Ignite the fight!

As a student at SIUE, I never really felt connected to the school.

I am currently a member of Alpha Sigma Tau, but it is hard being in a sorority on a campus that usually disapproves of greek life.

Which leads me back to my previous statement.

Do not get me wrong, I love being in a sorority, specifically being apart of AST. My sorority has opened up so many doors to different opportunities and has gave me lifelong friendships.

Because of AST, one of my really good friends, and sorority sister, introduced me to Dance Marathon.

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At first, I did not realize the impact this volunteer organization had on SIUE and the community, but I am forever thankful for the opportunity to be Dance Marathon’s public relations chair.

With this opportunity, I have become more involved with SIUE and have made really close connections to the staff and other important people who are involved with SIUE.

Furthermore, Dance Marathon is a complete student volunteered organization where we host a event here on campus to raise money for SSM Cardinal Glennon and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of greater St. Louis.

Everyone will be on their feet for 12 hours for those kids who can not stand or walk on their own.

Overall, it is something I am proud to be apart of and extremely thankful for the opportunity.

Register today!

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Wonder Woman

It is about to get sassy up in this blog post.

I am sure if you are a female, you will shake your head in agreement with everything I am about to say.

I also am sure that if you are male, you will shake your head in annoyance.

But guess what… growing up a girl SUCKS.

I am sure there are a million articles out about women complaining about how hard it is to be a woman in every day life, but I do not care. I agree with just about all of them.

Let’s talk about the number one reason why it can really suck to be a girl. PERIODS.

That exact reason is why I am here ranting in the first place. Not only did I have the most stressful week of college so far, mother nature decides to take a visit, as well.

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I am not Wonder Woman. Sometimes, I feel like I have to challenge my inner Wonder Woman to get things done without losing my mind, but I am not a superhero.

All in all, as women, we should learn to love the challenges we face and embrace our inner Wonder Woman! Life’s too short to be anything but happy!

When you know, you know, you know?

It took me a great amount of pain, frustration, and tears to find out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Trying to make such an important decision at the age of 18 should actually be a sin.

I am sure I am not the only student who came into school thinking they knew what they wanted to major in and then take course for said major and be completely wrong.

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When I first came to school in 2013, I thought I wanted to go into pharmacy. Boy, was I wrong. I for one hate science courses so there was my first clue.

I then got with my counselor and we decided to try business courses. Moral of the story, that was a fail, too. I never liked math and I still do not.

At this point, I thought maybe nothing in the world interested me. I would just drop out now and go work at home. Little did I know that one friend could change my perspective on communication.

I always knew I wanted to be working with people and the public, I just never knew I could make a career out of it.

Public Relations has been the best thing that has happened to me in awhile. I have never been more excited for my future and the possibilities that come along with this major.

I guess what I am trying to say is that finding the career that is best for you is a feeling of relief.

You just know it!

“Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it.”- Katharine Whitehorn

True Life: I’m addicted to Netflix

Praise the television god’s for creating Netflix.

I think back on my life a couple years before my parents blessed me with this app and I do not know how I survived.

This may sound a little dramatic, but I promise that Netflix has changed my life in regards to how I spend my free time.

For those of you who do not know what Netflix is, it is a app that can be downloaded on your laptop, phone, Wii, Xbox, PlayStation, etc. This app has TONS of television shows and movies that can be watched any time for only $7.99 a month.

If you do not have it, I would advise everyone to do it quickly because they are raising their prices by a dollar in the next upcoming year for new members!

Without Netflix, I would have never known who killed Keith Scott in One Tree Hill, if McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy was indeed the one for Meredith, or who Gossip Girl was.

I may not be proud of the hours I spend watching Netflix on school nights, but I am forever thankful for the opportunity to fill my guilty pleasures.

To summarize my personal thoughts and opinions, Netflix is a must have when it comes to the television game. Personally, I prefer it over cable! This just goes to show how great living in the 21st century can be.

