This buckeye is back in Ohio…

I meant to finish this blog in Boston, but time flew by a little too fast. Now I’m back in Kent and writing this from my new house. It feels so good to be back!

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for reading this summer. It was great to have a place to vent my thoughts about everything I learned the past few months, and I loved hearing your feedback.

Now that I’m no longer a buckeye in Beantown, I won’t be blogging here anymore. I’m not sure if another blog is in my future or not. I guess I need to wait and see what life has in store for me next.

My last week in Beantown

Well, friends, it’s my last week in Boston. I can’t believe I’ve finally made it to this point. In some ways, it seems like the summer flew by. In other ways, I feel like I’ve spent years counting down the days until I’m home.

I’m wrapping up this week on a positive note. Tomorrow I’m meeting with an important PR pro. We’re going to breakfast at The Harvard Club. I never thought I’d see the inside of that place. Ain’t networking grand? As an elementary school student I did envision myself as a Harvard grad one day. It was the smartest place I knew of. Clearly, I wanted to go. Now I can, and it’s all because of my connections at Kent State. I love how things work themselves out.

I’ll spend the rest of the week finishing my internship. We’re having a goodbye party on Wednesday because it’s the last day that I’ll be in the office with Mike, my fellow intern. I’m very curious to see what “party” means in my office. That should be fun.

Then I’m picking my mom up at the airport after work on Friday. I cannot wait to see her! I think we’re going to grab dinner in Cambridge on the way back to my brother’s house. On Saturday morning we’ll hit the road for Ohio. Early. Very early.

I’ll recap my summer in a post later this week. I’m excited to look back through this blog and see how things have changed since May. My summer sure didn’t end the way I first thought it would.

My birthday, my Kent life, and my book

So I turned 22 on Monday. Despite everyone telling me that it’s all downhill after 21, I think that 22 is going to be a pretty kick-ass year. Senior year. Living in a super fun house. Working at all my favorite jobs. PRSSA. KSA. Applying for grad schools. Hanging out with my favorites. And crossing things off my senior year bucket list. If you’re one of my Kent friends, you should ask to see the list. It’s going to be so much fun to complete!

In other news, my Kent life is picking up again. I’m starting to get e-mails about stuff I need to do for different student groups and for my on-campus job. I can’t wait to get back to a crazy, hectic, productive routine again. I love running from one thing to another during the school year. I work best when I have a million things to do. I think maybe that’s part of my problem with this summer – I haven’t had much to do. I didn’t get a part-time job because I was given the impression that I would be working on intern stuff all the time and doing events on the weekend. By the time I figured out that I would have more than enough time for a paid job, it was too late. Jobs would have been snatched up by other college kids, and my July schedule of vacations wouldn’t have looked good to any employer.

On the bright side, all the free time this summer has allowed me to work on writing my first novel. I’ve wanted to be a writer basically since I learned to read. Half of the desire is about seeing my name on the spine of a book. The rest of it is about writing something that matters to someone. I want to write about what college is really like for kids my age. I want other college kids to read my books and connect with them. So I’m giving it a shot. I have 15,000 words written already. My goal is 90,000. That’s what the Internet tells me is a good length for a first novel. I figure it will probably take my entire senior year to finish and perfect. That works though because I’m pretty sure my senior year will give me great material.

So, college friends, do you have any ideas from 21st century college life that must be included in my book?

“Now this is a story about how my life got flipped, turned upside down…”

It’s been too long since my last post. Things have been a little busy around here. I went home for my cousin’s wedding last weekend. It was so wonderful to spend time with family – especially those folks I don’t get to see enough. I also went to Kent last Saturday night. I was so happy to see my friends again! I needed that trip to hold me over until I’m back for good. I love Kent so much. I can’t imagine going to school anywhere else. And I have the absolute best friends. I’m so excited for another year with them. 26 more days until I’m back!

