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My kind of day.

June 4, 2011

So, I promise I’ll get back to real posts as soon as I’m done with training. To be honest, my brain is fried from all of the info!

Until then, I’ll leave you with how I spent my day….. hiking to the top of Sharp Top mountain right off the Blue Ridge Parkway (one of the most scenic routes in the country) with one of my best friends.

It. Was. Perfect.

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There are no words.
-Sarah
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No Shoes, No Shirt… No Problem.

May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day everyone! 🙂

Happy Unofficial start of summer!

Happy Monday!

And now because I’m too lazy to write anything, I’ll leave you with my weekend… in pictures.

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My favorite kind of summer weekend–late nights, friends, family, pool time, long island ice teas ;), relaxing, yoga…. life doesn’t get much better folks.
Now I’m off to go pack for another fun-filled training week in Roanoke. More about that at later date. 🙂
Until next time… enjoy your day!
Sarah

Here Goes Nothing…

May 22, 2011

Well my friends, as of tomorrow, I’ll be starting my first “big girl” job ever!

Wait… what?

How did this girl–a hard partying, sorority-loving, total college junkie–turn into a fortified member of the working class society?

Blows me.

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As of 9AM tomorrow, I will be a full-time employee at one of the top banks in the country. Yeah, I’ll be starting out pretty low on the totem pole but as I’ve told everyone else, I’m really, REALLY looking forward to the challenge. More than I can even express in words.

My entire life, I’ve loved being the underdog. I’ve loved having to claw and fight for everything I’ve gotten. And this is no different. I’m going into this job with the mindset that I can do anything I set my mind to. Of course, at the same time I’m certainly nervous because let’s face it, I never really pictured myself working in a bank. What if I hate it? What if I get sucked into something that I can’t get out of? Or at least wait until it’s too late to get out of? I want a career, not a job.

I’m trying to remain cautiously optimistic about the whole thing. We’ll see what happens.

So, moving on.

How has my first week of post-grad life been so far?

Surprisingly boring. Very boring. I don’t know if you’re aware but during college, I was literally busy most days from 9AM-11PM. Seriously. Giving me an entire week off is not good for my sanity.

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I’ve worked out more times than I can count. Ran more than a few miles. Watched way too much TV. And not to mention, up until Friday the weather here was horrible! Can we say… full blown cabin fever?!?!

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That being said, with so much time on my hands, I’ve developed a few goals/projects/challenges for myself that will take place during the course of this summer. I won’t go into too much detail now but they will commence as soon as I’m back from training in two weeks! I’m definitely excited to get started and share them on the blog! I’ll give you one hint–one of the challenges may or may not center around a half-marathon… !!! 😉
More exciting news?
My best friends and I found a house together! FINALLY! As we will all be around here for the first few years of our post-grad life, of course it was decided that we would live together. These two girls mean the WORLD to me and I’ve lived with both of them separately and cannot WAIT to finally all be together. Odds are there will be more than a few crazy shenanigans to document.

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Oh and there may or may not be a boy slowly entering the picture. Okay, well, he’s always been in the picture but in a new capacity. 😉
Until next time…

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-Sarah

So take the photographs and still frames in your mind…

May 17, 2011

I DID IT!!!!!

Guess I should start thinking of a blog name change?!

Well…….

May 10, 2011

I GOT THE JOB!

At approximately 8:30 this morning I was contacted by Wells-Fargo and starting in two weeks, I will begin training to become a full-time bank teller.

Wait. What?

Although I had a couple of other options out there, I decided that this was the best one for me at the moment.

Did I ever picture myself being a bank teller?

Now that you mention it, no.

But then again, did I ever picture myself being SAB president? Or on SGA? Or in a sorority?

The answer–no.

After speaking with their HR team and going through my interview, I think it’s a very good fit for me. I’ll be totally honest, I want to stick around town for a couple of years to get my feet wet and then transfer to a place a bit more….. urban. And this is a great way to do that.

And let’s be totally honest–Wells-Fargo is a legit company. I have numerous opportunities to move up assuming I do a good job. I get full benefits, paid vacation, incentives, TUITION REIMBURSEMENT if I decide to get my MBA in something related to my job…. it’s just a very good fit for me.

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So, now that it’s all said and done, my three best friends and I all have jobs coming out of college. Take that national statistics. 😉

And what did I do this afternoon to celebrate?

