So in honor of so many of my friends here at college finishing up their final classes and exams and overall years of their undergraduate education I wanna just talk a little bit about my college experience so far I guess. It makes me a little emotional, not only for them, but realizing that I will be in their place in only 1 short year.

My time here at Virginia Tech has changed me more than I ever thought possible. 4 years ago, I was in my junior year at a high school with no more than 400 students at it. Now I sit in some of my lectures with more students than that in just one class. Seeing some of my friends that I graduated with, thankfully for Facebook and other social media, I can check out how their lives have been since they have left the little Avonworth bubble as well. Although they all seem to be loving their college experience as well as I am, I realize I am one of the only ones who seem to be so deeply immersed in my life here at college, that it takes more than a few scrolls to get back to my high school days on any given social media site.

At first when I came to Tech, I was by far the farthest away from home out of my close circle of friends that I graduated with. They all saw each other regularly, and I only came home about once a semester. I realize today that I have only probably seriously hung out with anyone I was close with in high school no more than 2 times since my 3 years here at Tech. It sounds so cliche, but it amazes me how fast things can change, how far apart you can grow from people you thought would be in your life forever, and how fast someone you just met can become so important to you.

Although I am far from done enjoying my college days, I am lucky enough to realize that they won’t last forever, and I will be moving on into the real world (or hopefully just grad school) in just one short year. My roommate Charlotte just recently posted something on Facebook of “Things She Has Learned Since Being at College” considering she is graduating at the end of this semester. I think I’d like to do something along those lines, and just reminisce a little bit about the three amazing years I have already had here. So here it is:

The Official Unofficial List of Kate Ward’s College Knowledge

1. Go to class. – I have friends that will argue this with me until they are blue in the face, but this is one of the best things I have figured out about college so far. It seems simple, but a lot of people don’t do it. Whether it is getting to know about an assignment, get attendance points, sit next to your friend to tell them something that happened the day before, or to simple go and learn, GO TO CLASS! YOUR PROFESSORS WILL NOTICE AND IT CAN ONLY HELP YOU IN THE LONG RUN.

2. Learn to love like coffee – coming to college I used to hate even the smell of coffee. I would love watching my parents drink it, and would have the occasional fancy half hot chocolate-half fun flavored coffee from starbucks, but never any real coffee. I feel like a real adult now that I actually need it. It’s kinda scary.

3. Put down your phone – Face time is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and those around you. Whether it is your roommate, best friend, professor, or even the cashier at the grocery store or teller at the bank, take the time to be off your phone for the 5 minute interaction you will be having with those people. It makes everyone’s lives a lot less stressful and makes you seem like a more genuine person, compared to all those other zombies constantly glued to their phones.

4. Tell the truth – This one is pretty simple, I don’t even feel I have to elaborate on it. There have been a million instances where just telling the truth the first time would have made for a better outcome, and lies don’t make anyone happy in the long run. Just don’t do it.

5. Give Back – Helping other people, does it really get any better than that. Coming from Virginia Tech I am a little biased, my school’s motto being “ut prosim” or “that I may serve” stands pretty close to my heart. There are so many ways to give back in my community it astounds me everyday. “To prepare for service and learn the nobility of serving, thereby earning the right to be served” is part of my sororities creed, which really explains how great community service can be.

6.“Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first” – Recently there have been a few things happening in my life that have made me realize that I need to work on ME more. I have always loved my life, but I feel like I have been doing a lot of things I do for others, and not myself. Once you realize that you need to be happy before anything else can fall into place, the better off you will be.

7. The past can hurt, but it’s the past for a reason – I have always struggled with anxiety and things like that, and have been kind of a grudge holder. This year has made me realize that so many things, whether they are good or bad, happen for a specific reason, even if you don’t know what that reason is yet. After a series of events my junior/senior year of high school, I have thanked God everyday that I ended up at Virginia Tech. What happened sucked, and I mean SUCKED, but I wouldn’t be where I am today if it hadn’t, and I couldn’t be more grateful and happy to be where I’m at. It is important to learn to trust life, and what happens in it. Some things are worth holding on to, and some things are worth letting go. Learn to tell the difference between the things that matter, and the things that don’t. Let your past shape you, not ruin you.

