Hi there. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been a while. A long while.
Last time I blogged, I was looking back on the year of 2018. It was a year full of changes: the end of high school, the beginning of college in a brand-new state, and taking a hard look at myself. Now, in 2019, I can confidently say that I am the happiest I have ever been. I have evolved into the most confident, passionate version of myself to date. That is something to celebrate. If you can also look back on the first half of 2019 with a smile and say that you’ve grown, hats off to you. Looks like New Year’s resolutions aren’t dead quite yet.
This new version of myself has kept me on my toes, to be quite honest. One of the big reasons that I haven’t blogged since ringing in the new year is because I lacked inspiration for posts. I ultimately attribute this creative drainage to how busy I’ve been. Any moment of rest over the past few months was used to just zone out completely and relax. My creative juices were somewhat on a hiatus, but now with an already great summer underway, I’m feeling my urge to write trickle back to me. I hope to write a minimum of one post per month for the remainder of the year (someone please hold me to this!).
In an attempt to further fill up the story wall and fill you all in on my absence, here is what I’ve been up to for roughly half of 2019 (yikes!):
Chicago winters are no joke. The windy city makes every winter day about ten times more unbearable. Keeping that in mind, why did I choose to go to a school where winters are still pretty intense? Thanks, Ohio.
Aside from trying to keep warm this month, I came back to campus for spring semester as The Post’s news staff writer. I had to keep up with a weekly quota, which was a big yet rewarding adjustment.
Also, my younger sister and cousin made their way down to Athens for Ohio University’s Siblings Weekend. We had a dorm room sleepover, made plenty of iced coffee runs, and I showed them around my second hOUme. It’s always nice to see family on campus when they’re now states away from me during the school year.
I flew home for spring break during this month. I got to catch up with friends, enjoy some Chicagoland food (hi, Portillo’s!), and spend time with my family. I always enjoy breaks, and spring break is what I needed to push through the rest of the school year.
The month of April always seems to be one of the busiest. Within the month’s chaos, I celebrated my 19th birthday. No, I still don’t feel like an adult. Ask me again in about a year.
I also attend the 52nd Annual E.W Scripps School of Journalism Awards Banquet. I was honored with a scholarship for my sophomore year and got to enjoy a delicious meal. Special thanks to Sarah for sitting through the ceremony with me!
In April, I was also chosen as one of The Post’s news editors for the 2019-2020 school year. After a year full of interviews, writing, and covering meetings, I’m excited to learn more about a different facet of journalism as an editor. Yay news!
May rang in the end of my freshman year of college. Before I knew it, I was done with finals and packing up my dorm room. Freshman year of college was undoubtedly the fastest school year of my life. But, it didn’t come without growth. I learned how to say “no” and avoid overcommitment. I stepped outside of my comfort zone. I made new friends who are now some of my closest confidants. If you told me freshman year of high school where I’d be attending college and how the year would shake out for me, I don’t think I’d believe you. What I do know is that I’m incredibly grateful for this year and all that it taught me.
Shortly after arriving home, I got to witness my older brother graduate with a degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was a proud moment for my family, but it was also scary to think about how that’ll be me in three years.
The first couple weeks of summer were the perfect way to unwind after a busy school year. I went hiking with friends at Starved Rock State Park, enjoyed some delicious local coffee, and visited my old high school. Before I knew it, I was packing up to return to Ohio.
I spent June in Columbus working as an intern at Matter News. Matter is a nonprofit investigative news outlet focusing on hyper-local news in the city. During my time with Matter, I got to shoot video, cover a town hall, write one of my longest pieces of journalism to date, and explore the amazing city of Columbus. It’s hard to believe that after spending so much time in Ohio, I didn’t know much about Columbus, but I enjoyed every minute I spent in the city. I learned so much during my time at Matter and I’m excited for my investigation to soon be posted on their website!
Truthfully, not every resolution or goal I made for 2019 stuck. I planned to blog at least once a month in 2019, and that failed miserably. Even if you haven’t accomplished what you strived for at the beginning of this year, please don’t give up entirely. In the midst of the halfway mark for 2019, take some time to reevaluate your goals, look at your accomplishments, and move forward with confidence. You’ve got this.