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When a new week rolls around, I tend to have a case of the “Mondays” because I know what lies ahead — another busy, nonstop, hectic schedule! However, I don’t mean to sound so pessimistic. I absolutely love what I do and I wouldn’t change my crazy life for anything. It’s just that I know how booked my planner can get, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
In my senior year of college, I’ve realized that my time here at UF as an undergrad is slowly, but surely, winding down. Pretty soon Fall semester will be wrapping up and Spring semester will be knocking down my door. I adore Fall semesters! This time around, I’m busier than ever. On top of maintaining straight A’s, there’s all of the wonderful extracurricular activities I’m involved in. Oh, and you can’t forget about football season!
Basically, I try to do it all. I don’t sleep until my work is done, and more. Tuesdays I anchor weather for WUFT News. Thursdays I one-man-band report for WUFT News. Fridays I main anchor the WUFT newscast. In between all of that, I am a forecaster for WRUF, president of UF’s chapter of the National Broadcasting Society, microphone girl for the Gator Hotline radio show, …and I try to have a life. Again, I try to have a life (outside of my Journalism college). The hard part is that since I’m at Weimer Hall so often, nearly all of my best friends are telecom students as well. I know what you’re thinking. Tough life, right? Not really. I’m being completely sarcastic! Although, life can get busy and schedules are always packed, I am so happy knowing that I’m doing what I love.
This week was fantastic. Monday started off with class: Listening and Small Group Communication. They’re fun and actually a bit therapeutic. Who knew?! I then ordered my college class ring. WOW! This was a bit of a reality check for me and was yet another reminder that graduation is upon me. Tuesday started off with a long, morning run around Gainesville. There’s no better way for me to start my day! My weather anchoring shift was that afternoon. The show was a train wreck due to major technical issues, but I still felt like I rocked my forecast and had a blast doing so. I snuck in dinner with my little brother at Tijuana Flats for Taco Tuesday as well. I always have to make time for family!
Tuesday evening I was in Weimer for an NBS meeting. Wednesday, I woke up early to work on my website. Then, I went to my classes and was even able to squeeze a much-needed grocery shopping trip into my day. I was in Weimer, once again, for another NBS meeting that lasted late into the night. Thursday started off early because I had to get into the newsroom for my TV3 (one-man-band) reporting shift! I was assigned a heart-warming, feature story to cover about Habitat for Humanity of Marion County. Then, I stayed after the newscast to host an NBS event for CBS Photojournalist, Les Rose.
This morning I woke up and it was finally Friday, which meant a morning of classes and an afternoon of main anchoring for WUFT’s 5:00 newscast. Today, I even fit in another early morning library session to continue revamping my website and a promo taping for the UF Homecoming Parade, which I am hosting this year! After the 5:00 newscast, I stuck around Weimer to chat with Les Rose some more and wish him safe travels back to Los Angeles. Afterwards, I went home, made delicious tacos for dinner, and am now enjoying my big, comfy couch.
You see, the way I look at it is you can either complain about everything you have to do, or you can smile and make the most out of every opportunity. I’ve learned to roll with the punches, turn worries into blessings, and think nothing but positive thoughts. Not to get all philosophical here, but the truth is that you only get one shot at life. Give it all you got! Growing up, my dad always told me to “lead, follow, or get out of the way.” He’s right. You should love what you do, accept any and every opportunity with open arms, thank those who give you those opportunities, and don’t ever hold back.