Author Archives: Holly Brenza

The dog days aren’t over…

Everyone is completely stressed out. Finals are so close. My friends and residents are living off of energy drinks and iced coffee.

I’ve had an amazing week.

Last Friday, I attended a volunteer opportunity sponsored by the leadership chapter I am on the executive board of NRHH. We spent the afternoon at the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago learning about why people abandon or mistreat animals and gaining a better understanding of just what the society does. We were given a tour and stopped in room of dogs. Our group leader took two out, and I got to hold Puki, an absolutely adorable dog. He actually seemed to enjoy being held and liked looking out the window while I held him. It was so nice to be near so many animals, since I had been going through withdrawal after not having seen my puppy in weeks.

Puki at the Anti-Cruelty Society


After our tour, we moved on to volunteering. We brought along dog and cat toys we made for them earlier in the year and sat down to make more now that we had seen the animals who would be receiving the toys. With them in mind, we got down to work. Not long after we started, two of the workers brought in twin, 2 month-old toy poodles, Electra and Iphigenia. Electra was born with one eye, and Iphigenia was born without either eyes due to inbreeding. Nevertheless, they were so playful and sweet. I couldn’t get over how Iphigenia would walk up against Electra as guidance-that was the sweetest thing ever. And just like my puppy at home, they proudly pranced, not walked, around the room, looking for things to explore. Those dogs were incredible

Iphigenia at the Anti-Cruelty Society

The next day, my resident, my boyfriend and I couldn’t help but walk around the city since it was so beautiful outside. My resident wanted to show my boyfriend a Mariano’s he liked even more than ours on Halsted. I didn’t want to go since we were far from campus and I would be tempted to buy groceries, but after following them through the store, they showed me my dream come true-a dog park! I was so excited. We went in and sat down and I impatiently awaited attention from someone’s dog. After sitting on the bench for quite some time and not getting more than a brief second to pet a dog, I moved to the ground. I quickly made friends with an old golden retriever. Such a sweet and awesome dog. He let me pet him for 10 minutes straight-and even came back for more.

Golden retriever at the dog park

It’s safe to say my dog encounters last weekend helped me get through the week ahead of me-all that stood between me and my puppy at home. After a wonderful reuniting today, I sit here writing. Bear is huge. No longer the tiny baby we brought home in January. I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by and how big he’s gotten. He’s still our lovable, playful puppy, he’s just a big puppy!


Pretty sure I went dog crazy this week! What a great time.



The End is Near……………..

Not bombarding you with opinions and information today. Instead, I’m sympathizing; with these last few weeks winding down, things sure are getting pretty difficult. Presentations and projects are around every corner, last minute Fall 2014 and graduation plans are being made, and all the while, finals are steadily creeping up on us.

It is so important to take care of yourself so that everything you need to complete can have your absolute best efforts in it. I know it’s easy to tell yourself that it’s almost summer and that you can relax then, but find some time amongst the chaos that is the final days and weeks of school. If you do (without overindulging), I can guarantee your peace of mind and grades will be in a much better state. Here’s how:

Go on a walk in the city.

Get ice cream, frozen yogurt, or any other delicious frozen treat.

Go to bed at a reasonable hour.

Watch a movie.

Read a book (for fun).

Go out for lunch.

Start a blog!

Jog around.

Shop-spring and summer wardrobe time!

(Weather permitting) lay in the grass and look at the clouds.

Go to Starbucks.

Go to Mariano’s and eat something good!

Explore the neighborhoods around UIC.

Get a bike. If you already have one, ride it around town.

Cook something delicious.

Call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time (parent? friend?)

Watch mindless (or not so mindless) television.

Play video games.


Get a message.


Do what makes you happy! Good luck.


Let it be…

“You will survive without your high school boyfriend please see what else is out there.”

