Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sophomore Thoughts #MichiganStateUniversity - The Disney World of the Midwest

To be honest, I can remember wanting to attend Michigan State ever since I was nine years old. My grandfather went here, my aunt was a cheerleader here and my uncle played football. I was just born into a Spartan family. 

I didn’t even know what Michigan State truly had to offer, but I just knew that’s the place I wanted to be. But since I am being honest, there was a moment when I was naïve and thought I wanted to be a Wolverine, but luckily I quickly saw the light again.

I believe I attend the best university there is; that’s not just an opinion, it’s a fact. Michigan State University is a Disney world for young adults – the happiest place on earth. This school is SO much more than a place to earn a degree; it’s an experience, it’s a lifestyle. The Spartan head is way more than just our school mascot, it represents strength, and unity. There are over 460,000 alumni and they are still so in love with this university, they bleed green. I see that passion and fire in my grandfather, he sings our fight song with great pride and joy as much as the current students here. He may have been a student several years ago but his love for this school has traveled with him throughout his whole life.

Michigan State students are all intelligent, bright people. Ibelieve that Spartans are going to change the world. With such a diverse community, and constantly meeting people different than you, you’re able to grow and expand your mind while learning about different types of people. By listening to other's struggles, cultures, family-life and so on, allows us students get a better feel of the world around us and gives us a chance to better ourselves; therefore make this world a better place.

No matter where I go around campus, everyone is so friendly and helpful. My first day of my freshman year, I got lost a million times on this huge beautiful campus, but I wasn’t even nervous to ask for help because everyone was so willing and excited to help a new Spartan find their way around their new found home.

But the best time at this adult Disney World is the fall. The campus is absolutely breath taking. All the trees that lace through our campus turn into different shades of burgundies, oranges and yellows.  The way the trees surround the rim of the Red Cedar River is something so beautiful that you can truly only appreciate in person. It looks like literal perfection. 

Not only does the campus look picture-perfect, but fall is also football season! Going to a D1 school with an awesome football team makes game days such a huge event that I am so blessed to be a part of. No matter where you go, you hear strangers shout to each other “Go Green!” “Go White!” This school has the most school spirit I have ever seen.
Students are decked out in their green and white, probably looking like a fool to the average person (aka anyone who is not an MSU student because we aren’t just “average” people), but with the Spartan head on the chest, how could you ever feel silly?

From the outside looking in, Michigan State can seem like a pretty intimidating place. It is a huge campus, over 48,000 students attend here and you would think that sometimes you “only feel like a number..”  But the truth is, there are hundreds of clubs and organizations that will help you discover your passion, or “Spartan family."  This is truly the place to find yourself, what you want to do, what you’re passionate about…the opportunities are limitless. Also the people I have met here, are people I know I will be friends with for a lifetime.

All I know is, even on the worst days at MSU (i.e taking the CATA in January and it rides right past you because its too full because its approximately -10 degrees with 7 inches of snow, and you’re already running late to class) it's still the best place on earth. It’s a home away from home, its somewhere that is teaching me so many things about the world and myself. I couldn’t be luckier to go to a school that I love so much.  Go Green!! 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Our First Pom Performance #spartanswill #MSUGU

I had so much fun at the MSU Grandparents University. #MSUGU is an opportunity for grandparents and grandchildren (ages 8-12) to come together for a three-day educational experience while spending time together on the MSU campus.
  • Participants enjoy the college experience of living in the residence halls, attending classes across campus and sampling the many highlights of MSU. Grandparents University gives alumni a chance to relive their college days while exploring campus and creating lifelong memories with their grandchildren.

    Grandparents University is organized by the alumni relations professionals within colleges and units across campus. The program is self-supporting and relies entirely on registration fees, donor contributions and sponsor support to cover all expenses.

Today was MSU Grandparents University Performance!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Freshman Year Reflection

It is crazy to think that my freshman year of college has come to an end. I’ve met so many amazing people that have touched my life in one too many ways. I never knew I would meet such great people during just my first year at Michigan State

I have made such loyal friends, and I cannot wait for our friendship to grow over the years! 

I’m also proud of myself and what I have accomplished personally. 

Although I did have many challenges, and obstacles I managed to conquer them. I used the bumps in the road help build me into a better student/leader/person, rather than bring me down. 

MBP Gala 2015
College has taught me not to be afraid in admitting I need help. Before college I would’ve never thought I would have  said“I just want to talk to my parents” countless times. They have been there for me throughout my journey at MSU. 

I also am so proud to say I am on an executive board for an organization I am a part of (Women in Business Students’ Association.) 

Also I am glad I have recently picked up a passion of mine again, I am a proud member of the MSU Pompon team. I am excited to see what I will accomplish with the rest of the team, and how it will also help me grow and teach me life lessons; as well as make life long friends.

I have grown into such a leader and not afraid to speak my mind. I was always timid and never wanted to talk to my professors, then I realized no one else cares about my grade more than I do. 

Freshman year literally went by in a blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday I was getting butterflies pulling up to my dorm.

I am beyond excited to see what else I will do here during my next three years. It can only get better, and this year was pretty freakin’ awesome.

I can definitely see why the alumni of MSU are so in love with this school, and truly bleed green. 

Go Green! Go White! 

P.S. Excited about this summer. I'm interning at IHS Automotive.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

What a great way to end my first year at Michigan State!

