What ’22’ Felt Like

22.1I turned 23 this month, which means my days of rocking out to Taylor Swift’s 22 are (kind of – sort of – not really) over. I decided to not focus on making my birth ‘day’ such a big deal, and instead focus on celebrating another year of life. On a side note, my birthday was wonderfully spent having breakfast and dinner with Matt, and spending the day at the job I love.

Here are 22 life moments that happened during my 22nd year. This is what 22 felt like.


1. I stayed involved
Piggy-backing off my Senior with No Senioritis post, I was very, very involved my senior year in college. I was Vice President of Communications for my sorority, a USF Ambassador, a Her Campus USF writer (& look at me now!), among maintaining a 3.54 GPA. I don’t take any of my busy days for granted, and I honestly miss running around campus – sometimes literally – with a packed agenda.

2. And had two awesome on-campus jobs
I was blessed to end my college experience with two very rewarding jobs. One was as the Community Manager (role of on RA) to my sorority house. Living in my own, FREE, room in the house was a dream — but came with many responsibilities. It actually caused me a lot of stress, but mainly because I care so much about my organization I put 110% into everything from a taco night to fire, health & safety checks. I also worked as the Marketing Assistant for Wellness USF. I met & worked so many amazing people who were powerhouses of passion. Promoting USF services & events + being healthy – win/win!

3. I graduated college
This year I graduated from the University of South Florida Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communications – Public Relations and minor in Leadership Studies. I am a proud alumna of my university, with a lifetime membership to prove it!

4. I became an alumna of Alpha Omicron Pi
With that, I also became an alumna of my sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. I have made a promise to remain loyal to my fraternity, and will forever do that. ALAM ❤ Can’t wait to get more involved with the Boston Alumnae Chapter!

5. I was recognized for good works
I am not one to boast about awards, but they did play a big role in my 22nd year. I spoke at the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting with Ginny Carroll from Circle of Sisterhood, received the AOII Shannon Walsh award from my chapter, and also received a Legacy Award from the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life. #blessed

6. I completed a year (and counting!) with a man that I love.
Matt & I are happily approaching our 2nd year (on Jan. 11!) and I am so thankful for him. He is my best friend and has been there for all my ups and downs. So glad we’re on this Boston journey together!

7. I stayed home
Many graduates fear moving back home after graduation. However, moving home for 3 months this summer was the best decision I could have made in May. Family rules.

8. I went back to summer camp
I will never forget summer 2014! Going back to being a counselor at Next Stop Broadway was a dream. I had the perfect summer with lifelong friends and good vibes. Love my NSB fam, always!

9. I got a job!
OBVIOUSLY a huge deal in my 22nd year! I graduated in May and worked hard to land a job by June! It is clear to see that I am incredibly happy at Her Campus Media.

10. I moved to a new state
I am in love with Florida, and I realize how much after I moved. BUT, Boston is so wonderful and I never regret the move. I am so excited for seasons (wish me luck in winter), and a plethora of good times ahead.

11. I never took family for granted
Every year that I get older, I get more attached to my family. I love how much you begin to understand them, and also how much they are always right.

12. I made new friends
Shoutout to all the new friends I made this year! Some are back in Florida and a good majority are here in Boston! Cue Michael Buble’s “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” as an ode to all the friends I will make while 23.

13. . . . And kept old friends
Having friends who were still your friend during that most awkward stage of life are true. My lifelong friends know who they are and I am so happy I got to see most of you this summer! Love you always. Thanks for the best #tbt photos.

14. I balanced being healthy + treating myself
I am a true #foodie and am an advocate for eating what you want. I’ve been too focused on strict diets in past years, and this year I feel that I did a solid job of finding a balance. Work Hard, *GO OUT TO EAT* Hard!

15. I was reminded that every day is a gift
Unfortunately, there have been to many lives cut short this past year. I know that is true in so many of our lives. Two beautiful girls from my high school were killed by a wrong-way driver, and so were 4 amazing fraternity men from USF not much longer. This is not okay. Don’t ever take a day for granted. Also, don’t drink and drive — it’s really not cool.