A short statement. Not even grammatically correct, but a statement nonetheless. And just one of many…

I see and hear things like this on an almost daily basis, whether it be through social media, in passing around campus, or on other blogs. Lately I saw it on yet another blog post so many of my Facebook friends felt the need to share and assure others that the blog was so insightful. It touched on some random amount of things every “college girl” should remember. As if “college girls” are an actual thing; what does that even mean? Yes, I, too, am a girl in college, but why is this female blog writer labeling me and so many other females as such? I don’t feel the need to classify myself as a college girl. I am a human being, and I am a junior in college.

At any rate, the reason I am so fed up with statements like this is because I can’t understand why someone would feel the need to encourage people to break up with their long-term significant others. Even more generally, I don’t understand why people try to tell other people so matter-of-factly that what they are doing with their ‘love life’ is wrong. How is it ever your place to validate or discredit someone else’s relationship?

Quite obviously, I took this personally because I have been dating my boyfriend for a month shy of 7 years. When people find this out, they are usually shocked. In fact, I can’t remember the last time someone discovered this and wasn’t completely surprised. It isn’t crazy to me- I have no idea where the time has gone. I can’t believe 7 years have passed, but in no way am I amazed that we are still together and never broke up.

When some people find this fact out, they will be incredibly bold and go so far as to ask if I feel like I’ve missed out on life or tell me that I know nothing about relationships because I have only been in one. Little do these people know that I feel like I’ve done the exact opposite of missing out on life; I feel as though my life has been so dramatically enhanced because of our relationship. I also feel like I know a lot about relationships, both from my experiences with ours in the past and present as well as from observing others as an outside party.

I do get asked many other questions along the same lines or am stuck conversing with someone who tries to tell me that things could never work out forever. The blog quote I mentioned above seems to be echoing the ignorant statements of these people.

To them, I normally keep quiet and listen to whatever dumb statements they want to make about my relationship or about long-term relationships in general. Because just as I feel they shouldn’t be challenging or doubting my relationship, I feel like I don’t need to tell them I disagree with their opinions.

Just because we have been dating for 7 years doesn’t make us weird, or too lazy to date other people, or whatever other descriptors people come up with. It means that I know that I’ve found the person I’m meant to spend the rest of my life with. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have found this during my early teenage years.

So for those out there in long-term relationships or for anyone else in general, please stop listening to people who think they know everything about dating. Think for yourself- about what makes you happy, and leave the fear of judgements behind. Whatever brings you joy is what you should do, no matter what other people (or blogs) are saying. As for the girl writing the blog to all the “college girls”, it isn’t a matter of being able to survive without my high school (actually middle school) boyfriend- it’s a matter of choosing not to be without him. Because it works great, it makes us both happy, and it just fits. And that’s the way it is. I appreciate your input, but I think I’ll think for myself. Thanks :)

Subtle Successes

It’s sad to say that Spring Break 2014- the highly anticipated week off of school-has come to a close. The good news is we’ve survived the first week back. A week of perpetual Mondays rivaled only by the week after winter break. That’s ok, though. At least for me. My break was incredibly satisfactory and I don’t feel like I wasted a moment of it.

Here’s why this past week may have been my most satisfying spring break to date, despite the weather:

Started watching House of Cards. Really, though, this show is awesome. One of my residents has been talking about this show forever, and my boyfriend and I have been looking for a show to watch together. It really holds our interest, and since it’s a Netflix Original, you can watch episode after episode after episode. Whether or not that is a good thing is to be determined. If you’re looking for a show to get in to (and if you have Netflix), check it out.

Cooked dinner. A lot. I love cooking and baking, and this break provided me with a great opportunity to do some of that. Since I don’t get a chance to cook while away at school, it was nice to use my kitchen at home and cook so much.

Played with my puppy. My dog has an unbelievable amount of energy, which can be pretty scary at times. He’s always so happy and  playful, and when I am at school, I don’t get to see him growing up. It was really nice to be at home for over a week with him and get to play, practice going on walks, take naps, and do whatever puppies do.

