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To my beautiful Mentee

{Books! And Cleverness? There are more important thing – Friendship}

I thought it was only fitting to start this blog with a quote from our one of our favorite fiction characters. Anyways, welcome to the family! I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to welcome you to Central and LAS. You are about to make one of the biggest changes of your life and I, my friend, will be right with you the whole way. While at Central, you will embark on the journey of finding your passions, best friends, and yourself in many ways.

Everything happens for a reason, my mentor Em and I both believe that. Em and I meeting was fate and today she is my everything. But neither of us were expecting what happened with us to happen again. But my dear it did and the universe graced me with you. Maybe it was not the universe but it was Michelle who is always looking out for me. From the moment Michelle introduced us I knew you were a special human and that I wanted to be a part of your journey through Central. I also knew that you would be a perfect addition to our little LAS family and would fit in perfectly with all of our love and quirkiness. You were such a genuine person who was also super funny and kind that first day we met. When you left I went up to my room and gushed about meeting you to my roommates and told Em all about you. I was so happy that after competition day we started talking and began to get to know another. Today you are the strong, independent, passionate women I have gotten to know. Han, you never fail to brighten my day and you are truly a blessing in my life.

I know these past few months have been difficult but you are a part of our family now and we will always be here to love and support you. Anything you need I and everyone else in the family will be there for. We already are so obsessed with you and can’t wait for you to join us at Central! Our wonderful family includes you, me, your G Emily, GG Danielle, and your GGG Clare who just graduated (also others but I don’t personally know them lol). So excited for you to become a part of out little family and come to Central with us. 

I can’t wait to get to know you even more and to become mentor and mentee. You will love Central so much and LAS will be a wonderful program to be a part of especially since we have one another. Your college experience will be amazing and I can’t wait to share that with you. Fire Up Chips! To end, here is a quote from a show we are both obsessed with ♥

See you soon love!

{You’re my family. What is you, is me. There’s nothing you could ever say to make me let go. I love you.}

Welcome to the Fam Bam Hanna!

 

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A much needed break

Spring Break 2017 • Random little update about Spring Break

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Well first off Spring Break was far too short. However, I had a fabulous time in Florida soaking up all of the warmth and sun with my family and boyfriend before coming back to snowy chilly Michigan. Throughout the week, we ate wonderful food, laid on the beach, went to Sea World, slept in, went to Aquatica, and relaxed.

Here’s a little bit about what I did during my Spring Break in Florida. First, one of the most wonderful parts for me was being able to run outside instead of on a treadmill. I got to wake up every morning and take a run on the beach in the salty air instead of running in Michigan on the salty side walks. It was very refreshing and helped me get out of bed in the morning. Also, we went to so many good restaurants that are my personal favorites in St. Augustine. It was so nice to have something other than cafe food because it gets old pretty fast. Besides beach runs and food in St. Augustine, I showed Derek around Downtown one day and we walked through the historic part of it. We also ate some super delicious ice cream downtown at Ben and Jerry’s, which honestly made my trip because I had nondairy peanut butter ice cream. After being in St. Augustine for a few days with my family, Derek and I went to Orlando. While there we were able to go to Disney Springs and do a dinner and movie in the AMC theater. That was super cool experience. We saw Logan there and it was the perfect ending for Hugh Jackman’s career as Wolverine. The next day we went to Sea World to ride roller coasters and see all the different animals. Personally, I loved watching the dolphin show and seeing the connection and trust between the trainers and dolphins. The next day we spent time at SeaWorld’s water park Aquatica, going down the water slides and chilling in the lazy river. That evening we traveled back to St. Augustine to spend our last few days in Florida with my family.

Being in Florida with the people I love was truly rejuvenating and definitely a much needed break from my fast paced life at Central. It gave me a boost of energy that I need to finish the semester and was a nice time to just chill.

Here are some lovely picture from the ever beautiful Florida!

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Flourishing Friendships

Mentor Mentee Retreat > September 11-12th > Eagle Village

The weekend of September 11th I had the opportunity to go to Eagle Village with my LAS cohort and our mentors from the cohort ahead of us. During the retreat, we organized into smaller groups with 7 mentor/ mentee pairs to work on our relationships and our leadership skills. Time was spent bonding with our mentor as well as getting to know more of the people in LAS. Overall, it was an amazing weekend and I really got to know some of the most incredible people in the world.

I bet you are wondering what we did to grow in our relationships and as leaders. Well, here’s a little blurb about a few of the activities and what I learned from them. First, when we got into our groups we shared our “road maps”. All of the mentees had to make some type of representation or “road map” of who we are and highlights about our lives. Mimg_2254ine was a tree with the roots being the people who root me in life and who support me, including my mentor, parents, friends, and family. The trunk of the tree was who I am today, a Leadership Advancement Scholar, Communication Disorder Major, daughter, and friend. Finally, the leaves of my tree were pictures with the most important people and pivotal events in my life. After sharing our “road maps”, we got into groups and completed various tasks. One task my group did was the ameba. We all were blindfolded
and our ‘guide’ tied us in a clump together. Then, he randomly placed a stuffed animal somewhere in the room and we had to use teamwork aimg_2368nd strategy to find it together. From this I learned that there are times to be a vocal leader and times to listen and follow. I thought this ameba task was something fun and different than many other teamwork activities I have done. The final activity to highlight is the high ropes course. This was by far my favorite event
of the weekend because it really pushed me completely out of my comfort zone. I am terrified of  heights, so being on the high ropes course scared me a lot. BUT I did it and spent over an hour going through the course. I realized that fears can be overcome and I can accomplish things that at first seem impossible or frightening. Just take that first step. This activity also made me realize what a difference support from others can make. Together we are better! I honestly had so much fun and I was so proud of myself for fighting my fears.