16. I moved in to my own apartment and I pay my own rent
I lived on campus all 4 years of college. With that, it is so exciting being in my first apartment! Paying my first bills were exciting . . . until I looked at my bank statement. Also, the goal of making your room look like an IKEA showroom is very addicting.

17. I got stressed out
Being involved, job searching, interviewing, etc. certainly created a lot of stress in my 22nd year! I had Matt by my side continuously telling me, “Babe, everything always works out.” He is always right when he says that, and I will aim for significantly less stress this year!

18. And I stopped letting stress get in the way (successful work in progress)
I have a great life to live, and these past few months have really inspired me to remember that. At least stressed spelled backwards is desserts . . .

19. I said thank you
It would be awesome if I could find out exactly how many times I said thank you this year, since I had so much to be thankful for! It is so important to spread that little act of kindness.

20. I made unforgettable memories
From staying up until 4 a.m. talking on the AOII house couch to buying a new Mac Book Pro with my savings, I had so many memories! I am glad I am one to take plenty of pictures — I had so much fun going through my FB albums from this past year to help inspire this post.

21. I laughed and I cried
And sometimes a combination of the two. This was certainly a very emotional year, and you can imagine how rough the 4 hour drive, alone, moving home from Tampa was. Thanks to everyone who made me laugh to offset the bad days!

22. Through all the ups and downs, I believed in myself
Lastly, I am where I am now at 23 because I believed in myself at 22.



Moving On Up – Literally

Today is my last full day as a Floridian. Tomorrow I will be a Bostonian.

IMG_7359With today being my last day, I am reflecting on how thankful I am for everything – especially these past three months. I have had one of the best summers ever and I spent it at home! Working at the summer camp I grew up at was the best decision I could have made. It was the ultimate mental detox from being such an involved student, and it is an amazing experience to spend time with friends you have basically known your whole life.

Seriously though – major shout out to my Next Stop Broadway family. They give me so much life and this summer had me laughing every day because they just get it. From needing to use a “phone bucket” to peel my 12/13-year-old campers off their phones to Wednesday dress up days, I loved every minute of it. P.S. to all reading – I got “Best Counselor of the Year” with fellow rockstar Daniel Kies which really was the icing on the cake! I have so much love for all of you.

IMG_7498Also, I really missed my family, so these three months were highly cherished. Now, I’m about to embark on a journey that will make me miss them even more. Moving to Boston is not easy, but somehow at this moment I have all my suitcases (only 2.5 . . . ) packed and three boxes ready to be shipped. I am looking forward to this next step in my life, and I am filled with so many emotions.

Boston will be amazing, I will have my wonderful boyfriend by my side as he begins grad school at Northeastern, one of my best friends Becca as a neighbor, and I will be rooming with a fellow AOII alumna! PLUS, my co-workers are all so fabulous and I can’t wait to contribute to the glory that is Her Campus.

To my loving family who I know is reading this: Thank you from every bit of my heart. You put up with me this summer, helped me prepare for this move, and taught me so much (as you always have). Thank you for being you. There are no words to describe how thankful I am. I had a wonderful family BBQ to say farewell, and passed down my Barbies and American Girl, which was a clear sign of “growing up.”

BFF Since Pre-KThis summer reminded me to cherish lifelong friends. My friends and sisters from college are amazing, but there is nothing like lifelong friends who just get you. Friends who remember your AOL Hometown Page and away messages, and who wrote in your Hello Kitty Friends File. I have so many amazing friends in my life that I can talk to once every five months yet we never grow apart. You all know who you are!

I can’t say it enough – I have so many emotions right now. I am nervous, excited, proud, determined, scared, and so ready all at the same time. I’m coming for you Boston with my fancy new haircut (but I will miss Publix dearly).

