Thursday, May 26, 2011

Student Development Intern

This past year I have really enjoyed working with the Event Society. I have learned a lot from working with UCM (University Communications and Marketing). Next year I will be a paid intern with UCM/Event Society and work under Student Development. I am really excited! I get an office and official nametag:) Dorky to be excited about those things but I cannot wait!! I get to plan Awareness Weeks on campus for students as well as help at other university events. When deciding whether or not to pursue the position, I did a lot of internal battling. But I decided to talk to my boss about it and pursue it. Even though I'm not a marketing major, I would still get to do the kind of things I love to do (event planning, organizing, meeting people, etc) while pursuing my career in Elementary Education!!! I'm really excited! This afternoon I went in for a meeting with Victoria (my boss). As I was walking to Metzger, I got really nervous and worried that she would say she didn't want to hire me. Then I saw a butterfly flutter by. Butterflies are not something you see very often but they are simply beautiful when you do. Every time I see a butterfly, I know it is a little reminder of God's beauty, grace, and sovereignty. I instantly had peace. The butterfly flew past me and towards Metzger ahead of me. I knew that was God going ahead of me into that meeting. It was so amazing! Next semester is going to be challenging but God never gives us more than we can handle. I'm really excited about this new position and being a Senator with AS. I'm also hoping to do Eagle Host on the side as well because I still love hosting students!

Now I'm listening to my Disney pandora station (it is delightful!) wishing I was at Disneyland watching a parade. Or I could go for a beach trip right now too:) Just 3 more nights, 2 graduation ceremonies, and 1 homework assignment stand between and summer vacation! [oh and a whole lotta packing :/ ]


Last semester when I was running on the track (before I discovered the glory of the gym!), I set a goal of being able to run two and half miles before the end of the semester. While that didn't happen in the fall, it DID happen last night! So I met my goal by the end of year! I successfully ran 2.5 miles without stopping in 30 minutes. I know that this is very slow for many running guru's but I have now overcome my fear of running! I got comfortable in the gym hitting the elliptical for 30-45 minutes and became scared of running. Sadly, last night the gym was closed by the time I was ready go so I resorted to the track. I prayed the whole time and God gave me the stamina to be able to run 2.5 miles! It was so great. I was running with a smile on my face and praying the whole time:)

I was one happy chicka!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Roommate Goodbye:(

Last night was Ciara's last night here:( She is leaving to fly home to Oregon in an hour. We had a little roommate date last night and hung out just the three of us. We took pictures, made videos, jumped on our beds (that we moved to the floor) and had a sleepover. It was great fun! This year has been so great in room 235 and we're sad it's over but we plan on getting together next year:) Once a roommate, always a roommate!! Here are some pictures from our adventures last night:)
Roomie Love <3

Our usual pose by the door

 I love this one!

I like this one too minus my oh so attractive retainers ;P 

 Jumping on our beds!

Our little sleepover:)