Got new sunglasses. This is pretty exciting for me; new sunglasses are always great. It’s a pretty effective technique for trying to beat the winter blues, since spring never seems to actually be coming. My sunglasses have me hopeful, though.

Completely redid my room. This was definitely the highlight of spring break. Not only did I throw away old things that I didn’t need anymore- I also got rid of furniture that wasn’t even being used. My room has so much more space and is completely clutter-free. It makes me even more excited for summer and being back in my room for a few months.

Won a gift card to the bookstore. I completed the survey that the UIC Student Centers emailed out since I feel like I am always using one of the offices or in the cafeteria. I was randomly selected to win a $20 gift card to the bookstore! I’m so excited for this! Can’t wait to pick out some new UIC gear.

Went out to eat at Red Lobster. I haven’t been here in probably 10+ years. We sort of went on a whim, which was a great choice. I couldn’t even believe how good the food was, and we were just about the only people in the restaurant-pretty awesome. If you haven’t had the cheddar biscuits there, that is something that needs to happen.

Went running. Although it wasn’t incredibly often, my boyfriend and I went running. The first time we went running around the neighborhood, and then the next, we went to our town’s pavilion and ran on the track. It was actually really nice to get up at 7am and do this, but we had to stop. I really need better running shoes. That is happening as soon as possible so we can get back to it.

Didn’t do my homework. Don’t get me wrong-my plan was to get my homework done early in the week so I wouldn’t have to stress out about it. As usual, I wound up not doing it until much much later in the week. This was probably the best decision ever. I had a lot of time off of obligations and got to relax and enjoy the break. I didn’t even worry very much about my homework at that time. Instead, I took my time working on it later in the week when nothing was going on.

Drank a ton of coffee. My parents’ Keurig is pretty dangerous. I can’t stop using it! My mom buys really really good coffee flavors, so I’ve had at least a cup every day.  I’ve found myself becoming pretty dependent on the cup of coffee a day now and definitely miss the ease of that machine.

Didn’t stress out. This pretty much also falls into the homework part. I really put off most things until later in the week, which didn’t bother me. I didn’t think about things that give me anxiety or get me upset. Instead, I focused on doing things I’ve been neglecting (like cleaning my room) and thought a lot less about the other things. The break was much needed.

Visited my old internship. I stopped by the office I spent my summer at to see everybody. It was so nice to visit and catch up. I learned so much during my time there and made some great connections. Always great to see them.

Figured out my classes. My second to last time I am picking classes is this week! How exciting. It’s scary because I have to make sure I’m taking all of the exact right classes because there is no room to mess that up. I’m excited for a new semester and for starting my senior year of college (can’t believe it’s almost here…)

Spent time with my family. Always great. Got to spend a lot of time, which was great, since I’m always missing them when I’m at school.

Reevaluated things. Actually took my advice to consider if I am happy with where I’m at and if I am heading towards my eventual goals. This is still a work in progress, but time will certainly help to figure things out.

How did you enjoy your spring break? Let me know in the comments!


I didn’t plan on writing about this, but I don’t think this thought will stop consuming me until I acknowledge it…

I’ve been thinking- what does it mean to “quit”? What are the implications? Who is at loss when this term is used? What does it all mean? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word quit is defined as “to leave; to stop working; to stop doing.” The dictionary also frequently mentions the word free as one of the alternative definitions to the term. The definition I just mentioned (and especially the word free!) are by no means negative. The first part seems incredibly neutral, and free definitely sounds positive and uplifting.

In that case, why does the word “quit” have such a negative connotation? Why does the action of leaving or walking away or moving on need to be referred to as quitting?

When you stop doing something, there is usually some reason behind it, and that reason generally comes from a place of self-reflection. Thinking about the fact that whatever you are doing or whatever is going on is no longer (or never was) beneficial to you. I’m not speaking specifically about any one thing. I just feel like this goes along with one of my previous posts about making sure you are truly happy with where you are at. Why should you continue to do something that hinders your happiness or makes you change who you are or just isn’t right for you? You shouldn’t.

