop and catch up on my Independent Study project.

My roommate back home, and my dear friend since kindergarten is engaged so I am researching traditional Italian wedding customs. If you know of anything that you could tell me about traditions/how the weddings compare to American weddings/customs/gifts, any information would be useful. I would like to ideally get her a traditional Italian wedding gift while I’m here so Kerrie, if you read this, hope that works out!

I’ll update again soon with news from Cinque Terre and any findings I have on Italian wedding customs in case you too are interested. Hope you are doing well, miss you as always and I will be home 2 weeks from tomorrow. Gosh time is flying by! Ciao!!