I had a bunch more, but I think I will do a sequel to this post at some point when I think of more. Overall, I am just grateful for my time here at Virginia Tech and cannot believe I only have 1 more year left. Put since I just love pictures, here are a few pictures to sum up my time here.

I moved into West AJ with my awesome roommate Adri!

I moved into West AJ with my awesome roommate Adri!

I went to my first Hokie football game!

I went to my first Hokie football game!

I have the most amazing Zeta Family In the World

I have the most amazing Zeta Family In the World

I turned 21!!

I turned 21!!

My roommate Charlotte got married, and I was a bridesmaid!

My roommate Charlotte got married, and I was a bridesmaid!

I met my two "other half"s

I met my two “other half”s

I went to visit one of my best friend Stevie in the best city of DC.

I went to visit one of my best friend Stevie in the best city of DC.

Mostly, I am having the time of my life.

Mostly, I am having the time of my life.

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High Five For Friday

Didn’t I just write one of these? It literally feels like yesterday that I just posted my last H54F. But that’s a good thing! This week was pretty good, it was kind of a hell week for me as I had 3 exams (out of 4 classes), countless homework assignments,an interview for my dream internship, and was working both days and nights at my job. It was a pretty stressful week, but I made it through! I also found out today that I got a 100% on an exam I took on Monday, that is, I GOT ALL OF THE QUESTIONS RIGHT! Basically I was super pumped and couldn’t believe it. It was a great ending to a week I thought was going to be bad.

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I couldn’t capture how much fun formals was in just one photo, so here is a bunch!

1. So this is actually kind of old news I think, but I have been listening to a lot of Blake Shelton’s new album, and it is AMAZING. There aren’t many album’s that I can listen to start to finish, but this is definitely one of them.

2. Last Saturday was Race For The Cure in Roanoke and all of my Zeta sisters and I went, considering that is our philanthropy! It was an awesome day, I woke up early and ran the race, which was my first real 5K in probably a year! I finished in 32 minutes, but I did walk some of it. I was pretty proud just for finishing! 🙂

3. So I am finally showing up my new pretty monogrammed ring that I ordered from Marley Lilly, and I absolutely love it! I wear it everyday and I’m super obsessed with it. I also bought new Essie nail polish called “go gazina” and it is the perfect spring color! I had a $2.00 off coupon and then another $1.00 off CVS extra bucks, so it was only $5.00, score!!

4. Tux cuddles are the best. He wasn’t feeling good and had a sick morning, so whenever I got home from class he didn’t leave my side all day, and I love nothing more than to cuddle with him. Everyone needs sick day cuddles.

5. ZETA FORMALZ!!! This was my Big and a lot of my other really good friend’s last official Zeta Function, and it was a lot of fun! My best friend Courtney and I had an amazing dinner at 622 North, basically the fanciest restaurant in Blacksburg where we had wine and a fancy steak dinner, I had crab cakes, it was delicious! We had a little family get together beforehand, and I love spending time with my amazing ZTA fam, so it was a great night.

As usual, I am linking up with Lauren at http://www.thelaurenelizabeth.com/, and she just re-did her whole blog, and it looks so cute, so be sure to check it out!!

That’s all for now, maybe ya’ll will get a more in depth post about this weekend sometime soon! 🙂

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We Will Prevail.

This morning, as sad as it is, I wanted to take just a little time to have everyone think about their lives. Think about the person you love, your closest friend, your parents, your sisters, your brothers, your classmates, everyone in your life. Think about how different things would be without them, and how thankful each and every one of us should be to have these special people in our lives.

Today marks the 6 year anniversary of 4/16/2007, the day Virginia Tech lost 32 of it’s most precious Hokies. Although I was not here in Blacksburg when this happened, only a freshman in high school, there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think about it. Whether it’s walking by their memorial on campus, seeing a VT shirt, or even just seeing someone living out our school’s motto “ut prosim” (That I May Serve) it reminds me every day how blessed my fellow classmates and I are to be a part of something so much greater than ourselves.

