“Wild applause!” Annie-Laurie Wheat

Annie-Laurie Wheat is one of the most loved theater professors at Winthrop University. With her bubbly enthusiasm and fun classes, no wonder she is the favorited amongst the student body. I got the chance to sit down with her for a project in one of my mass communication classes. When I first told her about the project and how I wanted to do a profile on her, she immediately answered “Yes! Of course! I would love to!”

Winthrop students, if you haven’t taken a class from Annie-Laurie I suggest you do it ASAP! Her classes are amazing. I don’t mind rolling out of bed on a Friday to go to her class 😉

xox, C

Home

This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to go home to Pawleys Island, South Carolina. With mom’s home cooked food, warm doggie cuddles and wonderful coffee dates with my best friend, I say the weekend was a huge success. I haven’t been home since Christmas break and the getaway was much needed. I’ve somehow managed to avoid the homesickness this semester because I’ve stayed super busy, but now that I’m back at school for a few days, I will be missing my own queen sized bed and real food.

I got to see my best friend since 6th grade, Katherine. Yes she and I have the same name and yes we are best friends. A lot of people ask if we are sisters. When people do that, I just think to myself ‘Come on, if we were sisters then why would are parents name us the same?’ because who in the world would do that? Common sense people.

I needed a Katherine fix and seeing her made me so happy! Best friends tend to do that. They have this wonderful gift of making you forget about the real world for awhile and bring out the best in you. I’ve known this girl for 9 years (wow it’s been that long) and I can honestly say this girl brings out the best in me. We are truly sisters. We’ve been through so much together and I know we will be best friends for the rest of our lives. Yes we have our fights, but she and I both know that we love each other too much to stay mad at one another.

On top of that, I got to see my other best friend; my mother. It’s crazy to think that when I was in high school, my mom and I had a completely different relationship. Now that I’m in college, I’ve realized that my mom was right all along and that she is truly my best friend and she will always be my BFF. So mom, if you’re reading this, I can’t wait to see you again in just a few short days! Love you.

xox, C

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Patience

(n.) The quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

I personally struggle with this on a daily basis. Naturally, I’m a high maintenance person who doesn’t know how to sit down and relax. I’m always running around doing something, stressed out and wanting to rush everything I do. Also as a writer, my mind is constantly racing with thoughts, words and feelings.

It’s not until the night time when I sit down that I realize how much I want right now in the present:

  • Move to Boston to work for Her Campus
  • If not that, then New York to work for Cosmo
  • A wonderful boyfriend/husband who will love me no matter what
  • Living on my own
  • Travel the world

When I stop and think about it… why in the world am I wanting to do and have all of those things right now? I’m only 19 years old. I’m half way through college!IMG_3053

I’m wanting to accomplish all of those things right now because I’m excited for them. They’re my goals. I can’t wait to have all of that. Actually no, I can wait… I’m looking forward to it.

But what do I do to help with being so impatient?

First of all, I pray. I know God has a wonderful plan for me and I trust him. I pray to him asking for patience because that is what I need to work on.

Second of all, as my friends have told me over and over again, I need to focus on myself. I need to focus on organization, my job and my schoolwork. I’m in college to get a degree to get a successful job. Worrying about myself is all I should have time for right now.

And finally, I try and stay positive. Even when I’m insanely stressed, I always try to find a way to be happy. Whether it’s ordering a pizza, or dancing to Taylor Swift’s new album, or going shopping with girlfriends, being happy when you’re busy makes all the difference in the world.

So next time I’m being impatient about something, I need to remember that God has a beautiful and precious plan for me. I need to trust him and have faith in him.

-C

MCOM 226 – Her Campus Winthrop

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written on here, but I was asked to write a blog post about anything for my mass communication multimedia class. So, I chose to write about Her Campus.

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What is Her Campus?  HC is a national organization that is an online magazine for college women. This website was founded in Boston, Massachusetts by 3 Harvard graduates in 2009. The organization has over 240 college chapters in the world and back in November 2014, my good friend Carolyn Rennix and I had the opportunity to bring it to Winthrop.

