So you may be wondering, “Katie, where have you been for the last two months? Why weren’t you posting on your blog?” Well, my absence on the Internet in the past two months, with the exception of Instagram and occasionally Twitter, can be attributed to the responsibilities of life.
This last semester was a great adventure. After a terrible fall semester that led to me changing my career focus, I took the time this semester to find my passion. The challenges I’ve faced, the decisions I’ve made, and the people I’ve met have all dramatically shaped the direction of my life is going. Although, I don’t know exactly what future has in store for me, I am loving the direction I am going.
As for blogging, I am not satisfied with where my blog is and the lack of content I have been posting lately. During my final semester, I chose to step away from blogging because I wanted to focus on my school work. My energy was refocused on the journalism classes I was taking and the projects that came along with it. Through these classes my passion for journalism reemerged, and I gained a new passion for public relations and communications. I am happy to say that my passion and hard work lead me to a 4.0 and another spot on Dean’s List.
Along with school work, I also focused on my positions within the organizations I participated in on campus. As the president of the figure skating club, I planned and managed the third Midwestern intercollegiate skating competition in March. Between applying for the bid, planning ice time, purchasing medals, and coordinating judges, the planning process for the competition took an entire year. There is no way I could have planned such an amazing event without the help of my co-chair and fellow senior, Sami Fisher.
I also balanced my positions as the website chair and formal chair for my sorority, Kappa Delta. As the website chair, I gained experience with content management systems and keeping the website up to date. I also planned our end of the year formal, which was Gatsby themed. Since I have worked in banquet and event services for the last five years, I had so much fun planning and decorating for this event.
As many of you also know I was involved in an amazing organization called Bike for Tikes. This year was one of the craziest, but best years to be involved in this organization. Not only did we reach our goal of $105,000, but we exceeded that goal by $45,000! I also reached my personal goal of $1,100. This year was definitely one of the toughest years the bikers had due to the rain, hail, snow, and 50+ mph winds we experienced on Saturday. However, the bikers pushed through it and kept biking because it was for the kids! Unfortunately, we were not able to finish our ride Sunday because of the icy roads, but we made up for it by fundraising a record-breaking total. When I returned from the trip I f minor sprain in my back from being blown off my bike and tumbling down into a ditch this weekend. Even though I got injured during the bike ride I don’t regret a single second of it because it was for kids that have far worse medical problems than myself. If the icy roads hadn’t prevented us from riding on Sunday, I would have gotten back on my bike and finished the ride despite being sore. My back will heal and I will be able to dance or ride a bike again, but there are some kids that will never have that chance. I am so grateful for the experiences I have had with Dance Marathon at BGSU and BGSU Bike for Tikes the last three years, and happy I could make a difference in my community here at BGSU.
Finally, on top of school and all of my extracurricular obligations, I took the time to spend time with my friends and sorority sisters before we all went our separate ways. It is hard for me to believe that I won’t be seeing many of my college friends for a while now that we have all graduated.
I graduated exactly 11 days ago now, and in that 11 days, I have been planning new posts and content for my blog. I am even working on a redesign! As I said before, I am excited to see where the future takes me. I firmly believe everything happens for a reason and God has an amazing plan for me.