Goodbye Freshman Year

Today I take my very last final and pack up and move out of my freshman dorm room. It’s so crazy how I’m already a fourth of the way through college and that the year is coming to a close. Sophomore year, here I come! Although I did have a really hard time adjusting to college itself, I had a blast at JMU. I experienced so many great things and met so many outstanding people and without them, my year wouldn’t have been half as great as it was.

Freshman year is a hard adjustment for anyone and I was no exception. I started off living in a completely different dorm than I do now, for starters. I moved out of the Village in November and into a Bluestone dorm. It couldn’t have been a better decision. Not only did I live with a fantastic roommate but I also lived on a floor full of the most energetic, unique, and charismatic girls you could ever meet. They were all so welcoming when I moved in late last semester and it’ll be so strange not seeing them everyday!

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I also started off the year in a completely opposite field of study than what I am in now. In the fall I was studying math and education, and as much as I still love and respect both of those fields of study so much, I decided that communications and public relations was much more fitting. Next semester, I will start on my comm journey by taking a few intro courses and then I will apply to my major in the winter. I’m hoping these classes will start me off on a journey towards my dream job, being a director of PR for a big fashion brand. I hope to one day live in a big city like Chicago or New York (at least for a few years).

In September, I also joined Alpha Delta Pi. I was really nervous about joining a sorority and honestly, I almost didn’t. I didn’t know if I would find the perfect one for me or if it would all be worth it. I’m so happy to decided to go through with recruitment because it not only took me out of my comfort zone but also introduced me to 230 wonderful ladies! This year ADPi raised money for Ronald McDonald House by selling pizza, playing baseball, and flag football. We also had fun parties such as christmas cocktail, formal, Mallard Ball, Black Diamond Ball, and re-live New Year’s. To a few of those, I did debut the glitter pants that I love so much!We attended philanthropy events for the Panhellenic community as well.  We went to the apple orchard, the pumpkin patch, the Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House and Massanutten together too. I met my best friends through this sisterhood and leaving them for 4 months is just about the saddest thing I can think of.

Throughout the year, blogging really was taken to the next level. I *tried to* blog everyday and for the most part succeeded minus and handful of days here and there when school got too crazy. I worked with so many companies this year — Scout by Bungalow, ASOS, KJP, Leigh Deux, Carolina Dandy, Suave, Panera Bread, and Lauren James to name a few. I reformatted the blog this past January and am looking forward to expanding my coding and CSS knowledge this summer. I have so many great photo ideas and am planning to take pictures one to two times a week this summer to bring everyone a lot of content. Throughout the year I also shared a lot of InstaLives. Everyone seemed to really enjoy them so I will most definitely continue to go live this summer.

As for next year, I will be returning to James Madison University in the fall and am honestly super excited to come back. I came to JMU with a clouded mindset with the intention of transferring. I have decided to come back in 4 months. I debated on living in the sorority house next year but am partial to a little privacy so decided against it. I will be living in an apartment with one of my ADPi sisters and two of her friends. Don’t worry, I already have a Pinterest board started full of apartment ideas! I’m looking forward to expanding my circle of friends this fall by joining a few clubs and maybe the entrepreneur fraternity (I’m not quite sure about that one yet). I have already decided to attend more football games in the fall and am challenging myself to try to expand my comfort zone a little further than I did this year.

This summer I am going to really do things for me and take the next few months to be a little selfish. I will be working at Lilly Pulitzer again this summer, I return to the store on Tuesday! I picked up a second job waitressing at a restaurant in Richmond as well to help me save for utilities and groceries for my apartment. I am ready for a good long break to help me recollect my thoughts, write lots of blog posts, take tons of pictures, and ride a few waves at the beach. Trust me though, this summer is going to be a great one both on Daily Dose of Prep and in my personal life. I can’t wait to share these fun upcoming months with everyone! Thank you all for your emails, messages, comments, and likes throughout the school year — seriously your support means everything to me! Here’s to a great summer!

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

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An Open Letter to My Sorority Sisters…

 

To the Girls in Theta Omicron of ADPi,

It’s been a pretty crazy year for me. I mean, moving to college away from family and my best friends was tough for me — a lot tougher than I had anticipated. I felt very lost my first semester, the combination of not feeling fully at home here at JMU and not having too many friends yet made me feel very self conscious and just all out of sorts. Even throughout recruitment, I was very nervous that I wouldn’t be able to find a home here.

That all changed the night I received my Bid Card from Alpha Delta Pi. That night, not knowing any of my new sisters, I met my very best friends. Who knew that going up to someone and saying “I literally know nobody here” would land you two of the greatest girls at school. Even after joining ADPi, and eventually finding a great spot here, college still brought the many ups and downs that it tends to. Long papers, roommate struggles, stress, new semesters, and more ADPi was there through it all. The one constant in the mix. If I didn’t have Alpha Delta Pi, I would have been absolutely miserable my first semester here. I was so lost on the basis of my major and of a friend group and without y’all I would probably still be in limbo.

