First exam: CHECK! I survived my Islamic Empires exam with only some minor pain in my fingers (anyone up to give me a hand massage???) and the majority of my sanity, so I am feeling quite accomplished this evening. Speaking of that, here are a few more accomplishments for Day 19 of #BlogEverydayInMay!
1. Smart Mail: When I got the Operations Intern position with Smart Girls Group, I never imagined that I would get to create something like Smart Mail, and run it a year and a half later! With support and advice from the lovely Smart Starter of SGG herself, Emily Raleigh, I started a weekly newsletter with a tiny little staff that showcased what was going on in Smart Girls Group. The staff grew…and then outgrew our weekly spot, so I designed and relaunched the all-new Smart Mail to span four days and give you a little dose of SGG in your inbox in the morning, Monday through Thursday. Today, we number 22 amazingly dedicated team-members and it has been a privilege to work with them. (Want to sign up? Head to newsletter.smartgirlsgroup.com!)
2. My study abroad year at the London School of Economics: 2 weeks premature, but I am on the other side of my study abroad adventure year! Between all of the preparations to come here (the visa process was quite a hassle), and everything I’ve experienced and learned throughout the year, this is a huge accomplishment that I will remember forever.
3. My 17-day, 9-city EuRail tour of Europe!: Years of dreaming, months of planning, and weeks of preparation came down to my massive inter-rail tour of Europe, which I successfully executed and survived in one piece. I got to see and experience cities and sights I have been dreaming of, and I got to have an adventure all on my own. If I can tour Europe for two and a half weeks mainly on my own, I think I can do anything :)
4. Publishing 2 articles to the Fordham Political Review: This was really big for me, because I am not always eager to put myself out there. I had had ideas for articles ever since I started working for FPR, but I just couldn’t get myself to actually write something. Writing and submitting an article meant leaving myself vulnerable to so many people — my fellow editors, my friends, readers, the internet, etc. — so it took me a while before I was finally able to write and submit my first article on microfinance opportunities for women. I remember how relieved I was when it finally went live…and then how I felt when some random reader felt the need to email me a diatribe about how wrong I was. I was a little stung at the time, but if that’s the worst that can happen, who cares? My friend Dave actually took it positively when I told him — he said I had started an academic dialogue (!) — so looking back, it’s not that bad. I published my second article on the aftermath of the Arab Spring a few months ago, and I am pleased to say that it is one of the articles listed on the cover of this semester’s edition! I’m already gearing up for round three, so wish me luck! (Articles can be found here and here!)
5. Learning to eat healthy on a student budget: London is anything but cheap, so let’s just lead with that. I am responsible for all of my own cooking, so I had to learn quickly how to eat on a relatively small budget, while still eating healthy (it does wonders for my anxiety!). I discovered the beauty of soup and how I can make a huge pot for around $12 and have dinner for a week. Sweet potatoes became the ultimate breakfast and quick meal/snack/anything. Carrots and celery with hummus are relatively inexpensive and are the perfect lunch. I can buy a container of soup from Sainsbury’s and use it as a sauce for steamed vegetables and lentils or rice and have that make two meals. It’s been quite the adventure learning how to really fend for myself (kind of; my parents help me out with groceries #ThanksMomAndDad), but I love the feeling!
6. KatherInspired: I had wanted to start a blog and have a little corner of the internet for myself and my thoughts for a while, but it took some time before I was finally able to do it. I think I came up with the name late one night last year and all of a sudden, tag-lines and logos were popping into my head and I had to do something about it. Next Sunday (the 24th of May) is KatherInspired’s first birthday — it all started during a weekend shift in the Fordham Security Office when I just gritted my teeth and did it, but I am so happy I started this blog. It’s been so much fun to muse and record my year in London and I can’t wait to see what comes next!
Inspired to be,
Thanks to www.foundlovenowwhat.com for the challenge! :)