And just because something was once all you ever wanted or something you thoroughly enjoyed, that isn’t to say you are making a mistake by not feeling the same way anymore and wanting to move on to something else. That means you were able to recognize that you are growing as an individual and your life is constantly changing. Stopping doing something almost always opens more doors for the future. Other opportunities arise that may not have been accessible to you before. Oftentimes, quitting isn’t quitting at all. It’s moving on at a time that is right for you. Just because you were no longer able to see something to the end doesn’t mean you are immature or lazy or whatever else you would anticipate someone to say. It means you know your limits.

All this talk doesn’t mean I think we should just float around, picking things up and abandoning them along the way, haphazardly moving through our lives. Instead, I think you should find what matters to you in the current moment of your life, run with it, and give it your all. Use your passion. Make it count and make a difference. If at some point you no longer feel it’s right (or if you notice a change in your mental/physical/emotional health and can clearly identify the cause), consider what it means to move beyond the experience or opportunity or whatever it may be. Don’t make a quick decision, though- think long and hard. Give it another day…week…whatever it takes. When the answer is 100% clear to you one way or another, act accordingly.

Obviously there are still things we need to do that we can’t just walk away from, but for the things in life on which you have a choice, utilize that ability. Make the most of it so that you don’t look back and wonder why you put yourself through something that wasn’t worth it to you at any point. Make sure you are happy.

So even if someone else may look at what you are doing as quitting, know in your head and heart that that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Because when you can make an informed, mature decision, you’ll know that you didn’t act irrationally and made the choice that made you happiest.

Enjoy the last few days of break…

Spring Break has Sprung!

It’s officially time for Spring Break! As always, I’ve got plenty of ways for you to utilize your time off of school in the best way possible. The break will go by incredibly quickly, and then we’ll be on to our last month or so of the 2013-2014 academic year. Make sure to accomplish a lot from your to-do list (or at least from my list for you!) so that you are ready to come back to school on the 31st all ready to go!

Saturday, March 22nd: A great way to start break is with a clean mind. Clean our your backpack, folders, pencil cases, etc. Whatever it is, it’s bound to have some things you definitely don’t need to hold on to anymore. Reorganize them and throw out anything of no relevance; this will prepare you for the end of the school year and will allow you to go back to school with a refreshed mind.

Sunday, March 23rd: While you’re on the mini-spring cleaning kick, try doing the same in your bedroom. Go through and get rid of clutter . Even rearrange the furniture in your room. This will help you lose some of those winter blues and could very well inspire you to study or do homework in the space. It’s always nice to switch things up a little.

Monday, March 24th: At this point, you’ve been working pretty hard each day. Take a break from all of the efforts and plan a movie marathon. Take some time (or the entire day!) to start watching movies from the list you’ve been meaning to see. You deserve the break after the stress of midterms and school in general. Make sure there’s a nap or five built into there as well.

Tuesday, March 25th: Now that you’re reenergized from all of your time laying around watching movies, take a trip out and get things you need to survive a Chicago spring. If the next season is anything remotely as extreme as our winter weather, I’d be worried and expecting much more precipitation. Make sure you have a handy pair of rain boots and/or a jacket with a hood! We’re probably in for it all over again.

Wednesday, March 26th: Time tickets for class registration went out this week. That means everybody is getting ready for the upcoming year. Take the break to look at course descriptions as well as your DARS. This way, when it’s time to come back from break and register for classes, you’ll be more than ready.

Thursday, March 27th: All that thinking about school has probably got you ready for yet another break! Use spring break to prepare for a small roadtrip or a large vacation in the summer. If you’ve worked hard this year, you certainly deserve it.

Friday, March 28th: Take care of yourself! At this point, school is just around the corner. Go for a whole new perspective by getting an awesome new haircut or getting a massage. Whatever it is that helps you relax and unwind, try it. Self-care is really important, and spring break is a great time to stop what you’re doing and care for yourself.

