Body Image: A College Student’s Peril

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A personal testimony about why this campaign is so important for me:

Throughout my life, I have dealt with issues of body image. While I was growing up, I was never “skinny” it really hurt my self-esteem. I never learned to love my body or even be thankful that I have a working body. My whole life has been a struggle to be “skinnier” and “prettier.” When I came to WSU in 2010, I was not ready for the amount of stress college put on me. I ended up gaining even more than the dreaded “Freshman 15.”

When I went home for Winter Break, my parents and extended family looked so disappointed in my weight/physical image. This was a real life changing moment for me. I ended up going to the rec center, working my butt off (literally) and losing about 50 pounds over the course of the next year.

The Smile. Strong. Success. campaign is so important to me because I have come to the realization that while in college, I should look and feel my absolute best because when I start getting older, I will never have a chance to look the way I do now.

This campaign is for me to bring awareness to the other young women at my school because every girl should feel beautiful during college.

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My Christmas List

My Christmas List this year is very straight forward because I only want two things.

A 4 week personal trainer because I believe that health and fitness is something I really need to work on. I believe that I am 21 years old and I should look and feel my best. I want to look amazing and not be afraid to be myself.

A hair cut! All I want is a hair cut because I have dead ends and I need a color as well. I am thinking about going blonde but I am not sure yet.

Anyways, that’s my christmas list for this year. Short and Sweet.

Google Analytics

So in my Digital Content Promotion class, we have been doing a lot with Google Analytics and figuring out when is the right time to post as well as figuring out what key words are the best to increase traffic on our blogs/Facebook/Twitter. I wanted to do the same thing for my personal blog because I think Analytics are super cool and really give insight to what makes a good blog.

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As you can see from this bar graph, during week 43 I had the most visitors. A number of these visitors came to my blog because I posted about it on my Facebook, but many others came because I posted about the Denny’s in Pullman closing and how I really hoped it would be made into a Red Robin.

I think that Google Analytics are the coolest part of creating content on the Internet. The fact that we can track and see whether people are returning to our website or only coming and looking once, finding that it is boring, and leaving never to return.

Family Traditions I Miss Between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Growing up on the east coast, my family has a TON of Thanksgiving traditions that I have missed out on while being away at college.

A few of my favorite traditions that I miss are:

1. Indian Pudding – my mom’s special Thanksgiving dessert. Growing up, my family never ate dessert because we aren’t really sweets kind of people, we are much more of a meat and potatoes kind of family. Indian Pudding is made in the crock pot, and I am pretty sure it is the WORST dessert ever especially when paired with vanilla bean ice cream. Anyways, I really miss this dessert because it is part of my childhood and something that I always looked forward to during the holidays.

2. Decorating the Christmas Tree – The day after Thanksgiving was when my mom, dad and I would always decorate the house and the tree for Christmas. I really miss this because we would go through all of our ornaments and decide what we wanted the tree to look like each year. Whether it was all of the ornaments that my brother and I made during elementary school, a classic snowflake tree, or something crazy, it was always super fun to look back at my childhood to see how much I have grown.

3. Christmas Parties – When my family lived in Massachusetts as well as in Washington, we always had some party to go to whether it was for my dad’s work or just family friends, we would always be going out and doing things. Now that I am in college and my parents have moved to Florida, the social scene of the holidays has been lost.

4. Christmas with both sides of the family – When we lived in Massachusetts, my family had a tradition of having basically two Christmases every year. On Christmas Eve, we would go to Mass with my Mom’s side of the family and then head home for a huge dinner and presents. The next morning, we would wake up semi-early and have our family Christmas as well as an amazing breakfast cooked by my amazing almost chef Mother. After breakfast, we would get ready for the day and then head to my Memere’s house (my dad’s mom) for my Dad’s side of the family’s Christmas. I loved having Christmas with both sides of my extended family because I got to be the youngest when we were with my Mom’s family and the second oldest with my Dad’s family. It was always nice to see both sides of the Christmas spectrum every year.

Those are my top four favorite parts about the holidays that I miss the most as I become an adult. If you have any comments for any of these things, I urge you to comment! I will reply to your comments when I can!

Things I am Thankful For

As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I wanted to take a moment and let the world know what I am thankful for this year.

1. My family. This fall my dad lost his job and my mom has been going through a rough time with not really having too many contacts in Florida, even after being there for almost three years now. I love my mom and dad so much and cannot wait to see them in just under three weeks!

2. My friends. Chloe and Natalie are my two best friends here in Pullman and I have no idea where I would be without them in my life. They are my rocks and I love them to death. We are able to joke around, relax and watch movies, and have a ton of fun without doing anything stupid… most of the time. Without Chloe and Natalie, I probably wouldn’t have as good of grades as I have this year, I probably wouldn’t be thriving in my job search and I really just wouldn’t be as happy as I am right now. So I just want to say thank you to my two beautiful ladies, you are the best.

3. Netflix Disney Movies. This one is kind of weird I know, but Netflix has been my saving grace during those times when I just wanted to curl up in bed and watch movies. The fact that Netflix now has Disney movies, is probably the best part about it now. I am able to watch all of the movies from my childhood just by opening up my computer. No more renting movies from the library or trying to find friends who have these movies, just a click of a button and I’m reliving my childhood. 🙂

4. The Sun. On a 20 degree Winter day here in Pullman, I am thankful for the fact that it isn’t snowing. After living in Florida for 8 months from January-August, I am NOT ready for it to snow!

10 Years from now…

10 years from now seems like forever away. I will be 31 years old but there are many things I want to accomplish in a simple 10 years.

First of all, I want to build my career. At this point, it seems like I will never get into the Public Relations field. Every job I try to apply for needs at least 3-5 years of experience, but how is a college graduate supposed to get experience when every single job asks for experience. It all seems like a round-a-bout way of telling college graduates that they will not be getting a job when they graduate. Right now, it seems like my life is at a standstill. I am trying to graduate from WSU, and cannot look for jobs back home because home for me is Florida. Many employers do not understand why I am going to school out-of-state, but if they would give my resume a chance I would tell them that I came to WSU for the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, ranked in the top 25 in the nation. I would tell them that I have worked full-time since my freshman year to gain experience in a real-life setting. I would tell employers that they are missing out on a great opportunity by not hiring me. I believe I can be an asset to any firm that would take me.

Okay, I’m done ranting. In 10 years I also want to have a family, or at least be close to it. I want to find my Prince Charming and live happily ever after. I know I just went on a huge rant about my career, but a family is the one thing I will not live my life without. My brother and his wife are expecting their first baby, and they aren’t even 30 yet. At this time in my life, I don’t even have a prospective husband or someone that I think might be a good fit to be my husband. I think that I am trying too hard to find the love of my life and I need to settle down a little bit, wait until I move back to Florida, and then let my Prince find me. Like my mom used to tell me, “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.”