I cannot imagine being on campus when the horrible events 6 years ago were occurring, but I also cannot imagine calling any other school home. Virginia Tech became my home, in all sense of the word. I have seen more growth in myself here in these past 3 years than I have my entire life beforehand. Coming to Virginia Tech literally changed my life. And I know that there are 32 Hokie angels up in Heaven that are saying the same thing, and they wouldn’t be more proud to be looking down on their school and seeing us prevail. I want everyone to just take time to think about someone or something that is special to you, and cherish it. Hold it close to your heart, literally or figuratively, tell someone you love how much they actually mean to you, and neVer forgeT to live everyday for all it’s worth.

Prayers for those in Boston, and those that were affected by both the Columbine Shootings and the Oklahoma bombings on this week in previous years as well. Stand strong<3

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Another H54F

That time of the week, the best part of the week, Friday! Has come and gone again, and I was super busy on Friday and Saturday, so I am deciding to do a nice Sunday morning post recapping my LAST week. I usually count weeks from Sunday-Sunday, but when H54F comes rolling around, I can only really count them Friday-Friday or else Saturday gets left out. But anyways, here it is and I hope you all had amazing weeks as well!!!

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1. So one of my best friends from all the back in preschool came to visit last weekend! It was beyond amazing to see Melanie again, as we have only really seen each other in passing since high school graduation. She goes to school in Virginia as well, so it was only mandatory that we see each other at some point or another! It was a great night catching up, and I was so happy that I got to see her again!

2. Last week it was snowing, as in classes were cancelled because we had 5 inches of snow in over two hours. This week I wasn’t sure if I was in Virginia or California most of the week. It got up to over 80 degrees some days, so I obviously took advantage and had myself a nice little drink while filling out some internship applications. Productive, right?

3. I’m not sure why I chose this picture to put on here, it was supposed to be me capturing my outfit that day because I finally had inspiration to look cute, but really I just ended up making funny faces. Well I guess this picture shows how happy I’ve been recently. It was a pretty rough winter and it’s finally time to start feeling good again.

4. After I left my day job this week, I was waiting for my ride to pick me up, and I couldn’t resist a small treat to myself. It was a gorgeous day, and I had already been at work from 11-5 so I told myself I deserved it 🙂 Also my new ZTA shorts are my favorite new thing to wear!

5. I want to give a huge shout-out to one of my best friends Stevie over at www.colorfulcommotion.com because she is the best. I haven’t been in the best mood all week, and she has always been there to listen to me bitch whine whenever I need to and always is straight with me about if I’m being crazy or actually rational. This week I saw this amazing necklace on www.groopdealz.com and I couldn’t resist it, but since my paycheck at the beginning of this month had our spring break on it, I have been money less since the beginning of the month. So she was oh so amazing and bought this necklace for me before the sale went out. What a lifesaver, such a first world problem, but she really is the best.

     I am already excited for next week’s High Five For Friday, as this weekend was prettttttty freaking good. As usual I am linking up with Lauren at http://www.frommygreydeskblog.com/

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DIY Diva: My Tales of my tries of being crafty/thrifty

Well hello everyone! If you haven’t figured it out by now, this blog does not have a theme. I probably am the least patient person ever when it comes to cooking, so it’s not all “i’m amazing at cooking and so I’m going to show you how to, and make you slobber all over your keyboard in the process”. I also dress like a hobo most days (a very nicely dressed hobo for that matter) so it’s not gonna sound like “I won best dressed in high school so I’m going to show you how much better my wardrobe is than yours”. I am also not married, so every post on here isn’t going to be about “I live a fairly life relationship and here is everything about my wedding”. Trust me, I LOVE reading all of those types of blogs, because well, none of those things are me so it is interesting to live vicariously, (a girl can dream, right?) But for today, I guess I am going to talk about a somewhat normal topic on blogs recently, DIY.

