Roll Tide

People said, “Don’t blink. College will be over before you know it.” They were right. These past four years at the University of Alabama have flown by. I remember move in day freshman year like it was yesterday.

My mom made me take pictures with my “Bama Bound” sign while standing behind the truck that was packed with all of my things before we started the drive to Tuscaloosa. After driving for nearly 5 hours, we pulled into the Tutwiler parking lot shortly after my roommate did. (I had met my roommate, Kaitlyn, while visiting campus for the first time. We immediately clicked, stayed in touch, and decided to be roommates.) When we got to the front of the line that weaved through the entire parking lot, they had large cardboard boxes on wheels ready to fill with all of our belongings. We climbed 11 flights of stairs to get to our room and wait on our things to make it up the elevator. We opened the door to a 10.5″ x 15″ room, and stared at the cinderblock walls and blue plastic mattresses. This room, 1141, was home.

 

We realized quickly that moving in at the same time was not the best idea. We both had boxes, totes, and bags in piles that we were trying to navigate through to unpack. It took us nearly two days to get everything unpacked and placed where it would spend the next ten months. Meanwhile, as we would walk down the hallway we would see these blonde girls in room 1139 sitting on their Lilly Pulitzer adorned beds all settled in. We were in awe. (We know now that they remembered us because Kaitlyn’s dad was in the hallway building a sort of riser for her headboard because it was too short to fit right over the bed.)

We quickly became friends with the blonde girls in 1139. They are actually still in my phone as “Rachel 1139” and “Alyssa 1139” (their name followed by their room number so I could remember who they were). We will occasionally still refer to them as “The Blondes.”


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People also said, “Your four years in college will be the best years of your life.” My four years at the University of Alabama have made me a more independent, confident, and stronger woman. I have made wonderful memories and life-long friends.

Today I graduateĀ summa cum laude,Ā and I get to walk across the stage in Coleman Coliseum knowing that my parents are watching and are proud. Over the next three days I get to move into a charming townhouse in Fayetteville, Arkansas with my fiancĆ©, Ben. Next weekend we get to celebrate our engagement with our closest loved ones, and a few days later I start my job as the floor manager at Riffraff.

 

I can’t imagine my best years being behind me once I switch my tassel to the opposite side. My life is just beginning, and I can’t wait for all the years to come. I don’t think that college was theĀ bestĀ four years of my entire life. I think the best is yet to come.

xoxo,

Kali


Photography | MKC Photography (website | Instagram)

Dress | Lulus

Being a #GIRLGANG Intern

Many of you know that I began searching for the perfect summer internship back in August of last year. I kept an open mind when it came to company and location. So, between then and early 2017 I was applying for nearly every internship I found. (And, I kept them all organized with my internship tracking worksheet which you can find here.)

After months of rewriting cover letters, tweaking my resume, filling out applications, and ultimately being rejected multiple times, my spirits were crushed. I had decided I was going to end up spending the summer back at home and was coming to terms with that.

However, in March I stumbled upon this Instagram post:

The crazy thing is, I didn’t even follow @riffraffHQ at the time. I somehow ended up on the page through the @shopriffraff account. #proinstastalker

I immediately started working on my application. It asked me questions like who my favorite 90’s singer was (Britney Spears) and who my ultimate boy crush was (Justin Timberlake) and that immediately made me realize just how awesome these girls seemed to be. I finished up my application and I got it in right before the deadline. I was ecstatic when I got the email asking to set up a time for an interview.

After the interview I was on the phone with my mom telling her all about it when I got the email saying that I was being offered the #GIRLGANG internship! I responded as fast as I could – not caring at all how anxious I seemed – and accepted.

After only 2 weeks as a part of the incredible #GIRLGANG that is the brains and power behind Riffraff, I am certain that accepting this position has been one of the best decisions of my life.

Being a #GIRLGANG intern I have beenĀ working in the most inspirational and fun environment full of friendly, hard-working women. It has been an incredible experience thus far, I can truly see myself thriving at Riffraff, and am excited to see what this summer and the future has in store.

Until next time. . .

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