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Well, the time has come for me to wrap up my time as a Longhorn Confidential blogger and say goodbye! What an amazing opportunity it has been to write down my thoughts, experiences, and feelings for all of you this year. Thank you so very much for reading. As an official college graduate after this [...]

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May 24, 2011 | | Comments Off

I’m Done!

Hi, Everyone!
As of Thursday, May 5, I am officially done with college! What an odd feeling it is to know that my life in Austin is soon going to be over. I have some exciting things to share with all of you as I near the end of the year!

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May 9, 2011 | | Comments Off

The Last Push

As I sit down to write this, I can officially say that my competitive speech career has come to an end! And, what a ride it has been. This past week, I’ve spent time in Bloomington, IL at Illinois State University at the National Forensics Association National Tournament. And after two 20+ hour train rides, [...]

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April 21, 2011 | | Comments Off

UT Speech Does Dinner on the Lake

Every now and then, the UT Speech Team gets to do things together outside of preparing and participating in competitions. Last Friday, we had the distinct pleasure of being invited to a wonderful dinner on the lake by Mr. and Mrs. Carter, some huge supporters of the team. The Carters were both graduates of the [...]

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April 11, 2011 | | Comments Off

Third Place Has Never Felt So Good!

Hi, Everyone!
I’m so sorry that I haven’t been as up-to-date with this blog as I meant to this semester. Things have been so ridiculously crazy lately. I just got back from my trip to Kearney, Nebraska for the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, also known as Nationals. It was quite a blast and [...]

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April 7, 2011 | | Comments Off

Off to Nebraska!

Happy Monday, everyone! This is a very big week for me, as I head off to my final American Forensics Association National tournament. This is my second-to-last speech tournament ever and I can’t believe how quickly it came. This will be my 7th National tournament with the UT Speech Team and I am so incredibly [...]

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March 28, 2011 | | Comments Off

While Everyone Winds Down, I Gear Up

I just finished with my last class of the week, which means I am officially on vacation for Spring Break! It may surprise you to know that I’ve never had a “real” Spring Break while I’ve been in college. I’ve never had the 9 days off from school to just be a sponge or take [...]

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March 10, 2011 | | Comments Off

Student Government Elections

Well, it’s that time of year again. The t-shirts, postcard-sized flyers, and posters pop up all over campus in support of Student Government Elections. People run around yelling in support of candidates, students bombard classmates to vote, and The Daily Texan (our campus newspaper) is taken over by article after article about Student Government (SG). [...]

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March 4, 2011 | | Comments Off


Honestly, this whole year has been a pretty difficult one for me. I struggled a lot last semester trying to figure out what I was going to do after I graduated and I am so thankful that I have figured that out. Once I knew I was going to be going to Teach For America [...]

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February 23, 2011 | | Comments Off

Last Day, Valentine’s Day, Oklahoma, and Sickness!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope that today is a good one for everyone. I was reading an article in the Huffington Post today called “A Day of Love” which encouraged everyone to celebrate today as a day of love, regardless of whether or not you’re in a relationship. I think it’s easy for people [...]

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February 14, 2011 | | Comments Off

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