Thirteenth Annual Player’s Ball

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to volunteer at my first event in the hospitality industry. A perk of being part of the Rosen School of Hospitality Management is all the opportunities made available for it’s students, and I was fortunate to experience one as a freshman. It opened my eyes to the industry, and I was able to meet many people both from Rosen and the Bridges of Light Foundation that sponsored the event. Lots of positive networking occurred and it was a great addition to my extremely weak resume.

Saturday Evening was the Bridges of Light 13th Annual Players Ball, a gala made for Orlando’s top sports stars to celebrate the night through various fundraisers in place for the namesake’s foundation. Bridges of Light is an Orlando based charity that raises money for children in the city who don’t have the means necessary to get the education they need. The annual ball is the largest fundraiser for the organization thanks to it’s generous sponsors and plethora of auctions made for the guests.


This event took place in the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. It is one of the leading convention hotels in the area, and definitely one of the nicest hotels that I have ever been in. It was a great experience to attend an event in such a luxurious resort, such as the ones I would like to work in in the future.


After taking in the amazing sights, we were introduced to the volunteer team and the ballroom/foyer area in which the event would be taking place. Most of the volunteers were returning members who started helping out in college and kept coming back year after year due to how much fun it was. They were all raving about the event and were excited that we were getting involved so young as freshmen. I was excited to hear about all the positivity towards the event and reassured to hear that I was doing good things by putting my foot in the door so soon in my career.

As guests started arriving, I began comparing the event to an “adult prom”. Everyone was dressed to the nines in their best ball gowns and I couldn’t get over how nice everyone looked. It was an understatement to say they looked like a million bucks, because due to the demographic there, they probably all spent a million bucks on their look. After learning that each guest paid near $500 per ticket, I understood how important this event was and how important the hospitality industry is.

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Throughout the night, I assisted the head of events in things that she needed done, and worked closely with the other volunteers with the silent and live auctions. The amount of generosity in these donations outstanded me, but after hearing from some of the kids that the event sponsored, I could understand why. If only I had $115,000 to donate just for the heck of it like one guy did.

The setting was gorgeous, the guests were beautiful, and the events were exciting. Between the auctions, the cocktail party, and the gambling, I got a good taste of a high class event in the industry. Of course I have only seen one type of demographic, but I am already assured that I am in the right major.

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Next month, I plan on doing my second volunteer event, which is a Harvest Ball at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort (aka one of the most gorgeous places I’ve seen owned by the real MVP and sponsor of our school.) I can’t wait to continue volunteering at these events because even though we are not paid for our work with money, we are paid with experience, which can be more valuable in the long run.

Until next timexoxo,

Lil Life Update #2

Long time, no blog. The past month has been extremely hectic in the best way possible and it’s time for me to update you guys on all aspects of my crazy life here in Orlando.


So I wanna start out by punching myself in the face for not blogging more often. Most of my creativity flows through my brain while I’m minutes away from sleep. Yet I have decided that sleep is no longer for me and have cut it out of my lifestyle completely. No sleep equals minimal creativity equals lackluster blog posts. (or extremely boring ones like this one)

That brings me to my next point. I have decided to become nocturnal. Sleeping at night is too mainstream and I don’t want to conform to society, so I’m trying something new. Stay tuned for updates.

All in all, college is going great for me and I’m extremely lucky to be feeling this way. I know the first month is supposed to be hard on a lot of people, and I’ve heard horror stories from some of my friends, but I am fortunate enough to be in a different boat than the majority.


For anyone that knows me, it’ll be no surprise to hear that I didn’t wait long to get involved here on campus. I’m super honored to have been accepted to write for HerCampus UCF (check out my first article here).


As a first semester freshman, this was a super incredible opportunity and I’m loving it so far. It’s so empowering to belong to a group of amazing girls who share the same passion as me. I love going to our weekly meetings and bouncing feedback off each other. My first article was published this past week and I was super nervous about it because it had to do with something personal that I wouldn’t normally broadcast to the world. Yet I built up my confidence and knew I shouldn’t be ashamed of anything and put my words out there to be viewing.


I couldn’t be more happy with the decision I made because in less than twelve hours, my story was already picked up and shared by nationals, which is insanely rare. It’s a huge accomplishment and I am so proud of myself for being able to reach that level of recognition on my work, let alone my first published piece. I’m so excited to be thriving in this community so soon and I can’t wait to continue writing more articles for our team.


I am also extremely #blessed to have amazing friends, both here and at home, that supported me with my first article. All the shares on social media really impacted it’s publicity and all the positive comments made my heart grow three sizes. I love all of you and thank you for putting up with my lame ambitions.

I also decided to dip my toes in a new organization that is unlike anything we had in high school. It’s called Campus Activities Board (CAB) and they are a student run organization responsible for putting on events around campus throughout the school year. Every pool party, concert, and guest speaker that comes to our school happens because of this group and I’m super excited to start working on the board.


I signed up for the concert section and the special events section because I like to believe I’m a concert junkie (I’m not), and I want to gain more experience in planning events to help with my future career in hospitality. I am also tossing around the idea of minoring in Entertainment Management so both of these will greatly improve my resume, along with having a lot of fun in an activity meant to help others have fun.


Speaking of my future career, I totally spent a lot of money last week in order to help my future. Or at least that’s how i’m convincing myself that my actions are justifiable. By this, I mean I am now *officially* and annual pass holder for Walt Disney World :))))) This is most definitely a learning experience for me because I am now exposed to the industry on a weekly basis. Also, I can ride Space Mountain whenever I want. I win. I am using this same reasoning to justify that it’s okay that I’m going to an ample amount of concerts this school year. Concert junkie or a student going above an beyond to further her education? The world may never know.


