PB takes on Tennessee

Here I am once again, back in one of my favorite states to be a part of an amazing experience! I got to go to Chattanooga Tennessee for the National Association of Campus Activities, or NACA as I call it. My University sent the executive board of Programming Board (which I’m a part of) to NACA so we could find amazing vendors and talented performers to come to our school for our events that we put on.

Going to Tennessee with my executive board was truly amazing. We got to bond and share an experience that will be beneficial for our futures. When we were there, we got to go to a mountain called Sunset Mountain and enjoy views that we don’t get to see in Florida. We got to take cute pictures right next to the edge of the mountain that would make our mothers nervous. We even got to enjoy amazing Tennessee cusine like fried chicken from Public House to yummy hot chicken burgers from Cookhouse. Getting to go somewhere new and enjoy the way of life that is normal in that region is always a fun time.

When we were at the NACA conference we got to see many amazing showcases that had acts from shows like “America’s got Talent”, “American Idol”, “The Voice”, and talk shows like “Jimmy Fallon”. It was so cool to see these many talented people in one place. It also gave my board and I an idea of who we want to bring to our school in the upcoming year. We also attended Ed Sessions that would educate us on developing an amazing program. We learned techniques to be successful in our organization in school and other ventures we will be associated in outside of our school.

I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to go away for a conference with some of the best people on campus. I’ll always remember what a fun time I had that will live on in me for the years to come. Hopefully I’ll be able to have another chance to go again in the near future!

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So We Meet Again Tennessee

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to announce that I’m the new Vice President of Programming Board for my University! This is such a great opportunity for me to learn how to put on successful events and to enhance my leadership skills. I’m so honored to be able to help my school put on great programs and events on campus that will put smiles on student’s faces.

So this past summer I went on a family vacation to Tennessee and even though I knew I would go back again one day, I didn’t think it would be so soon. Programming Board is taking the executive board to a convention in Chattanooga Tennessee next week! This is amazing because I’m so in love with this state and it’s southern charm. This convention will help my program become stronger and more knowledgeable on how to put on activities for my school. Not only do I get to learn great skills at this conference, but I also get to explore another city in Tennessee. 

I can’t wait to describe my experience with you all and once again give you a full detailed script of my exploration of another city. This is going to be such a great experience for me and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. Stay tuned!

It’s Never Too Late to Celebrate 

After Hurricane Irma hit Sunday, September the 10th, Naples didn’t have power for a week. Not only that, but there was debris everywhere, barely any gas at gas stations, and there was about no businesses that we’re open. My birthday was three days after the hurricane and I was hoping with all my heart that I could do something fun for it. 

Before this hurricane was threatening to strike my city and state, I had this fun week planned for my birthday. I was going to spend every day doing something different with friends and family. Even though that didn’t happen, I was truly blessed that nobody and nothing was destroyed through the process of Irma. I was counting my blessings all week and thanking God that my family, my home, my friends, my school, and city was safe. On my birthday, my family made sure I had the best day possible. We spent the whole day together and they were determined to find me a birthday cake all day. Thankfully we found one at Publix and got to celebrate the right way. I appreciate everything my parents and my brother did for me on that day and all my many friends who wished me a happy birthday. It made my day extra special.

When I finally got to go back to school I was ecstatic! I got to see all my friends and celebrate the right way. All my friends put in the greatest effort to make my birthday last another week. A few groups of friends even took me out to eat. I went to P.F. Chang’s and Bravo! It was delicious and a great time to catch up with friends. It may not have been what I planned, but the results were better than what I could’ve asked for. I’m so fortunate to have friends and family that care so much about my happiness and to ensure my day wouldn’t be ruin by a hurricane named Irma.

Staying Florida Strong

A few weeks ago I was excited about this time of month. It’s the weekend before my 20th birthday. I planned on making every day leading up to my birthday special. From dinners with friends to asking my parents what kind of cake I was receiving this year. I was planning out the perfect week. Sadly, on labor day we got an announcement from the govenor of Florida that their was a category 4 hurricane coming towards our state. This weekend was no longer about me, but about keeping our state safe. Not only was I afraid for the people close to me, but I was also scared for the people of Florida. Many evacuated immediately while my family stayed back. I had mixed feelings about whether we should go or not, but I did know I wanted to stay close with my loved ones. I keep on praying and hoping that this hurricane doesn’t do any damage to our lives. I pray for the residents of Florida and the people here visiting. I pray for everyone who evacuated, hoping they have a safe ride to their destinations. I pray that the calm before the storm can be calm through it too. I pray that this hurricane doesn’t change lives for the worst. Florida has to stay strong and keep on fighting this natural disaster. I’ll keep you all updated with what is happening here, but please keep us in your prayers. Thank you.

Flying Back to the Nest

Going into a new semester of school is always so exciting. You’re looking forward to seeing and meeting new friends, moving back on campus, and discovering your self for another year. You get to feel the excitement of freshmen coming into their first semester of school and feel the energy of relief from seniors preparing to graduate. Plus, the first week of school is always the best. You get to have one week free of stress because it’s syllabus week.

I go to Florida Gulf Coast University and they make it their main priority of welcoming their students with open arms. Every day of the first week they create an event for students to have fun and get free FGCU merch. My favorite day was the fair day because they had amazing food (like funnel cake and cotton candy) and they also had a carnival ride on canvas! I also loved FGCU’S 20th anniversary party because there was so much school spirit and I got to experience history for my school. 

