Photos by the amazing Stephanie Dennehy.
Well… it’s official. I’m a University of Richmond alum (wow, that sounds weird). I cannot believe how quickly those four years of college flew by. It feels like I was just moving into my freshman year dorm, and soon I’ll be moving to the Big Apple.
I really couldn’t have asked for a better college experience. As I reflect on the past four years, I am just so thankful for all of the opportunities that I had through Richmond and all of the people that I met. Even during the harder times, I knew that Richmond was my perfect dream school.
One of the biggest things I focused on in college was trying to get out of my comfort zone. Whether that meant signing up for new clubs, going to new restaurants or meeting new people, I tried to say ‘yes’ to new possibilities and experiences. For example, during the beginning of my first semester at Richmond, I pledged and got into our business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. As a little freshman, I never thought that I would be waking up at 7 am and running across campus in business-professional clothes, but it taught me SO much.
Richmond also gave me the ability to create and manage a lifestyle section for our school’s online paper and really discover my love for writing. I added journalism as a minor (in addition to my marketing major) and was able to let my creativity grow. Friends, family, and mentors also convinced me to finally start this website and blog! I’d been tossing around the idea since sophomore year of high school, and finally had to the courage to block out the haters and do something that I love. Starting my blog has only made me love writing even more! This community is so supportive and I love meeting blogging besties who share similar interests 🙂
Overall, I really feel that I discovered so much about myself during college. I became much more brave and independent, and even moved to NYC for two summer internships. I met alumni throughout the country and secured internships at ELLE and iHeartMedia, something I could have never imagined.
Even though I had an overall amazing experience, things were not always easy. There were times when I was stressed out by classes (accounting and econ…), or girls were just being girls and not always the nicest. But, I found my wonderful group of friends, my sorority little who is basically my real sister, and my boyfriend, who are all so supportive <3
So thank you, Richmond. You taught me how to laugh, how to love, and how to live. I cannot wait to see what the rest of my future entails. But for now, cheers to the best four years!