Friday, May 22, 2015

Graduation Recap--Dream Big, Take Small Steps

Just a few days ago, on Monday May 18th, I graduated college. I still have extremely mixed feelings on the subject--I am extremely sad, I'll be perfectly honest--but I would be lying if I wasn't happy and excited on the day of graduation itself.

The end of senior week saw me giving my final tours on Thursday, going to the Family Brunch in the Dining Hall with my mom and brother (brunch was always their best meal!), and hopping around to different graduation parties on Saturday and Sunday. Monday came so, so quickly.

As I woke at the ungodly hour of 6 AM to get to the 7 AM shuttle from campus to the location of commencement, I couldn't help but think of all that I've accomplished this year, let alone my four years here:

  • This final semester I wrote well over 100 pages--a 75-page thesis, an 11-page travel lit midterm, a 14-page travel lit final, a 13-page gender final, three fiction stories and a rewrite totaling 27 pages, eleven 2-page lit responses--and successfully made two e-books.
  • Directly published two student manuscripts and oversaw the publication of two others, plus two literary magazines.
  • My short story "Birthday Presents" was published in Generic.
  • My flash fiction piece "Ninety Three Pencils" was published in Stork.
  • Two of my photographs were published in Gauge Magazine.
  • Four of my photographs were published in Developed Images.
  • Accepted a post-grad internship as an editorial intern for a textbook publisher.
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors Program with a B.A. in Writing, Literature, & Publishing.

Our graduation was the 135th Undergraduate Commencement of Emerson College. We honored four wonderful women with honorary degrees, including our commencement speaker, Robin Roberts, who encouraged us to dream big but take small steps (read about it here or watch the speech here). (The other women were Anne Hawley, outgoing director of the wonderful Isabella Stewart Gardner, Natasha Trethewey, former US poet laureate, and Cheri Blauwet, a doctor and a Paralympic medalist and Boston Marathon winner.) And the student speaker gave a wonderful but honest account of all it means to be an Emersonian.

Graduation Recap--Dream Big, Take Small Steps | Pennies & Paper Blog

Graduation Recap--Dream Big, Take Small Steps | Pennies & Paper Blog
me and my freshman year roommate ^_^
Graduation Recap--Dream Big, Take Small Steps | Pennies & Paper Blog
they made me put the cap back on >.<
Graduation Recap--Dream Big, Take Small Steps | Pennies & Paper Blog
my cousin, Allie, and brother, Sam, came as well (Sam had to leave early for work)
Graduation Recap--Dream Big, Take Small Steps | Pennies & Paper Blog

Graduation Recap--Dream Big, Take Small Steps | Pennies & Paper Blog
got that Emerson hat for dad the summer before my freshman year :)
Graduation Recap--Dream Big, Take Small Steps | Pennies & Paper Blog
Marin and Alex and me--friends from Honors and the Castle
Graduation Recap--Dream Big, Take Small Steps | Pennies & Paper Blog

Graduation Recap--Dream Big, Take Small Steps | Pennies & Paper Blog
photo by Taina
Graduation Recap--Dream Big, Take Small Steps | Pennies & Paper Blog
a plethora of pre-ceremony selfies: roommates // Melanie, a good friend from Honors // Mary, roommate and who I've gone to school with since kindergarten // Alex and me again
I'm not thrilled to be done with college. I like being in school, and all I know how to do is be a student. Specifically, I like my school. For all we call it "Harry Potter Summer Camp," it's as much work as it is fun. I've learned a lot here, and will never be ready to stop learning. Emerson College is the home of my people, those who are passionate, hard-working, and a little bit crazy. Currently, it feels as though I'm just on summer break--and I know when fall comes around this will hit me so much harder than it is now.

That being said...my diploma is very pretty :) (Not to mention, this also checks off something on my Thirty Before Thirty.)

