To Auld Lang Syne

Hello my little blogger babies! First and foremost, I would like to say thank you to all of my readers who have been faithful to my blog since I started it in October. Although I created it out of necessity for a social media class I was taking, I fell in love with blogging, so I have decided to keep Diaries of a Super Senior going through my graduation in May. Besides, I have, like, soooo much wisdom left to share with all of you. Really, this is my Christmas present to you. You’re welcome.

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So, as you might have guessed, this post is all about New Year’s. Ahhh, what to say about New Year’s…

Well, for one, it’s a holiday about reflecting on the past year and seeing how our lives have changed, both for the better and for the worse. Maybe you finally dumped that boyfriend who considered the McDonald’s drive-through a nice date, or maybe you worked really hard and got a 4.0. Ahem, like your girl over here. Thank you very much.

Maybe this year, you lost some people you love, or maybe you found out that someone close to you is sick. Maybe you learned a lot about yourself, how strong you can be when faced with adversity, and what’s really important to you in life.

Whatever happened for you this past year, I truly hope your 2014 was filled with love.

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Let’s not forget that New Year’s is also a time to make resolutions for the future. Many people set out to lose weight in the new year, kick a nasty habit, or take up a new hobby to improve their lives.

I always try to be very specific and realistic with my New Year’s resolutions, so as to not fall short. In 2012, for example, I opted to floss every single day. Not only did I meet my goal by flossing every day in 2012, I have now continued the habit well into 2014 (and hopefully 2015 and so on), and now floss twice per day.

My resolution for 2015 is to improve my posture, which, granted, is not terrible. After standing for long periods of time, however, I often forget how I look. I hope to be more mindful of this in the new year. What are your New Year’s resolutions? Tweet them to me and I might retweet you!

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But to me, the most important part of this holiday is undoubtedly the celebration leading up to (and following) midnight. New Year’s is supposed to be a holiday filled with friends, family, fancy attire, glitter, confetti, fireworks, noisemakers, silly hats and glasses, music, dancing, laughter, and lots and lots of champagne. And who doesn’t love a glass of champagne?

Unfortunately, I haven’t always gotten along with New Years. The first big New Years Eve I can remember is when I was seven years old and the world rang in the new millennium. After that, my New Year’s celebrations haven’t been that memorable. Even my freshman year of college, I stayed at home with my parents and fell asleep after the East Coast celebration. My sophomore and junior years, I partied with my friends in Lake Tahoe, but I wasn’t 21 yet, so I couldn’t get into any bars. Last year, I didn’t make any plans, then tried to wing it the night of NYE. A piece of advice: never try to wing a holiday like New Years Eve.

So this year, I’ve organized a party bus for thirty of my friends to drive around the Reno/Tahoe area while listening to some music and drinking the abundance of champagne we have stocked up. Hopefully this year will finally be a New Years Eve worth remembering. I hope yours is, too. Cheers!

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A Look Back at This Semester

It seems like just yesterday that I returned home from Washington, D.C., moved into my first apartment, and embarked upon my last Fall semester as an undergraduate. Sometimes, we all get so caught up in school, work, clubs, our social lives, our families, our relationships, and our daily to-do lists that, before we know it, an entire 16-week semester has passed us by.

If you read this post, you know that I love taking time to reflect. So, in the spirit of personal reflection, let’s recap this semester, shall we?

There were new beginnings…

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My bedroom in my new downtown apartment

And chapters closed…

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I turned 22…

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Oh, Zephyr Cove

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And caught up on much needed beauty sleep…

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There were surprises…

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Celebrations…

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And remembrances…

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In memory of the lives lost during the 9-11-2001 attacks

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There were big moments…

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Serving as the Chapter President for the College Republicans

With Reno's Mayor at the time, Bob Cashell

With Reno’s former mayor, Bob Cashell

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At the Nevada Governor’s Mansion before walking in the Nevada Day Parade

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With Nevada’s 2nd District Representative, Congressman Mark Amodei

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Presenting my “idea worth spreading” to the University of Nevada

Little moments…

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And sassy moments…

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There were group projects…

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Early morning classes…

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Long days at work…

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Long days in the library…

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And lots and lots of Starbucks…

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I spent far too much time with this guy…

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And not enough time with these guys…

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There were quiet indulgences…

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Christening my new apartment with a margarita

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And rambunctious ones…

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There were Sunday mornings in church…

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And Sundays watching football…

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There were campus events…

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Football games…

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Weddings…

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Festivals…

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Reno’s annual Italian Festival

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And birthdays…

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I added to my stuffed giraffe collection…

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And had a few good laughs…

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There were new places…

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Familiar faces…

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New friendships were formed…

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And apparently I took a selfie to commemorate it all!

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Looking back, I’m reminded of all the wonderful memories I made this semester. When all is said and done, I think this semester was a successful one, and maybe even one of my favorites. Clearly, I had a lot of happy moments, and I learned from my moments of doubt. I reminisced on the time I spent in D.C., and I made a little home in my new apartment. I must say, however, that my favorite part of this semester was being surrounded by such incredible people.

