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College Educated, TYSM Mizzou

College educated, she graduated! (well, almost…. just gotta pass this Money, Banking, and Investing exam Monday night) .    🙂

I remember sitting in my white wood kitchen at Tanagers Point in Excelsior, MN as a senior in high school, flipping through a handful of acceptance letters from a variety of colleges around the midwest. You know how they say New Yorkers think the midwest is a wasteland of just one giant state? Well, apparently I had the same mindset because I didn’t apply to a single school outside of the midwest.

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Thank goodness I didn’t because I ended up at the best fitting school for me: The University of Missouri. However, a few of my close friends from freshman year would beg to differ as I took a quick semester break from Mizzou & went back to Minnesota.

Yes, I transferred second semester freshman year.

As much as my friend Amy wants to say this was 100% because of some dude she is WRONG. Okay, she’s 95% wrong… Anyways, before my first year of college I had never been to an overnight camp, I hated sleepovers because I liked to go home to my own bed, I begged my parents to stay with me at soccer practices. What I’m trying to say is I’m a little needy when it comes to the security of my mom and dad. All that paired with having a horrible experience with my roommate I was like “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I’m giving up on Mizzou and Hatch (freshman year dorm)!!!”

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So, my dad was stoked that I was going to be closer to home. My mom was like, “Addison, I really think you should try to ride this out”. I ended up attending The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN for a semester.

I had a great time. Met cool people. Froze my ass off.

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It was time to go back to Mizzou. I remember calling my two best friends, Mikey and Katie, and hesitantly said, “Guys….. I think I’m gonna have to sit down and talk to my dad… cause I need to come back at Mizzou”.  Yeah, Don wasn’t happy this time. He eventually began to understand that I needed to be back in mid-Missouri where all exciting life and news-worthy events occur.

So, I packed up my bags in the reliable Honda CRV & headed back to the promise land: Missouri.

Mikey met me at Tri delt, my sorority at the time, and helped me move in all of my unnecessary crap.

I was nervous.

I didn’t know the girls as well as a lot of the others since I left for a couple minutes. Luckily, I got the best roommate anyone could ever ask for: Ashley Rhoades AKA Smash. A girl who ends up putting period pads all over my walls and starts calling me “Pads” (a nickname that eventually catches on…. lovely). At the start of the semester, I vividly remember her frequent nightly excursions to ATO and leaving her purple Christmas-like lights on above her bed. In summary, this is how we became friends because I was a freak and too scared to turn off her lights, so I asked her if I could by messaging her on Facebook…….. Nice!smash

LOTS and lots of memories in that house. I lived in Tri Delt for a year and eventually moved into an apartment known as Brookside. I lived at Brookside for 2 years, but took a quick semester break (AGAIN, sorry) and moved to Seville, Spain.

Seville, Spain: I love you so much.

Most of all, I love my amazing friends who I met through this experience. I went to Spain knowing no one. That’s the reason I picked this program with CIEE. I wanted to go into a new experience with a totally open mind. Very very happy with the decision I made because I met some of my best friends, 4 of which I get to live next to in a month in NYC!! I’m actually living NEXT DOOR to my friend Tim. What a small world.

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After a semester in Spain, I again, return to the University of Missouri. My two roommates saw a different side of me. They didn’t know how to talk to me anymore.

I was a mess.

I had a very difficult time adjusting to life back in the USA. Reverse culture shock. This caused a bit of turmoil in apartment 406.

Eventually, I get a dog. More turmoil! Another idiot move by Addison!

Eventually, I give the dog to my mom. More turmoil! I love you, mom!

Finally, everything goes back to normal. I’m back to the wine-loving, croc wearing, nail-biting, music blaring girl I was since I started my college career. Courtney can attest to all of this.

But you know what the craziest part of all of this is? The wrapping up part.

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Bryant University Sales Competition in Rhode Island where I placed 3rd. I didn’t know any of these people a month ago. Now I consider all of them my friends. ONE MIZZOU 🙂

 

I’m sitting here in my District Flats 2 bedroom apartment looking through the pictures of the quick 4.5 years spent at 3 universities. Pictures of us wandering through countless fraternities, our Halloweens at Madison, WI, football tailgates, weekend trips, binge-watching mindless shows, Cha Cha slide in Hatch, Spring break in Gulf Shores, a variety of boyfriends …who remembers my Spanish boyfriend?? ;), after bars because our bars close ridiculously early, and so many more memories.

College is an amazing experience. It’s a balance of getting decent-good-great grades and doing fun, exciting, memorable stuff.

It’s a balance of having ups and having downs and learning how to deal with both.

College teaches you how to live with people, which isn’t always roses and butterflies.

It’s a balance of trying new things, but not feeling like you have to do EVERYTHING. #FOMO

I am so happy and grateful that I was given the opportunity to experience a giant, fun-filled, loving university. I am also #blessed that my school offers student charge.. HAH.

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I want to thank my parents for being the most supportive people in my life. Mom and Dad, you know how much I love you and appreciate you guys. You have given me many incredible opportunities throughout the last 22.5 years of my life. I wouldn’t of been able to do any of the amazing things I’ve done without you. May sound cliche, but it’s not at all.

Thank you, Mizzou for introducing me to my home. I have met the most incredible people here. Fuck the Blues.

Tonight is Stop Day Eve.  (Stop day=No classes the Friday before exams) Which means I have to go out even though I have a presentation for a competition tomorrow at 9am. Bring on the Pedialyte, baby.

"Drink some coffee and pretend like you're not hungover"

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I will always love you
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Friendsgiving with my favorite Billy Goat
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From Minnetonka High School to Mizzou

Major: Business Marketing. Minor: Psychology Certificates: Multicultural Certificate, Sales Competition Finalist, Target Competition Winner, A&S Scholarship, Green Dot Certified

ONTO NYC!  #TheGoodLife #Healthcare

Best of luck to everyone who is starting college and finishing. XOXO

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