Pro Sports Fan??

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Wow you all probably though I was dead, which is understandable due to my lack of blogging. Yet I feel like I make this “sorry I’ve been MIA” statement every month or so, so I’m surprised you haven’t caught on to my laziness by now. And by laziness, I actually mean the complete opposite. I have been a busy little bee down here in Orlando with my second semester in full swing. With lots of classes, club, and volunteer opportunities, it’s not always easy to find the time to update all my fans, yet I’m doing so many exciting things that I want to share. So you see my predicament. Yet I have come to the conclusion that writing every once and a while is better than not writing at all, so I apologize to those of you who are as impatient as me and I will try harder to  be more exciting.

One of the most exciting things about living in Orlando, “The City Beautiful”, is that it is the number one location for meetings, events, expositions, and conventions in the country. (I learned that in my Events class to prove to you that I actually do attend school and don’t spend all my time with Mickey Mouse). With such a booming city with event happening out of the wazoo, volunteers are always in high demand. And what’s better than a perky college kid looking for experience and free things? (Probably a lot, but for the sake of this article, let’s pretend there’s nothing better!) Lucky for me, I AM a perky college kid looking for experience and free things so volunteering has been one of my favorite past times recently.

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Events that I have volunteered with in the past have ranged in all shapes and sizes, yet this past weekend, I had the opportunity to volunteer for one of the larger events of the year. The 2017 Pro Bowl took place in Orlando this past Sunday, and the whole week leading up to it, various organizations were looking for volunteers for the crazy amount of events happening around town. As the true Disney nerd I am, I chose to volunteer at ESPN Wide World of Sports, the facility located on property. They hosted most of the events that week from tournaments to practice fields for all of the players.

You might be wondering why on earth I decided to get involved with sports, and I totally understand. I was confused at first too. But rewards are large in a the hospitality industry and a ticket to the big game was well worth the couple hours I dedicated to helping out.

I spent last Friday quickly learning the art of flag football and score keeping for the national tournament that kids have been practicing all season for. Huge responsibility for someone who doesn’t understand the game, but I quickly picked it up and killed my job. Always produce perfection, especially when a free shirt, food, and Pro Bowl tickets are on the line.

The kids were excited to be there and the parents were constantly fighting the refs. What’s not to love about little league football? It was a really cool experience, and any sports fan would have probably appreciated it way more than I did, but I still had a ton of fun. All of the pros were there meeting the kids and watching the games, and the environment was really upbeat, despite the freezing 50 degree weather.

Overall I had an amazing time, and going to the game on Sunday was an amazing reward. Sports fans flocked Camping World Stadium to cheer on their team. With my newfound knowledge of the sport, I was able to understand and enjoy the game before going on a forty minute adventure to find chicken nuggets. Although the search was a bust, the night ended well with a win from the AFC (go Steelers!) and a lot of fun with friends.

Shout out to the hospitality industry for giving me an excuse to go out and try new things. The experiences are always memorable and the rewards are worth it! Now if only I could get a car so I can stop relying on my friends to sign up for the same things as me…
Baby steps.

Until next time

xoxo,

Thirteenth Annual Player’s Ball

Adventures, Lil Life Updates

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to volunteer at my first event in the hospitality industry. A perk of being part of the Rosen School of Hospitality Management is all the opportunities made available for it’s students, and I was fortunate to experience one as a freshman. It opened my eyes to the industry, and I was able to meet many people both from Rosen and the Bridges of Light Foundation that sponsored the event. Lots of positive networking occurred and it was a great addition to my extremely weak resume.

Saturday Evening was the Bridges of Light 13th Annual Players Ball, a gala made for Orlando’s top sports stars to celebrate the night through various fundraisers in place for the namesake’s foundation. Bridges of Light is an Orlando based charity that raises money for children in the city who don’t have the means necessary to get the education they need. The annual ball is the largest fundraiser for the organization thanks to it’s generous sponsors and plethora of auctions made for the guests.


This event took place in the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. It is one of the leading convention hotels in the area, and definitely one of the nicest hotels that I have ever been in. It was a great experience to attend an event in such a luxurious resort, such as the ones I would like to work in in the future.