The Gilmore Girls

On our floor lots of people are obsessed with what we like to call Gilmies. There are at least 4 people who own all 7 seasons on DVD, my roommate included. Last semester Hannah and Kelsey got me hooked. I started season 1 one day, loved it and slowly tried to make my way through the season. There are 22 episodes a season totaling to about 18 hours for one season. So you do the math...7 seasons, 18 hours each, that equals about 126 hours! EEEEEK! But I did it over the course of the entire year and watched 5 of the 7 seasons on Christmas and Spring Break. My friend Lenny watched all 7 seasons THIS SEMESTER!!! Crazy! Last night Lenny, Kelsey and I went to Kelsey's {NEW APARTMENT!!!} and watched the end of the Girls. I'm sad. I'm really going to miss them:( I know dad, you think I'm ridiculous..I loved them! My favorite experience watching Gilmore Girls was one day last semester, Kelsey and I were sitting on her couch in her room, listening to the pouring rain, sipping chai (my first time! Loved it!!) and cuddling under a warm blanket and the power went out! My second favorite experience while watching Gilmies was sitting in the laundry room one night with Lenny watching two GREAT episodes. I think season 4 and season 7 were my favorite. A lot of people did not like season 7. I could have used a little more closure but I thought it was a pretty decent ending. I really, really like the Gilmore Girls and find myself making a reference to them often..Sorry! I definitely had my favorite "Gilmies" moments:
1. When Rory is mad at Jess and they through deviled eggs from Chris's girlfriend's baby shower at his car in the town square and then pretend they are all sneaky and bad and make their own screeching noises as they speed off
2. When Rory, Lorelai, Emily, and Richard are leaving on their road trip to Yale, and Emily tells Lorelai that she can't drink coffee in her car so she sticks her head out the window like a dog so she can drink it
3. Rory and Lorelai have to attend 4 Thanksgiving dinners. Rory asks her mom how they are going to eat four whole Thanksgiving dinners and Lorelai answers, "We've been training for this our whole life!" Later when they go shopping for food to take to dinner Rory asks what's on the list? Tums? Lorelai answers, "Eh, no, those are amateur pills". They eat so stinking much and are the tiniest girls!
4. When Lorelai's car breaks down she said she will ride her bike to work. There is a funny scene when she is riding her bike down the street and there is a basket on the front and it has flowers on it and she is wearing this ridiculous shirt with huge puffy sleeves. It just cracks me up! Maddy didn't like this scene.
5. [important information::: Christopher and Lorelai are done, Luke and Lorelai kind of have their flirty thing going on again] One night the whole town goes to Karaoke night and Rory wants Lorelai to go up and sing. After a few drinks she agrees to do it and goes up to sing "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston (I think) and Luke walks in and it turns in to a serenading thing and they make eye contact and the moment is just perfect! I loved this one!!
6. At the very, very end of season 7, aka the very end of Gilmore Girls, Rory is offered a job and has to leave 3 days after graduating from Yale. The town was going to have a party for Rory the following weekend but now there wasn't time. So overnight, Luke holds a secret town meeting and plans the entire party in Town Square as a surprise for Rory and Lorelai. When they discover that rain was coming, Luke collected all the tarps in town and stayed up all night sewing them together to make a tent so they could have the party. The party has everyone from town that has watched her grow up and I love the magical moment they all have before Rory leaves!!
AHHHHH man I love the Girls. It was good to spend this year with them:) Thank you Kelsey and Maddy for watching them with me!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

An Eventful Day/Night!

I LOVE SCRAPBOOKING! Yesterday Katelyn, Ari, and I put together 2 scrapbooks for our RA's in less than 24 hours!! My room looked like a bomb went off in it for a little bit but I seriously enjoyed every minute of it. All week I had been looking forward to Thursday night because I was going to be pulling a scrapbooking all nighter! I ended up going to bed at 4am. It was a lot of fun to collect letters and pictures from everyone on our floor and surprise Brittany and Kelsey with the books. Last night we had our final floor event:( We had a bonfire on McNally and made s'mores, did a little worship, laughed, and cried. It was seriously such a great night and I didn't want that moment to end with us all there together. Even though when I was planning this little event Brittany and Kelsey told me this night was not about them, it was most definitely our way of simply thanking them for such a great year:)
My Friday didn't end there. Kate has been itching to go "chalking" around campus so we though that we should go around campus and encourage students with uplifting messages on the ground. Katie, Hannah, Kate and I went out and did a little art:) We were a little worried about Campus Safety catching us and telling us we couldn't do it but they didn't!..well kinda. We made a new friend with one of the officers David(DON'T WORRY MOM AND DAD WE DID NOT GET BUSTED OR ANYTHING!) and he really liked what we were doing. He just said we needed to keep our art confined to the area by the dorms, not all over campus. We can do that! When we got bored of chalking (around 1am), we decided we definitely needed some we went and got burgers! After our little adventure to In-n-Out, we came back with the intention of going to bed. Wellllll, Ari had just come home and she wanted to make more s'mores in the kitchen. So we did! Katelyn, Ari, and I spent time laughing and cooking in the kitchen. When we had eaten all the leftover marshmallows and chocolate, Ari was craving graham crackers and peanut butter. Lucky for her I had those things in my room! Much to our surprise, they tasted like Nutter Butters! Then we found brown sugar in the kitchen and you add a little bit of that and MMMMMM...homemade Nutter Butters. After eating everything we had...we went back to our floor and were laying out in the hall talking and Katelyn got cold. So she got a blanket. Then we wanted a we got pillows..and we all ended snuggling in the hallway. Just a side is about 4am at this point. So once we get all situated and warm and are still half-talking..Katelyn is just about OUT!..Ari and I fall asleep and we end up sleeping in the hallway! That was definitely NOT our intention! But an adventure nonetheless:) It was not very comfortable but we were all so exhausted we didn't really want to move. Around 7am Katelyn went into bed. Ari and I both woke up around 7:30 and decided we should go to bed..but I didn't really want to climb up my bed so I slept on Ari's couch. We woke up around 11:30 and ran to lunch. 'Twas a grand adventure! What I thought would simply be a nice night of reminiscing about the year and living together on SOUL with sisters turned into a memorable night of laughing/crying, shenanigans, and staying up waaaaaay too late! Man I love college! Especially finals week:)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

DONE this week!