This is actually one part of my life that I pride myself in. There are 2 goodwill shops within walking distance from my apartment, and another one about a ten minute drive away, so thrifting here in Blacksburg is pretty easy. A lot of college students accumulate things, and then when they move from apartment complex to apartment complex (pretty much every year) they just throw stuff away! I’ve found the end of the school year/beginning of the summer is the best time because that’s when people are moving (and purging) and just getting rid of all their crap. And since everyone just give’s stuff to goodwill, so they get karma of course, I take full advantage of that fact. So today I am going to share a few tales of my adventures of crafting things that have been done for my living in my apartment!

Black Bookshelf:

This next project I can’t take full responsibility for. Basically the only thing I did was find a friend who’s mini van we could borrow to get this piece of furniture from the goodwill to our apartment, cause it sure as hell wasn’t fitting in Scott’s little Sentra. So this bookshelf was outside of goodwill, FOR FREE. It was falling apart so bad they were just giving it up for garbage. So of course, Scott and I snagged it. He sanded it and painted it, and now it is perfect and pretty in our apartment! Total cost: $5 for spray paint!

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Chevron Canvases:

Okay, so these didn’t come from goodwill, but the post is titled being “crafty/thrifty” so this counts! I got these canvases at Michael’s, I’m pretty sure they were on sale for buy one get one half off or something, or 40% off, so I snagged them. It took a while, and was tedious, but I sketched the canvas off in 1 inch squares, then just put lines up and down each one. It was a pretty long process, cause once I painted one stripe, I had to wait a while for it to dry then go to the next. They’re not completley perfect either, but from more than a foot or two away you can’t even tell! They are a cute little girly compliment to my living room (since it can’t be TOO girly, Scott dislikes girly things) haha.

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Poster Art:

So this last one is pretty shocking as well. I got the frame from goodwill for like $5.00, and i was gonna make it a big photo collage, but decided against it and just was gonna get crafty with it. It sat in my apartment, first in my room, then in my attic, then back downstairs, waiting to be finished. So finally during spring break I decided to tackle this project. This was one of those simple, lay some tape down, then paint over it, then take the tape off kinds of projects. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever done, but hey! It’s all abstract and such and adds a little volume to the room, so I can deal with it! 🙂 (Ignore the crack, I accidentally broke the glass when I was putting it back in the frame…)

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Well please excuse the bad quality of the pictures, gotta love my trusty iphone. As you can see, my “real life” apartment is still in the works, but I was just sick of living in a “college” apartment. Of course it still is, but it’s getting better! But I have a few other projects I am going to share later, but I figure this will keep y’all busy and inspired for a little while at least 🙂

xoxo, Kate

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“Love, the greatest of all things”

So this past weekend was a little crazy. This weekend was a tough one, and a bitter sweet one as well, but it was all worth it. For those of you that don’t know, two weeks ago, a sorority sister, and close friend of mine, passed away. This weekend was her funeral, and many of my sisters and I traveled all the way to Virginia Beach to attend the celebration of her life. It was an amazing ceremony, and very emotional, but I couldn’t have been any happier to have been surrounded by my Zeta sisters than I was then. We are all so used to being together during the happy times, participating in philanthropies, recruitment, talent shows and things like that, that we usually forget how meaningful it is for us to be there for one another during the hard times as well. We were all humbled by this tragedy, and are truly thankful for one another. It reminds us to live everyday to the fullest, that life truly is a gift, and that “love,” truly is, “the greatest of all things.”

Sarah was an amazing person. She was kind, loving, caring, and especially fun. There was never a dull moment when she was around. She always had a smile on her face, and was full of laughter. I had the experience of meeting Sarah for the first time back in January. I was her Rho Gamma for formal recruitment this past spring. She was very sassy, but always fun, and she was a pleasure to have in my group. I was so happy I got to know her for the time I did. I remember on bid day, when I learned that she was getting a bid to Zeta, I couldn’t contain my excitement. The day she walked through those doors, and I handed her her bid card, and she started jumping up and down screaming in excitement. I wanted to join her, but she did not know I was in Zeta yet, so I had to curb my excitement. I was so excited when later that night I got to run back into my Zeta home, and she was there waiting for me. I was so happy for her to be my sister, after being with her so much during those two weeks of recruitment. She was truly a blessing to everyone who’s lives she touched, and she will honestly be missed more than words can described.

