I Might Be Actually Growing Up

This post was not supposed to be like this.

I was going to tell you all about my amazing college tour that I took this weekend, I was going to talk about how excited I am about the future.

That is until I realized, I´m not ready.

I´m not ready to leave my hometown. I´m not ready to leave the friends I have had since kindergarten. I´m not ready to not be able to see my parents every single day.

People always say I live a sheltered life, and they are 100% right. I have lived in the same town my entire life. I have only moved once, I was 3 years old, so I barely remember it happening. I went through elementary school, middle school, and so far, all of high school, with the same 275 kids.  Everything in my life has been the same for so long, and I can see that I´m coming close to the end of this chapter.

Not that I am not excited about college, I actually started crying on my tour of the University of Missouri, because I am almost confident I will go to school there in 2 years. I loved the school so much, I was actually sad to come back home and realize that I will not be back until spring when I do my private tour.

It´s just weird.

I´m not used to having to actually think about my future. Normally my biggest worry is if I got a decent grade on my math test, not if I am 100% sure on what field I want to go into.

The thing is, I am one of the lucky ones. I know I will go to college, and I know what I want to major in (Sports Journalism), most kids my age have no idea what they want to do with their lives.

But I am still terrified.

All these thoughts have been running through my head, on what I want to do with my life, what exactly I want to be. What do I want to be known for?

All I know is that I want to set this world on fire.

I´m still not sure exactly how, last week it was investigative journalism, this week it is sports journalism.

It will probably change again soon.

So, that is all I have got to say. I promise my travel blog will be up SUPER soon, I just had a lot of word jumble stuck in my head, and I had to get it out some way or else I would have exploded in APUSH.

I hope this may help anyone who is feeling the same way I am, we are all in this together. Yes, I just referenced High School Musical, deal with it.

My Junior Year Bucket List

Hello everybody!! I hope you all are having a wonderful week and that your school year is going great! This week, I´m doing something a little different. Last night, I decided to make a bucket list of all the things I want to do and accomplish junior year. I hope you all enjoy my bucket list!

Junior Year Bucket List

  1.  Get all A´s and B´s first and second semester.
  2. Get a 10 on a math quiz that is not in the stats unit
  3. Have a solid A in chemistry before the final, so I do not have to worry about my grade during the last week.
  4.  Drink 8-9 cups of water each day (about 2-3 bottles of water).
  5.  Work out at least 3 times each week, unless it is competition week and I am at the gym more than normal.
  6. Win at least one or more major cheer competition, WSF, Cheersport, US finals, Summit.
  7. Find a prom dress I really love.
  8. Try something new, either a club, an activity, or a new hobby.
  9. Become close to friends I only see in my classes.
  10. Drift away from toxic people in my life and surround myself with positive people, just completely erase toxic people and behaviors from my life.
  11. Go on my first college tour, talk to my first college professer, and narrow down the colleges and universities I am interested in
  12. Get a 32 on my ACT, or a 1320 on my SAT.
  13. Figure out my toxic traits, and attempt to fix those traits to better myself, and be a better person for the people in my life to be around
  14. Form a true bond with my teammates.
  15. Travel more often, try to get out of my town, even if it is just for cheer.
  16. Hang out with friends more, don´t push them away just because fear kicks in.
  17. Sleep more often.
  18. Make more time for family, even if it is just telling my mom and dad how my day went.
  19. Be truly, 100 percent, happy.

Thanks for tuning in on my bucket list!

 

WJMC 2018: Day 2

Hello everyone! It is my 2nd day here at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University and I am having an amazing time. If you haven already, check out my Day 1 blog post!c96a2502-6b27-4e22-bdce-b072fd0891c075b7d891-4994-4521-b740-7f6535289e36Somehow, I managed to wake up 30 minutes before my alarm clock, might not sound that crazy for most people but it´s a good day for me if I get up before noon back in Chicago.

Once I got up I met up with someone from my color group and we went off to breakfast! Breakfast did not look that good so I stuck to cereal and a banana, which is still a pretty good breakfast.

After breakfast we walked downstairs where I made a really graceful tumble down the stairs, knocking over everything in sight. So once I fixed my bruised ego we went off to find our color group. We had our color group meeting, and finally, we got to load the buses and leave for the Newseum.

I have already been to the Newseum, so I assumed I would be bored, but it is crazy how much of a difference it makes to go with people who mock the press versus people who´s life goals are to become the press. I got to see so many interesting photographs, walls, reports, and afterwards me and a few friends would talk about everything we thought seemed interesting.

 My favorite exhibits had to be the Berlin Wall or the Memorial for Fallen Journalists.

Once we finished up at some of these exhibits, we got to stop and have lunch at the cafe with these ¨Newseum bucks”. I had a burger with some fries and honestly, it was a lot better then I expected. Me and some new friends sat, talked, laughed, and told stories, whether they were happy or sad, about our lives. It was so crazy to see how similar, yet different our lives were.