The best part of the weekend was not the activities or learning to be a better leader, it was having time to bond with my mentor Em. During the retreat, she and I were aimg_2539ble to just chill, talk about everything and anything, and even take a nap. Em was there the whole time to push me out of my comfort zone, encourage me, and take risks with me. The moment I first met Emily, we connected and learning she was mentor gave me so much to look forward to this fall. Since coming to college Em and I have become so close that she is like the sister I never had growing up…in fact I think we are more like twins! Spending time with Emily, getting to know one another even more, growing together as leaders, and learning how we can support each other was truly the highlight of the LAS retreat at Eagle Village.

Overall, as I said above it was a wonderful weekend. I was able to bond with my phenomenal mentor Emily, meet/ get to know so many people in the Leadership Advancement program, work on my leadership, and just have a fun weekend.

 

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To my Best Friend on your Birthday

Dear Ryan,

First off… HAPPY BIRTHDAY BFF!!! Congrats on being 19 years of age and already being the one of the most wonderful people on this planet. I wanted to do something special for your birthday because you are always there for me so here it is a sappy blog post about our insane friendship and how it means to me.

Let’s just start with how our friendship started, literally a month ago. The very first time we met, we were in the same interview group for competition day, and I just remember thinking how cool you were. Then months later we moved into Barnes and for the first few weeks, even though we live down the hall from one another, I did not see you. Randomly one day you started hanging out with Em and basically my whole room so we started talking. Then out of the blue we started talking about Captain American and that basically started our friendship. After that and we  then planed our first of oh so many movie nights and the rest is history. Our very first movie night we watched Captain American: Civiimg_3099l War (of course) and annoyed the crap out of Lexi because of how much we love Cap and superheros in general. Honestly from that day on we cliqued and all I wanted to say to you was “WILL YOU BE MY BFF”… however I held off… but only for like a week. Now we spend many nights, probably too many, watching movies, talking, staying up late, and laughing. You have started to teach me how to unicycle and say that someday you’ll teach me to walk on stilts. We have become so close in a matter of weeks and I honestly would not change it for the world. I love staying up and hearing you tell me about the girl you are “hardcore crushing on” because you always have such a stupid smile and it makes me so happy. I love how you’ll always listen to me complain about being 8 hours away from Derek and every time you remind me of how happy I will be when I finally get to see him. I love listening to you practice your trombone and all the music you show me on a daily basis. I love watching you talk about something you really like whether it is a girl, knives, guns, bikes, cars, or music  because you are always so giddy. I love how we never fail to make one another die of laughter even when both of us are in bad moods. So basically I just really really enjoy our friendship and one day we are getting BFF tattoos even though you may be in denial about that.

On to the next portion! Here is where I am going to get a bit more sappy so just bare with me for a hot sec. First of all thank you so much for being the Captain America to my Bucky  (even though I am not a guy but yeah). This analogy is so true because like Cap you lack flaws *insert eye rolls* but other then that he is always there for Bucky like you are for me and we always balance each other out like they do. Sometimes I honestly do not know how you deal with me especially when I start crying at the end of Inside Out because I am homesick and just can’t deal with it. I cherish knowing that I always have someone to hold my hand when I img_2889cry, cheer me up when I am down, de-stress me when I feel like my life is a tornado, laugh with me for hours, watch any and all movies with me, geek out about music, rave about Marvle or Disney, sing with me, have dance parties with me, bring me food and basically just everything and anything I ever need. Our friendship means the world to me even though I may not tell you and instead chose to be sassy with you. But, honestly I have no clue what I would do without you because we just get each other. It means so much to me to always know you are just around the corner and will always come in with a hug and stupid jokes. Staying on the sappy side of things one of my favorite memories of our friendship so far is from my sorority bid day. Earlier that day you came and sat in my room while I stressed about wondering if I got bid from AST or not. The whole time you kept telling me that anyone would be lucky to have me in their sorority and everything
would work out. Then I went to biding and you went to band. As soon as I found out I got into AST I blew up your phone because I was so insanely happy. Then that night I texted you when I got home to see if you were home and if you wanted to watch a movie. You said yes and we were trying to decide which room to watch it in. As I went to open my door, I heard another door down the hall open, I instantly knew it was you (partially because there was no one else here) and took off sprinting towards your room. You were there waiting by your door with open arms because you knew how excited I was. I literally flew into your arms and even starting crying because at that point I had gotten into the perfect sorority and ultimatly had the most wonderful BFF.

So on your birthday I will promise you these things, I will always be there to hold your hand when you cry, make you mac and cheese at 2 AM, watch every movie ever made with you, run with you, attempt to unicycle with you, get tattoos with you, watch you play in the marching band, support you, be your biggest fan, be your best friend, mend your broken heart, study with you, geek out with you, cry with you, be crazy with you, laugh with you, and ultimately be there for you whenever and wherever.

Finally, I just want to say I literally have a million things to say about you, how much I love our friendship, and how much you mean to me but there are not enough words in this world to get it out. So Happy 19th Birthday to my nerd of a best friend and I hope you have the most wonderful day because you deserve it.

Love,

Your number 1, your BFF, your soon to be unicycle bud, your movie partner, and your biggest fan

Abbey