If this year was a TV show, the season finale probably would have been about as heartwrenching and inconclusive as the last Greys Anatomy. Itâ€™s no secret that this semester kind of sucked for me, but near the end, a bunch of crappy stuff happened that left me in dire need of a break before even attempting the whole happily-ever-after thing. Like a formulaic ABC dramedy, my junior year ended with a million questions as well as a few triumphs, many failures and a love interest moving across the country (seriously, welcome to the joke that is my life). For now, Iâ€™m happy to be shelving all that and beginning my summer.
As I mentioned earlier, Iâ€™ll be working an internship for Great Performances, which I expect will bring me all kinds of valuable lessons in PR, sales, event production and catering. My job requires significant office time down in the funky SoHo loft-style headquarters and then some attendance at a few of the events (cue Fergieâ€™s â€œGlamorousâ€â€¦ I know). If you recall, this is the company I visited during my Catering & Event Planning class field trip to NYC in September and fell in love with; I guess it was a mutual thing. In addition to being all-around fabulous, GP is really into sustainability and the company even has a FARM. A farm, people.
I have Fridays and weekends off from GP to do my other job, editorial work for HotelChatter.com. If you have a chance, go check out the siteâ€”itâ€™s basically made for me. Pop culture and bitchy comments mixed with hotel industry news and reviewsâ€¦ hallelujah. Theyâ€™re run by SFO*Media, a San Francisco based company that publishes HotelChatter, Jaunted, and TripHacker. Cool, cool.
I just want to give a few cheesy shoutouts before I sign off. First of all, thank you to Lisa Cameron-Norfleet for creating and overseeing the student blogging project and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it. Youâ€™ve been nothing but supportive throughout this whole experience; Iâ€™m sure I speak for all six of us when I say that itâ€™s been fabulous. Tommy Bruce, thanks for believing in us and for helping to convince the rest of the administration that we donâ€™t suck. My readers, whoever you may be, you guys are awesome and if reading this blog helped you gain a teeny tiny twinkle of insight into the real Cornell experience, I feel validated. Danielle, Ash and Brett, I donâ€™t know where I would be right now if I didnâ€™t have you girls this year. Thank you so, so much for everything and for never letting me forget whatâ€™s important. Jordan, youâ€™ve always been there through butterflies and hurricanes and I canâ€™t even begin to tell you how proud of you I am. Anne, you kept me sane through the circus and so much more. You are the funniest, most loyal person I know and I totally forgive you for drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid. I solemnly swear to show up at your wedding wearing bejeweled Crocs and acid-washed jean shorts and to share a bottle of Riesling whenever you need to obsess over anything. Erin, you are my best friend in the whole world and Texas is incredibly lucky to have you. I miss you every single day and I canâ€™t wait until weâ€™re so successful and fabulous that we can take spontaneous weekend trips to exotic places just to try the margaritas. Remember: dentist, too, shall pass. To my favorite hotelies in the back corner of the student lounge, your smiles and perpetually upbeat attitudes make the rough classes and long days seem like a constant party. Finally, and most importantly, thank you to my family. To my brother Michael, who calls me from Alaska to remind me that life is about more than boys, grades and clothes. Mom and Dad, youâ€™ve been supportive of me every time Iâ€™ve changed my mind about what I was interested in and have read, commented on and saved every blog entry and newspaper column Iâ€™ve ever written. Thanks for supporting me no matter what and for being there for me whenever I need anything, especially these last few months.
I hope everyone has a great summer and please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or comments!