I have also been killin’ it with my school work and getting so much done ahead of deadlines, which is totally unlike me. Maybe my days of endless procrastination are finally over? Probably not, but at least for now I can pretend I’m doing good things with my education. I even started to look into the different levels of the hospitality industry and volunteered at my first event, (more on that here).


I have made a ton of friends from all different groups of people. I miss being friends with fellow band geeks, but I have a ton of Disney nerds to make up for that. Making friends was definitely hard at first, but thank god for the internet existing and for me being way more personable while hiding behind the protection of my phone screen.


Overall, my experience here has been pretty rockin’ and my confidence is at an all time high. The only thing that sucks is how much my hair fights with the humidity, but it’s fine, I’ll just shave my head. Thanks for bearing with me through another lame life update, but I just had to brag a little bit. Self love is key. I’m going to attempt to write more, but like I said, I no longer sleep, so it’s difficult to have random burst of inspiration, but I’m trying my hardest!

Until next time (could be tomorrow, could be a month from now)…

xoxo,

How To Drain Your Bank Account in Seven Short Days

Money is just a construct set up by the government to ruin our lives. We don’t need to stand for this insanity so let’s just get rid of it all now. Just follow these easy steps and you too can be as broke and happy as me!

1. Start out by eating a lot of food. I don’t care what type of food, but chances are that you have friends, and chances are that your friends eat food. Just go out with them as much as possible since no one wants fomo, and spend. all. your. money.

money-22. Attempt to live on your own. Even just slightly. You’ll start buying thing you never even thought you’d need, but are totally essential to everyday life. Stamps, dish soap, a pet fish, you name it. Random expenses come up all the time and accounting for them is all part of the journey.

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3. Live in a city that never sleeps. New York? LA? Vegas? All good options. I chose Orlando and my wallet hates me more and more everyday thanks to it.

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4. Accidentally order an annual pass for Disney World. What? I totally slipped and fell into the pass holders line and my debit card must have flown out of my wallet and into the cashiers hand right as a transaction was being made. Weird right? I know.

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5. I was going to make a final valid and creative point, but honestly all my money goes to food so it deserves to be dedicated twice.

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Here’s to fast food, college essentials, and drained bank accounts. If you need a quicker way to get rid of cash fast, remember that the Bank of Lena is always open for donations 🙂

xoxo,

Wild Wild World

March 4, 2013, a small British pop band took the indie charts by ~storm~ (it’s a pun, pretend I’m funny) with their lyrically empowering release of Bad Blood. Bastille’s debut album changed the way I, and thousands of basic white girls all around the world, listened to music. Over three years ago, I fell in love with music, and yesterday I was able to do it all over again.

September 9, 2016, a large British pop band reemerged from the depths of hell where they have been hibernating for the past couple years. Once again, they are taking world by storm with their lyrically empowering release of Wild World.

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Let me just start out by saying that Bastille is a really freaking awesome band. They have really freaking awesome songs, and they do really freaking awesome things for their fans. One of these really freaking awesome things that they have done recently was holding a nationwide album release party at select indie record stores across the country. Thirteen to be exact. And now that I live  in the wonderful city of opportunities that is Orlando, I was able to adventure out to listen to my favorite band’s album a day earlier than everyone else.

Yes yes, I totally think I’m cooler than you because I got to hear an album twelve hours before you. I savored every moment because by this morning, the album was already second on the charts (yasss bbs are killing it!! i’m such a proud fangirl).

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Other than the fact that I got to hear the album I waited three years for early, it was really freaking awesome to explore a new record store with a bunch of other Stormers and hang out for an evening. Park Ave CDs, you’re pretty rockin’! Good music, good vibes, good company.

Since then, I have listened to the album on repeat at least 2,492 times. That is not an approximation. That is 100% a real number. And every time it gets better and better. I hated the wait, but in the most cliche sounding way possible, it was worth every minute (hour, month, year).

I’m no musical genius so I’m less than qualified to talk about their sound, and lyrics, and blah blah blah. But even me, a tone deaf white girl that listens to indie trash, can realize that everything from their vocals, to instrumentation, to theming has gone leaps and bounds above how they used to be.

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Wild World is centered around the fictional Wild World Communications news company that the band created in order to translate information about their upcoming album, shows, and music videos. This theme is then transplanted through the album with each song featuring sound clips of samples from retro movies, TV shows, and radio programs. The clips tell the stories of each songs as the album progresses from start to finish. I love the spin that Bastille put on their album to make it more original than all the other garbage I listen too.

Also, Dan Smith is a lyrical GOD. I don’t know how he does it, but every single word that comes out of that man’s mouth is right. He makes no mistakes and is really freaking good at making sense. AKA the exact opposite of what I’m doing right now. I’m listening to the album as I type this and I have entered into a state of delusion, so deepest apologies for making less sense than I normally do. This album is just SO. FREAKING. GOOD.

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They also decided to learn how to play guitar which is super cool. There’s a ton of guitar in this album so it has a super different sound than Bad Blood. Also, every single song on this album is upbeat, so be prepared to dance.

I want to say more about it, but I also want to cry about it, so I’m going to go with the latter of the two. Expect more tears from me if/when they announce a North American tour. Now go listen to the album. Please. I beg of you.

xoxo,