All my love from Florida,


Back-to-Back Travels

10456265_10152101840241364_9096411878994879464_n“Travel. The only thing you buy that makes you richer.” 

Excited to be back on the blog after two amazing weekend travels! Working 8-4, M-F, and traveling on the weekends has kept me very busy and inspired.

Last summer, Matt visited me in NYC for Fourth of July weekend, so I did the same this year in what will soon be both of our homes – Boston! We had a wonderful weekend of exploring, and of course . . . food. I am so blessed that our paths in life have led us both to Boston. I truly love the city (and Matt).

Following that trip, I attended my second Her Campus Intercollegiette Conference, #HerConference. However, this time I was part of the National Team! I can not stress enough how much this trip solidified that I made the best decision to start my career at Her Campus Media. I made instant friends and am counting down the days until I begin work. Fellow September-starter Liana and I got to work the Social Currency booth. There were amazing raffles from sponsors including Intel, Luna Bar (they gave away a semesters worth of Luna Bars to two lucky winners), Chloe + Isabel, VS PINK, and so much more. Collegiettes had a great time tagging our sponsors on social media to receive raffle tickets, and I had a blast working that crowd!

Speakers at the conference included Carley Roney, Co-founder and Chief Content Officer of XO Group (formely known as The Knot), and Susan Kaufman, Editor-in-Chief of People StyleWatch among many other notable women in the editorial, blogging, marketing, and digital worlds.

My career is going to be surrounded by empowering women, and my heart is full of passion to sell Her Campus to the world. I had a blast celebrating success with my future co-workers and reflecting on how thankful I am for all opportunities.

10534506_10152114705591364_6857306435054518229_nAlso in New York, I got to see my cousin, Gillian, who is the recently appointed VP of Consumer at Weber Shandwick New York! While in the same building, I visited my Golin girls from last summer (and walked out with this perfect Instagram notebook).

My next flight will be a one-way ticket to Boston, where I will be roommates with a fellow AOII alumna. In the mean time, I am LOVING my time at Next Stop Broadway, making new memories with lifelong friends. HUGE PLUG for my best friend Carlie Craig who works for and is on tour with YouTube Sensation Todrick Hall, so proud of you starring in Twerk Du Soleil! Check her out as ‘Rebecca’, the hysterical IM5 stalker in Todrick Hall’s #BandCamp, and on Instagram as the hilarious @IM54U4Ever9290_10152121240431364_1476153999113395496_n

I had a lot to catch up on, hope everyone is having a great summer as well!





Life is like a truck of ice cream

But really for me, it is. And a bunch of other awesome things!

I can believe that I have been in NYC for over a month now. I say this because I know how to take the subway (okay,  just the E and the 6, but HopStop is my best friend). Actually I say this because New York is so busy and crazy and full of adventures that it is easy to believe that time is flying by so fast.

Here are three things that I, a 21-year-old digital intern, have learned in this ice cream truck-esque life.

1. You will embrace variety 

We may all very well have our one favorite flavor we always choose. But, this world is so much better when we go above and beyond and try the new. I have had multiple experiences to play in the world of PR and communications – from a past internship, fraternal positions, etc. I used to be a stickler for the PR plan – the monthly list of how my organization will succeed 365. Image

If you’re into the digital world of PR, you understand that your plans are constantly thriving and expanding! I am so amazed with all that goes in to social. From content  development months ahead (one of my many learnings I will be bringing back), social media monitoring to the best of all- ENGAGEMENT!
Remember, Simon Sinek says that people don’t buy in to what you do they buy in to WHY you do it – and we do things because we care about our consumers, like reminding them that they are beautiful with glasses! As I scroll through the brands of my clients, and also the competitors, I truly see the value in every consumer comment and how much of an impact the social world has. If there is anything I have learned so far about PR and communications it is that appreciating diversity is key.I love my internship because I get to dive in to a variety of demographics. If you are in an internship or organizational position where you do not feel like you are embraced with variety, make a change! But, feel free to embrace your classic go-to choices as well.

