Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Class of 2016

White lace Saylor Clarissa dress worn for graduation.

There are a lot of things going through my mind as I walk across the stage this Thursday as a college graduate... First and foremost is the amount of hard work and dedication it took to get to this point, college isn't easy y'all! The amount of laughs, tears (both happy and sad), opportunities, successes, failures, and memories I've had over the last 5 years is enough to add and take off 10 years from my life at the same dang time!

South Florida fashion blogger graduates college.
Details of Saylor Clarissa dress with Alpha Delta Pi stole.
Tory Burch Lexington wedge and graduation cap.
Florida Atlantic University graduate.
Dress close up of Saylor Clarissa dress.
Graduation cap toss.

I've had this habit of biting off a little more than I can chew since I was a preteen, and this past year was no exception. Between working, 5 classes each semester, being an active member in ADPi, and blogging I felt like sleep was a gift and there wasn't enough coffee in all of the Starbucks in the southeastern United States to get me though, but I did it. So hats off to those who challenged me to keep going, and thank you because without my supportive friends and family I'm not sure I would be walking across that stage on May 5th!

This little blog has been a been my escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and I'm thankful everyday that Sean is a bit more audacious than I am. He kept telling me that I needed to finally start my blog (I've been talking about this for years... literally), and I'm really happy that I mustered up the courage and wrote my first blog post with his encouragement. 

Thank you to my friends and family (I'm pretty sure 70% of my Instagram likes are coming from friends, family and sorority sisters right now ha!), and to those of you that found this little corner of the internet I call mine. Your support means the world, and I'm really excited for what's to come!

With college over in the rear view, I feel as though my experience and thoughts after the fact may be able to help some of you! I'll break down the 4 most important things I've learned since my adventure began 5 years ago. 

1. Your reputation is your most important asset: There's been many situations I've been involved in over the last 5+ years where my reputation has come into play more than I ever thought possible. I've been involved quire a few situations where its proceeded me and actually helped me to get jobs purely because of my work ethic. You can, and most likely will eventually be hired/not hired due to your reputation and that goes for a poor reputation as well! Be mindful of the energy you put out. Your reputation has this way of making its way to the hands of an employer sometimes before your resume does. 

2. There will always be another fraternity party/social/night out: Finding a happy medium between a social life and doing well in school is crucial. Skipping studying the night before an exam to go to a party at the fraternity house around the corner isn't always worth it. Make sure you know where you stand in classes before you make a habit of doing things like that. Yes parties/socials/nights out are a blast, but not worth failing a class. Walking with your class and doing things with your friends before graduating is way more fun than that one party you went to before you economics exam. Trust me!

3. Get involved in everything you can: My first semester in ADPi wasn't my most active. I was commuting at the time and didn't attend as much as I wanted to. At the end of the semester I was pushed outside my comfort zone and took a position as corresponding secretary as a new member and loved it, and this year I was our Dance Marathon delegate. I can honestly tell you that being involved in my organization and Children's Miracle Network as a delegate changed my life. Don't be afraid to join a club or organization, you never know how it will impact your life!

4. There is no substitute for amazing friends: When it comes to friends, I'm 110% sure I hit the jackpot. I've been really lucky to spend this past year living between 3 of my best friends on the same street. We have fr-amily (friends that are family) dinners a few times a week, and my friend group has honestly been some of my biggest motivators and cheerleaders! Invest yourself in your friendships, the memories with those people will be with you forever.

This is without a doubt my favorite (and quite frankly the most important) outfit I've ever worn. It's currently available at Morley Delray and you can order it through Morley. Once it's available online I'll make sure to update the widget and let y'all know! In the meantime I've linked some other similar options I love.

Here's to the future.
xoxo, Sam

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