Saturday, March 29th: There are officially two days left to break. So sad. Learn a new recipe for some type of food that will help you cope with the fact that you’ll be back to work sooner than you may want to be. Treat yourself!

Sunday, March 30th: Last day! Take this time to reflect on your time at UIC thus far and prepare for your future. Think about what things you hoped to accomplish while at college (specifically at UIC) and write them down somewhere where you can review them. This time goes by incredibly fast and it’ll be over before you know it. Take advantage of living in the city and of the fact that you go to such an awesome schooll!

And just like that, it’s time for class all over again. But not for long! Make sure you enjoy your short but sweet spring break!

Take some time

I was sitting in Management today, waiting impatiently the for the midterm to start. I completely forgot my professor (who I have had before) likes to teach about the next chapter/unit right before we have the midterm for the previous chapters. I’m pretty sure he was just trying to confuse us all. Regardless, he was talking about creativity in relation to business and negotiations.

The first thing he started saying was that amidst our hectic schedules, we should set aside time to have a meeting with ourselves every week. This was especially funny to me due to my delusion state from midterm studying, but either way, I thought he was losing it. Until I heard where he was going with the argument.

He was telling us that people are too busy living their lives so fast-paced that they don’t take the time to think retrospectively and consider if what they are doing with their life makes them happy. We are constantly moving, trying to improve our careers, social life, whatever it may be. And not even for a second may we stop and consider what we are doing in relation to the fact that we only get one shot to do this right, and by right I mean right by each of us personally.

This is an incredibly valid point. We’re always on the go from class to class, work to home, internship to internship. But eventually that turns into semester to semester, year to year, decade to decade, and that adds up fast. Speaking personally, I can’t believe I’m already a junior. I don’t know where my time here has gone, and although I cherish all of my experiences, I have had the occasional meltdown because there is still so much that I want to pack into my time at UIC.

My professor was talking about people having that same exact realization, but on a broader scale. What happens when we get to the point in our lives where we realize we haven’t been doing everything we wanted to? We’ve just been going through the motions, advancing our career because that’s what we thought we were supposed to do. Buying property because everyone’s doing it. All that good stuff.

While I think the whole scheduling a meeting with yourself thing is pretty goofy, I wholly understand exactly what he means about it all. If we don’t all stop, take a breather, and assess our actions and goals as often as possible throughout our lives, how can we honestly say we’re happy and are doing what we want to do?

Take some time, whether it’s five minutes or just a resounding thought you keep in the back of your head. Make sure you’re truly happy and where you want to be in your life. Do you see happiness ahead?

March into Midterms

It’s that time again. I know a lot of people have had midterms already, but for those who haven’t, I have some tips I’ve provided my residents with as well. They are what helps me with studying the most. Hopefully you’ll try at least one of them out- I guarantee it’ll help you get higher scores!

1. Get plenty of sleep! Studies show that it is more effective to go to bed at a reasonable hour the night before a test than it is to stay up late or even all night to cram. If it isn’t possible for you to get a good night’s sleep, try to fit in a nap somewhere so you can get a boost of energy!

2. Manage your time. If you’re able to find time to prepare for your exams ahead of time, you won’t feel the need to stay up late the night before and study. Time management and avoiding procrastination is done in a unique way by everyone, but I highly recommend keeping a calendar in your room as well as a planner that you carry around with you. Some are even broken down into hourly time slots, which is extremely beneficial for those who need a highly disciplined schedule, whether due to procrastination or an insanely busy schedule. By writing down all things that need to be accomplished in a day or in a set amount of time, you are holding yourself accountable and are more likely to complete the tasks. Additionally, you will feel less anxiety about trying to remember what you need to do.