In other news, I’m trying to decide what I want to do with the rest of my life. My internship this summer has changed my plans. Crushed my dreams? I guess you could say that seeing as now I don’t want the dream that I’ve wanted the past three years. It just opened my eyes up to what that career would really be like, and I don’t want that anymore. It’s sad, and I hate telling people that I don’t want to work in that particular field anymore. (Again, sorry for the vague references. I can’t discuss details of my internship here.) I thought I would spend this summer falling in love with my dream job and doing everything I could to ensure that I could work in that field after graduation. Then I realized that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Now I’m back at the drawing board. I’ve been thinking about a lot of different options. I’m even considering grad school now. Never thought I’d say that. My fellow interns have been convincing me that grad school is a good idea. Paul is already enrolled for the fall, and Mike is thinking he has to go because he wants to be an athletic director for a university one day. I don’t know what I would do without them in the office. They keep me sane. We tend to laugh a little too hard and joke around a little too much, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. And we’ve decided that we’re all going to help each other get great jobs in the future. For example, I’m going to do my part to get Mike hired when I become provost at a university.

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“And all the things that break you are the things that make you strong…”

My title is a line from “Lessons Learned” by Carrie Underwood. This post continues my list of Lessons Learned this summer, and I started to hum that song. Carrie Underwood can basically do no wrong when it comes to music. I swear she reads my diary before writing lyrics. And she just married a hockey player. Clearly, I’m interested in her life.

And, yes, that was a self-promotional link. Now onto the important stuff…

13. People in Acton, the town I’m living in this summer, just don’t believe in street signs or street lights. This is supposed to be a pretty safe area, but I’m very curious about night crime rates seeing as nothing is lit up around here. There are way too many dark, creepy areas. And I have way too overactive of an imagination. It’s a good thing I have Mace and bright lights.

14. The Boston Red Sox are the only MLB team that doesn’t do promotional giveaways. There are no freebies at games. No post-game concerts. No fireworks. Basically nothing to jazz up the fan experience. I mentioned this at my internship today, and the Bostonian feedback that I got was that the Red Sox don’t need to bribe their fans into buying tickets. Personally, I don’t mind being bribed. Sure, I’m a die-hard fan of my sports teams, but when they give me free stuff it makes me like them even more! 🙂

14 1/2. I’m buying an Indians ballcap when I go to the game in Cleveland this Saturday. It’s Beach Weekend, and they’re giving out floppy hats. Go Tribe! 😉

Jacobs Field

It will always be Jacobs Field to me.

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A Buckeye in Pawtucket and Raleigh

Well, friends, it’s been a hectic couple of weeks. Two weekends ago I went to a Pawtucket Sox minor league baseball game with my brother, sister-in-law and two nieces. There were fireworks after the game. It was one of those perfect summer nights.

Me, Amy, Aly and Sydney

Sitting in the stadium for a Pawtucket Sox game.

It also  made me think of the many people I’ve known who have worked in minor league baseball. Those kids do some serious work. Watching the promotions staff running around all night made me feel for them. And then I saw the mascots. Seeing as I’ve been the mascot for my summer internship, I had to make my nieces pose for a picture. I feel for mascots in a whole new way now. Now that is one rough job, especially out in the summertime heat. I wanted to lean in and tell that person to hang in there.

Aly and Sydney

There is some poor college student inside that costume...so sad. But my nieces loved it!

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It’s good to be back

After nearly a month without posting, I now have my computer back and feel connected to the world outside of Boston again! It was a rough time without my laptop. I had to snag my brother’s family computer for a few minutes at a time once everyone was done with it at night. That meant no posting for me because I didn’t want to be hogging the computer for long. I tried getting on the computer at the local library, but it was so slow I couldn’t even deal with it. Also, they don’t let people access Facebook at the library. Interesting.

In other news, things have been busy around here. My sister-in-law’s sister and her family were in town for about a week. The house was wild with so many kids running around. It was nice though because it kept my nieces occupied and tired them out by the end of the night. I also worked at a big event for my internship. Again, details are slim here because I’m not allowed to talk about it online. However, it was a real experience. If you know what my internship is, you probably know what I’m talking about. I’ve never been so excited about hearing a No. 2 pick before.  Then Marissa Mendel came to visit Boston with her parents.

Marissa and I outside the Garden.

Marissa and I posing outside the Garden. She dropped me off at my train and watched me literally run onto it before it left the station. I was that girl.

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