For me, that choice is Campbell’s soup. Image

2. You will travel. 


Can you spot me in background? My hair is a clue.

I stumbled upon a graphic once that said, “traveling is the only thing you spend money on that makes you richer.” Or something along those lines, probably more eloquent than that, but it is so true. Even traveling to the next door over in your office, university or neighbor hood is a travel to me.

I have been a VERY lucky intern. I mentioned briefly in a past post that I got to travel to Boston. In Boston I assisted with the media launch for Good Humor’s Share the Love Summer Tour, where we had past pitcher for the Red Sox, Pedro Martinez help “share the love” and hand out ice cream to his fans and beyond! This trip was a fantastic learning experience for me, and I got to head out to multiple media outlets to give them ice cream.
In New York I continued the campaign with more media drop-offs. Also, here in New York I actually get excited when I get to do intern runs. But really if you need any thermal/ freezer bags of any size in this city, I know where you can find them.


Every person time I say “Hi, I’m Danielle!” to someone new, it is so rewarding, even if that person never remembers it.
For one of my local travels, I got to be a helping hand for our client VTech at a media event titled, the Holiday Gift Guide Show, at the Marriot Marquis. I know so much about VTech phones and became passionate about relaying that information to every media that walked by – from beauty bloggers to CNN to NY Daily News. P.S. They make a video door bell so you can see who is ringing the door by receiving a photo to your house phone. – GENIUS. I WANT ONE.

3. You. will. melt. 

But don’t let that stop you. I mean this in two ways. I have had my days here where I am loaded with tasks upon tasks, with monitoring and reporting and researching, but there is no need for a meltdown, just loving those PR storms!
For legitimate heat, you think I would be immune to heat and humidity being from Florida, but that is not the case. However, I am a pro at learning to embrace the sun and getting out there! I am very tempted to fry an egg on the concrete some days, and also tempted to just blast my AC and stay in bed, but no.
I’ve gotten to see some amazing places that soak up the sun and we soak up each other’s awesomeness (obligatory mean girls quotes may vary in my posts). Image For one example, I escaped my own burrow and headed to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to see the ABSOLUT Open Canvas event – the streets turned in to an array of artwork that was highly appreciated and inspiring. My roommates and I then ventured off to the Smorgasburg Flee, which is every weekend! I managed to get a candy crunch center Good Humor (client) bar too, which I devoured prior to melting.
I love you New York, rain or shine. . . . and P.S. it is  always raining in the Museum of Modern Art RAIN ROOM! 5.5 hour wait is a common occurrence, but the 30 minute wait for the “view only” was a good start.



On a personal note – I hope that all of my American friends had a great independence day! My awesome supportive boyfriend, Matt, came to the city this past weekend to spend the holiday with me – we enjoyed Sangria at the Frying Pan followed by the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks! IMG_1179

Our time together can be summed up by broadway and sushi and there is nothing wrong with that. If you’re in Chelsea, hit up Hana Sushi (GET THE LOBSTER ROLL) and/or Monster Sushi.
Kudos to us because we waited for 3 hours in the standing-room-only line for Book of Mormon. We succeeded with $27 dollar tickets to stand near the orchestra, and then scored nearby open seats after intermission. With all of this fun we had to take advantage of the $60 mezzanine Annie tickets that came our way. And yes, Jane Lynch is a perfect Miss Hannigan.
Also got to meet the NY side of his family, I am so appreciative for all in my life!

I’m here I’m here!

ImageI am so busy – but that is not a complaint, I am so thankful! Here at GH we’ve been launching our Share the ❤ Summer Tour in Boston and New York. I got to travel to Boston and handle media drop-off’s to various outlets, and got to continue that awarding experience here in New York as well. I will be updating as soon as I can, I should probably enjoy the nights I can get more than 5 hours of sleep – including tonight.






Oh, and where did June go? Image