3. Alternate study areas and find places that are conducive study atmospheres. It’s great when you find somewhere that you are able to study and focus really well. Even better is when you find multiple places where you can study. By studying in different places, you will be less likely to become quickly bored or distracted, and since memory is colored by location, you will be able to recall what you studied more quickly when you can also recall where you studied. Try to study one subject per location so that you are able to associate that space with studying that topic. Generally speaking, make sure that the spaces you are choosing to study in are effective. Look for some place that is quiet and free of distractions. Make sure to silence or turn off that phone, too. Every time you are distracted from your work, it takes even longer to get back on track again.

4. Study in groups/with someone. Nothing like accountability to make you do your work (since self-control isn’t always there…) By studying with someone, you are able to keep one another on track. Also, the most effective way to learn something is by teaching it to someone else. Make sure you aren’t studying with people who are slacking or not interested in studying; this will only slow you down. It’s a great idea to assign topics that will be on the exam to each person in the study group and later reconvene and teach one another the topic.

5. Take breaks. I know this is the most obvious of all tips, but I have always struggled with this. Breaks can turn into hours of pointless Facebook use, television watching, or just plain laying around. It has been proven that you can only fully concentrate for 45 minutes at a time, and for me, that is already too long. I like to work hard for about a half of an hour and then take a 5-10 minute break. The break does not involve the computer or tv; instead, try working out for those 5-10 minutes. Take a walk around the building. Do push ups. This is a great way to stay awake, energized, and will actually make you want to get back to studying when it’s all said and done.

6. Avoid music. So many people always say music or background noise helps them study. More often than not, I have seen this go awry, and quickly. Instead of pulling up Pandora or putting on MTV, try going over your notes or reading the chapter aloud to yourself. This may be more effective to you. If you absolutely need music, avoid anything with lyrics. This can be distracting and difficult for your brain to ignore.

7. Go to class. This is my biggest and most important tip. There’s no point to pay for school if you aren’t going to go to class, and there really is no point in taking the exam if you haven’t been showing up to class. Going to class is like a review session every time. It kick starts your studying since the teacher is talking about topics that will be on the test. It also gives you a chance to talk with other people who will be taking the same exams, and you can form study groups with them.

Good luck to all those during the midterms mayhem. Keep my tips in mind! Study hard.



That’s what it’s all about

I was having dinner with a few of my coworkers earlier this week. After a couple minutes of conversation, one of my coworkers pointed out that the only things I had spoken about were in regards to work (being an RA). Even after he pointed this out, it happened a handful more times during that same meal until I had to leave. While it he was joking around, it really stuck out to me.

So what does it mean if you talk or think about something constantly? That’s not a difficult question to answer- obviously, you are very invested in the subject, or you spend much of your time on the topic, or you have strong emotions about it. For me, all of those statements apply when thinking about how I feel about being an RA.

Everyone has their own reason for being an RA. When new RA interviews roll around, we hear a lot of the same answer when that very question is posed: “I just want to help people.” One of the professional staff members told an applicant who had said this that that statement was the most cliche response possible and to dig deeper to answer the question.

I know exactly why I am doing this job, and the desire to help people is certainly a huge factor, but it’s even more specific. In my nearly 2 years as an RA, I have discovered how amazing it feels to know you have made a significant difference in the lives of residents. During my first year, I was incredibly discouraged because I came in expecting every one of my 60 residents to want to interact with me and come to me for anything. I quickly learned just how unrealistic this was, but I was still disappointed. I came into my second year with the same goal in mind, and while I feel so much closer to this accomplishment than I did last year (I only have less than 30 residents now), I also feel a sense of peace. By building the intentional relationships that I have with my current residents, they know they can come to me when they need me (or when they don’t NEED me) and that I will be there for them no matter what. Granted, there are still individuals who prefer to talk things out with their friends, family, or someone else, I would say that I notice a much greater relationship with my floor this year.

