There have been a lot of big changes in my life recently, and it’s been keeping me pretty busy! Here’s a run through of what I’ve been up to…
When I got back from Paris in July, I had just a few weeks to pack up my old apartment and get ready to move into my new one! This is my fourth time moving since I started college, so I think it’s an understatement to say my family and I are exhausted of it. I owe them so much for helping me yet again!
Moving to a new space is always exciting but of course comes with various new challenges. I moved from the student-dominated area west of the university, referred to as “West Campus”, because I was tired of living with college kids (Does that mean I’m a grown up now?), plus we were paying too much for it.
I am now in an area north of the university called Hyde Park, which is a very old but charming and peaceful part of town, occupied by fun businesses, local families, senior citizens, and college students alike. It’s very “Austin”. There are definitely definitive trade offs– although this area is more laid back and enjoyable and it is more affordable to live alone (which I LOVE), most of the homes and apartment buildings are very, very old. I have faced several ongoing issues with my apartment (ranging from broken appliances to serious bug problems), but on the bright side, I am now extremely handy and can fix just about anything! My fear of insects has also been almost completely eradicated. It’s all part of the real-world growing up thing, right? I’m building character and acquiring valuable life skills– and learning how to work with what I got!
A few weeks ago, I started dating my best friend, which is crazy and I still can’t believe how incredibly lucky I am. Initially, it came as a surprise, but in the end it makes perfect sense. His name is Christian and we met a little over two years ago when we were both working at The Daily Texan (UT’s student-run newspaper). While our work definitely brought us closer, I think our deep respect and love for each other is what kept us such close friends for these past few years, even after I left the newspaper. From the day I met him, I admired his ambition, work ethic, natural ability to be a leader, and genuine kindness.
He recently graduated with the first class of UT’s new Business Analytics Graduate Program at the age of 21 (his undergrad was in Journalism, also at UT) and accepted a full-time job offer as a Data Analytics Developer at General Motors here in Austin. He makes me so proud and inspires me every single day. I believe that we really motivate each other to be the best people we can be, and I love who I am when I am with him.
Studying international marketing, negotiations, and finance abroad this summer was such an incredible experience for many reasons– one of them being that I discovered how much more I wanted to learn and grow as both a student and professional. Last semester, I applied to the other competitive track in the Advertising department of the Moody College of Communications (TexasMedia), and found out that I had been accepted in the summer. It was a last minute decision that I made, just going with my gut, and I am so incredibly happy that it all worked out! We are working on some really exciting projects with REAL clients!
So now I am completing the Media sequence in addition to the Texas Creative sequence, which I think will really help me be the most well rounded adverting professional I can be. And in order to continue developing my newly discovered business mind, I also decided to add a Business Foundations Certificate from the McCombs School of Business on to my degree. Needless to say, this is going to be a very busy and challenging but highly rewarding senior year for me. I’m so excited!
P.S. You can read more about my academic career and professional pursuits so far on my official website!