Why go for a run of course. The first one in over a month. Ouch. But it was exactly what I wanted/needed.

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Obviously someone already installed instagram on their iTouch. 🙂

But for now I’m off to go celebrate by watching Glee. And resting up for this weekend. It’s going to get a little crazy around here folks. Stay tuned. 😉

-Sarah

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.

May 10, 2011

Wow. So, it’s been a crazy, crazy, CRAZY week to say the least.

Seriously.

Don’t believe me? Let me give you a brief run down.

First of all, last Monday I was surprised by my parents with a …… NEW CAR!!!!!!

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Yep, I’m now a proud owner of a 2011 Honda Civic coupe. Basically this car except add a spoiler and sunroof and a few other nifty features. 🙂 I’m kind of in love to say the least. Although it’s been a bit of an adjustment going from a big Ford Explorer to this, after filling up the tank for $45, I quickly got over that. 😉

Oh and I may or may not have already gotten a speeding ticket….. lame sauce. (My first one ever I might add… :/)

What else?

The reason for lack of updates and life on this blog? My computer sadly bit the dust. A shortage in the motherboard led to three fried chargers in ONE week. After getting a few consultations and realizing there was really nothing that could be done because my HP wasn’t under warranty any longer, it became evidently clear I was going to be forced to get a new computer. And finally today I did just that.

The verdict?

I’m currently writing to you from my brand new 15″ Macbook Pro!! And why I haven’t went Mac before now, I’ll never know. I’m in love! I’ve clearly got a LOT of learning to do (right clicking is still a mystery to me!). I can’t wait to sit down and figure it all out! (Got any tips???! I need them desperately!)

And while I’m on the subject of my Mac, is there any kind of program similar to Windows Live Writer for Mac?!?! I need it in my life stat!

Oh and I may or may not have also gotten a new ipod…. 🙂 But only because my other one mysteriously disappeared. :/

But wait… there’s more.

I FINISHED MY UNDERGRAD CAREER! OFFICIALLY! 🙂

Final verdict? I kicked major, MAJOR ass. On Saturday May 14th, I will be graduating Magna Cum Laude with a 3.789 GPA. No big deal. 😉 It’s been a wild, crazy, hectic, stressful ride but I wouldn’t have it any other way. College has been everything I could ever imagine and more.

But that’s all I’ll say for now. I will be doing a big, giant college wrap up this week before I walk on Saturday. 🙂 There will be lessons learned, favorite memories…. a huge recap of why if I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat.

Oh and before I leave you all…..

I might have a job.

I’ll find out tomorrow.

Keep your fingers crossed! 🙂

Until next time…

-Sarah

The Three Letters that Changed My Life.

May 1, 2011
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So, I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m in a sorority.

I don’t know that I’ve ever alluded to which one (although from my pictures you can tell) but for the past three years of my life, I’ve been a loyal and dedicated sister of Phi Sigma Sigma.

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My very first picture as a Phi Sig. Can you spot me?!

To say that being a part of this sorority has changed my life would probably be an understatement. Those on the outside looking in can’t quite understand it but the bonds you form between your sisters are some of the strongest you’ll ever experience.

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Checking out Christmas lights, my first semester in!

The ladies I’ve been lucky enough to call my sisters have made me the person I am today. They’ve taught me more than I can put into words. They’ve lifted  me up, they’ve encouraged me to follow my dreams, they’ve supported me in every single decision I’ve ever made, they were all there for me during one of the toughest times of my entire life, and I know that no matter where I go in life or what I do, they’ll always be there to support me 100%.

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My best friend and sorority sister.

I hate when people say that I’m just “paying for my friends.” As the old quote goes, if I’m paying for my friends, then I’m surely not paying enough. Never have I been a part of such a dynamic and inspiring group of women, period. Over the course of the last 3 years, I’ve gotten to meet and be a part of a group that inspires me to be my very best, day in and day out. These girls just aren’t my sisters, they’re my best friends… they’re my FAMILY.

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My family.