After taking in the amazing sights, we were introduced to the volunteer team and the ballroom/foyer area in which the event would be taking place. Most of the volunteers were returning members who started helping out in college and kept coming back year after year due to how much fun it was. They were all raving about the event and were excited that we were getting involved so young as freshmen. I was excited to hear about all the positivity towards the event and reassured to hear that I was doing good things by putting my foot in the door so soon in my career.

As guests started arriving, I began comparing the event to an “adult prom”. Everyone was dressed to the nines in their best ball gowns and I couldn’t get over how nice everyone looked. It was an understatement to say they looked like a million bucks, because due to the demographic there, they probably all spent a million bucks on their look. After learning that each guest paid near $500 per ticket, I understood how important this event was and how important the hospitality industry is.

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Throughout the night, I assisted the head of events in things that she needed done, and worked closely with the other volunteers with the silent and live auctions. The amount of generosity in these donations outstanded me, but after hearing from some of the kids that the event sponsored, I could understand why. If only I had $115,000 to donate just for the heck of it like one guy did.

The setting was gorgeous, the guests were beautiful, and the events were exciting. Between the auctions, the cocktail party, and the gambling, I got a good taste of a high class event in the industry. Of course I have only seen one type of demographic, but I am already assured that I am in the right major.

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Next month, I plan on doing my second volunteer event, which is a Harvest Ball at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort (aka one of the most gorgeous places I’ve seen owned by the real MVP and sponsor of our school.) I can’t wait to continue volunteering at these events because even though we are not paid for our work with money, we are paid with experience, which can be more valuable in the long run.

Until next timexoxo,

I’m Not Dead, I’m In Florida (Basically the Same Thing)

Reflections

So I’ve been in Florida for a week and I have yet to be eaten by an alligator. What an acomplishment. Although I didn’t run into any scaled, green, four legged friends yet, I have had an amazingly hectic past couple of days that deserve to be perserved forever in the form of a blog post. So here we go.

This past week has been a rollercoaster of emotions as I moved away from my best friends, said goodbye to my family, and have been exposed to new and exciting adventures. The sixteen hour drive from Pittsburgh to Orlando was not nearly as awful as I imagined, and we were able to see way too many tourist traps than I would have ever expected. (The cheesier the better, amiright?)

Once we got to my new home, it was amazing to drive around the area that I will be getting lost in for the next 8 months. Florida is a treasure, let me tell you. The people are strange but the beauty is undeniable. But so am I (hah). I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

As I started my experience on campus, I was able to expose my crazy self to all sorts of different people and activities. Although I wasn’t in my comfort zone 24/7, it gave me alot of new opportunities to create some great memories.


Moving in to my new apartment was very stressful, but the outcome was and is amazing. My dorm room turned out super cute and I never want to leave it. (Don’t worry Mom & Dad, I promise I’ll go to class.) I love my roommates and we are starting to make new friends in our building thanks to our genius white board hanging on our door. One is even from Pittsburgh, (it’s a small world after all.)


I have also met up with a ton of other Hospitality majors and I’m sorry but they are definitely this nicest people you’ll ever meet. The hospitality lable is true and these people are already killing the game.

UCF’s welcome week has also been a blast so far. It started on Saturday and will run all week long and it’s full of free stuff and free food, so how could you go wrong? I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t be “too cool” to skip anything and it’s been paying off. Last night we got three free t-shirts, free smoothies, free henna, and there were a significant amount of moonbounces around campus. Then we went to Target at midnight and it was filled with only UCF students and I’ve never seen so many people in one place at the same time. What an adventure.


Today I was able to meet up with more friends I have been communicating with and some of their high school friends and it was a blast. We signed up for a ton of clubs and I lost my Menchie’s virginity (which is aparently a big deal around here).


I’m still getting used to how things work in the south, but so far so good. 

This week is going to be a busy one with classes starting on Monday along with all the other welcome week activities. But busy weeks are my favorite weeks and I’m super excited to jump into my college experience. 


I’m not sure how often I will be blogging, but when the creative juices are flowing, I will be writing. I was also accepted for a position to write for HerCampusUCF so some of my more school related/serious topics will be posted on there. I’m so excited to meet the rest of the staff and start writing with these girls!

Thanks for bearing with me on this quick lil, boring lil,life update, but it’s always a good idea to update my fans so they know I’m not dead. Love you all, *kiss kiss hug hug*.

Thank you all for following me on my journey. I know this is going to be a wild one. Wish me luck!

-me