emily: the happiest soul {FSU grad}

You might recognize Emily from my Bahamian Flower Children post, where she joined me in the Bahamas! She was my roommate this past year along with our other friend Christina {hey girl hey!}, and it really was such a great year! This shoot was so fun with her, and it was just such great timing. At the time, I was feeling nervous because I didn’t have much experience with this kind of photography, and I was doubting my abilities. But she was her cute self and, just by her being herself, it really put me at ease. Emily has the superpower of being able to make every single person she talks to feel so empowered and affirmed! So I was affirming her as the model as she was affirming me as the photographer. Ugh such a beautiful human, I could cry just thinking of her sweet, sweet friendship {I won’t get all mushy though haha}. I love you forever, Em. 

Scroll all the way down to read a little about Emily!

^^ perfect human ^^
^^ so stinkin cute ^^
^^ dance partayyy ^^


Majors: Psychology & Family and Child Sciences

What year were you when you chose your majors? What led you to this decision?
I came into college as a Psychology major. I knew I wanted to study something that would lead me to a career in therapy/counseling. I loved my AP Psychology class in high school, and ever since, I’ve been fascinated with the study of the human brain and our behavior. I took a Child Development course my freshman spring semester, and that’s when I decided to add Family and Child Sciences as my second major. I believed it was a good complement to Psychology. Adding this second major opened more doors during my college  years and introduced me to some amazing professors.

The question everyone has been asking you over and over again, what’s next?!
I will be attending graduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi (aka Southern Miss) in the fall for a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I’ve been blessed with a graduate assistantship, so I will have a job on campus in the student success center as an undergraduate adviser.

What is your favorite memory from your last year at FSU?
My senior year at FSU was incredible! I tried to be intentional about spending time with my friends and going on adventures and doing things I wouldn’t normally do. One of my favorite memories (I have so many) was Easter weekend. I attended the beautiful Easter Vigil Mass and went to the Easter party at the Brotherhood of Hope House. On Easter Day, I celebrated with my group of close friends. We played, or reenacted, “Chopped”, which is a cooking show on TV.  We had two teams of chefs who had to prepare dishes with secret ingredients and a team of judges. I got to reveal the mystery ingredients for each dish and keep track of time for each round. We then tasted and critiqued each dish, just like the actual show.  We had a rubric with a point system and everything. It was so much fun! It was great to be able to “play” with my friends. I laughed so much that day.

What’s one way you have changed for the better since you were a freshman?
I think I learned better balance since freshman year. I’ve learned that I can continue to focus on my academics, while also making time for fun with friends. I’ve learned the importance of self-care and taking breaks. My freshman year of college, I put my studies before everything else (which is good!!), but I didn’t prioritize much social time, which is just as important. I’ve learned to be able to handle both. I think this balance has helped me become a healthier student. My relationships have benefited and thrived from this change.


If the world had more Emilys, there would only be joy. Let’s be encouragers!

Toodlepip, friends!

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