So when someone asks me why I choose to be an RA and live in a mostly freshman building as a junior going on senior, I have the most truthful response possible; at the end of the day, when all is said and done, if I feel like I have given someone hope, a push in the right direction, or a shoulder to cry on, then I’ve done what I set out to do and can feel no greater form of happiness. My passion for residents goes beyond a need to satisfy the urge to help people, because it is more than just helping people. It’s about facilitating growth as leaders. It’s about making residents’ time at UIC and in Campus Housing the best possible experience. It’s about forming relationships that last beyond this year. It’s about making an impact. And it’s about doing these things on a frequent basis, not once.

I received two great forms of good news in coordination with being an RA. This weekend, I will join a few of my coworkers and head to Illinois State University for a leadership conference attended solely by other RAs. Even more exciting to me is the fact that I was given a Senior RA position for the upcoming academic year- something I have wanted to do since I started as an RA. In this role, I will not only get to continue to better the building as well as the lives of the residents, but I will have an official role in acting as a source of information and assistance to the other RAs.

And that’s why my job was the only thing I was talking about during dinner. Because I love my job, I love helping my staff, I love changing the attitudes and lives of residents, I love working to better the residence halls, and I love telling you about why I love it. Next year will be a huge change for me, but I am eagerly awaiting the change. Until then, I will spend my last few months as an RA attempting to strengthen the relationships with my residents and create unforgettable memories with them.

What you don’t know…

By this point, you’re pretty much reading my diary. Not that I have one, but if I did, I presume it’d be something along these lines. So we’ll just go with you’re reading it every week. If you’re reading my diary, though, there’s probably more to me that you should know…

I only sneeze in sets of threes.

I really, really enjoy temporary tattoos…much more than the average 21 year old.

Pomegranate is easily the best scent/flavor in life, even though I’ve pretty much never consumed an actual pomegranate.

I cried hysterically the first time I saw a spider in my room and realized I had to kill it myself.

It makes me really angry when people make fun of other people’s majors; you don’t know what their courseload is like…and it’s horrible to make fun of someone’s passion.

I’ve been dating my boyfriend for almost 7 years, but my relationship with chocolate is going on 22 years. Sorry, Kev…

I’ll always have room for fro yo.

I only like comedy movies, and it’s quite possible that I’m the only human being who is instantaneously lulled to sleep by an action/thriller movie.

On a similar note, if I am forced into watching a horror movie, I will actually be scarred for life. My friends and I sneaked into The Strangers when I was 15…biggest mistake of my life. Every day I am convinced they’re watching me.

I fell down the stairs to the Atrium Halloween 2012. To this day I feel like every time I’m using them, it’s my Web Redemption.

Spicy things are the best thing ever. I can eat any type of pepper for days.

If the water is warm enough, I will never get out of my swimming pool, until I start imagining scary animals inside of it.

I am petrified of killer whales. I have always had the strangest phobia of them, and they terrify me unlike anything else. Yes, I did watch Blackfish.

I talk to myself far more than I’d like to admit. Especially in public while running errands.

Shopping is by far the most relaxing thing to me, even more so than resting.

I talk in my sleep all the time, and from what I’ve heard, it’s usually some pretty weird stuff.

Dinosaurs are still the coolest thing ever.

I know every line in Mean Girls and can apply each one to real life. Don’t watch it with me.

I’m born on my dad’s birthday, and that is pretty much always my fun fact for every ice breaker/team builder I have ever done.

I think Valentine’s Day and Easter are the best holidays.

One time in kindergarten, I correctly guessed the exact number of some item in a jar. It was 512. I won a giant stuffed bumble bee that was bigger than me. I don’t know what he’s doing with his life these days…

My favorite place to be is waveside at the beach or ocean at any time of day.

I will only ever watch baseball or hockey, and that will never change. I’ll play any sport, though.

I am considering buying stock in Campbell’s because I spend so much on their vegan vegetarian soup. It’s so good. Try it.

I am most definitely a meat eater, but I only like seafood and chicken. And will always appreciate a good burger/hot dog.

I never get enough sleep and do the most work late at night.

I need to go to sleep………………………………………………………………………………………..







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