Photograph by Jordan Bell, Humans of the Dub
What were some of your New Year’s resolutions/plans for the upcoming year?
I think for me, New Year’s resolutions consisted of focusing more on myself. I started some healthy habits in the fall semester that I would like to continue in the spring semester. Most of that is eating healthy, sleeping regularly, and going to the gym more. I’m also trying to spend more time being outside in nature and in church. Plans include socializing with friends more and going to the beach more, because I’ve lived in Wilmington for years now, and I hardly ever go to the beach.
What are some things that you’ve already done so far this semester?
My friend has been helping to keep me accountable with my sleep, I’ve been going to the gym frequently, and I’ve been already been eating healthy so far this semester. I’ve also been drinking a lot of water, which I try to keep track of often.
What are some things you feel like you don’t get to talk about often, but you would like to talk about?
I’m a pretty open person. I like to talk to everyone about everything. There’s not a conversation that I would refuse to talk about really. I usually don’t talk about my personal life, or if I’m upset I don’t like to share my feelings towards things. Sometimes I like talking about things from my classes that aren’t necessarily appropriate in everyday conversation like death, dying, and mortality. I always find that to be a difficult subject to transition into like ‘Oh yeah by the way, how are you planning your living will?’ and all of that other stuff.
What are some things that you need to make more time for?
I want to try some new foods in Wilmington, like going to different restaurants. I always say I want to read one book for leisure during the semester. That usually doesn’t happen, but it’s always something I want to do. I’m also an RA, and I want to make more time for my residents. I feel like I see most of them every week, but not all of them. I want to make more time to engage in conversations with my residents. I also love seeing live performances! So I want to make time to go see more plays, concerts, and events with public speakers.
When people ask you about Wilmington, what do you tell/show them?
The first thing I normally mention is the beach, obviously. The question I always get is “Why did you choose to go to Wilmington?” And it’s usually because of the beach. Right now, I’m really enjoying the classes that I’m taking, so that’s a huge thing I talk about. When my friends come down to visit, I usually take them downtown so we can go to different restaurants, walk around downtown, and do some shopping.
Who/what inspires you on a daily basis?
I think it depends on what day it is, and what time it is. In the morning, I have a friend who wakes up early and does an hour of devotion, does some stretches, and has a really consistent routine. She’s always super sweet too, so she inspires me for the mornings. My other friend inspires me to eat healthy because she’s always holding me accountable and keeping track of what she eats every day. My professors inspire me since most of them have gotten their doctorates degree. Especially considering now that I’m getting older in my education career and I’m seriously thinking about pursuing a doctorates degree, I’ve come to respect my professors even more than I used to previously. Lastly, my mom and the rest of my family always inspire me to be true to myself, which is hard at times.