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A Secret Fred

26 Jun

Right now, I’m in the middle of putting together a series of presentations for my RAs based on the book “The Fred Factor” by Mark Sanborn. Really, you should all go out and read it. As I’m creating these presentations, I’m putting in little stories and suggestions for my future RAs.

As I was thinking of examples, I remembered something that happened my freshman year that exemplifies what a “Fred” is all about. As many of you know, I did not have a very pleasant freshman year. On the morning of Valentine’s Day, I woke up to find that somebody had tied two candy bars to everybody’s door handle. Everybody had the same…some sort of chocolate bar. Except on my door. There was a chocolate bar and a roll of Spree. Why? Because whoever had done this knew that I wasn’t supposed to have chocolate. To this day, I have no idea who did that. All I know is that it wasn’t Kenny…he returned his elementary school-style Valentine that I had slipped under everybody’s door to me torn to pieces. (Thanks for that Kenny, glad we’re friends now!)

The point is, this person did a lot of “Fred” things. They clearly listened to me, they went out of their way to make sure I had something I could enjoy, they surprised all of us…the list goes on, all from this one action!

How many times do we stop and think about others in our lives? Time to be a commercial again. Go read this book. I don’t care if you’re a CEO at a Fortune 500 company or a janitor at your neighborhood elementary school.



How I Spent My Summer Vacation

3 Jun

Some quick updates.

  • I graduated.
  • I got a job.


So the summer vacation I spent the last entry dreaming about is essentially ending in a few days, as I have a new job to start! Yay!

I’m definitely excited to start my job, but at the same time I am a little sad that it’s so soon. They originally wanted me to start on June 4th! I managed to push it back a week, but I know the rest of the kids I graduated with aren’t starting until July. Hopefully I won’t be on call any time soon so I can use my weekends to wander around the country.

I actually was in Newark still when I found out I got the job. I then spent a few days in New Jersey before coming up to Connecticut to see my friends and fam.

It’s kind of hard to tell that I’m excited for my job because I’m currently really stressed about moving. I HATE moving more than anything (well except maybe vomit and spiders). I haven’t been told when I can move into my apartment yet and all I want to do is plan my move.

One thing I am excited for is that my mom and I are going to Ikea today to look at furniture for my new apartment. I can’t order anything yet, but I just want to see everything in person. Then, once I find out when I can move in and where I can ship things, time to order me some furniture!

I know I didn’t update much about the fun stuff, but maybe I’ll write about that later. And I’ll be sure to write about my new adventures in the working world.


5 May

That’s how many days are left until graduation. I’m more excited for this graduation than my last one. Not much is different. I will be leaving friends behind. I still don’t have a job. But for some reason, I’m okay with it this time around. Maybe because I survived the last time?

Right now I’m really excited for all my adventuring. That’s all I can think about. I know I’m sticking around here for a few days after graduation/move out and then probably going to go find my little for her birthday. After that, who knows? I want to go to the lake, I want to go to CT, I want to go to the Cape. So many places, and depending on the job search, so little time.

Speaking of job search. It’s sort of on hold because I need to finish all my school work. Clearly, I’m not doing that at the moment either. But I took it in a new direction and found some things I’m really excited for. Maybe I won’t have to visit the Cape because maybe I’ll be working there.

So stay tuned for where my adventures bring me!