Go Green! Go White! 
(can't you tell?)

It's going to be a great sophomore year! What a blessing!

 Meet the 2015-2016 MSU Pom Team!
1 Full TeamCongratulations to the 2015-2016 MSU Pompon Team!
Marissa Alfano – Conditioning Chair
Emily Arthur
Catherine Bacon
Sierra Barnes
Ashley Barr
Christina Boal
Jillian Esper
Anna Fillar
Leigh Fitzpatrick
Madalyn Geletzke
Jessie Hackman – Treasurer
Katie Justice
Mikayla Kempf
Stacie Kussro
Nicole Lelo
Ashling Magolan
Carly Mercure
Gabbi O’Connell
Scout Parsch
Aubrey Perry
Ayden Peters
Jordan Pollard
Natalie Puckett – Assistant Captain
Kaylie Quimby – Captain
Amanda Rodgers – Secretary
Gabby Russell – Big / Little Sister Chair
Shannon Southerland
Jeanine Tsoukalas – Spirit Chair
Abby Urbanski
Renee Weil
Thank you! 
Now....onto the finals....

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Success Series: Ashley James, Michigan State Alum, Team Detroit & My Spring Break

My first "spring break" at Michigan State is NOT going to be the typical college break laying around on the beach. Nope. It's like a custom tour of the business world - a peek into the world of marketing.

Since I'm a marketing major with a strong interest in advertising and media - I'm going to "job shadow."  My first job shadow "mentor" is Ashley James, the Social Media Community Manger at TEAM DETROIT. 

I had the opportunity to interview her last fall and she gave me a lot of good advice. Here's an excerpt:

1. What influenced you to be your current career? During my senior year in college, I had the opportunity to take a social media marketing course. This seemed like a great way to broaden my marketing experience so I leapt at the chance to take this class. Social Media turned out to be a great interest of mine and I found myself taking it very seriously. Once I realized I could have a career in social media, I began to figure out how to make that happen. One internship led to another which led to my current position as a Social Media Community Manager at Team Detroit, Inc.

2. What is one challenge you've faced and what did you learn from it?
My biggest challenge, an ongoing one, is learning to just do it. When I thought about going into social media, I didn't think it could happen, at first. Once I began to put my thoughts about starting this career into action, the pieces eventually came together. It's often hard to start something new, something that hasn't been done before, but many times that's the most challenging part - getting started. So I learned to focus on getting started, the ball usually keeps rolling after that.

3. Do you have a mentor?
Yes! I have many mentors, ones that I keep up with and speak to directly and others that I quietly learn from through reading their books.

4. If so, how has your mentor impacted your life/career?
They have helped me navigate college, the advertising world and life in general. Every mentor in my network was sought out for a specific purpose, but all of them have helped me with my career and life goals along the way.

5. What do you do to continue to grow and develop as a leader?
Read, read, read. In the social media industry, everything moves fast and keeping up on the latest is of utmost importance. I keep a pulse on industry news, company developments and also take time for celebrity gossip here and there.

6. What advice would you give a college student today?
Use your career services advisors as much as possible. They are the primary liaison between you and the company that you want to work for. A great relationship with one of them, can help you open more doors for your career.

Also, take a real interest in what you want to do with your career. It's okay to not know exactly what you want to do, but at least explore some things that interest you.

Lastly, internships are key. You get experience, money (usually), and exclusive access to CEOs, VPs and directors (depending on the company) that you wouldn't otherwise have access to. Take advantage!

I will post pictures from my week... stay tuned. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute #mlkday2015

 My church recently had an essay contest and the topic was: "How Did Dr. King Implement Christian Principles in His Civil Rights Crusade?" 

Well, I love to write. So, I wrote this essay because I immediately knew how Dr. King was able to do the miraculous things he did. It was a power beyond himself....Love.  Oh, and I was one of the essay winners.  Thank you Brightmoor!

 God's Love Conquers All by Aubrey Perry

As many may know, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was not only an activist, but he was also a pastor. He used many principles from the Bible when protesting for equality, prayed often and was led by the Holy Spirit.

One principle that guided his stance for justice was “loving your enemies.”  Matthew 5:43-45 says: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thy enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be children of your Father which is in heaven.” Love was his guide. Love set the thermometer for all of Dr. King’s marches and movements during the Civil Rights era. 

In the 1950’s and 60’s when segregation was extremely prominent in the south, it was not uncommon for many southern whites to treat the blacks terribly by degrading them and harming them in very violent ways. There were mob-style events where people where lynched and church bombings that resulted in treacherous murders to innocent victims – even children.

Dr. King was known for leading protests in a nonviolent way. Many were confused as to how Dr. King could stay strong and not mentally explode by fighting back.  Many wondered, “how can a person not have the urge to attack the people calling them names, hurting them, spitting at them and many other terrible forms of violence?” How did Dr. King stay so peaceful through all the horror?

The answer is God’s love or Agape love. Agape is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love. The only kind of love strong enough to overcome evil and all the violence directed towards Dr. King and other protestors – is God’s love. Dr. King decided to protest by using God’s way instead of man’s way.

God’s way is the only way to victory; the only way that would not cause chaos and still solve the problem that was going on in America. God wants us to love everyone because we are all His children.  God created all of us with love, and showers us with mercy every day.  Dr. King knew that we must walk in love with all mankind because love never fails.