I am a sophomore at Winthrop now, and I have wanted to bring Her Campus to my school ever since I got here freshman year. I have a friend who attends College of Charleston and she is a part of their team, so as soon as I learned about it, I knew I had to get it here.

What does Her Campus mean to me?  Well, I am obsessed with this organization. Her Campus Winthrop is my baby. The main purpose of this organization is to help the young college woman with her goals, aspirations and help her destress from her busy lifestyle. We all know that things can get a little hectic here and there in college. Too many all nighters, way too much coffee, and 4 huge tests in one week? That’s more than the mind and body can handle. Our website will serve as a hangout space where girls can read about fun things such as “5 songs you should listen to while doing homework,”  or “top 10 fashion trends for the winter.” Girls can even look through our campus cuties and drool over Winthrop’s hotties 😉

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My goal as editor-in-chief is to inspire the women at Winthrop. I want them to feel confident with who they are and not be stressed or vulnerable because they got a D in their Math 150 class. What job even cares about ONE grade in ONE class after graduation? NONE.  My goal is for the Winthrop woman to laugh at our articles, provide some sort of stress-relief right before they go into a class or test they do not want to go to.  My goal is give our team experience. As a mass communication major and a sophomore I am preparing myself for the real world. Without experience on my resume, I will not get a job I want and need. I want to provide my team with as much professional opportunities as I can provide them because Her Campus is a well-known organization with a high reputation.

I lay in bed every night and think, “Wow, I can’t believe Carolyn and I did this. We brought it to Winthrop.” We make an awesome team. We also work together on the Johnsonian here on campus where she’s the news editor and I’m the assistant news editor, so you could say we’re like a “dynamic duo.” I am so blessed that I have her by my side. I can’t wait to see what this semester has in store for the both of us.

HCXO,
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Fall fall [update] fall.

fallThis is what I look at on the way to class every single day. Fall has finally come to Winthrop University and I am in love with it. I have never really been a fan of autumn, but for some reason, the picture that I captured just made me fall in love with it this year.

I love the crisp cold air. It reminds me of growing up in Kentucky and playing in the leaves when I was little. I grew up in the eastern part of Kentucky where it was hilly. We got snow… a lot of it. And we got leaves… a lot of them. There was a giant forest in our backyard after all.

For some reason, I’ve been feeling very inspired lately and have been feeling very blessed. I am so lucky that I go to Winthrop. This college has opened so many doors for me and has already given me such an experience …and I’m only a sophomore. I honestly can’t wait to see what the future holds for me espscially since I’m getting so involved with my communications major already.  I was telling my parents the other day that this year is going to be MY year. I have so many plans for this year and I honestly can’t wait to do everything. I just wish that I can do everything all at once. But over the years, I’ve learned that patience is a virtue. If God is making me wait, then I am definitely in good hands.

This year has flown by already. Two weeks until Thanksgiving break and then not too long I will have finals. It’s hard to believe how fast this year has gone by, but I have enjoyed every single second of it.

I can’t wait to see what else God has planned for me. He has given me so much already 🙂

xox,
C

You can do it.

“God is within her, she will not fail.”  -Psalm 46:5

This bible verse is close to my heart because it has gotten me through so much over this past year. Whenever I am feeling stressed or anxious about school or life, I repeat this bible verse over and over again to remind myself that I am capable of doing amazing things. It is important to remember that you ARE strong and that you ARE amazing and that you will NOT fail. It’s easy to forget sometimes. I understand. God has wonderful things planned for every single one of us and we need to remember that even during the most stressful times.

That being said, I am so content with my life right now. For the first time in awhile, I am very happy with everything that I am doing. I’m finally starting to dive into my major, I am getting involved with organizations on campus to help with my major and career and I have wonderful friends who continue to support me even through the toughest of times… It’s their love and their kindness that get me through those hard days. It was true what they say, once you get into a major that you love, it won’t be hard… it will be fun. That’s what I’m doing with Communications.

Remember this, whenever you feel like a failure or when you feel like you can’t get out of your hole that you’re in… Keep telling yourself that you can do it. You are NOT a failure at all. You’re a precious gift and God has an amazing plan for your life.

xox,
C