5 Reasons Why Summer 2K14 Was the Best

5. Leo Burnett fiestas

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I met the coolest people this summer during my summer internship at Leo Burnett. I was lucky enough to become super good friends with my intern group family. I’ll definitely miss them, but I know our paths will cross again.

4. Spain gave me permission to live there

I GOT MY VISA! After months of planning, gathering paperwork, and jumping through a dozen other hoops, I finally have my wonderful, beautiful visa.

3. Logi and I celebrated 5 whole years together!

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WOAH! Logan and I have been together for 5 years now. It’s amazing how much we’ve changed and grown since we first started dating. I’ m supa lucky to have this goofball in my life. And even after 5 years I still like him ūüėČ

2. My roommate was also my BFF

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Kayla and I got to spend soooo much time together this summer, which was absolutely amazing. I leave for Spain in a little over a week, so this summer was some good quality sister time before I leave. I’m so lucky to be a twin, and to have Kayla as my other half.

1. We welcomed Asiago to the Waisath Clan

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Asiago

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If you don’t follow me on Instagram, maybe you aren’t aware of my obsession with Asiago. Kayla adopted Asiago from Paws in June, and it’s been super fun watching him grow and play and be crazy (I know I sound like a weirdo cat lady). There’s something about having a pet that brings a certain life to your home, and you can bet our little crispy nugget has brought a lot of joy to our apartment.

 

Was this the best summer ever for you?! I hope so!

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Introducing: Prince Asi

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“Can I haz cheeseburger?!”-Asiago

Hello all!

If you follow me on Instagram, or are my friend on Snapchat you are well aware I adopted a kitten a few weeks ago. Asiago *yes, like the cheese* is the cutest fuzzball around and I  am completely obsessed with him. This little guy has already managed to cause me loads of stress, heartache, but most importantly, love.

I adopted my little nugget from PAWS, a local animal shelter. After a fantastic first weekend with Asi he started acting really lethargic. He wasn’t interested in any of his toys, and¬†pretty much slept for two days straight. ¬†This sent me into a complete state of panic, and I rushed him to the vet. The doctor told me he had lost weight since I had been there for his wellness exam four days earlier, and his blood tests came back saying he was anemic. The vet told me he likely had contracted FIP, a deadly virus that kills cats in a matter of weeks *cue heartbreak*. I was devastated, and spent a lot of time¬†sobbing at home and blasting John Legends ‘All of Me‘ while drying my tears on my sick furry baby. The next day I took him to the vet to have another test that would confirm he had been exposed to the virus.

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Over the next several days, Prince Asi began to act like a normal, healthy kitten running, jumping, playing, and exploring. All of us were completely surprised since the vet was practically convinced he had contracted the deathly virus.

A few days later we got the results of the blood tests, ¬†negative *YAY*. ¬†We celebrated by getting the little man a laser pointer (his new fav). ¬†Though he was negative for FIP, we still weren’t sure what was causing his anemia. I went to the vet this week and it turns out he’s no longer anemic! During this whole ordeal PAWS has been so helpful and offered to pay for all his tests (close to $650).

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We still have no idea what was wrong with him those few days, but I am so happy he is a healthy kitten! Although I’m not a fan of his 6AM wakeup calls via kitten paw slaps to the face, it’s amazing the life that one fuzzy ball of love can bring to a home.

Here are some of the hundreds of pictures we’ve taken of the nugget. Enjoy!

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Asi is convinced this glass was made for him. Its purrrrfect!

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5 Life Lessons I Learned in College

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I graduated from college last Saturday. Wait, what? Yeah. After three wonderful years in Wisconsin, it was time for me to leave the beautiful dairy state with two-degrees in hand and big plans for the future! College didn’t just teach me about advertising and psychology (my two majors), it taught me about life. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to get a higher education, and here are 5 lessons I learned from my time as a Warhawk.

1. There are a lot of different kinds of people, and they’re all great

 

 

 

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College really opened my eyes to all the different kinds of people there are in this crazy, cool world. I grew up in a large suburb of Chicago, so my school was pretty diverse, but honestly, I was ignorant. I didn’t know much about other ethnicities, genders, or sexualities. My all time favorite college class was sociology of gender where we openly discussed the ¬†problems behind a binary gender system, and the importance of acknowledging and accepting people who don’t fall into this weirdo binary system we have. I didn’t know much about transgendered, intersexuals, or any other variant before this course and it really opened my eyes. I also met a ton of people that had such varied backgrounds, it really helped me understand and appreciate other people.

John Green *the best author/vlogger ever* does a way better job at summing up this point here 

2. Failing is actually ok, and probably better in the long run

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I’m not talking about failing classes, because that’s definitely not better as you’ll be stuck at college for 100 years if you do that. I’ve always been a big goal setter, and it wasn’t until I went to school that I started failing at goals I set for myself. I had my heart set on being an RA after my freshman year, but didn’t get it. I wasn’t good at ultimate frisbee. I didn’t get the first internship I applied to. And I didn’t make 1 million BFFs. BUT THAT’S OKAY. Even though I failed at a lot of things, I still graduated as a happy, healthy, employed 21-year old! I learned a lot from those failures, and they ultimately shaped me into the positive go-getter I am today.

3. Stop comparing yourself to other people

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Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram make it super simple to make you feel like you’re a loser by comparing yourself to your friends. Wake up buddy, you aren’t a loser. It’s easy for people to portray their lives as fabulous, but it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows for them either (they get pimples, gain weight, and get stressed out too). Think about how you portray yourself online, and realize how glamorous your life appears to outsiders.

