Friday, October 3, 2014

MSU College Life: A 45-day Day Check In

I am a month and a half into my first year at Michigan State University. And I couldn't be more in love with it here.

The atmosphere, the people, my professors, the football games, the endless opportunities... Yes, Michigan State is a huge campus and sometimes it's hard to not feel like a seat-filler, but I have gotten involved with clubs like WBSA (Women in Business Student Association)  and  MBS (Multiculturial Business Students) that creates a family atmosphere for me at MSU. In addition, I'm also in the Resident Business Program and have friends from SBI!

I also love all the people I have met; everyone is so honest and genuine. With the short amount of time I have been here, I can already tell I have made really loyal friends. I feel like I have already grown and learned so much.

Quick lessons I've learned so far: 
  • Always make sure you get off at the right bus stop or else you'll end up some where sketchy in Lansing
  • Always look at your syllabus before asking a question about the class
  • Always keep an eye out for when you run out of toilet paper
  • Always take your clothes out the dryer on time or someone else will (not cool, will end up on the floor)
I also have learned to speak up for myself because if I don't no one else will.

I attended my first Career Fair which was fun and chaotic, but it taught me that even if companies aren't looking to hire freshmen, they are still impressed I showed up.


I have learned to  take every opportunity I can, and to reach out and network with people. 

Being on my own seemed like a very scary idea - but I feel like I am managing myself well now and becoming a responsible young adult.

College is nothing like I thought it was going to be, but I love it!

I'm obsessed with Michigan State University. 

Although it's hard not being able to see my best friends and family everyday, I wouldn't trade being here for the world.  College is so amazing, and I am glad to be experiencing it at the best university there is. I can't wait to see what else the year has in store for me!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Another Role Model and Colege Advice from Kyla Grant

It's important to hang around the right people. 

I am so blessed to have some great people in my life.  Kyla Grant is one of those people. My family often visited the Grant home - and I met Kyla when I was seven and she was fourteen. Not exactly playmates but we bonded. She was always kind, funny, spiritual and a very talented singer. 

2014 Detroit Metro Youth Day Scholarship Awardees
2014 SAC Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Winners

I have always looked up to her (literally) - and now that she is graduate from Howard University and living/working in New York city for a major digital marketing agency - I am even more proud to know her.

About Kyla C. Grant:  An honors graduate from Howard University with bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Born and raised in Detroit, Mich., Grant discovered her passion for reporting while interning at NBC affiliate, WDIV News-4 in high school. During her sophomore year in college she reported for the Howard University News Service where she had the opportunity to cover the historic 2008 Presidential Election and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. Grant also had internships was with WTOP News Radio, in Washington, DC, where she wrote and edited radio scripts for the air and online and Blue Cross/Blue Shield where she wrote and edited newsletter and  suggested design ideas that are being implemented on the company website.

TODAY she is a high-energy strategic marketer with exceptional project leadership & communication skills who thrives on multi-tasking, developing strong client relationships & cultivating team efficiency in efforts to deliver innovative work.

Since I'm planning on majoring in Marketing at Michigan State, I wrote her and she gave me this advice:

Hey Aubrey! 

Don't pack your whole life to go to away to school! I left home and headed to Howard University with 8 very large suitcases full of things that represented who I was in High School. One semester in, I returned most of those things to my home over Christmas break -- to my mother's disappointment. :-) 

I give this advice because your identity as a (new) adult will undoubtably be shaped during your freshman year. And though who you were in High School will serve as an influence, who you choose to become in that first year of undergrad will be even more impactful. 

Freshman year is an opportunity to reinvent (for some) revitalize (for others) who you are. And align yourself with who God has called you to be in this new season. 

Change! Grow! Embrace your new life! 

Best of luck to you!

Thanks Kyla. I hope to make you proud!  Thanks for all the encouragement and your prayers.