Couldn’t Ask For A Better Year!


Wow what an amazing year! I couldn’t imagine having a great year without the help of my dance team coaches Julie Porter and Maria Richmiller. Thanks to them I was able to do what I love to do, perform. Of course I wouldn’t have been able to do that without the support of the girls on my dance team. And most importantly with the help of Mike Terry, Terri Meyer, Tracy Orne, and Kristen Ritterbusch I was finally able to decide that I wanted to major in broadcasting at Western Illinois University. By becoming the semester intern in the public relations department I was given so many wonderful opportunities from being on KHQA and WGEM to even having a news release published on the Quincy Herald Whig! Leaving SIUE to come to JWCC was possibly the best decision I have ever made. Not only did I save thousands of dollars but I had the chance to finally decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. And I also got to meet so many wonderful people that truly care about my future. JWCC opened so many doors for me in the future and couldn’t imagine being anywhere but here for my sophomore year of college. I will forever cherish my memories asa trail blazer.


This week I have stayed up until 5:30 A.M., I have been waking up very early everyday, living off coffee, and I have been running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off! It’s finals week. Must I say more?

And I know you are ready for finals to be over….trust me I do too! But whatever you do DO NOT GIVE UP JUST YET! 

When I was at SIUE I always studied so hard for my first couple of finals and actually gave up on my last one. After a while all you can think about is that very last final that is holding you back from summer. And each semester I would just fly through my very last final not caring that it could potentially hurt my grade. But boy did I have a huge woke up call…. 

If you’re like me and have one more final left make sure you  study for that last final! Make sure you do not fly through it and take your time. After successfully completing that very last final YOU’RE FREE!!!!


Good Luck:)


The week we have all been dreading from day one is finally here….


I cringe at the sound of that word. And I’m sure you do too.

But from what I learned the past two years of taking college finals is YOU CANNOT CRAM EVERYTHING IN!

I put the pro in procrastinate but when it comes to taking finals you have prepare ahead of time. You CANNOT keep putting studying off until the night before! I used to do that but i realized that it does not help me what so ever.

This semester I began studying last week instead of cramming everything in like I usually do. And I feel more prepared than I have EVER felt!

Usually when you try to cram everything the night before you only get a couple hours of sleep and usually causes you to forget the information you just learned.

Don’t make this week more stressful then it already is…Don’t overdo yourself. Make sure you get a good night sleep the night before and a healthy  breakfast and DO NOT PROCRASTINATE! 



Interview with KHQA!

This morning I rolled out of bed looking like a HOT MESS with my usual hair in a knot on top of my hair. I get asked to do an interview with KHQA. As a broadcasting major of course I am jumping up and down for joy for this opportunity! My interviewed focused mainly on my decision to come back from SIUE and the struggle I went through deciding whether or not it was a good choice to come back to John Wood, which obviously it was! Each time I learn more and more about the field I am going to. And on May 24th I will be job shadowing Kristen Aguirre! I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities through out the semester that helped me realize that broadcasting is the field I want to go into!


Don’t forget to watch KHQA at 6pm!

Bittersweet Ending

Last Saturday the JWCC Dance Team marched AND danced in the Dogwood Parade! It was my very first time ever being in Dogwood so I didn’t know what to expect.

48055_10151663303838619_957464613_nWhen we got there IT WAS FREEZING!!!!!! Then just our luck. It started to sprinkle. We all looked nice and the last thing we wanted to do was ruin our hair and make-up (Typical Girls). So we hid inside the dry cleaners right across from where our coaches’ truck was parked. 

After a while the sun came out just enough to warm us up! We marched and danced from 24th street all the way to 7th street!


It was nice hearing people constantly yell “GO TRAIL BLAZERS!” and having people support us by clapping every time we did a dance. By the time it was all over we were all EXTREMELY HOT! And it also stopped raining right after we started!

Overall it was an awesome experience and we all had a blast! It was a little bittersweet because that was the last performance I did with the JWCC Dance Team. I have been so blessed to have met such a wonderful and talented group of girls who I can now call my close friends and also two awesome coaches Julie Porter and Maria Richmiller who pushed every single one of us to do the best we could do. I couldn’t have imagine having a better group of girls and two great coaches to share this experience with! The JWCC Dance Team has opened so many doors for me. I cannot wait to have the same experience at Western as a Westernette for the 2013-2014 Dance Team.

Smile For The Camera!


I had so much FUN doing the JWCC photo shoot. I was lucky to have not only been in many of the pictures but also be behind the scenes of the photo shoot! There were many students that participated and all were great and so much fun to be around! Especially the photographer Jaime! 3552_10151658951303619_1409844889_nShe had some great ideas and was always making all of us laugh! The pictures turned out great. And I can’t wait to see them out all over John Wood! Thank you so much to all the students that participated and helped make these past two days a blast!

What’s the Point of Even Dressing Up for School?!

The beginning of the school year is always the best!

You wear all the outfits you bought from your back to school shopping spree you did right before you started classes. And for the longest time all you care about is going to class and looking as cute as possible.


During the beginning of the school year I would wake up at least an hour and a half before class started and I would get ready and made sure I looked great!

But as the year goes on cute is no longer an OPTION.

It usually doesn’t hit me until about half way through first semester. What’s the point of even dressing up for school? We sit in a classroom for an hour to 4 hours a day the last thing we want to worry about is being uncomfortable.

So after a while jeans turn into sweat pants and knit tops turn into hoodies/t-shirts, my hair goes up in a knot on top of my head and I’m ready for class.

When I went to SIUE it was the same thing! I thought that everyone would be dressing nice and I had to too! All the freshman were worrying about what to wear on their very first day of college come to find out that the upperclassmen were all wearing sweat pants and t-shirts on their first day of classes.

Advice from me to you for the upcoming freshman.

Dress comfortably. There is no need to dress up!