Hello world!

Well hello there! I’m Amanda, currently a junior and triple major at Winona State University. Yes, I have three majors… I also happen to have a lot of interests. I’m hoping to graduate in four years (incredibly) with degrees in Mass Communications (focus in Broadcasting), Spanish in Global Studies.

As for this blog? I’m not really sure what will come of it. I’m thinking I’ll rant and rave about what’s happening in the rest of the world, in my own little world, through my trials and tribulations of my last two years as a college student. I have a feeling that these next few years will be hectic to say the least as, with any luck, I make the transition from university world to working world.

I’ll start out with a mini-introduction and disclaimer: I’ll try my best to update when I can, but no promises! I lead a busy life, after all :)

I guess I should back up a little, and say that I spent last semester in beautiful Granada, Spain. I don’t really want to get into specifics, but that semester was both the best and worst of my life. It goes without saying that spending 5 months immersed in a new culture, playing Spaniard and learning a million new things a day definitely changed my life. It’s something I will always hold close to my heart.

Once I got re-adjusted to American life and settled back into college life, I decided it was time to really focus on my future. I spent my first year and a half (before Spain) getting most of my gen-eds completed and dabbling in my many interests. It took me awhile to really find my niche here in Winona, and I can’t express how wonderful it is to finally have found it.

I just declared Broadcasting an emphasis last semester. Apart from learning a ton about that this semester (and loving it!), I think it’s safe to say I’m involved in plenty of extra-curriculars. I write stories for the weekly campus paper, the Winonan, and work at the local paper, the Winona Daily News, typing up public information (though my editor says he may want me to start writing *real* stories soon… more on this as it develops!).

I’m also treasurer for our National Broadcast Society chapter and a member of a few other clubs: Astronomy Club (my baby, which I helped found last year!), Spanish Club, Photo League and our Global Studies Association. Some days I don’t know how I fit it all in… my time management skills are definitely a work in progress!

I’m also in flute choir, which is only a one-credit class that meets once a week. But I have to say that one hour just makes my week. I have been the definition of band geek for as long as I can remember, playing piano since first grade and flute since fifth. I never realized how much playing music meant to me until I got to college and slowly but surely cut it completely out of my life, because as much as I love it, music performance will never be my future. I had an epiphany of sorts last semester, and now that I’m playing again, I feel so much happier and confident. It’s amazing to me the profound effects that music has on my life, and I can promise you I’ll be coming back to this at least a few more times in the future!

So, I guess that’s me in a nutshell: budding journalist, wannabe-Spaniard and travel addict, Astronomy nerd, and almost-ex-band-geek. Those are all official titles, by the way.

I should also mention that if you have any suggestions for me, anything you’d like me to talk about… please feel free to let me know! I’m always open to suggestions, and I’d love to hear from you!

Stay tuned and take care! :)