And the sorority as a whole has done so incredibly much for me. So much that it would take pages upon pages to write about but I’ll do my best to sum it up. Before joining Phi Sigma Sigma, I was lost. For the first time in my life, I quit something–Softball. Softball had been there for me for most of my life—some of my first memories are of being out on a field catching grounders. After quitting, I had no idea what was in store for me. I had always had that support system there for me in terms of my teammates but I was unsure of where to go and what to do next. Luckily for me, two of my good friends had just joined a sorority the semester before me and encouraged me to go out for recruitment in Fall of 2008. Sorority? Me? No thanks. I pretty much laughed in their faces at first. Seriously. But then I took a closer look and decided that I needed to do something. I needed a support system and a group that I could relate to so I decided why not give it a shot. Who knew that it would turn out to be the best decision I made in college? 

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Some of our graduating seniors.

They say going through recruitment that you know immediately where you belong. And I can say without a doubt a statement has never been truer. As soon as I walked up to the Phi Sigs for the first time, my decision was made. I felt this instantaneous connection with a group of girls I didn’t even know (besides my two friends who just happened to be Phi Sigs too.. more on them later…). They made me feel like I belonged. They made me feel excited about the prospect of joining them. But most importantly, they gave me that direction I was missing before when I felt so lost.

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My two “littles”. So proud of them.

Luckily for me, they liked me too and in September 2008, I was extended a bid to join them and I gladly accepted. From the very beginning, it was a whirlwind journey. Learning founders, reciting the Greek alphabet, learning about our history, navigating Greek life as a whole…but as tough as it was at first, I never once had any doubts that the decision I made was wrong. I relished every moment. The group of girls I was surrounded with encouraged and supported me every step of the way. There was no hazing, only a deep love for Phi Sigma Sigma.

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Greek Week CHAMPS! One of my favorite memories.

I was initiated in October of 2008 and my life has never been the same since. People often ask me how I became so involved on campus and so successful during my time in college and the answer is simple—Phi Sigma Sigma. It’s not rocket science. Being a part of something bigger than anything I ever could have imagined inspired me to go out and be a better person. Be a better friend. Be a better sister. Be a better leader. I attribute all of my success to the very first executive board position I held in Phi Sigma Sigma—Panhellenic Delegate. I received the honor of representing our chapter right after initiation and it literally lit a fire in me that I can’t explain. It was the confidence that my sisters put in me that made me realize I wanted to go on and do bigger and better things not only for our chapter but for myself. They had given me the self confidence that I had been lacking for so long.

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See what I mean about self confidence? I’m wearing men’s underwear…over my shorts.

And you know what else Phi Sigma Sigma gave me? A life. For so long I had been so concerned about softball and school and everything else that comes with it that I missed out on the true college experience! I was going to class, going to softball practice, doing homework, and that was it. I wasn’t going out on the weekends making new friends and memories. And parties? Those were a foreign concept to me. I was sitting in my dorm room WISHING I could be doing all of that. But Phi Sigma Sigma gave me that life I had so graciously wanted. I’ve met more people that I can even tell you! And not just random people (although there have been some!) but people who have made a huge impact on my life.

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Celebrating Mardi Gra… sort of.

The two that have made the biggest impact on my life? My two best friends. Remember those two girls that encouraged me to check out recruitment? Yeah, they turned out to be the two greatest people I’ve met in my entire life. And it’s just an added bonus that they wear the same letters I do. We have been through so much together. Good times, bad times, but mostly pure craziness. We thrive off of each other and can literally tell each other anything. Growing up, that’s what I always wanted. Sure, I had “best” friends but I say that lightly because until I met these two, I never knew what that meant. If it’s possible to have soul mates in the form of friends, then these two are certainly it. And the fact that I found two just means I’m the luckiest girl in the world.

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After we “kidnapped” our chapter’s mascot. We made ransom notes. Winking smile

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Before our last sorority formal.

So, to wrap it all up, Phi Sigma Sigma will forever have a special place in my heart. The three years I spent as an active member of the sisterhood have been the greatest three years of my entire life—no exaggerating. Tonight as I go to my last meeting as a collegian, I look back on my first meeting and chuckle as I realize I had NO idea what I was getting myself into. I had no idea that three letters (and Greek at that!) could change my life so drastically for the better. Pictures may get deleted, my letter shirts will slowly disappear, but the memories I’ve made will stay with me for the rest of my life.

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Us Phi Sigs… we have a saying. And never have I found it to be more true than this moment right now.

“Once a Phi Sigma Sigma…. ALWAYS a Phi Sigma Sigma.”

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Thank you Phi Sigma Sigma. To you I am forever grateful.

LITP,

Sarah