Basketball has always been a significant part of my life. I fell in love at a young age and the rest is history. When I decided playing college basketball was what I wanted to do, there were steps I had to take to get there. The first […]
Month: April 2014
The moment every Drake student has been waiting for since August. It’s the 105th RELAYS WEEK! Monday kicks off with the Beautiful Bulldog Contest in the Knapp Center where 50 bulldogs will compete for the grand prize of Most Beautiful Bulldog. Other awards include things like […]
It’s true, nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair.
Last summer, I got the opportunity to intern for the nonprofit of the Iowa State Fair that raises money for the preservation and renovation of the fairgrounds. My “official” title was Public Relations Intern in which I promoted a program called Iowan of the Day throughout the state of Iowa. This was a way of recognizing the many outstanding volunteers in their respective communities. I’ve always had a theory that the nicest people come from the midwest-especially Iowa and Nebraska. This experience definitely confirmed that theory!
The best part in running this program was treating them to a full day at the fair. I was able to greet every Iowan of the Day each morning with a bag of goodies and keys to their golf cart. Prior to this experience, I had only been to the Iowa State Fair one other time and hadn’t really explored a whole lot. It was incredible to see the amount of people that filled the fairgrounds, even at 9 in the morning! I should have kept track of how many corndogs I saw being eaten for breakfast over that 10 day stretch.
There is no doubt one of Iowa’s richest traditions and biggest tourist attractions, the Iowa State Fair, lives up to the hype. Not only was it valuable from a public relations standpoint and everything I took away from it in those regards, but to see what all goes into an event of that magnitude was far more valuable than I could have ever imagined.
I can’t say I particularly enjoy when my mom brings up childhood stories in a social setting. However, the more I hear this one story in particular, the more I realize how much it stands for.
It took place in my driveway on a summer afternoon. I was at that age where training wheels were no longer “the thing” and it was indeed my time to move up in the world. I feared no evil that day: it was time to ride a two-wheeler.
Let’s just say that I refused assistance from my parents, even when the sun was setting. The last thing I was going to do was go to bed not knowing if I was capable of riding a “big kid” bike. So I tried and tried again until I felt confident in my two-wheel-riding abilities.
At that age, I was oblivious of what determination was. Thankfully, my mom has helped put it into perspective. Little did I know that this trait would stay with me for the rest of my life. And little did I know that it would undoubtedly be the difference between living out my dream at Drake University– or not.
March Sadness: a self-diagnosed illness in which I am currently undergoing. Being a basketball player, it is always my hope that we prolong our season in March. Unfortunately, we lost in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and I found myself catching […]