After lunch we finished up around the Newseum and geared up for dinner. At dinner me and my friend Cate had to sit alone cause the tables were all 2-4 seats so we couldn´t fit our entire group into the mix, luckily our friends still included us in their conversations and we realized a mutual love of Harry Potter! I have never really had the chance to bond over a story that has done so much for me like Harry Potter, and it made my soul so happy to know others loved the story as much as me. (Please ignore my sap it is 2 am)

After dinner it was time for our second to last activity of the day, which was our New Voices panel. Here we learned about censorship in each states, and how it has affected student journalism.

At my school, my press can publish basically anything unless its disrespectful to a certain person or a group of people for a reason that they cannot change. It was so crazy to hear the stories of censorship that I have been lucky enough to never have to deal with.

For our last activity, we got to take a night tour of all of the monuments. To some people, the monuments may seem boring, but they are my favorite thing in D.C.

Nothing is more humbling then looking up at a giant Abe and wondering how he created such a strong legacy for himself. After taking some pictures, we all got on the buses and went back to GMU.

I hope you all enjoyed my post! I am behind on blogging right now due to my long days here at WJMC, but I am pushing to make sure all of my blogs get out!

Thanks for reading!

WJMC 2018:Day 1

Hello everyone! For the next 6 days I will be blogging my amazing experience at WJMC 2018! It is only day 1 and I have already done so many amazing things and met so many amazing people. I forgot to bring my camera to dinner and I kept forgetting to take pictures on my phone so I sadly only have 2 pictures, I promise that for the rest of the week I will have a lot more pictures up!

Before I got to GMU, my parents took me out for breakfast at First Watch, which was amazing, I had the acai bowl with no granola, and a side of their million dollar toast. It was so refreshing and gave me a nice start for my day. The super strong coffee may have also helped me out a little bit there too. After that we were finally off to George Mason!

The first thing I noticed about WJMC is how kind the staff and interns are to the youth correspondents, they are truly trying to make this week an amazing experience and they were so helpful while I was trying to navigate myself to the hub.

Once I unpacked and got dressed for our opening dinner, my friend Jaeden (who I met beforehand on instagram) came to my room and we walked to our color group meeting together.

Once we got to our color group meeting I started to get super nervous, but luckily everyone in my color group is super nice. I made a bunch of friends super fast and I know I´m going to make more friends the rest of this week!

At dinner me and a bunch of people from my color group sat together, we talked, laughed, and ate some amazing food. I had vegetables, pasta, and garlic bread. After dinner we got to hear a speech from senior reporter for the New York Times Mikayla Bouchard.

Mikayla Bouchard´s speech was honestly unlike any speech I have ever heard, normally the educational speeches I get to hear are about the job that person does and what it takes to get that job. Mikayla´s speech was mainly focusing on the first job, and the things you need to decide when looking at that job, as a rising junior, my first ¨job¨ will most likely be an unpaid internship to add onto my belt for the future. It made me feel better to know that while I´m not getting paid, I´m still getting lessons that will help me in the future, and projects that may even get me a real job.

After dinner we had another color group meeting, where we did some icebreakers, talked about networking and ways we can do it, and we perfected our team chant (gotta love the yellow group).

Overall, today was an amazing day, and I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings.

My Tips and Traveling Tricks

Hello everyone! As you may or may not know, tonight I am leaving for Washington DC to attend WJMC! I am so excited and honored to be chosen for this once in a lifetime experience, but packing is an absolute nightmare. I am not the most organized person but I do have some tricks up my sleeve to help make packing, and the actual travel, much easier.

  • When packing for something like a conference where you need to have professional/fashionable outfits picked out beforehand, I always say to put your entire outfit in a ziplock bag. While the ziplock bag can be a pain to get all of the air out, it makes it so much easier to get ready quickly, you will not have to decide what is going to look best with what piece cause you already tried on and decided back home! It also makes it less awkward with your underwear not being able to just fall out of your bag for your roommates to see in all of its glory. Plus, then instead of shifting through a bunch of similar colored dresses trying to find a certain dress, you will just go through the clear bags!
  • Laundry soap is your saving grace to fight overpacking. I always use the excuse “what if I get all my stuff dirty?” to get away with bringing an extra 5 outfits when I’m only going to be away for 1 week, this way, if I do get something dirty, that night I can just quickly hand wash the stain out and let it dry! I would still bring one light outfit to carry in your bag for an crazy emergency.
  • Always have something to snack on. This one might sound weird but I feel like whenever I go on a trip without my family I always end up hating the food because it’s disgusting. The last time I went to DC the food kept making me sick, and my mom didn’t let me bring snacks so I ended up not eating anything for 3 days straight. To WJMC I’m bringing an entire bag of banana chips and peanut butter pretzels.
  • My final tip is to always bring a book with you while your traveling. While I can’t read in the car because I always get car sick, I love to read in my free time on vacation. This time I am bringing Into the Wild which I have to read and annotate for AP Lang by the end of the summer. I figured I should read it now so I can get a head start on my essay.

I hope you all find something useful from my tips, I know most people know these things but just incase you didn’t know… well now you know.