Redefining Yourself

28 August 2014

I've had some time to be introspective lately and it's been a little eye opening. Have you ever woken up and just realized that you were someone different than who you thought you were? It's odd... I always figured that if I redefined myself as a different type of person then it would be gradual and, I suppose, in a way it has been. I'll try to explain this. 

As a kid growing up I was so shy and introverted that I was afraid I'd be voted "most shy" for superlatives in high school. Any attention embarrassed me and I had a legitimate fear of public speaking. I clearly defined myself in my head as a "follower" and a Type B personality. 

While I know that over the years I've been getting over that and have taken steps forward it wan't really until this past week that I really grasped how much I've changed with time and experience (and work). Within hours of knowing me words such as "outgoing", "alpha", "leader", and "extrovert" were used to describe me at orientation. And the crazy thing was, once I had a day for those words to sink in, I decided those words were right. It's like I suddenly realized that my years of working to be the person I wanted to be had paid off. 

I feel more comfortable in a leadership role than I do not in one, I want to meet so many people and try so many different things, and I want my life to be something I look back on and feel accomplished about. And the best part is I'm there

There are of course more things I want to happen, friendships I desperately want to hang on to, more goals to meet. It just is startling to realize that I am the person who will make it happen instead of hoping it comes and finds me one day. 

This whole post feels weird to put on the internet, but this blog has always been a space for me before anything and anyone else and it just felt like a milestone in my mind. In fact, I don't think these measly paragraphs even begin to touch the feelings I have inside right now, but I want to have them down, preserved, somewhere for a time. It's not every day that you wake up and feel like a different person. 


We had some icebreaker games at orientation last week. Honestly they were much needed after a lot of talk about the level of academic work required. 

We played games that involved walking across a series of 2x4s blinded with a partner who can't speak, and we had to have our whole group (10 people) stand on a tarp and flip it over without ever stepping off.

There was also a game where we had to transfer as many balls as possible from one 5 gallon bucket to another without passing to the person on our left or right all while standing in a square. There were a mix of tennis balls and ping pong balls. 

And the last team building game was using a rubber band with strings attached to transfer solo cups from one table to another and then stack them in a pyramid. 

There was one more game, but no one may ever speak it's name again. 

We also spent some time either trying to figure computers out or explaining them to one another. As a person who swears by Macs I'm pretty excited that we're an Apple School. 

AJ and I messed around with our ipads and sent each other a few pictures...

And my sister sent me a sweet, sweet package (literally) filled with jars of homemade cookies. She congratulated me on getting into pharmacy school and it meant a lot to me! 

It's already settling in how much work we have. It's nearly a 40 hour week when you're only looking at classes and all the upperclassmen and professors keep saying that you shouldn't underestimate the workload. I guess that's not too surprising since it's a doctorate program. 

So, here's to a great four years and many wonderful new memories. 

Harry Potter World 2

Harry Potter World

Des Moines

21 August 2014

We had a good time and a jam-packed weekend in Iowa. I was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed the city. Compared to cities on the east coast that I've been too (such as Baltimore, DC, Charleston, Charlotte, etc.) this city was kind of remarkable... mostly in that there was never traffic, you felt like you could have been the only person in the city, you feel safe, and there is still tons to do!

My favorite things about the city of Des Moines:

  • Very bike friendly
  • Two rivers run through it
  • Lots of museums, arts, and centers
  • Plenty of local restaurants
  • A modern, young, hip feel (very similar to Richmond, Virginia)
If you ever get the chance, stop by Des Moines because I think it could surprise you.

Des Moines: Blank Park Zoo

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