All I wanted when I joined was a great place to call home and a great organization to be apart of, although the other sororities on campus are all great, I can’t see myself anywhere other than ADPi. Who knew that when I accepted my Bid Card and was initiated that I was joining a group of girls that would stay up until 1am with to watch the World Series, find a group of girls to come bring me ice cream when I’m having a bad day,  or find group of girls who will always help me with whatever I need whenever I need a hand. I will admit, in the past I made fun of sororities. I didn’t understand the idea of it. I now realize that it’s one of those things where you don’t understand the power of it until you’re apart of it.

I’m excited to continue my journey with ADPi for the rest of my collegiate career as well as for the rest of my life. I’m excited to stick my pin to my bouquet at my wedding and I’m looking forward to spontaneously meeting sisters from across the country when I wear letters. I’m gearing up for next year and am excited for the many laughs, late nights, Bachelor Monday’s, and other exciting things that being an ADPi brings. I also can’t wait to live in the house with my best friends next year!! Thank every ADPi out there for being a great friend and sister — you embody sorority in ever sense of the word! Diamonds are forever and so is our bond!

Peace and Pi Love,

Lucy

Life Update: Halfway Through Second Semester

How is it already (almost) halfway through second semester? I mean, I’m looking at the calendar already preparing for midterms and adding things to my shopping cart for spring break! I know that you guys love to read fun updates of what’s going on in my life and how I’m doing so I resorted to Twitter to get a sense of what everyone wanted to read. A life update post was the winner and I wanted to make people happy and give a little summary of what’s been going on these past few weeks!

School – School is great! I love all of my professors this semester and I find all of my classes really interesting. I’m taking philosophy, 3D calculus, religions of the world, prehistoric-1500 world history, and intermediate French. Calc as always is challenging but I’m studying really hard in that class and am hoping it pays off in the long run. Philosophy is definitely my hardest class this semester though. It’s so different and abstract that anything else I have taken in all my years of schooling. I was just at office hours yesterday asking questions and picking the professor’s brain. It’s so crazy that in just 14 days we’ll be taking midterms for the semester and I’ll enter into my final quarter of my freshman year. My roommate, Jess, and I were talking about how we only have 52 days of school left and about 21 days of those are Saturdays and Sundays. Before I know it, I’ll be packing up my freshman dorm room for another summer in RVA. I’m still debating on changing my major but if I do anything, it won’t be until next semester!

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Blogging – I am having a blast blogging! I always love posting but without a spring sport or nearly as many commitments as I had in high school, I find that I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I have really invested myself in the blog these past few weeks and I think it’s really paying off. I have some great post ideas coming up and some amazing collaborations coming with companies such as Lauren James, Rufus & Royce, West End Monograms, and more! Not to mention that I am bringing y’all an amazing giveaway this upcoming weekend! I hunted HIGH AND LOW for a Lilly Pulitzer x Starbucks S’Well Bottle and I finally found one. After putting my name on tons of call lists and waitlists for one, on Tuesday morning a Starbucks in Midlothian, VA called me (at 8am) letting me know I was next on the list to pick my print. I managed to have my sister, Leslie, find another one at a Starbucks near her in Austin, TX for a giveaway! Stay tuned this weekend to enter and on information on how to earn additional entries!

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Sorority – I am loving ADPi more and more each day. I told y’all, I really didn’t like my sorority in the beginning but I am so happy I found a home here in ADPi. First semester, it took me a while to find my group of friends within my sorority but now that I have found my close knit group of about 6 or 7, my love for the chapter at James Madison has grown immensely. Just last night we went snow tubing at Massenutten Resort, a ski resort about 20 minutes from campus. All of my tests and quizzes were on Wednesday afternoon and we went tubing on Wednesday night so I literally had nothing else to do last night. Soon, we will start planning our spring  philanthropy event, our spring formal, and start Greek Sing but for now it’s just chapter meetings and little philanthropy events here and there.

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Family – The Smith fam is doing well! My parents are headed off on a long weekend to Charleston, SC this weekend (jealous!!!) to watch UVA baseball in their season opening tournament. Leslie is absolutely killing it at work in Texas! Lisa is headed off to NYC in a few weeks for an architecture trip and she’s so excited! Her work is so great, she’s insanely talented. If you want to shop her RedBubble account you can click here to purchase some of her amazing stickers! Libbie is kicking off spring lacrosse next weekend for her junior season! She’s really enjoying her junior year of high school. I’m just looking forward to spring break! My dad and I are leaving RVA for a few days and heading to the Big Apple! We’re going to watch a little of the ACC basketball tournament and explore the city and maybe see a show while we’re there! I’m already making a 6 hour long playlist for the car ride which will soon be available on Spotify. You can follow my Spotify here!! 

Faith – I have found myself praying more and calling on God for a lot more things. I usually am not one to ask for help unless necessary but I have been calling on Christ for help recently for both small and large requests. I have been asking for him to help me seek patience, more kindness, and the ability to look at a situation from more than my point of view. One of the bible verses I have been relying on is Ephesians 4:2. I have also been calling on God to help me not worry about others so much. I’ve caught myself comparing myself to others in the classroom, on the blog, and in life in general too many times than I would like to recently, and I need a little bit of help with that as well.

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What’s been going on in your life?? I would love to read your comments! 

Stay Preppy,

Lucy