the graduation issue

Yesterday was my last day at The Daily Tar Heel. It’s crazy to think I’ve gone there every day since my sophomore year. The DTH is one of those places where when you’re talking you accidentally call it “home.” And, in some cases, it kind of was in that some of my biggest life moments happened there…the whole spectrum from laughter to tears. 

Our last issue of the year was the Graduation Issue where parents could purchase ads for their graduate. And, this year, the issue was my special project. It was by far the most busy work I’ve ever done, but so much fun all along the way. I think it was the perfect project to have as I end probably, although I’m biased, the best college job out there. 

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sweet suite reunion at breadman’s

At first glance, I never would have thought my seven freshman suitemates and I would get along. We were an odd bunch all plopped together on the 4th floor end suite of Morrison on an all sophomore guy hall. There was Laura, who was the mother of us all. Cassie, who taught me to meow. Paige, who loved camp and was my roommate sophomore year. Haley, who loved Israel. Melissa, who only ate Japanese food. Natty, or Natalie or Nattilicious, who was always at Newman, and then my crazy wonderful roommate Julia. And, today we are all still friends, and have managed to have multiple sweet suite reunions.

Today’s reunion was no different except we started by sharing what we were all doing next year. Laura is working for the NIH in DC, Cassie is teaching English in Japan, Paige is doing TFA in Halifax County, Haley is unsure because she’s still interviewing, Melissa is going to grad school in Japan for international communication, Natty is working for a pharmaceutical company in Durham, and lastly, Julia just got a sports marketing job in Winston-Salem. And then me in Cincinnati. These girls are awesome, they truly are. They are full of life, passion, jokes and literally the best stories from freshman year…two and a half hours of stories and we definitely could have kept going. I’m so thankful to have lived with L, C, P, H, M, N, and J freshman year! xoxo, S. 

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Spring Freshman year, Morrison basketball courts (2010)

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Spring Senior year, Breadman’s (2013)

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climbing the bell tower

On Thursday morning, one of my best friends and I climbed the bell tower, a tradition for seniors to commemorate their time at UNC. Probably the only time I’ll get to climb it (or at least for a while), so we took many, many pictures! Here are just a few!

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ps…I am going to have to find a friend whose name rhymes with mine in Cincy!

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capturing the best photos

Taking pictures is not one of my talents. However, I have been lucky enough to be friends with Anna, whose love of photography has truly captured some of the best memories from freshman year to tonight’s spontaneous trip to Maple View. Anna has probably tagged me in half of all my college photos, and even took my family’s Christmas card photo one year when we flew out to visit my sister in Nashville. I’m thankful for all her pictures, as well as her wonderful friendship!

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She has even taught me to take a few pictures myself, although perhaps a little more candid because I struggle with focusing the camera (they are laughing at me)…

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I feel the needtobreathe

Music. Life. A great combination of a wonderful blessing that I so frequently take for granted until JD reminded me of it this week. Stop envying others, because your life itself is a wonderful blessing. What a powerful, and much needed reminder, as my life of the past 22 years changes and I embark in the seemingly unknown so-called real world. Life is about to get turned upside-down, but it’s always helpful to remember that He will always be the one constant in my life and the one thing that He is what I need to be fulfilled.

On Wednesday night, a group of us went to see Drew Holcomb and needtobreathe at DPAC. It was one of those concerts where you get so caught up that suddenly you are shouting for the encore, but with a slight disbelief that time flew so quickly. During the concert, they played one of my favorite songs “Keep your eyes open.” As I sang, the lyrics reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend in Ohio who told me the importance of letting go of North Carolina so I can fully appreciate my new city.

“Cause if you never leave home, never let go, You’ll never make it to the great unknown till you keep your eyes open”

So here’s to keeping my eyes open, exploring the unknown. Here’s to Friends. Great Friends. Music, Life and His words, guiding me.

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today it became real

Today Kraft emailed me the exact address of my new office. In Chapel Hill, I am two blocks away, 2 minutes and 45 seconds, and 300 steps from work. There is no sidewalk, but a narrow dirt path covered with roots. I sit in the back, in a converted closet, and look out through my teller window that is frequently thought of as a one-way mirror…but it’s not.

Now as I play around with google maps, I see that I-71 N will be my new path. Concrete, multiple lanes and most likely a 20 minute drive. I think this is the beginning on my new commuting life. Here’s to a new life of great thinking, singing along to the radio, phone call catch up dates, books on tape, and news talks!

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Sallie

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our carolina blue seersucker couches

I’ve lived in North Carolina my whole life. Never moved, although I have if you count upgrading bedrooms in my house because I begged my parents. I walked to school with my mom until I was five. From kindergarten onward I went to the same school twenty minutes away. I loved it.

But, now here I am. One month from graduation. My housemates and I joke about how we can’t wait to leave our decrepit house and move on. In a sense, I am ready. Ready for my next adventure. But, you can’t ever go back. Back to living with the six most wonderful girls I could have asked to live with. Back to walking to work everyday, sliding into my first class having left only minutes earlier, and joking that maybe one day when I walk home, Cottage will have fallen a part. Cottage will forever be the house with some of the best memories.

It didn’t start out so easy. The house was a maze where we couldn’t even find the fifth bedroom. The bathroom was not connected to city sewer and Pablo, along with his other mice friends, was the real permanent resident. We’ve had gas leaks, outlets blown, cabinets and drawers and curtains falling off right and left, turtles on the patio, slugs, lizards, camel crickets, roaches, a snake, spiders, and mildew…and lots of it.

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However, I love sinking into our Carolina blue seersucker couches, the creaky steps, and Wilson the squirrel above my ceiling. I love the cottage painting over the fireplace, our ending list of house activities to do, the morning light in the dining room, and our broken TV and pint size replacement. I love Elise, Michelle, Rebecca, Allison, Ashley and Liz, and every minute and memory of the last two years.

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