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Woe is no longer me

September 22, 2012

In my informative speech for communications class, I am talking about Barbara Walters’ impact on broadcast journalism. In coming up with an attention-grabber, I stumbled upon her address to the Yale University Class of 2012. In it, she said:

“If you have failure, you will rise. You will be fine. You will work your way back. Do not sink into why me, woe is me, it’s not my fault.”

I had an interesting week. By that, I mean my mind was in a hundred different directions. I was stressed with schoolwork and trying to decide whether or not to take the internship because of time management. I was questioning my abilities and future and such. There were points during the week when I definitely sank into that “woe is me” attitude. It happens. But when it does, as Babs said, you will work your way back. And so I did.

Yesterday morning, I was still thinking this weekend should be composed of schoolwork and some much-needed alone time. After going to my once-a-week journalism class, I felt better. I feel good about my plans for my website and stories. I decided perhaps I wouldn’t be a hermit this weekend after all and made plans.

Turns out, that’s exactly what I needed to regain my focus. Marie, Ellen and Allison touch the Campanile

Marie, Ellen and I walked around various parts of campus for an hour and took pictures. We went back to my room and hung out and played Mario Kart. I spent a solid five hours not worrying about readings or papers or comparing myself to my peers. I spent a solid five hours with people I care about who care about me too, and that rejuvenated me… for three reasons.

The Campanile at dusk1. KU is freaking beautiful. We strolled campus at right around sunset, and by the time we finished taking pictures, it was dark. Seriously, KU in the fall is crisp, the landscaping is always elegant, the views are breathtaking and the campanile is pretty sweet.


2. I have great friends. I really do. Because they were the ones I was with yesterday, this point (and post, I would say) is dedicated to Ellen and Marie. Marie, Allison and EllenSomehow, these two know exactly what I need when I need it. One time, they showed up at my door on a random Monday night, just to say hi. It made my day. I was walking along the sidewalk another night, and the two of them sped by in a car and shouted my name. Entirely unexpected, and I had a smile on my face the rest of the evening. They make me laugh. They make me feel understood. They make me feel happy. We can talk about things, and we can be there for each other. I am grateful that they are in my life.

3. We played video games. Of all things. And you know what? It was great.

As for all the stress in my life? I know it will all work out; plus, I have people in my life who have my back when I need to vent or someone to lean on or someone to de-stress with. Sure, it’s fine to have one of “those” moments, but in the end, one must stop beating up oneself and move forward. “Full force. Full heart. Full steam ahead.”

Editing by Ellen


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