College LIFE

Living the Dream (Thus Far)

I’ve been in Montclair for nearly a month and a half and I have to say…I’m loving it so far.

My roommate is AWESOME (shout-out to you, Maura. Thank you for buying me more pesto). My room is starting to really feel like home, I think because I have more clutter than the average person needs, which reminds me of home. My campus is literally just stunning, my classes are “eh” and my internship is rocking my socks.

But I know you haven’t heard from me in a while…

I stopped blogging back in May because I was getting sick of the blogging atmosphere. I was basing my happiness and success off of the number of likes I was getting on Instagram and the number of views I was getting on here. In my opinion, that’s not success. Although so many people, even people I personally know, are successful through means of blogging and social media, it’s just not for me. I prefer something more solid and consistent. But I’ve decided to start blogging again for the simple reason that I love to write, and I love to share my story and experiences, even if the only people reading my blog are my mom and sisters (ily).

Within this past month at Montclair, I’ve made few friends (still working on that) but I still love it. The gym is right across from me, (I can literally look into the gym from my window) so I’ve been going 2-3 times a week. I’ve never been athletic or even liked exercise (my family and friends can strongly attest to that) but lately it’s such a stress reliever for me. I’ve decided that I’m not doing it for the sole purpose of losing weight, I’m doing it because I want to be stronger (in the case that I get attacked in NYC) and because it makes me feel good. If I lose a few pounds along the way…I’ll just have to deal with it. 😉

My internship is…how do I say this…only a freaking dream come true! I’m working for a fashion brand in a Soho office with some amazing women, and I’m learning so much. It’s actually funny, because the majority of projects I’ve been doing so far is with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, because no one in the office knows how to do it. During my initial interview for the internship, they asked me if I knew how to use it and I said yes, trying to recall my Junior and Senior year of the Yearbook club. That was the last time I ever did Photoshop, so like four years ago. But since I’ve started I’m basically the brand’s graphic artist, producing Instagram content and most recently working on a huge personalization project that will be launching mid-November. It’s just so cool to see my work on fabric and products. Like, people are going to be wearing something I created. People I look up to and have been following for years. An example, you ask? I just made a sample for Emma Waston…you could say I’m pretty stoked.

But this whole Photoshop thing has really made me start to think; life surprises you. I don’t know what I expected from this internship. Maybe coffee runs, errands and emails (which I have done, TBH) but Photoshop? Nahh. Thanks to good ol’ Bangor High, I’m creating things and expanding my portfolio in ways I would have never thought possible. Seriously, thank you Mr. Madden for teaching me this stuff (and for being my favorite teacher).

To anyone still in high school, especially at Bangor, or even community college, do NOT take these things for granted. Take the photography class, take yearbook, take videography, get involved in SGA. Get involved with at least one random extracurricular because you never know where it will take you and what opportunities will be presented to you because of it. Life can be so unexpected but I’ve found that the unexpected is what makes life so much fun. I love working with Photoshop almost every day! I am creating something that people will appreciate it and admire (hopefully) and I’m pushing myself in ways I never thought I would. I’m having so much fun and I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Anyway, thank you for coming back to Tessa Roiland and reading this post, it really does mean a lot. I want to share my story and life, but I also want to inspire and lead. So if this inspires you, please tell me, and tell me what you’re going to do about it. Because if I can do this, so can you. All you need is inspiration, motivation and prayer. I promise.

Until next time.

XOXO,

-Tessa

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