The Final Chapter

This is it. The week that has always seemed so distant in the future, the last few moments you never think will be real. I can’t believe it, and I know most of my classmates can’t either. It genuinely seems like just the other day that my Dad was driving me to ECU to help me move into my dorm, and I cried the whole drive down because I was apprehensive about starting this new chapter of my life. Sappy as this is, I know many tears will be shed this upcoming weekend, and for many different reasons. Time is a crazy thing. When it passes we miss it, and when we feel as if we’re stuck in it, we want it to pass faster. Some days seem like they drag on, yet in a blink of an eye days, weeks, months, years have passed and you’re wondering how it went so fast.

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My Onecard that has seem some better days. This picture as you can tell from the stylish lanyard, was taken at freshman orientation.

I came into college thinking I had everything figured out and was ready to conquer anything thrown my way. Needless to say, that logic was quickly shot down and hit with a big dose of reality. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate the present more, genuinely get to know someone; ask how their day is, notice actions over words, and most importantly roll with the punches. As cliché as it is when people say “notice the little things in life”, it’s true. Whether it’s someone taking an interest in your hobbies, a book a friend suggests you’ll like, or even your dog cuddling up in your lap after a long day, sometimes these things that seem “small” in the present, actually turn out to be the big things when you look back, simply because these moments consist of subtle sincerity.

My time here these past 4 years here at East Carolina has been an extreme array of experiences, emotions, opportunities and awakenings. There is not one word, or even 500 I could pick to even begin to describe how amazing, and at times not so amazing my journey has been as an undergraduate student here. From pulling an all nighter to cram for a final, to going out with friends to a party, to moving into my first apartment, to countless tailgates and football games, these are moments that are irreplaceable and I know I will hold close to my heart. Honestly, I’ll never remember how to read a sensitivity analysis and that is perfectly okay. As great as it was to expand my educational horizons and work ethic, meeting all the wonderful people I’ve met along the ride and creating memories was equally as important to me. The relationships I have built, lost, strengthened, or decided to let go within these past 4 years were all more than worth it even up until this present day. I have experienced something unique with every person I have met in my college career and for that I am thankful.

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First football game of my freshman year on college hill with my roommate I have known since 3rd grade, to my very last game of my senior year.

My senior year has been the most exciting, crazy, scary, happy and challenging year of my entire life. Fortunately, it’s also the most positive growth I’ve ever seen in myself by consistently forcing myself to work outside of my comfort zone.

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        And of course I had to throw in a picture with Petey!

Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited to see what the future holds for me! From ending freshman year with a 2.4 GPA, to working my butt off and making Dean’s list/Honor roll a couple of times in between, it has been a trivial past couple of years positioning into young adulthood. Although it will be a bummer to not have pirate bucks to go to Chick-Fil-A or Starbucks anymore, or lucking out and getting registered in your first class of the day anytime after 11 AM, I know I have learned what I’ve needed to learn through some trial and errors in my college career. Sometimes it gets hard to learn how to let go of a place you consider home with people in it that feel like family, but hey sometimes the best things in life make us the saddest. Since coming into college as a little 18 year old that barely knew how to cook or do laundry, I have learned to push myself—in my education, work, values, beliefs, dedication, friendships and relationships, and that is something no one can take away from me.

Lastly, and most importantly, I would like to thank Shelly Spear for giving me the opportunity for this amazing internship, Sarah Morgan for also assisting me along the way, and a big thank you to everyone who has read my blog posts throughout the course of this school year :) You guys are the best, and please keep in touch! My LinkedIn is: http://ow.ly/tUzQg

          Blog by: Haley Nowlin
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Busy Busy Busy

Good morning ECU. It’ll be a short post this week. Like you, I’m so wrapped up in exams and end of semester projects I have completely lost the concept of spare time. Before I depart, some good news to leave you with.

First, I’ll continue to write every week so look for my post every Wednesday. Second, keep putting those comments in so I can focus my blogs to what my readers are interested in. Finally, I’ve already received my first MBA grade and I got a B. So excited that I will never have to take another Accounting class.

Good luck to everyone on your exams, if you have some left. If you have already completed get ready for next semester, nothing wrong with being proactive. And if you’re done… CONGRATULATIONS!!! Time to show the world what you have to offer. Good luck to everyone and I’ll see you next week.

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Time To Reflect & Look Ahead

Happy Friday COB! I am sure everyone is welcoming the weekend after a long and stressful week of exams. As I have said in my posts the past few weeks I cannot believe how fast this semester has flown by. Although the initial shock has yet to wear off, it is still time to reflect on a great semester and a great internship.

Working with the College of Business this semester as a social media and advertising intern has been an incredible opportunity. I was responsible for my Friday blog posts and the COB Pinterest page, along with helping out with the COB Twitter and Facebook accounts. I also planned my very first marketing campaign, solo to promote the Spring 2014 Career Fair. This semester I gained and learned so much through my internship. I have expanded my experience in advertising and learned about different social media trends.  I have learned the true influence of social media in today’s society and how it is of the upmost importance to have a positive social media presence for your brand or company.  I also realize what is involved and the commitment needed in making a marketing campaign successful.

When I accepted the social media internship in December I never realized how much I would actually take away from it. I also had no idea how many doors it would open for me professionally. Like I have posted previously, I was able to accept a full time account management internship at the Dalton Agency in Atlanta GA for this summer.  An opportunity I do not think I would have been given if it were not for my time with the COB.  Now as exam week is in full swing and my senior year of college is on the horizon I am excited for the summer I have ahead of me. I cannot wait to move to Atlanta for the summer and experience a great city and gain even more knowledge about the advertising world.

Ready to spend my summer working in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.

Ready to spend my summer working in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.

I wish everyone luck on their exams this upcoming week! Stay strong and study hard and it will all pay off! I hope to be back blogging for “A Pirate’s Life” in August so stay tuned!

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