SDougherty of My Life

I was fortunate enough to hear Christine Brennan of ABC and USA Today speak on campus on Friday afternoon. Her main topic was Diversity and Sports, and then segued into other topics of sports journalism during her Q & A following. I love hearing different people’s perspectives and experiences about and from their careers. It makes me so excited to go into the real world and continue the cycle. 
What has been your inspiration lately?*_SGD
Oct 27

I was fortunate enough to hear Christine Brennan of ABC and USA Today speak on campus on Friday afternoon. Her main topic was Diversity and Sports, and then segued into other topics of sports journalism during her Q & A following. I love hearing different people’s perspectives and experiences about and from their careers. It makes me so excited to go into the real world and continue the cycle. 

What has been your inspiration lately?
*_SGD

I discovered a new peaceful nook on campus today to enjoy this beautiful 70 degree fall weather.

Where’s your happy place?
*_SGD
Oct 24

I discovered a new peaceful nook on campus today to enjoy this beautiful 70 degree fall weather.

Where’s your happy place?
*_SGD

Sometimes you just need a fun day with great friends and 52-0 shutout to make up for the crazy wedge-induced blisters and stressful week.
Roll tide to that. 
Hope everyone had a great weekend and a productive Monday!*_Sarah Grace
Oct 21

Sometimes you just need a fun day with great friends and 52-0 shutout to make up for the crazy wedge-induced blisters and stressful week.

Roll tide to that. 

Hope everyone had a great weekend and a productive Monday!
*_Sarah Grace

After 3 years of Netflix and a crazy schedule, I have finally finished Gossip Girl. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
You know we love you.
xoxo,
Sarah Grace
Oct 16

After 3 years of Netflix and a crazy schedule, I have finally finished Gossip Girl. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

You know we love you.

xoxo,

Sarah Grace

This past weekend, one of my closest friends and his parents came to Tuscaloosa to visit UA… and it was awesome, for many reasons.

It was really fun to show them my new stomping grounds, and help them gain information I wish I’d had this time last year. The more I talked about my last couple of months here, my program, etc,. the more I was reminded why I came here in the first place. Freshman year, especially first semester, is a little rough with all of the adjustments and new surroundings. Seeing Collin and his parents going through exactly what my parents and I did last year gave me a new perspective, and kind of refreshed my love for UA.

Plus, it’s not often that I get to say “family friends from home are in town for the weekend,” since home is 925 miles away. I was a little smug towards my native Alabamian friends. :)

Visitors are wonderful, and perspective is everything. No matter where Collin chooses to attend, we’ll always have this fun, semi 2nd parents-weekend to remember. Roll Tide to that.

*_SGD

Oct 16
Refresher

"The early bird gets the worm. (and the empty laundry room. and the first cup of coffee.) Happy Saturday!"

Oct 12
How are you embracing fall? Apple picking? Riding boots? The possibilities are endless…
*_SGD
Oct 7

How are you embracing fall? Apple picking? Riding boots? The possibilities are endless…

*_SGD

I knew going to college in Alabama meant heat and humidity until Thanksgiving, with a very mild winter. But thanks to Hurricane Karen, a “cold front” has swept into Tuscaloosa and life is great.

It is currently 73 degrees and sunny with a light breeze. Though my native-Alabamian friends find this chilly, I am literally the happiest girl on campus. Instead of the usual Nike Tempo Shorts/Oversized Tee Shirt look, I’m in jeans, a v-neck, a cardigan, light scarf, and sandals. My bedroom window is open. It is, indeed, “Sweater Weather.” 

So while I feel like a whole new person on this perfect Monday, I’m going to take advantage of this fresh air and enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte and pretend I’m up north for a moment. F. Scott Fitzgerald really hit the nail on the head when he wrote “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” I’ve tackled homework, played with puppies on the quad, and am going to cook dinner in the floor kitchen tonight. The September Slump is over, y’all. It’s time to push forward, get through Midterms, and take a breather. 

Happy Monday!

*_SGD

Oct 7
Fall’s Cameo Appearance

It’s normal to fail a test and feel like you need to change your life path. It’s normal to go get Krispy Kremes with a friend because all you’ve done until that point is panic (and cry in the library.) It’s okay to have roommate struggles (they aren’t used to living with you, either.) That feeling of being totally unsettled, but also feeling like home won’t be the same when you go back? Inevitable. 

My roommates and I have had a ridiculous couple of weeks. We’ve given each other pep talks, trying to remind the other that one rough test or professor won’t steer their plans astray. And as they push through their beginning Engineering and Pre-Med classes and tests, I’m analyzing weird and incomprehensible British Lit. We’ve ordered lots of Jimmy Johns and washed lots of dishes.

And I’m told this is normal.

The 5,000 other freshmen on campus are all coming from different high school and home experiences, and are all trying to find their way in this life with lots of options and previously nonexistent free time. Even the people who seem like their lives are in order and have hip instagram pictures profiling their awesome college life are still getting their footing on campus. College is weird. 

But this is normal, and okay. We’ll settle in. 

*_SGD

Sep 18
This is All Normal.