This year was awesome! I can’t believe I’m already halfway through college—It’s bittersweet. Compared to last year, my sophomore year achievements just grew off my accomplishments from my freshman year. I knew from the moment I started college I would seize every day and do something that would help my career, even if it meant doing something little, like following a journalist on Twitter. I owe my success so far to my mother. Without her, I don’t think I’d be where I am and as happy as I am today, if it wasn’t for her struggling and working hard to put me through school. I owe her so much. In high school, I had my devil-child moments, which any teenager can go through, but she stuck through and stood her ground. Because of that I’m so grounded and I’ve learned so much. I’m thankful for her setting boundaries and not cutting the rules. She was very reasonable to begin with and always has been; it just took me a while to figure it out. I’ve matured so much. Last year, I was definitely still stuck in my high-school days. Though I did my own thing in college and still did a lot for my career, I couldn’t reach my full potential. A lot of my friends were younger than me so they still had a year left to graduate school. Others, who I had graduated with, stayed in my town and went to school locally so I found myself still going to high-school football games, visiting them at lunchtime, and going to high-school parties. This was stunting my growth and preventing me from finding myself. A lot of the people who I was friends with were still undecided about their goals and had different interests. I am now surrounding myself with people who push me forward and who I find intellectually stimulating. I’ve made the best group of friends in college. I think they’ll be the kind of friends that’ll show up at my wedding. Each one of them is so diverse and teaches me something everyday. I feel so blessed to have met them. I hope we stay close because I’m used to losing and making new friends a lot because of the numerous times I’ve moved. But I know everything happens for a reason and sometimes life can get in the way. For now, I’ve just learned to live in the moment. Career wise, I made a huge leap by interning for a semester for NBC Universal. I worked for The Maury Show and The Trisha Show and the experience was unforgettable. I owe my superiors a lot because I’ve learned so much and I feel like I have the confidence to advance further in my career without hesitation.
I’m continuing to host my own radio show and I’ve worked a lot with Iona College Television. I was the entertainment host for a lot of episodes for “Inside Iona.”
My first semester, I wrote articles for The Celebrity Café, which taught me a lot about writing. I’m continuing to publish my articles to online magazines and will continue to write. Hopefully next year, I’ll get another contributing-writer position. I truly enjoy writing and find it therapeutic, no matter what the subject matter. Going into this summer, there are a lot of changes that are taking place. I’m leaving my weekend job at a real-estate agency where I worked for two years. It was an incredible experience as well and I’m truly going to miss my co-workers and agents. I decided to leave because I want to concentrate on my journalism career and get more experience in that field. I will be leaving for Dubai in two weeks. It feels surreal because growing up I couldn’t visit and surround myself with family. My mom was working all the time to support us and we didn’t have that much time or money. Now that I’m older, I travel as much as I can and make up for lost time with close family. I will also be going to India and Kashmir to visit my dad, and will chronicle my journey every step of the way on my blog. I’ll be gone for three months, which is actually the longest I’ve been away from my mom. As far as boys go, I haven’t committed to a guy for a year and half. I’ve dated here and there and I’ve had fun, but at the end of the day I want to be committed to my career and school for now. I want to travel, make friends, and meet people, without worries. At least until I’m 26, after that I’ll probably think about settling. I don’t have any regrets from my sophomore year. Everything couldn’t have gone more perfect, and I feel truly blessed looking back on how everything’s turned out. I can’t wait to see what this summer has in store… Until next time, Meral