The first week can also be a little stressful especially if you’re unsure about classes or worrying about breaking the bank with buying textbooks. It wouldn’t be normal not to have a little bump in the road the first few days, but realize everything happens for a reason. Just trust the process and you’ll be fine. I myself even had a few stressful days, but I can’t let those few things bother me. I’m in college and I’m so thankful to be where I am.

College is amazing and I hope this year goes as good as my freshmen year! My new school year’s resolution is to do what makes me happy and feel fulfilled. My main priority is my education and focusing on my future. I want to make many more wonderful friends and make as many connections as possible. This will also be my first school year as not a teenager, so I want to start off my 20’s as strong as possible. Thank you for wanting to be a part of my journey and I can’t wait to update you all with everything that happens not only this semester, but this whole year! Stay tuned!

Rip Summer 2017

This summer may have been one of my most memorable breaks from school yet. I got to be more independent and had realizations about who I want to be, to where I want to be in the future. I got to do everything I put on my summer bucket list (my new tradition) and I made so many memories that will last me a lifetime. 

I got to take a few classes at my college, Florida Gulf Coast University, and work at Career Development Services all of summer A. I met a lot of friends and connections through that. It gave me a start of my summer and had me preoccupied with things that will be positive for my achievement at FGCU. Not only that, but I also got to get the hard part of my summer over with so I could enjoy the rest of my 2 months of relaxation. 

A big priority of my summer was to travel. I wanted to do two types of getaways, a girl’s trip and a family trip. I got to do both and I was so blessed to get to experience these kind of vacations. I got to explore the tropical lands of Miami and eat my way through the southern States of Kentucky and Tennessee. Just to get away and see something new is so refreshing. It also makes me appreciate where I live and makes me realize I’m blessed that I get to wake up in a little paradise. 

I also got to experience heartbreak from friends to relationships. I now understand people, even if you’re not romantically involved with them, can hurt you. People who were close to me in the past are not as close to me now, and others who were just acquaintances are now like family to me. It’s crazy how much things can change not just in a year, but in a summer. With this heartbreak, it opened my eyes to my new mantra for this school year: Project Celeste. It’s all about doing things for me and for my happiness. I usually take away that for others who don’t care about me as much as I do for them. I still will be selfless, but I’m going to make it a priority to look out for myself also.

Another reason why this summer was one for the books is because it’s my last summer as a teenager. I wanted to do all these activities that looked like they came straight out of an 80’s John Hughes high school movie. I wanted to emphasize my youth and find the fun in the littlest things. This is where my summer bucket list came in to play. I created a list of things I haven’t done or wanted to do more of. I stargazed with friends, jammed to songs in long car rides, watched many sunsets, went to a different beach every week, tried different restaurants, went night swimming, and had many fun sleepovers with my bffs. I wanted my summer to be the definition of a teenage dream and I believe I accomplished that.

Even though I do get the summer blues at the end of this season, I am fully excited to embark in my second year of college. It’s the year of Celeste and I can’t wait to bring you guys along with me on my journey. I will update you all with my adventures this fall semester. Each month in fall has something exciting to offer. September is my birthday month, October is Halloween, and November is Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to all the fun that’s coming. Stay tuned!

“Fiesta” Key

My friend Maddie and I love to go on little adventures together. Whether it’s hitting up Miami or exploring the areas around where we live, she’s always up for doing something exciting and spontaneous with me. We wanted to do a beach day for our next hangout, but we didn’t want it to be like any other old beach day. We decided to make a day trip to the best beach in the U.S.A., Siesta Key.

Siesta Key is known for it’s white powder like sand and clear blue waters. It’s ranked #1 and I wanted to be the judge of that. So at 8am on a Wednesday, Maddie and I set off for our girl’s trip. We jammed to Fergie and Adele while singing at the top of our lungs. The two hour car ride didn’t seem that long because we were having so much fun enjoying each other’s company. 

Once we parked at beach access 5, we got our stuff to go lay out by the water. I must say, Siesta Key is as beautiful as everyone makes it out to be. The sand was so soft and the weather was gorgeous. Not a cloud in the sky. So we relaxed under the sun and catched up on some enjoyment reading. Before we knew it, our belly’s started growling and knew it was time to grab some food.

Siesta Key, and Florida in general, have many seafood restaurants and beach style cuisine. We decided to go to Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar. It was perfect because it was a two minute walk from where we were. We parked next to a strip called Ocean Boulevard and it has many cute restaurants and souvenir shops. It was very convenient, especially because we didn’t want to drive out of the parking lot and lose our spot. We ordered a few different appetizers and a meal. The calamari and coconut shrimp was delicious. My mahi mahi wrap hit the spot and filled me right up. The restaurant had a cool vibe and they even play live music at night.

After we were full and energized, we ended up shopping for a little bit and then went to the main area of the beach. This area was my favorite because it had cute lifeguard booths and there was more people around. We stayed there for another hour just people watching and walking around. Once we had our first few yawns, we decided it was time to go. We we’re tired from being in the sun all day and traveling. 

On our way home, we reminisced on our day trip and praised ourselves for shaking things up with our beach day. We even started planning when we were going to go again because we loved it so much. Whether you live in Florida or just visiting, Siesta Key is a must go to place. It is the most beautiful beach in America and I put my stamp of approval on that statement.