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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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.”

Why I Love My Job

At Washington State University, I work within the Office of Admissions as a Cougar Connector. Cougar Connectors give tours, answer phones, and make cold calls to possible future students letting them know more about the university. I have been working my way up the ladder in the Office of Admissions and have absolutely loved my time working with current, former and prospective students. My favorite part of this job is when I get to answer phone calls from students. Being the first person a student has talked to in Admissions, it is always nice when students call in and have questions I can answer for them. There are many things that I cannot answer questions about such as student accounts, IT questions and financial aid.

When talking to students who are genuinely excited and wanting to get into WSU, it is really exciting for me to answer their questions. The best part about talking to students is when they call to check on their application status and I am able to tell them that they have been admitted into Washington State University. The other day I had a girl call in and told her she was admitted. She screamed to her mom (and in my ear) that she got in then proceeded to start crying. Apparently her mom and dad both went to WSU and she wanted to be able to keep that tradition alive. Mind you, she was from the EAST COAST! It was awesome having someone so far away be so excited about the opportunity to come and study at WSU.

When I first started college, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but while working for the Office of Admissions and studying Public Relations, I have learned so much about admissions and the processes of admitting students and realized that this is what I want to do for the resy of my life. I never would have believed when I was applying to college if someone said to me “You’ll be the person on the other side in just over 4 years.” I am hopeful that after graduation in May, I will be able to get a full time job doing the one thing in the world that I love most, helping students achieve their dreams by taking that first step and going to college.

WSU Teachers who have Inspired Me

Here at Washington State University, there have been many professors that I have really looked up to. Now that I am headed into my final semester of college, I really wanted to acknowledge their impact on my life.

My freshman year, I had a professor named David Warner. He was one of the most open and accepting people I have ever met. Though I had one of my least favorite General Requirement Courses with him, he was able to make the class more interesting and a lot more fun. Dr. Warner was an amazing professor and though last year he went through a very traumatic experience, I still believe him to be one of the strongest men I have ever met. If you have no idea who David Warner is, he was a professor in the Comparative Ethnic Studies department here at WSU. He is a bigger guy with the longest hair I have ever seen on a man. But his looks aren’t what makes him stand out in a crowd. It’s his personality and very loud voice that does. I believe that Dave is still recovering from an accident that happened last year, but I really hope he comes back to WSU as a professor because I feel that other students deserve to hear his testimony in the CES department.

My sophomore year, I attended a lecture for the Last Lecture Series held here yearly at Washington State. The lecture was from a professor that I cannot remember. She is a professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Though I have never had this professor before, I did attend her last lecture. She spoke about the different aspects of Communication as well as the Crisis Communication sector of many Public Relations Departments. Her lecture made a lasting impression on me due to her passion about the subject. She seemed to LOVE Crisis Communication and I felt a real connection to her while she was speaking. This lecture was when I really figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I want to work in Crisis Communication.

My junior year was a hard year. I was involved in Residence Life, working almost full time and was getting ready to fly down to Disney World for 8 months of Living, Learning, and Earning for the Walt Disney Company. So, there are no professors that I really connected with this year.

This year, I have a professor named Rebecca Cooney. She is probably the coolest, most interesting professor I have ever had. Since Rebecca teaches two of my Communication classes this semester, I have really been able to get to know her and feel like she could be a real asset to my future. In Rebecca’s classes I have learned more than in any other class I have taken here at Washington State University. Since she is the professor of the class I have to write this blog for and she will be reading this blog post, I just want to say that I am not trying to “suck up.” I really do believe that Rebecca has helped me learn a lot of things that I can ACTUALLY use in the Public Relations Field as well as in the real world, no matter what job I end up finding myself in.

All three of these professors have been very beneficial to my college experience because they have all pushed me in the right direction for my future. Not one professor here at WSU has ever put me down in my quest to have a great future, but many have not had any impact on me as well. But after taking classes with two of these three individuals I actually feel prepared for the real world and unlike with other classes I feel that the money I spent coming to college was actually worth something!

Before graduating…

As a graduating Senior here at Washington State University, there are a TON of things on my plate that I still have to complete. From doing well in all of my 400-level classes to working a ton and trying to line up a job for after graduation.

Right now I am taking five upper level classes as well as working between 30-40 hours a week with the Office of Admissions. In my free time, I am applying for internships and jobs for after graduation as well as during the Spring semester. At this point and time I have an interview with the Dean of Students Office for an internship for the Spring semester.

My class schedule for next semester looks like it will only be four classes (keeping me at full-time standing for Financial Aid) as well as a one credit class for the Dean of Students internship if I get it.

RAWR! I am so stressed it’s not even funny, but I know I am a strong student as well as person and I will make it through this next semester and a half!

OH I almost forgot about graduation requirements! I still need to complete my Junior Writing Portfolio, apply to graduate and get my cap and gown, graduation announcements, and my GRADUATION RING! I am so excited, you have no idea.

Anyways, love you all have a great weekend and here at WSU it is Dad’s Weekend, so if your dad is here be sure to thank him for being amazing. He deserves it 🙂

GO COUGS!