Hall of Fame

Each summer, with the help of a couple close friends, we create a music video to a song of our choosing with footage we’ve complied from various locations. This started as a fun little project back in the summer of 2014 with the song “Crazy World” by Boys Like Girls. After realizing how fun it was to make, we decided to continue the trend with “I Lived” by OneRepublic in 2015, “Be Okay” by Oh Honey in 2016 and now this year, we decided to use the song “Hall of Fame” by The Script.

Of course, I hope you’ll take the time to watch our latest music video (trust me, it won’t disappoint & I’ll link it down below), but I also wanted to take this time to explain to you the vision behind the video and why we do what we do. Sure, we may look silly prancing in Downtown Cleveland with our sub-par dance moves and camera capturing our every move. But the use of creative energy to come together to create something we can cherish forever is what makes it worthwhile.

When I hear the song, “Hall of Fame,” I get a chill in my bones because it sends a sense of empowerment down my spine. Is it because I’ve suddenly developed impeccable sports abilities (or any remarkable skill for that matter that could pass for talent…) while endlessly praying for my chance of obtaining fame? Awe heck to the no.

It’s because when I think about my own legacy (or my Hall of Fame so-to-speak) I think about filling my life with as much adventure as possible that not only has the initiative to satisfy my goals, but can encourage others to do the same. We don’t have to be a celebrity to make our claim to fame. We have the power to make our lives as full as they can be and that’s all we need to “be the greatest” or “be the best.” I think The Script would agree with me on this one, thus their song was the perfect summer video soundtrack.

This all comes full circle because when I think back to when I wanted to start a blog, my biggest hesitation was that “I didn’t have anything monumental to write about.” I’m so thankful that I made it past that speed bump because I’ve come to realize that every thing we do in life can be monumental if we so choose. You don’t need to hike the largest mountain or find a cure for a disease to see the work that you do as valuable (but of course, if you do those things, major kudos to you!). Every encounter you have, every relationship you form, every trip to the grocery store you have can be impactful and worth sharing. After all, it’s your life, so make it as exhilarating as possible.

Thanks for reading! Check out our video & let me know what you think! With that being said, I can’t wait to see your legacy as you enter your own Hall of Fame.

WATCH HALL OF FAME (CLEVELAND TRIBUTE) HERE!

What I Actually Learned in College: Tara’s Tips & Tricks for the Collegiate Experience

It’s no secret that college is the BEST and FASTEST four years of your life. It feels like just yesterday I was crying about graduating high school, “tara-fied” of what the future would hold. “Where do I go to college? What do I major in?” These questions suffocated my everyday conversations with no hope for escape. Fast forward: Now, here I am about to embark on the next phase of life while holding tight to the irreplaceable experience over the last four years at JCU. I can’t believe how fast time went–but I did it! Check out my top 15 lessons learned over my undergraduate years!

Dear Freshman Tara,

I’ve definitely learned a lot over the last few years. From academics to adult-ing 101, I thought I would highlight a few of the life lessons acquired:

1. You must conquer your fear of public bathrooms. *laugh if you must, but this fear is legitimate and crosses every freshman’s mind as they learn the ways of communal bathrooms*

2. Always keep your leftovers even if you think you won’t eat them. Because when you realize you’re desperate for food, you’ll eat it. Or you can share with roommates!

3. If there is free stuff in the atrium, take it! You never know when you may need a pencil blessed by a priest.

4. Always keep your roommates’ numbers on speed dial in case you’re trapped by a BIG HONKIN SPIDER in your apartment and need immediate backup. *Yep, it’s happened. After 45 minutes, 8 ounces of tears, and 3 roommates working together, the deed was done*

5. Always bring napkins back home when you go out to eat. If you have a car, keep napkins in it! Even if you don’t eat in your car…trust me. They will come in handy in case a spider wants to make an appearance.

6. Keep chopsticks in your apartment in case you need to make a spider Shish Kabob because the vacuum, bleach, and sheer will power aren’t enough to exterminate it.

Okay okay, relax. You probably think these tips are all about spiders. Rest assured, that’s it, but they significantly impacted my senior year, thus the issue needed to be addressed. You’ll thank me later. Let’s continue:

7. Memorize important phone numbers of roommates, friends, and family because if you’re stranded downtown at 3am during Game 6 of the World Series with a dead cellphone, and don’t have money for an Uber, you’ll want to know the right number to call off of someone else’s phone.

8. Don’t make enemies. Especially if you attend a small college. Even if someone rubs you the wrong way, be nice to everyone you meet.

9. Always hold the door for a fellow student/professor/human. Do not let it slam on them or you will be marked as a rude individual.

10. If you don’t already, invest in a credit card. We are all in deep student loan debt–the least we can do is build ourselves good credit card credit.

11. Send snail mail cards to friends at different universities. Even if you don’t receive any in return, I promise it will make a difference in their days as well as yours.

12. Go to the career center. Even if it is painfully awkward, there are scholarships and career-enhancing resources that go unnoticed by the everyday student. Take advantage of all they have to offer.

13. Never settle for a major, career, or situation that makes you unhappy! Seek any and all experiences to make life worthwhile.

14. Don’t be scared of unpaid internships. Yes, of course it’s not ideal, but if you find the right ones, you’ll gain irreplaceable experiences that will last a lifetime. *Also, if you make connections with the career center as mentioned in lesson #12, you may find ways to get funding for those internships!*

15. Do something that scares you. Go out of your comfort zone and the results will amaze you. I owe a lot to my decision to go through sorority recruitment and I am grateful for all of the opportunities.

I hope this makes you laugh while assuring you that college will teach you so much more than academic subject matter. This is your chance to discover who you truly are and simultaneously make memories that will last you a lifetime.

Best,

Post-Grad Tara