More in this series: 5 Lessons From Pub Club | It's the Little Things | Monday Meetings & Farewells | Twice on Top of the World on a Tuesday | A Big Blue Watery Road | Graduation Recap | Graduation in Focus
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Big Blue Watery Road

As I come to the end of my college years, I will be doing a "series" of blog posts about the events of my final weeks. Excuse the tearstains.

Wednesday the 13th I actually had some time in day, so I went to the Museum of Fine Arts in the morning with some friends. But, in the evening, I was on a boat (did anyone catch the reference in the post title?).

The last big senior week event I attended was a harbor cruise on the Odyssey, and at $25 it was one of the more expensive. I took some time to actually plan out my outfit, because I had been dying to wear my tulle skirt. I wanted a bit of blue for the water, so my Peter Pilotto for Target dress it was! Forgive the horrible focus and slapdash editing on these--I took them in about ten minutes before I left and couldn't get my camera to focus on me!

A Big Blue Watery Road - Peter Pilotto for Target Oasap Tulle | Pennies & Paper Blog

A Big Blue Watery Road - Peter Pilotto for Target Oasap Tulle | Pennies & Paper Blog

A Big Blue Watery Road - Peter Pilotto for Target Oasap Tulle | Pennies & Paper Blog

Dress (as Shirt): Peter Pilotto for Target | Belt: Thrifted | Skirt: OASAP | Flats: Target | Lip: Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti

The process was not perfect. We had to take shuttles because the boat was determined we would spend all of our money at their bars, so we had to meet at 5 for shuttles to take us to the boat, which would not leave dock until 7 PM. They put 60 people on each 55 person bus, so I found myself sitting on two of my friends. After we left, there was an accident on our route so a ten minute ride turned into an hour-long one. There was also a highly unpleasant and misogynistic bartender on board.

But besides all that--and the bus ride was definitely amusing--the boat itself was very fun! Good food, great views, nice cold air :)


A Big Blue Watery Road - Boston Harbor Cruise | Pennies & Paper Blog
photo by Taina 
A Big Blue Watery Road - Boston Harbor Cruise | Pennies & Paper Blog
photo by Taina
A Big Blue Watery Road - Boston Harbor Cruise | Pennies & Paper Blog
photo by Taina
A Big Blue Watery Road - Boston Harbor Cruise | Pennies & Paper Blog

A Big Blue Watery Road - Boston Harbor Cruise | Pennies & Paper Blog

This is actually my fourth time on a Boston harbor cruise (living so close to Boston means most big events are marked by one). Have you ever been on a harbor cruise, in Boston or elsewhere?


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Twice on Top of the World on a Tuesday

As I come to the end of my college years, I will be doing a "series" of blog posts about the events of my final weeks. Excuse the tearstains.

The next senior events started the very next day, on the 12th. My morning was quite busy because I had a second interview for an internship (more on that, later!), and then I had the Honors Program dinner, followed by the "Top of the Taj" black-and-white event.

Honors had the most delicious salad (goat cheese, arugala, craisins, and walnuts), glazed carrots and string beans, bread and butter, and stuffed eggplant, not to mention dessert. But more importantly, it was great to see so many of my Honors friends. We've been through all the same classes, the same problems, and, of course, the thesis project. Most of us were going straight to the Taj event after, and so it ended up being a rather fancy dinner.

The program director announced the thesis awards, basically threw the purple cords at us to make sure we all had them for graduation, and then slowly he and our advisors left. Even with the food gone, we pushed the tables together, found some placards from a faculty meeting, and hung out talking for another forty-five minutes or so, until it was time to walk to the Taj.

