Monday, January 31, 2011

Diabetes


It's late, but I'm on a healthy stream of consciousness that usually results in good writing, so here goes.

I'm a Type 1 Diabetic. Diagnosed May 6, 2001.

I probably have never mentioned this before, but it's 2011, and with the 10 year anniversary on the horizon, I have decided that it is time for me to open up, help and do whatever I can to guide people with the disease.

As a journalist, it would surprise you to know that I'm reserved and quiet(a rebel to the journalism industry I know). When I wrote the story about my life through diabetes for my school newspaper last year, I teared up a bit.

I manage well, but everyone is different. With that said, this year I want to touch at least one person who has diabetes. New diagnosis' crowd the Joe Di Maggio Hospital(where I was diagnosed) in Hollywood every week and it doesn't get easier.

If I'm not writing a story, look for me at something Diabetes related; soon.

Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The best week of 2011...so far.

Normally I wouldn't have a VH1 related picture as part of my blog but the best way to describe this week is to label it as "The Best Week Ever," or in this case, what the title says above.

With only three school days, two three day weekends and the NFL playoffs, the bar was set very high to start the week.

On Tuesday, I had $150 seats to the Heat vs. Hawks game. Instead of getting wrapped up in the overtime loss(Bosh was out), I was focused on networking. I met Eric Reid and Micky Arison, with little(alot at first) hesitation when walking up with my business card to meet them.

Then Thursday to Saturday would start a jam-packed three day stretch. Thursday night I covered the Linkin Park concert for Outloud, Friday I had a Columbia College interview, and today, well, was another Heat game.

Tomorrow will be a grand finale, the AFC and NFC Championship games. Like I said before, I'd like the Bears to win and the Steelers by default.

Stay tuned!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Journalism, college interview and mid-terms


Thanks to Dr. King,
I have a short week this week. Although that's besides the point, this week is very important.

Despite another three day weekend that starts Thursday afternoon really, the last of my senior grades that count will be Tuesday and Wednesday. Although I don't hope to catch the "itis," as my English teacher calls it, it will be somewhat of a relief to not have the burden of grades laid down on me.

Thursday also starts probably one of the most enjoyable three day stretches of this year. I'll be covering a concert for Outloud on Thursday, followed by a Columbia interview on Friday and a Miami Heat game on Saturday. The NFC and AFC Championship games are just an added bonus as well.

I will be rooting for Chicago because their quarterback is diabetic and because of Devin Hester and Greg Olsen(UM Alumni).

Until February (two important college admission decisions), stay tuned!

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year's resolutions..or not


I liked 2010.

Certain actions and decisions made me a stronger person. Oh, the signing of LeBron James was also nice as well. Not for the newspaper or the city in the picture to the right, but it certainly had an adverse effect across the NBA.

My favorite moment of 2010 was my summer. Three journalism workshops in eight weeks was mind-boggling but helped me determine my career path. I was tempted to take a job over winter break, but decided not to, I might have over-stressed myself, if that's possible.

2011 looks bright. High school graduation, impending dream college (cough..UM) acceptance and the transition into another portion of my life.

There could be many lasts this year, or not, depending on where I decide to go to college.

Resolutions don't usually work but I'd like to swim 20 laps every day. In other news, for those that have been reading my articles, thank you.

This month I should be in full gear with manageable commitments and I am looking forward to it.

Stay tuned!