SDougherty of My Life

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.

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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…
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Oct 7

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

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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!

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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. 

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Sep 18
This is All Normal.
Sep 15

Yesterday was (please mock me for this,) #SOCOLLEGE.

We had a viewing party of the A&M game at The Zone (the top picture was our view to the left (courtesy of Laura); to the right were 25 TVs showing the game,) and after we won, we spontaneously decided to run through the fountain outside of the Ferguson Student Center. Oh, and Johnny Football who?

RTR!

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Thinking about yesterday makes me a little sick. 

I’ve been meaning to keep up with my blog, but homework and college life popped up and I never created the discipline necessary for a solid blog. But after the slight train wreck that was yesterday, I need to share my thoughts.

It started yesterday morning with the email I opened acknowledging Bear Bryant’s 100th birthday, and the song being played on Denny Chimes in his honor. I’m all about the Bear, his legend, and his houndstooth swag, but then when nothing followed with info on a moment of silence, and the quad was barren of extra American flags in honor of September 11th, I started feeling a little out of place. 

I hadn’t really felt homesick until yesterday when I realized that 9/11 was really, for the most part, something people here watched on the news and learned about later on in history or government class. At home, 9/11 is a big, big deal, and I felt a little bit alone in my remembrance. 

Then, a (metaphorical) bomb hit campus.

If you don’t read BuzzFeed, USA Today, Total Frat Move, CNN, or follow me on Twitter, you’ll probably hear about it soon enough. The Crimson White, our campus newspaper, published an incredible piece of journalism…about segregation in our Greek system here on campus. You can read the article here: http://cw.ua.edu/2013/09/11/the-final-barrier-50-years-later-segregation-still-exists/.

It makes me both livid and a little sick that this is even a problem. I understand that I am independent of the Greek System, and am from the northeast, but this is 2013. People are people, and traditions can    and must change. And the four houses named are not the only ones involved; all 16 sororities are. But the fact that alumnae are threatening to stop funding the houses, that the reputation of houses will go down if they allow a girl, despite her academic accomplishments and personality, with black skin in, is honestly just sad, and entirely a culture shock to me. 

I seriously considered rushing this falland was even thinking about rushing this spring but there are crucial (lawbreaking) flaws in this so-hallowed system. Organizations cannot exclude people because of their race, and the University cannot turn its back on the matter. Two of my best friends here at UA are sorority women (are not racist,) and are fantastic students and people. If more well-rounded women would get involved and stand for what’s right, this barrier can be broken, tradition, politics, and red tape aside.

So now, as CNN and other media are flocking Tuscaloosa, I can only hope that people reflect and think about what’s happening here.

I love my school, but I am embarrassed. 


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Sep 12
UA Under Distress