Now, I have one final semester of college to look forward to! Ahhhh, that feels so weird to say!

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What was your favorite part of this semester? Show or tell me on Twitter and I might retweet you!

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Why Homecoming is Simply the Best

It’s that time of year – college campuses across the nation are buzzing with the anticipation of the season’s first home football game. That’s right, homecoming is upon us once again!

As I’ve mused before, being a super senior comes with its decent amount of benefits and drawbacks, one of which is the lingering knowledge that everything you do will be for the last time. While I cannot recommend you be that person who shares each one of their “lasts” via social media, I must stress the importance of recognizing each milestone, as they can pass you by without you getting a chance to appreciate them. That’s why, for my final homecoming as an undergraduate, I’ve decided to reflect on why this time of year is, without a doubt, the best part of the fall semester.

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School Pride

Everyone on campus and in the community is buzzing with the excitement of homecoming week. School spirit is at an all-time high, and everyone partakes in the revelries. From Greek houses, to on-campus clubs, to local businesses and sponsors, homecoming provides an opportunity for the community to join together in celebration of what makes your university so amazing. No one wants to miss out on the fun, and for this one week in time, even the biggest on-campus rivals can unite in agreement on one indisputable truth: that your school is the best.

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Tradition

There is something for everyone to enjoy during the week-long celebration of homecoming. Between bonfires, homecoming court, undie runs, Greek competitions, carnivals, dances, rallies, concerts, picnics, and parades, each university offers its own unique set of traditions that its fans, young and old, hold dear to their hearts. The annual fete is a chance for students, parents, alumni, administration, and local fans to bond over the university’s legacy.

Whether you’re a freshman experiencing these traditions for the very first time, or an 80-year-old alumnus reprising the rituals of your youth, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed with pride as you sing your school’s fight song and watch its colors fly. With each nod and “Go Pack!” or “Roll Tide!” you exchange, you recognize the ineffable bond you share with the past, present, and future generations of students – that you are all one in the same.

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Alumni

Besides sharing tried and true traditions with undergraduates, alumni are notorious for sharing their crazy memories, while simultaneously creating new ones. Homecoming offers the perfect outlet for alumni from far and wide to escape their realities and relive their glory days. Something happens when alumni, new and old, return to their alma maters: they revert into former versions of themselves and attempt to make up for lost time during one condensed, alcohol-fueled, weekend-long bender.

Put yourselves in their shoes: you’ve just stepped foot onto your old stomping grounds and are immediately welcomed by a crowd of familiar faces. Remember, this isn’t just a reunion between undergraduates and alumni; it’s a reunion between the alumni themselves. Add a few boozy brunches and a beer bong or six on top of that nostalgic excitement, and you have a recipe for a successful homecoming.

As an undergraduate, homecoming is inevitably a time when you will mingle with an assortment of eccentric alumni, from the quarterback’s father, to your friend’s 60-year-old uncle who was in your campus’ secret society, to a local celebrity who occupies your dream job. Whether you share a few laughs, a drink, or an intellectual conversation with those you meet, be sure to take advantage of the wisdom they have to offer you.

Shake their hands. Ask what it was like back in “the good ‘ole days,” even if the person you’re talking to only graduated last year. Network and seek advice from those who have been in your shoes, and whose shoes you would like to one day fill. Above all, have fun. Catch up with old friends and make new ones. Listen to the alumni’s stories. And, for the love of all that is honorable, if they hand you a beer, don’t even think twice before piercing a hole and shotgunning it like the champion you are.

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Parents

Similar to alumni, parents make great additions to your university’s homecoming festivities, especially if they are alumni themselves. Even if they aren’t, many parents attend their college student’s homecoming game, which is why fraternities and sororities often align their parents’ weekend with homecoming.

Although it may seem like a buzz kill to have your parents around, it can actually be a blessing. For many students, homecoming marks the first time since the beginning of the semester when they see their parents, who have been deprived of someone to spoil for several weeks. They’re dying just to visit, see how you’re living, and shower you with compliments, gifts, and food that wasn’t heated in a 500-watt microwave. This is your chance to show your parents how well you’ve adjusted to college life, or at least to hide your dirty laundry and burrito wrappers long enough to convince them that you have.

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Football

Last, but certainly not least, is the quintessential element off which all other aspects of homecoming are based: football.

This grand American tradition is what makes homecoming possible in the first place. No matter the opponent, the weather, or the outcome, there is nothing like coming together on a Saturday afternoon in the fall to cheer on your favorite team with good friends and cold beers. Because homecoming marks the first home football game of the season, you are guaranteed excitement as you root on your team to a coveted victory.

And let us not forget, that where there is football, there is a tailgate party nearby.

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This year, may you take pride in your university, revel with friends, old and new, and may your school’s team lead its way to victory.

What are your favorite school traditions? Tweet me a picture from your university’s homecoming festivities and I might retweet you!

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