Reflections on Austin


Lorde drowns out the brutal ride from Texas to Kansas as I gaze at a dreary Oklahoma sky from the window of a cold school van, reflecting on our trip.
I was offered the opportunity to attend the National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas. After going to a similar conference each year of high school, I was excited for the chance to attend at the college level.

Combining two of my passions, travel and journalism, I obviously did not pass up the experience. I am always thankful for the opportunity to grow and learn.

The trip taught me a number of things.

First, Austin is weird. I’m not sure that it is exactly my taste, but I loved the experience. I believe in finding the positives in every situation, and being able to pull favorite aspects from every place I visit. One thing I loved about downtown Austin was the murals on the sides of buildings.
Second, journalism is incredible. Out of all of the conventions I have been to, I think this one really helped reassure me of my love for journalism. I am passionate about telling people’s stories, and hope to never stop growing in my ability to do so.

Third, I am so thankful for connections I have made with other people, who also happen to be journalists. During the trip I ran into (almost literally) my high school yearbook adviser of three years, Mr. Glasscock. I was also able to meet up with my friend, Austin Tedrow, who is currently attending Cowley Community College. In addition, I had the best roomie ever: Jaycie Wunder. She is one of the greatest people I have met during college. I am happy to know her, and happy to have held her sweaty hand while she got a tattoo of a cat one night on 6th street.




Why Girl Power is Important

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With trending topics such as girl squads and #GirlBoss I have come to a realization: it is a powerful thing for girls to support other girls.

Growing up, it always seemed that jealously was a trait that a number of girls couldn’t escape. As girls, we’ve practically all looked at another girl and yearned to be like her in some way. We’ve wanted her flawless skin or perfect body. We’ve been envious of aspects of her life that could have been her insecurity. And even if we hate to admit it, at some point many of us have used jealousy as a reason to automatically dislike someone.

But what if instead, we took that energy and turned it into something positive? What if we turned jealous thoughts into compliments and worked to empower each other?

Not long ago I read this quote and fell in love with it immediately:

“You can always tell who the strong women are. They are the ones building each other up, instead of tearing each other down.”

By learning to empower and inspire one another, we can grow so much.

Two Shows, One Saturday

Modeling, style

Saturday October 10: busy.

1:00 p.m. – Report backstage at The Holiday Galleria, a Junior League of Wichita event taking place in the Expo Hall at Century II.

2:00 p.m. – Showtime. Model three looks for Apricot Lane: casual, sporty and formal. Everything went smoothly.

2:45 p.m. – Done and looking for my car that I conveniently parked far away without taking a mental note as to where I left it.

backstage at the Holiday Galleria – clothes from Apricot Lane

3:00 p.m. (roughly) – Join the dress rehearsal at The Cotillion (which started at 2) for the ArtAID show. ArtAID benefits Positive Directions and proceeds help people living with HIV/AIDS. The dress I’m modeling has been shortened and I am now wearing two pairs of underwear for safe measures. Roll with the punches.

4:00 p.m. – Hair and makeup begins. One room is flooded with models getting their hair done by stylists from ABLS Paul Mitchell salon. Boys are also being sprayed with glitter. The makeup room is filled with MAC geniuses. My hair is voluminous and detailed with tiny crimps, and my whole face is shiny. Everyone is beginning to look fabulous.

6:15 p.m. – Get back into my awesome black dress accented with white paper plates, which was created by Liley. Return to the hair room for touch ups and a paper plate beret.

…and the waiting game begins…

7:00 p.m. – Doors to the event open and the live auction starts shortly after.

Models backstage are garnished in outfits crafted out things ranging from newspapers to barbie doll heads. I have now been advised to wear Spanx over my two pairs of underwear. The carpet is covered in gold glitter. Everyone backstage sings happy birthday to one of the dancers and cake is being passed around. Our hair is big and our excitement is bigger.

9:00(ish) p.m. – The show begins. It includes singing, dancing and fashion.

I walk in scene two. Despite safety measures I am positive the audience saw 100% of my cellulite and part of my butt. Honestly, it’s okay. The energy of the entire show was amazing. The crowd was constantly cheering and everyone backstage was awesome. Any show that can make you feel okay about one of your biggest insecurities (cellulite) while walking on an elevated runway is one that is completely worthwhile in my opinion.

The entire show ends everyone who participated taking a final perimeter around the runway then clapping and dancing on stage.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of both events I participated in yesterday. Thanks Alleigh Allen (owner of Models & Images) for believing in my ability to be in both shows in the same day. xo