As my 10 year high school reunion inches ever closer I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic. I don’t miss high school and I’m not planning to go to my reunion, but senior year was a nice jumping off point into the rest of my life …
My Freshman Dorm Room Closet at UCF, 2004:
I can hardly believe I lived with that as a closet for a full school year!
I’m glad to see that I had pictures of my family and my cat, Leo, up in the room. It’s funny to see that I gave prominent shelf space to those Tiffany and Coach bags though. The things 18 year old me thought were important … hah!
Hanging with a “Celeb” – Frank R. From the Real World Las Vegas:
My freshman year I met Frank Roessler from The Real World Las Vegas. Do you remember when The Real World and Road Rules were cool shows to watch on MTV?!
(Good grief, I can’t believe I used to let my roommate dye my hair with box dye from Walgreens! Edited to add: I don’t think there is anything wrong with using box dye from Walgreens but … clearly we didn’t know what we were doing!!!)
Seems like Frank is doing pretty good for himself these days. He’s come a long way from The Real World!
Kristina The Intern:
During my junior and senior years of college I interned at Citrix Systems on the User Experience team as a tech writer. I’m in the black shirt and cream colored scarf to the far right.
I had a blast on that team and learned so much! Plus, they paid me an entry-level salary even though I was just an intern and they never made me fetch coffee! It was the perfect way to ease into professional life.
Moving Into the Working World
Two days after I graduated with my bachelor’s I started my first job at a Fortune 100 company. I thought I had it MADE! I ended up staying for less than a year though because I learned that big companies just aren’t for me.
I ended up taking a job as the PR Manager for ion interactive, an Inc 500 tech company, and loved every minute. I learned so much there and caught the entrepreneurial bug. I left ion after two years to start a company of my own. That’s a great story for a different day.
Couch to 5K
One day in 2012 I woke up and decided, “today I’m going to go for a run.” And I’ve gone running almost every day since then because it never fails to make me feel good!
By My Side for the Last Decade
You’ll never guess who left my that envelope just about a year ago! Just kidding, of course it was Adam, the LOVE of my life.
We met my freshman year/his sophomore year at UCF and he’s been at my side for the last 10 years (almost). He doesn’t like to be on the blog too much, but I promise the pictures of us as little 18 year olds are adorable : )
A lot of good and not so great has happened in between these important milestones over the last 10 years, but it’s been my journey and I wouldn’t change it.
Tell me one (or more) awesome thing(s) that happened to you over the last 10 years!
Have you ever lived in a dorm room? Did you like it?
– I actually didn’t mind it much, but I was glad to move into an apartment my sophomore year where I had my own bedroom and bathroom <—- very important to 19 year old me!