Class Year:
Junior

Major:
Psychology/Spanish

Hobbies:
Playing guitar, listening to music, reading, and travelling

Favorite Gadget:
iPhone

Favorite TV Show:
Glee, Dance Moms, Desperate Housewives, Pretty Little Liars and South of Nowhere

Favorite Music / Favorite Band:
Paramore, Tegan and Sara, Go Radio, Mayday Parade

And the ambition strikes back!

November 28, 2011

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To Write Love On Her Arms is a wonderful organization doing awesome things to inspire and spread hope and love to those suffering from depression, self-injury and addiction, and to prevent suicide. Now I've known about this organization for a long time, but what I didn’t know is that they have UChapters, which are clubs at universities that do a bunch of awesome stuff in order to serve as a support for people suffering with those issues and to spread awareness and hope to others in the community and on campus.

What I also didn’t know is that Niagara DOESN’T have one of these clubs! So me, being the ambitious little thing that I am, decided to find out what it takes to start one of these clubs. I emailed To Write Love On Her Arms and they said that in order to start one, one person from the club MUST attend a MOVE conference in Chicago or Florida.

Now, if I didn't have as much passion as I do about helping people with depression and wanting to show people that there is a reason to hold on when things are tough, I would have probably just turned around and said never mind, but thankfully I do have that passion. Well as it turns out, that in two weeks time (permitting that I get the OK from campus activities), I will be in CHICAGO attending the MOVE CONFERENCE in order to HOPEFULLY start the club.

I posted on an NU Facebook page asking if anyone would even be interested in joining a To Write Love On Her Arms club, and, lo and behold, I got 45 RESPONSES. I am thrilled! Honestly, I CANNOT believe that THAT many people would want to be a part of it as much as I do. I am literally shocked. I was expecting maybe 10, MAYBEEEEE 15, but 45?! It’s amazing that THAT many people would want to be involved in such a meaningful club. I cannot wait to get things rolling and to get the OK from the school to get it started. I’m hoping to meet with Campus Activities next week to make sure it’s alright and then we should be good to go. I cannot express to you how amazing it would be to get this club started and have it be successful and meet other people who are just as passionate about these issues as I am. I cannot wait!

So besides that, life has been just hunky dory. I’m home for Thanksgiving and it’s been wonderful. I actually like being home now, funny how things can change in just a few weeks. It’s nice to be with the family again and to just relax and not be going, going, going, from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. I finally got some real food in me (not saying that the food at NU isn't absolutely DELICIOUS… ehhh…) and I got to shop until I literally dropped on Black Friday, which was an experience all in itself (plus the half a dozen donuts all to myself!). After I go back to school, I have two and a half weeks, I believe, then exams and then HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Christmas is just so exciting, minus the snow. I’m pretty pumped.

I don’t think it hit me until I just wrote that last paragraph that the semester is already almost over. College moves so fast compared to high school that it’s definitely an adjustment. It seems like we just started yesterday and that we should still have five months of school to learn all of the information we need. But we only have two and a half more weeks. I think it’s a good change though - the fast paced atmosphere of it all. It makes things more exciting and doesn't feel as though they’re dragging on. Less busy work and more meaningful, down to business tasks. I am totally digging it.

Photo: Kelly and I went crazy with the webcam effects. I shall share some of the festivities with you! ENJOY!