My problem was that I always compared people’s social lives with mine. I realized I was an introvert after one of my first psychology classes, and it all made sense to me. I have amazingly strong, and wonderful relationships with BFF #1 and BFF #2 (Kayla and Logan). I don’t think anyone else can really compare when it comes to those two people, and that’s okay. I don’t need a lot of social stimulation to be happy, and college taught me to be okay with chilling in my room alone, watching Netflix, and texting Kayla non-stop. That’s just my thing.

4. Stand on your own two feet

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Every year of college was really different for me. For example: my first year I was a part of my university’s Ultimate Frisbee Club Team, my second year I was the event planner for my dorm’s Leadership Involvement team first semester, and I was hired as an RA second semester. My third, and final, year was spent as an RA, and a social media intern. I took all of these positions on my own and without having guaranteed friendships on the other end. I remember walking up to the first ultimate frisbee practice all by my lonesome not knowing anyone. It was terrifying, but also super liberating! All of those experiences taught me l could be outgoing with people I had never met *small victories, people*!

It’s so so so important to be able to motivate yourself, and not be dependent on other people. So stand tall and do something crazy all by yourself.

5. Be willing to change 

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If you ask me, “high school you” and “college you” should be totally different people. College should question your beliefs, values, and ideations. It should challenge you to think about life, people, and experiences in a totally new and exciting way. It’s so important to be open to learning about other ways of living! Try a new food, switch up your style, or befriend someone who’s totally different than you. At 18, you are way too young to be set in your ways, so stop being a stubborn teenager and open your eyes to all of the possibilities your life has to offer!

 

Although I’m done learning vocabulary and theories, I’ll keep these lessons I’ve learned near and dear to my heart for the rest of my life. Cheers to constantly learning, changing, and evolving.

 

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Twins Turn 21!

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Brace yourself world, the Waisath girls are finally legal! Kayla and I turned 21 a few weeks ago, but we couldn’t celebrate due to a terribly timed family tragedy. I don’t mean to put you down, but Kayla and I were pretty bummed ourselves. So in true Waisath fashion, we postponed our big girl birthday plans until the next week. Let me tell you, turning 21 feels so liberating. It’s just nice to know that I can go pretty much anywhere and won’t be forced to leave at 10pm because I’m underage.

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We decided to celebrate in Chicago (duh!), and I couldn’t have had more fun. The first night Kayla and I and our boyfriends went to a few bars around Wrigley. The first bar was called Halligin, it had really cheap and delicious drinks that even us poor college kids could afford. Kayla and I had their chocolate candy cane shot, and it was AMAZING. Our next stop was a place called The Apartment where we danced our pants off. We finished the night off at a barcade! Yeah, you read right bar + arcade = barcade. They had a ton of pinball machines and vintage games like dug dug. Overall a great first night on the town!

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The following night we took a little venture to one of our favorite neighborhoods in Chicago, Wicker Park! We also went there because that’s where our older brother lives. When we got to his new place, he had already made us a personalized birthday drink menu! Needless to say, the drinks and the company were both amazing.

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Don’t fret, we did some nonalcoholic related activities while we were in the city too. Logan and I checked out a little coffee shop by Kayla’s work. Although you most likely don’t care, I got to pet the cutest most loving golden retriever while we were there (I’m a little puppy obsessed). We also went to the Christkindlmarket downtown where we ate some delicious sugar covered pecans, and did some window shopping. Logan and I also caught the holiday train! Chicago’s train system has a train that is deemed “Santa’s Express” where the inside and outside are decorated in Christmas lights! They also have Santa riding in his sleigh between carts, like a real Santa, not a doll…

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Kayla’s First Internship!

I was lucky enough to spend ten weeks interning with a digital marketing agency in Chicago at Rise Interactive. This was my first chance to get my feet wet in the professional world, and let me tell you, I loved it.

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(“First day as an intern” selfie from Instagram!)

The interview process seemed like it would never end. I applied, took a test, did a phone interview, went to an onsite interview, and then *finally* received an offer! I was excited, but filled with nerves, as I started this new journey in September. During my time at Rise, I was able to work with an incredibly smart and caring supervisor who truly cared about my future success and overall happiness.

I interned in the employee services department as a Learning and Development

intern, which focuses on ensuring employees are fostering and using their skills in their day-to-day tasks!

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During my time, I attended: happy hours, holiday parties, and office events. I’m so happy I was surrounded by people close to my age that I could relate to, and who really knew what it was like to be in my shoes, as a full time student with two part- time jobs, and an internship!

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I gained so much from my internship, ranging from valuable professional advice to friendships. As I inch closer to graduation and entering the workforce full time, I hope that I will be able to find another opportunity to explore and refine even more of my skills.

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4th Annual Friendsgiving

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The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Kayla and I hosted our fourth annual Friendsgiving. We started this tradition our senior year of high school and kept it going throughout college. We all go to different universities, so sometimes Friendsgiving is the only time of the year all of us can get back together and have some good ole’ fashioned wholesome fun!

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As you can tell by our plates, we don’t usually have a very traditional Thanksgiving meal. A bunch of twenty somethings getting together doesn’t exactly scream hours of food prep like most people’s Friendsgiving meals. Ours consisted of pesto chicken, sweet potato wedges, cheese dip, KFC, and other miscellaneous foods. Regardless, everything was delicious.

This was also the perfect time for us to meet everyone’s significant others *awww*! We all went to the same high school, so college has brought some very new and important people into our lives. Friendsgiving proved a great time to get to know the people that are so important to our friends who we wouldn’t get to meet otherwise!

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This year Kayla made a banner inspired by A Beautiful Mess¬†using fabric and twine. It made for a nice backdrop for everyone to pose under. Don’t you think?!

Friendsgiving is truly one of our favorite holiday traditions. What are some of yours?

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