New major- new me

All throughout middle school and high school I was always the girl who was good at math. I picked up the concepts faster than most of my friends, and it was the one subject in school that was challenging enough to keep me interested.

All throughout middle school and high school I was also always on the stage. I did theatre, I danced, I played instruments. Creativity was an important part of my life. But since I was only ever average at all of these activities, I didn’t even consider them when making my college plans.

I knew for years I had to be an engineering major in college. If I didn’t I would be letting down my teachers and friends for not “working to my highest potential.” So much pressure is put on students to choose a major where they will be the “most successful.” I believed that this meant majoring in something that I knew I would be good at (and that would make me a lot of money).

For two years I worked my butt off in engineering. I passed all of my classes and maintained my high GPA. The further I got into my major though, the more unhappy I was. Nothing sparked a passion in me. I noticed that most of my friends were falling more and more in love with their major with every class they took, and I was falling out.

After withdrawing from a class about the internal stresses of beams (that made me fall asleep just reading the syllabus), I did some soul searching, got over my fear of letting people down and thinking I was a failure, and realized what was missing in my education- creativity.

After reading the course catalog for just about every major UCF offers, I finally decided to major in advertising and public relations. This was a big step for me because so much of this major is about writing, and that is the one skill I am most self conscious about. It has been about a year and a half since I decided to do a 180 in my college career, and I haven’t regretted it once.  Turns out, people that aren’t FCAT graders or my AP English Language teacher actually like my writing. My classes now challenge me in ways that my engineering classes never did. I am finding creative solutions to problems and not just following a formula. I am speaking up in class and asking questions and giving my opinions rather than locking myself in my room until I figure out a problem on my own. Each class I take gives me so much hope for my future. No matter where I end up in my field, I know I will be surrounded by individuals who share my compassion for creativity and who will challenge me to grow in my work and as a person.

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More Favorite Things

Back at it again with some of my favorite products. Today I want to share some of my favorite items in my apartment.

1. Anthropology volcano candle

This scent has been one of my favorites for years. It’s hard to describe because it’s not sweet smelling or fruity smelling, and the closest I can get to describing it is a blend of hip successful women and lemon zest. If you’ve ever been in an Anthropology you know what I am talking about. Every time I light mine I feel like I can conquer the world. Also, because this candle is from Anthro, its presentation is beautiful. There are pretty gold candles with marble lids, molten silver candles and white opal candles. I feel fancy just looking at them.

2. Roku

It’s 2016 and cable is out. My Roku stick plugs right into my tv and connects to my wifi so I can stream Netflix, Hulu and the rest. With a cable login from my grandpa (because he’s the only one who still pays for a full cable package in my family) I am also able to log into every other major cable app on the Roku. We’re talking HBO, ESPN and Lifetime (ya girl loves Project Runway) for only the cost of buying my Roku. This is a college girl’s dream.

3. RASKOG Ikea bar cart

We’ve all seen those hip bar carts on Pinterest, and when I moved into my new apartment I knew I had to have one. I honestly didn’t think it would be that practical, I just thought it was cute, but boy was I wrong. It is so great to have one consolidated place to put all of my alcohol related items. No more bottles on top of the fridge. No more bottle openers in the drawer. No more wine glasses cluttering my cabinets. Life is good with a pretty bar cart, y’all.