So I am done with my work for this week! In about an hour I will be meeting Jamie Parke to catch up a little, go to Costco and get pictures and hopefully free samples! She loves free food. I just finished my first final. It was not hard at all. Thank goodness! All I have left is 1 English paper, 2 finals, a take home test, and project for my teaching class. Not toooooooo much but enough to make me not want to do any of it. I should start packing. I got more boxes today. Mom sent them back with Tyler when he went home this morning. What a lovely surprise! It doesn't take much to make me happy:)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Tonight I have to write a paper and study for a final. I am really not focused AT ALL. There is ZERO motivation to do my work. My roommates and neighbors are making me work. I have the "quiet crown" on and unless your dying, bleeding, or on fire, you may not talk to me(shout out to Mrs. Clarke!).  It's not long until it will be midnight and I barely am getting started. I am about half done with my paper and need to study a little bit more and then I'll be on my way to bed! I don't have to get up until about 10am but I still am exhausted! Two more classes left in the semester and then two finals next week and I'll be done with my first year of college! So crazy to think about. It has been an amazing, great, growing, challenging, wonderful, and magical year of blessings:) Praise God for Biola and praise God for all He has blessed me with this year! I am so grateful for the experiences I've had over the last year!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Gilmies, Study Guides, and Happiness

This weekend I watched 5 episodes of Gilmore Girls while I did homework. Today, so far, I have watched 3 episodes while I've been working on study guides for my finals. I am almost done with season 7 and only have 8 episodes left until I am complete done with the Girls! Bittersweet feeling:) Life is good. I'm feeling little to no stress. I have been doing all my homework in a timely manner, feel on top of finals and assignments, enjoying time with friends, avoiding packing, and finding time for the gym everyday. Dad don't be mad at me for watching so many episodes of Gilmore Girls. I promise I'm being productive while I watch ;)

Monday, May 16, 2011


Because it was a long, tedious, (although very enjoyable) semester and year, I thought I would make a small purchase for myself as a reward for finishing strong. I think it is something I am going to do each year. Just something small, $15 or less.
This is my most recent online purchase. I really like shopping online and getting a little pink slip in my mailbox to pick up my treasure makes me happy! This is a Vera Bradley ID holder and it replaces my Biola one. Although my Biola one was nice and perfect for this year, because it fit so much, I put lots of important things in it. If I ever lost it, I'd be in big trouble. So I bought this one for 3 reasons.
1. It was smaller and only fit the essentials.
2. It was more sophisticated than the Biola one.
3. It was adorable!

My obsession of the week: Vera Bradley products. I want a new Vera Bradley backpack that is absolutely adorable but I will have to save up my money this summer if I want to buy it.
This is the backpack I really want. I know it doesn't match my ID thing but it's still cute:)

Sunday, May 15, 2011


I don't really have anything new to post about lately. Sorry I have not been updating regularly. The only things really going on around here is LOTS of working out at the gym, eating healthy, there are lots of birthdays on our floor and we are all studying a lot. We only have one week of classes left and then finals and there are just lots of things to get done! I have printed many, MANY assignments that are 15-25 pages and I just feel like I am killing the earth:( I wouldn't say I'm an environmental activist but I do respect our planet and try to turn lights off when I leave the bathroom, recycle cans, use reusable water bottles, and save paper(and my ink!!). With the end of the year so close people are starting to pack their room up:( I have boxes in my room..they are empty. I'm not ready to pack. It's going to be really sad when we all go home and won't be living here on SOUL together anymore:( Finals shouldn't be too hard though and pay day is this week! WOOT WOOT!! The year should end on a good note! We have our final floor event this Friday and it will be a wonderful, delight, magical, emotional time of reminiscing about this past year:)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Flower Power