“Wherever you fly, this isn’t goodbye. My love will follow you, stay with you, Zeta you’re never alone”

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Image                                         What a gorgeous day to celebrate a beautiful life.

The second part of my weekend was a little happier, but bittersweet none the less! Saturday was Zeta Day, which is an event where every Zeta chapter in Virginia gathers together as kind of an awards banquet. Because of our recent loss, the majority of our chapter did not attend, but a few of us did, feeling as though we needed to be present to show the rest of our fellow chapters that we were okay, grieving, but okay. It turned out to be a really amazing day, getting to spend the whole day celebrating the love of Zeta Tau Alpha across the state of Virginia. It was a lot of traveling this weekend (we left at 7 am Friday, and got back around 9 from Virginia Beach. Then left at 4am to get to Alexandria then got home around 7pm). Our chapter won a few awards including:

  • 2013 Collegiate Outstanding GPA Runner Up
  • Membership Achievement Award
  • Major Donor Pin
  • 2013 Province President Award (highest award given)

Like I said, it was a very emotional weekend, but I loved every second of it. I would change my sisters for the world. Here are a few more fun pictures from this weekend! Image

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Also, I won a raffle for a silent auction, of Lilly Pulitzer stuff, I was SO EXCITED!

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Well that’s all for now. I believe that although this weekend was hard, it was a lesson. And I feel so blessed to have been a part of it. It is really something that I will look back and cherish after my four years at school is over, and I am loving every minute of it.

xoxo

Kate

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I Request the Highest of Fives

So here’s to another FRIDAY! I don’t mean to sound braggy but this week it doesn’t quite feel like friday for me. If you have read my previous post you will know I am on spring break from school right now, so it’s just been an overall relaxing week, and for once I am sad to see this Friday come because it means once this weekend is over I will have to be back to real life of class, work, and homework 😦

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So just a few little things from this week.

1. I have been in the habit of painting my nails a lot this week, considering I have the time, patience, and ability to literally just sitting around waiting for paint to dry. I usually don’t paint my nails that often or pretty colors because I like everything to match, which is hard with just one nail color, but because of Easter coming up and the warmer weather I was inspired to do something pretty, and fun with glitter! So here was my final result!

2. Today, Scott and I took a little trip down to the Human Society of Montgomery County and it was awesome. Since I do not have a pet here at school, and my kitty from home just recently passed away, and my roommate has been back at home for about three weeks now (with her puppy Tux) I have been needing some animal loving. So we went and hung out with the kitties for about an hour, it was so much fun. Sometimes all you need is a little animal therapy!

3. Shamrock shakes, do I even need to say more? This was my first one of the year, every time I would go to McDonalds it was always too cold I wasn’t in the mood for one. But these things are DELICIOUS! They are basically a delicacy back in Pittsburgh, but my freshman year of college the McDonalds down here in Blacksburg didn’t even have Shamrock shakes! It took stopping at EVERY McDonalds from here to Richmond to find one that did, but I’m just happy I got one this year!

4. On Sunday Scott and I got to do an awesome Segway Tour of the city of Richmond, VA! If you didn’t read about it yet, you can read more here: https://littlekatebigwor1d.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/a-week-of-peace/

5. Finally, it is finally STARBURST JELLY BEAN SEASON!! These are literally my favorite Easter Candy ever, move over chocolate bunnies, and Reese’s peanut butter Eggs, and even though those peeps are so darn cute, nothing beats these babies! You HAVE to try them, they are beyond amazing.

Well I hope everyone had a great week, and unfortunately I will be joining the real world once again at the end of this weekend! 

xoxo
Kate

I’m linking up with Lauren for #H54F!

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