About a month ago Tom (my boyfriend) and I went back to Missouri to visit my family. On one of the days, we decided to visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens. What a perfect opportunity to jump-start the portfolio revival!
It was Tom’s first time there and it had been about six or seven years since I’d been there myself, so we grabbed a map and started exploring! Fun fact: the Missouri Botanical Gardens span 79 acres and were founded in 1859, which makes them the oldest gardens in continuous operation. Continue reading
So…this adulthood stuff….
I’ve found myself thinking this a lot lately. Why, you might ask? In short, I’ve transitioned (or, rather, I’m still transitioning) from student life to work-to-pay-multiple-bills life.
I’m not going to lie to anyone reading this post. College is hard. If it’s not hard your freshman year, it’ll be hard your senior year. This isn’t meant to scare you: it’s meant to prepare you. Whichever career path you choose, there will be difficult classes because college is supposed to challenge you.
Bella (left) and Mollie (right) watch Cinderella with me on a Saturday night. This is how we spend most Saturday nights and we’re all okay with that. Photo credit: Stephanie Kawula.
If you didn’t already know from my post last semester regarding all the things I learned while being an first semester “RA,” I love guinea pigs. While they haven’t been life saves, I’m glad that I’ve had them in my life this year. I’ve found out that they calm me down when things get rough (and last semester they were rough). I’ve also found that they are the best stress relief method for me.
Kawula family portrait. Photo credit: Stephanie Kawula
So, parents… Am I right? Up until now you’ve been pretty much joined at the hip. In most scenarios, you’ve been living in the same house and you’re ready to be out and on your own, making your own decisions.– But there comes a point when you need your family’s support and that’s when you realize that it’s probably a good idea that you go home for a visit.
Here comes that journalism bias again but let it be known that “portfolio” in this post is a semi-loose term. Regardless of what you’re going to choose for a major I’m fairly certain that you’re going to need some body of work (either volunteer, extra-curricular, or samples) to show future employers. Even if you’re undecided, you can pursue experiences that are interesting for you and maybe that, in conjunction with the classes you’ll take, will help you decide what you’d like to get a degree (and later a job) in.
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking when you saw the title of this post. How does taking pictures make you successful in college? Are you saying this because you’re a photojournalist and that’s how you became successful in college? Are you getting senioritis and spring fever simultaneously? — To all of these, my answer is, honestly, there may be some bias but when I look back, I wish I would have taken even MORE photos that I did. It has nothing to with my major and everything to do with how I’m going to remember the past four years of my life. How will you remember yours?