Twice on Top of the World on a Tuesday - Emerson College Honors | Pennies & Paper Blog

Twice on Top of the World on a Tuesday - Emerson College Honors | Pennies & Paper Blog
eighteen of us--missing thirty two Honors kids!
The Top of the Taj is literally on the enclosed roof on the top of the uber fancy Taj Hotel. It overlooks the Public Gardens and State House but also down Boylston Street--gorgeous views! This event cost money ($20) and there was a slight snafu a few days prior: about 450 students bought tickets, over double the number from years past, and the space can only hold 200 at a time. They ended up splitting the event so instead of four hours there were two two-hour shifts. I attended the 7 PM one, which nearly all my friends went to. To make up for the error, they added in a dessert bar--which was an odd contrast to the french fries, tater tots, and mini burgers they offered as food. I stuck with the desserts and the food brought around on trays periodically--California rolls and spring rolls. (I was very excited about the macarons, and ate far too many!)

Twice on Top of the World on a Tuesday - Boston Public Gardens | Pennies & Paper Blog

Twice on Top of the World on a Tuesday - Boylston Street Boston | Pennies & Paper Blog

Twice on Top of the World on a Tuesday - macarons creme brulee key lime | Pennies & Paper Blog

Twice on Top of the World on a Tuesday - Taj Hotel Boston | Pennies & Paper Blog

Twice on Top of the World on a Tuesday - Taj Hotel Boston | Pennies & Paper Blog
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best photo of the week, by Mary
The Taj did have rather expensive drinks--$10 for a glass of unknown wine--so my roommates Taina, Mary, August, and I went to the Top of the Hub for equally expensive drinks, but ones more deservedly so! After 8 PM the Top of the Hub has a minimum of $24 per person, so two drinks it was: blueberry mojito and a ginger lemondrop. Many of the other 7 o'clockers had the same idea, and so there was very much an Emerson takeover on the top of the Prudential Building :)

Twice on Top of the World on a Tuesday - Top of the Hub Boston | Pennies & Paper Blog

Three big events rounded of the Tuesday of my senior week!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Monday Meetings & Farewells

As I come to the end of my college years, I will be doing a "series" of blog posts about the events of my final weeks. Excuse the tearstains.

Senior week started early--apparently too early for many of us now that all homework and finals were done! On Monday May 11th at 11 AM, the senior class met in our largest theatre (also probably the most beautiful) to listen to speeches by the dean and class president before getting all the rules for the upcoming events. Show up to commencement next Monday by 8:30. Don't bring anything to commencement, but don't forget your ID, keys, phone, and snacks. Don't sneak flasks into any of the events. And above all, "wear sensible shoes" to everything! 
Monday Meetings & Farewells - Commencement Meeting | Pennies & Paper Blog
Photo from Emerson College
the "entire class," excluding those who slept in or had work. I can see me!
A Faculty Farewell immediately followed the Commencement Meeting. It was free (woo!), had food (extra woo!), and was the time you could tell the announcers how to say your name (so I basically had to go). The professor announcing my name was so sweet and kind, and managed to get my crazy Italian surname on the first try (she's a Performing Arts professor, so I wasn't too surprised!). She held everyone's hand in both of hers after and told us congratulations.

Monday Meetings & Farewells - photobooth | Pennies & Paper Blog

Monday Meetings & Farewells - Emerson College | Pennies & Paper Blog
Photo from Emerson College
Jackie, me, Jen, and Sam--freshman year roommates! (We were missing one, Nyla, but we couldn't find her in time.)
There weren't a whole ton of professors, but right as I was about to leave my electronic publishing and e-book professor showed up, and it was great to talk to him before leaving.

The final event of the day was an alumni-run event called Stay GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade). They just can't let us forget that we're alumni, before we even technically are! Again, it was free with free food, and took place on the rooftop of the Market Lounge, in the Financial District. It wasn't terribly exciting, the food ran out quickly, and I couldn't find any alumni to talk to, so my friend Paulina and I left early to go check out the new art installation on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. They were having the official opening and so we saw Mayor Marty Walsh speak, although we left before the artist, Janet Echelman, spoke. (I also spotted CM of Trends & Tolstoy, a fashion blogger and alum of my school--feels like a celebrity sighting!) I must go back and get proper photos of this amazing floating sculpture!

