So like I said yesterday, Leah, over at Five Blondes, did this post a few days ago and now that I finally remembered what the heck happened over the last 10 years, I’m posting my own recap.
In 2000 I got braces and an expander and lost about 5lbs because my mouth hurt so badly! I had a pretty big part in my first school play, Be My Ghost. I went to my first N*SYNC concert and sat in box seats directly across the stadium from the stage. The band was so tiny they looked like they could have driven MicroMachines. But to a teenage girl in the midst of a boy band crash that didn’t matter. That fall I went to another N*SYNC concert at Penn State (my first trip to the campus–this would also be my first time at THON’s Family Carnival). I turned 16 on New Year’s Eve and my friends threw me a surprise party (the only one I’ve ever had). They also got me the shoes that N*SYNC wore in their No Strings Attached tour (super cool slip on Nikes with these weirdo web laces). I was tad invested in the band.
In 2001 I was cast as soldier in the winter play, a non-speaking role that required me to attend ROTC gun training. At the beginning of my junior year I got my braces off and a week later got invited to homecoming. I was convinced it was connected but my mom told me I was acting crazy. A few weeks later the guy I went to homecoming with asked me out. He was my first high school boyfriend and the relationship lasted 4 weeks.
In 2002 I was a state and national qualifier in Humorous Interpretation for speech and debate during my junior year. The summer before my senior year I got my first kiss (I know, 16–such a late bloomer!). Unfortunately the guy tried to take the kiss back and basically just ended up being a horrible person. I started my senior year of high school and I was in my first musical since the fifth grade. I had a one-word solo and I botched the note. It was something I’d been dreading since I was a freshman b/c I knew eventually I’d get stuck in a musical! I took my first semester of high school TV (my second semester and my experience in editing were the reason I went to PSU and started out majoring in film).
In 2003 I graduated from high school, the same school I’d gone to since kindergarten. 2 weeks later I headed off to Penn State to start my first semester of college a semester early. I had friends participating in summer session and decided that I would go up too. It was the best decision I ever made. I had an absolute blast and when fall rolled around, and the 40,000 kids who weren’t at summer session with me showed up, I already had a leg up on things.
In 2004 I pledged a co-ed service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega. It was…an interesting experience to say the least. This is the year that I met my best friend Cait. She lived in the dorm next to me and we’ve been friends ever since. I started dating a senior from my fraternity. He was the second boy to say he loved me and 6 weeks after we started dating he broke up with me. Because he cheated on me. Because I wouldn’t sleep with him. I could not have been happier to be rid of him.
In 2005 I was a THON moraler for the first time. At the beginning of my junior year I moved off campus and into an apartment with 4 other girls. The first night in the apartment our neighbor across the hall peed in my roommate’s bed. I met a guy in poetry class and a few weeks later he became my boyfriend. My roommates told me that, despite the fact that we’d planned to live together the following year they were getting a 3br so they could each have their own room when their boyfriends came to visit. I scrambled and found a kickass apartment, directly above my favorite bar and across the street from campus. Their apartment fell through and they ended up living 15 minutes away from campus.
In 2006 I broke up with the boy from my poetry class and pierced my tragus a week later. That was the first, and only, pseudo-rebellious thing I’d ever done. I took my first internship, an editorial position at Town & Gown magazine in State College. I even got to model for one of the articles. I met Boo at THON and we eventually went on our first date May 19 (but it would be another year before we finally started dating).
In 2007 I moved into the apartment above the bar. I participated in a Beer Olympics. I applied for a Dow Jones Newspaper fund internship. I danced in Penn State’s Dance MaraTHON and the weekend changed my life. It was completely amazing. 46 hours of no sleeping and no sitting and I’ve never felt so blessed. I raised money for the best cause I can think of and I was happy to do my part to give the kids a weekend to forget and to just be kids. I also started dating Boo that year, a year to the day after we’d met. I heard back from DJNF and found out I’d been placed at a Pittsburgh paper and would be interning there all summer. I graduated from Penn State with 2 degrees, moved to New York City and began my internship at Elle Magazine. This was also the year I started my blog.
In 2008 I got a job at [redacted], my first “big kid’s” job. It came with a good salary, good benefits and access to sample sales which made me pretty happy. I also chopped about 8 inches off of my hair. Looking back, this was a fairly dull year.
In 2009 I got engaged in March. I was on The Today Show in a segment on how to dress your body type. I resigned from my job in September and relocated from NYC to the Philly suburbs. I married Boo in October. Since then, I’ve learned what it’s like to see the man I love every single day instead of 2 days a week. I’ve learned what it’s like to be a wife and I am loving it!! I also started a fashion/style blog called street cake.