I have a new obsession. Yesterday I went home and surprised mom for Mother's Day. She was exhausted from working the carnival at school on Saturday and took a nap. (probably the best way to reward her for Mother's Day!) Emily and I discovered this thing called HEADBANDS with FLOWERS. I playfully put one on my head when I got home and it set us off in a craft frenzy! Emily and I went to Target, Walmart, and Joann's to get headbands and fake flowers. Then we went home and glued them all together. While I was getting the glue gun, I left my [new and oh so wonderful!] camera sitting on the table and Emily took 35 pictures of herself! She sure does love the camera and attention! And I love her! She's so cute:) and delightful:) We ended up making 10 headbands! It's kind of a new look for me, a tad bold for my personal fashion style, but fun nonetheless! Here are some pictures from our adventures yesterday:)


I left her alone with the camera..big mistake

Gotta love that face:)

These are some of the ones we made!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Coming Back

It is good to be back! This week has been fairly light with homework and work:) It has been really nice to be able to relax a bit. I have had time to go to the gym everyday this week and watch Gilmore Girls. Everyone enjoyed break so much, it is kind of hard to get back into the swing of things and down to work before finals. Last night we tie-dyed shirts. And I got a new camera! Things are good here at Biola. 3 more weeks! Then my first year of college is complete!

Monday, May 2, 2011

PACKED? Really??

So I came to Library after class today and much to my surprise it is P-A-C-K-E-D!! I mean every seat, desk, computer, and secret spot is taken! I would think that most students are still trying to get back into the swing of things, denying there is work to be done, avoiding it at all costs, and the library would be fairly empty. Nope! I guess it is full of students who did not do any work over break. (That's not me...I did LOTS of work over break. I just needed books from the library so I have to work on a short paper tonight) I will have to find a new secret spot. I think many students have caught on to it. :( it makes me sad but I must find somewhere new as finals approach and everyone and their mom will be in the libes to study and finish up work. I might have to resort to sitting on the floor in a secret corner and sacrifice a chair or desk all together..

-over and out-

Beauty of God's Creation

Today is an absolutely GORGEOUS day!!! The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. I so wish I had time to sit by the fountain today but I don't:( This semester I have had many opportunities to appreciate the beauty of God's creation:  I got to play in the mud:) Our floor went on a hike. (One of my new favorite things to do!) The weather has been AMAZING here. Each night I try to look at the moon and see the few stars that are visible from our very well lit campus. I've spent some time at the beach. And after camping last week I have an even greater appreciation for nature! God is such an artist. I love being able to wake up each morning and see God's masterpiece. It is such a breathtaking sight when we take the time to stop and realize what we are surrounded by. I am very excited to get to work at camp this summer and spend lots of time in nature, embracing all it has to offer us. When we were camping last week, I went for a little walk on the beach and sat on the rocks while the waves were crashing and the sun was setting. Talk about breathtaking! The God who created the crashing waves and the ocean breeze, also knows everything about me, where I am and where I'm going and loves me. When we realize this, how can we not stand in awe of our God and praise Him and give thanks despite our current circumstances? I hope you have time to appreciate the beautiful creation that you are surrounded by today:)


I LOVE CAMPING!!!! Over spring break, a group of 10 of went to Carlsbad beach and camped for two nights. The girls slept in a tent, and the boys slept in the trailer. (Something wrong with that picture? I think so!) The girls decided we wanted the full camp experience so we chose to sleep on the ground. We got to go to the beach for 3 days and it was so so sooooo nice! We played in the water, layed in the sun, played volleyball, frisbee, and smashball(my personal favorite game!) We also played this game called BANG! for hours. It was so much fun! And we ate good food thanks to my neighbor Torrey:) Of course there was time around the fire and hanging out. We didn't really have to shower for 3 days and it was glorious! However the girls did quick make-shift showers in the faucet by our site:) It was so great to spend time with friends and relax at the beach:) I just really love camping! :D On Thursday when we left, we went to the beach by Ari's house. Katelyn and I also spent the night at Ari's and watched 3 movies,ate ice cream, and kind of slept ;P It was so fun to just hang out and relax with Katelyn and Ari. Man I love those girls!! I had such a nice spring break and I really, really enjoyed it! So great:) I also enjoyed my time at home helping mom in her class and spending time with my family:) It was nice but now that we're back at school it is really hard to get motivated to do work:( We only have three more weeks and then finals week and my first year of college is done! Crazy to think about that! This morning I woke up on time, refreshed and ready to go. I was a tad surprised! But I am looking forward to this last month:) Have a wonderfully, sunshiny day!