The summer semester started in May and I had three less weeks than the average semester to complete a full communications plan for my client The Hamilton.
All of my hard work went into developing that 30 something page plan which in turn lead to a 5 minute pitch to my classmates and panel members about it.
I’m sure I practiced it over 5 times. If it’s one thing I learned about public speaking from my graduate program, it’s that not only does practice make perfect but writing a script goes a long way.
Random elevator selfies taken on my way to class at Georgetown.
Public Allies MD Graduation 2014
Not only was I featured in the Baltimore Sun for my fashion sense but BBBS also presented me with a Certificate of Appreciation and the “Fashionista Maxxinista” Award!
My birth certificate says “Oyinade,” therefore I’ve had this name for all 23 years of my life. I have heard people butcher my name by adding letters to completely calling me something else. However if it’s one thing I appreciate, it’s the people who actually TRY to pronounce my name. Unfortunately, I’ve come across a great deal of people who hear my name and instantly dismiss it.
Today I learned a valuable lesson on friendship which made me reflect on a few things.
1. Just because we don’t talk every day doesn’t mean I don’t think about you or don’t care.
2. I am a horrible text buddy and I don’t like talking on the phone. BUT set a date for an outing, get together or party and I ALWAYS show up.
3. I do not do ANYTHING to PURPOSEFULLY hurt ANYBODY. I am not conniving or backstabbing in any way.
4. I understand that friendships are a two-way relationship and there has to be an equal balance of give and take. I get it. I guess I’m just not the best at applying it.
5. Lastly, God puts people in our lives for a reason just like he takes people out of our lives for a reason too. Sometimes friends grow apart. That’s completely understandable and shouldn’t be met with animosity.
At the end of the day, I am not perfect and there are very few people I would even consider calling my ‘friend.’ In the midst of my own crazy schedule, I try to have somewhat of a social life. I fail at this all the time.
I apologize to all my friends who’ve felt like I wasn’t there for them. I get that it’s not just about showing up but also just being there and touching base with someone that counts.