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Things I'm Thankful For

'Tis the season to be thankful on the most gluttonous day of the year! Instead of listing things I'm thankful for on this day, let's discuss some things I was thankful for this year.

My first professional internship
My first few months of the year were spent frantically trying to secure a summer internship because I felt even though I was only a sophomore I was severely behind. Wish I could've told myself to calm down, it would be alright and you'd get an amazing internship. Regardless, I got one and I'm so grateful for that experience!

ZTA Historian Recently I was just elected as the upcoming ZTA Historian. This role combines my passions for social media and for this incredible sisterhood, and I'm so excited to get started! Follow us @onuzetataualpha! 
Hot sauce I truly discovered my newfound love for hot sauce this year, and what an odd thing to be thankful for, right? No. It's the smallest things in life that mean the most. Okay, but seriously have y…
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If Thanksgiving Foods Were Celebrities

I'm friends with quite a few Musical Theatre majors, and if you're not you should definitely get some, because they're the most talented, funny, and inspiring humans I've met. One thing I've learned about MTs is their love for casting themselves in various Broadway shows, movies, television shows, and even random organizations like the United States cabinet. If you've never cast your group of friends in something, you should totally try it because it is HILARIOUS. This week I was inspired by both my favorite MT buds, and my favorite meal of the entire year, Thanksgiving. Combining the two, I've come up with: Thanksgiving foods cast as celebrities.

"Mashed potatoes" as Lady Gaga Think about it. How many different versions of mashed potatoes have you had? And how many different versions of Lady Gaga have we seen in our day? A delicacy, no doubt, however, also extremely versatile.

"Gravy" as Ed Sheeran Gravy is absolutely essential. Some pe…

What I Love About College

As a college junior, I've developed a love-hate relationship with college. Staying up late with your besties while also simultaneously failing multiple classes fearing that at any moment you'll have to drop out of school and work retail for the rest of your dreary existence. Okay, that was dramatic. But honestly, there's so much to dislike about college, but because "optimist" is my middle name, I'm going to tell you about all of the good things I love about college.

All aboard! Everyone in college has a one-way ticket on the struggle bus, and it's truly comforting to know you're not alone. When you're stressing about a major exam or a ten-page paper due tomorrow that you haven't even thought about yet, someone across the library is in tears. We're all just trying to get degrees here, and have a great time while doing it.

Someone is always down for a meal. It's no secret that I am hungry at....most times of the day. Pretty much all of…

So....What Next?

Now that Halloween is over, and so is October, the biggest debate of the century (besides that pineapple DOES belong on pizza) is happening. Is it too early to start preparing for Christmas? There's people who listen to Christmas music as soon as the first leaf falls off of the tree, whether Halloween is over or not. Then there are those who the sight of a Christmas tree before Thanksgiving absolutely infuriates them. I gotta be honest, I'm somewhere in between. I like to celebrate each holiday individually. 
I appreciate Halloween, dressing up, eating so much candy you want to throw up, and watching spooky movies. This year I lived with a girl who is the biggest lover of Halloween I've ever met. Every night she hosted a Halloween-themed event with her friends, dressed in pumpkins and ghosts, and I've never truly felt the Halloween spirit like I did around her this year. It was truly inspiring, let me tell you. It was truly fun seeing what everyone dresses up as in col…

It's Fall, Y'all

Anyone who knows me knows my heart belongs to the summer. I was born in the summer and I love every part of it. I love feeling the sun on my skin, swimming in pools all day, and the carefree life that summer brings. However, I can appreciate a nice autumn season. I love when there's a slight chill in the air and a light jacket is just enough to keep you warm, but not to the point of pure perspiration. There are a few things I truly love about fall, so I've put together a comprehensive list.

1. The leaves
I know I am not alone when I say leaves are one of the best parts about fall. The noise they make when they crunch under your feet is just so satisfying. Also, I love when the leaves turn color. Orange-yellow leaves make the perfect picture of fall.

2. The food
Pumpkin pie. Apple cider. Apples and caramel. Turkey. Stuffing. Mashed potatoes. Pumpkin bread. Do I need to go on? I love food year round, but fall foods are some of the absolute best.

3. Festive activities
Corn mazes, h…

Questions I Don't Have Answers To

I have a lot of questions about this life we're all living. For example......

At what point does someone become your "best" friend?
How do you know you're in love?
Why do we feel more tired whenever we sleep longer? 
Why haven't they invented pizza that makes you skinny?
Why do musicians get paid more than doctors, or scientists trying to cure cancer?
Why isn't there a cure for cancer yet?
Is time really an illusion? 
If our brains ultimately make decisions why do we say follow your heart?
Why is college memorabilia so expensive?
Why did the Ada Taco Bell close during their busiest time of the year? 
***SPOILER ALERT*** Why was Dan Humphrey "Gossip Girl"?
If we're all going to die someday, why do we spend money on life insurance?
Why do we tell people to "shut up" but when they're quiet we say they "shut down"?
Do aliens exist?
Why do some atheists celebrate Christmas?
Why don't we use a universal measuring system?
How is it possible …

Wicked Smahht in Bahhston

This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Boston with 12 other students from the PR program at school. We headed to the 2017 PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) National Conference. I had never been to Boston, and it was definitely one of the cities on my bucket list, so needless to say I was super excited to go.

What I wasn't expecting, however, was how much I was going to fall in love with Boston. It's an older, calmer, quieter, cleaner, version of New York City, which is just what I love.

The trip started off sort of rough as we embarked for the airport at 1:30 in the morning and about ten minutes out I received a parking ticket from ONU campus security (yay!) We headed to the Columbus airport, and after nine hours of delirious traveling, and a woman literally having a heart attack on our flight, we made it to Boston! First stop was to get some food. I don't know if I was just so hungry and that's why I enjoyed this meal so much, but it was…