Monday Meetings & Farewells - Janet Echelman Boston Art | Pennies & Paper Blog

Monday Meetings & Farewells - Janet Echelman Boston Art | Pennies & Paper Blog

The start of my senior week was extremely busy, but quite worth it! Lots of free food, friends, and fun :)

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Friday, May 15, 2015

It's The Little Things

As I come to the end of my college years, I will be doing a "series" of blog posts about the events of my final weeks. Excuse the tearstains.

It's the Little Things | Pennies & Paper Blog

The end of college came with a lot of big events, but the smaller ones were just as important to me. They helped me recognize my own merits and accomplishments, but also appreciate how much work my classmates, coworkers, and fellow student leaders put into our projects.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

5 Lessons From Undergraduate Students for Publishing

As I come to the end of my college years, I will be doing a "series" of blog posts about the events of my final weeks. Excuse the tearstains.

On my blog, I often mention how busy I am, but I rarely discuss exactly why that is so. My college has very specific majors and focuses intensely on careers. While this is a concern at other colleges as well, I have heard of few that go to such great lengths to prepare students for the working world. One of the ways this happens is through the "co-curriculars"--our on-campus organizations.
Over the years, I've been involved in many, many clubs: writing for a lifestyle magazine, Atlas; editing for a literary magazine, then Gangsters in Concrete; playing Quidditch for my team, the J.P. Jaguars; writing entertainment news for Emertainment Monthly; doing PR and editing work while abroad for the Black Swan Literary and Cultural Magazine; managing both publishing and finances for a script anthology, Thread. But the club that stuck with me the most is Undergraduate Students for Publishing, affectionately called "Pub Club." This club does it all: holding networking events, panels, and workshops as well as publishing two student manuscripts and a genre-fiction literary magazine each semester.

5 Lessons From Undergraduate Students for Publishing | Pennies & Paper Blog
The three-pronged club logo: Undergraduate Students for Publishing, Wilde Press, and Generic

When I joined this club first semester freshman year as a regular member, I knew I wanted to be the president. Four years later, I'm finishing up my second semester as president for this wonderful club. We've done so much since I began as a publishing-illiterate freshman. At the end of my first year we added the literary magazine, Generic. My sophomore year, Wilde Press moved from publishing one book a semester to two.We then re-branded to accommodate our three branches (of events, book publishing, and literary magazine). We earned an honorable mention for one of our books from the New England Book Show. This year, the vice president and I created an official website and put a larger focus on networking and diversity within our events. We partnered with the small-but-connected graduate branch, Graduate Students for Publishing.

I just love this club, and I cannot get over the fact that I will not be a part of it any longer--but I also cannot wait to see what later presidents accomplish. Most importantly, I have learned so many invaluable lessons from this club. Here are the top five:

// Being in charge means delegating. I like to do everything myself, or at least see it all happening. But with so many events and projects, I just can't be everywhere at once--and nor should I. I got a taste of delegating last year, as the marketing director, but this year I really had to remember that each and every member is talented enough to do their job on their own. If someone was passionate about a particular task or event, I tried to assign the project to them. Other times, I would have to assign tasks based on skills or even how much free time someone had. But I also learned that it is equally important to make yourself available to provide help or extra training.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

#Flawless

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Remember the beauteous airbrushed trucker hat I received from a free event at my college? Well, I just can't get enough of it. I'm also obsessed with my Hudson zebra print jeans and my YoncĂ© inspired sweatshirt. (With a thesis about selfies, I was instantly drawn to it!) I decided to throw all of the epic pieces together and see what happened. And it was #Flawless.

Full disclosure: these photos are from weeks ago, and it's rather hotter in New England right now. I took some headshots of my roommate and decided to use the opportunity to craft this crazy-awesome outfit.

Friday, May 1, 2015

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