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

New year, New Me

It is that time again…

SCHOOL IS IN SESSION!

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I have a lot of things to be thankful for this year, but I find myself a little apprehensive about the upcoming year.

For starters, I am a Junior at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville this year….

…. Yes, I said a Junior.

Just the thought alone makes me terrified. What am I going to do once I graduate? Will I graduate on time for that matter? Will I be successful outside of school?

All of these questions are constantly weighing on me as I think about the Fall term of school slowly peaking its head around the corner.

If you really think about it, all I have ever known is school.

Wake up, go to class, try my best, cry a little, repeat.

Regardless of the stress that comes along with growing up, I am very thankful to have the opportunities that I do and I can only hope and pray that everything works out with my best interest at mind.

But if not…

I will let future Sierra worry about that.

On another note! I want to do something new and end all my blog posts with a motivational quote to start off the new week.

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”
-Audrey Hepburn

Miss Representaion

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Recently my sorority watched a film on Netflix called Miss Representation.

Watching this film struck up some very strong feelings.

If you have not watching this film, I highly recommend it.

The film explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

This issue is a major concern in today’s world because women are known to be the submissive while men are known to be more dominant.

What bothers me more than anything is that women are always subject to what they look like. In the film, it talks about how in politics it does not matter if you are the most intelligent women in the United States, if you do not look like the standards of the American dream woman, you are not given the time of day.

I just want to know when the image of women had changed and why?

Since when did being the same become something women should strive for?

As a woman, I can only hope that my future daughter will have a strong powerful voice that she is not afraid to use, because lately women are afraid of having power.

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” ~Roseanne Barr

 

Living on your own

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When  most people think about living on their own, they think about all the benefits.

For example, “I’ll be able to do what I want” and the ever so often “my parents can’t tell me what to do anymore!” come up frequently when talking about living on your own.

But what I have learned recently is that it is not all it is cracked up to be.

First, there is the awkward first day of meeting your new roommate (if you’re not living with friends) and figuring out whose stuff goes where and what you are willing to share and what you are not willing to share.

Then comes the realization that you are actually alone.

Like, really alone.

I am not trying to seem like living on your own is a bad thing, because it is actually a great experience, but I do not think that everyone understands the real importance of it.

I know for a fact that I did not.

BUT there is positive that you get out of living on your own!

So before you knock it, try it.

 

 

 

 

Do you play the hand you’re dealt?

The most challenging thing I have experienced so far in my life, is dealing with relationships.

There are so many different types of relationships that come and go in my life that I sometimes wonder what is real and what is not.

And when I say relationships, I am talking about relationships you have with your friends, family, peers, professors, loved ones, etc.

My father just recently told me that love evolves as you grow in the relationship…

But what if you grow so much that the relationship is nonexistent?

One thing I have learned about college is that it changes you..

You just get to decide if you change for the better or not.

No one wants to stay in something because it is comfortable.

Maybe it is all you know.

I guess what I am trying to say is take chances, laugh often, love a lot.

As humans we play the hand we are dealt, but that does not mean we can’t draw more.

 

 

Spring Break

One of the most exciting things about college is the opportunity to go to Panama City Beach (PCB) during spring break.

You are on a beach with thousands of other college students and you can attend concerts on the beach. What sounds more exciting than that?

So what did I do for my spring break?

I went home and hung out with my family!

Exciting, right?

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More than anything, I would have loved to go to PCB or anywhere for that matter, but I decide not to go because I knew I could be in better shape.

So, starting now I am quitting my addiction to Mountain Dew and Taco Bell and am going to start eating right and working out.

With that being said, I am not starting this new life change because I want to feel comfortable in a bathing suit, but I am doing this for me.

Being healthy and working out has many advantages on a person’s body and mind.

Honestly, being healthy is more of a mental struggle for me than it is physical.

If you are wanting to start eating right and excising, you need the motivation and the strength to stick to it.

No food tastes as good as being healthy feels!