A rather boring update on my life.

Sad to say I haven’t taken the time to write since New Year’s Day. However, a lot of positive changes have happened  in my life in the past few months, and I feel the need to share an update with my fellow readers. For those that don’t already know, I moved to Louisville, Kentucky just before Christmas to start a graduate assistantship with Housing and Residence Life at the University of Louisville, but most importantly to be with the love of my life. I am still graduating from the University of South Carolina with my master’s in higher education and student affairs, but am just finishing my last two elective courses at the University of Louisville. I made a rather non-traditional decision within my program to leave early, but I don’t regret it for a single moment. I have truly enjoyed my assistantship experience this past semester, and have appreciated the time away from chaos to do a little soul searching and job exploration in the city.

In February, my birthday weekend to be exact, I took my master’s degree comprehensive exam! Sure am happy to share that I passed, but that was one heck of a stressful birthday celebration. Now that I have passed my comprehensive exam, I have hit a serious road block in academic productivity. In case you were curious, senioritis is a true epidemic. Haha. Anyways, I’ve been trying to muster up the motivation and energy to finish out these last two courses. I have also been pretty heavy into my job search. I would love to continue working with Housing and Residence Life at the University of Louisville, but the job openings are looking pretty slim. Either way, the job search has been a true test of my faith. Fortunately, I know in my heart that God has a very special plan for me and my entry-level job, so I just need to be patient and trust that He will see me through.

Although school and work keep me pretty busy, I’ve been trying to establish a social life in the wee hours of my weekdays and weekends. I have met some pretty awesome people so far, and am truly enjoying the friendships I’ve developed with colleagues. I am also trying to sell my beloved first car, LOVABLE. She’s gotten me through the best of the best and the worst of the worst, but am ready for an upgrade after our seven year driving affair. It’s been a bitter sweet process. I practically broke down last night over trying to get her sold and trying to find a good deal on a new vehicle. Those that enjoy car shopping, there is something truly special about your brain because I have not enjoyed this process in the slightest. Anyways, if you’re interested in a new car, my beloved beauty is a winner.

I had the pleasure of experiencing my very first Kentucky horserace this past weekend at Kenneland with some great friends. It was an absolutely beuatiful day, and the races were epic! Pretty cool experience if you’ve never been. Not to mention, the Lexington, Kentucky area is some of the most beautiful countryside you’ll ever see. Not to change the subject, but to change the subject… Benjamin and I are officially furniture owners! I am not talking hand-me-down furniture; I am talking brand new furniture owners! Pretty exciting stuff- minus the money we spent. However, proud to say we stayed within budget. To change the subject again, my good friend, Kelsey, and I got to present at a national conference for our profession this past week. It was an honor to have been nominated to present! Such a cool experience.

In other really freaking exciting news, my best friends from home got engaged at the beginning of March! HUGE SHOUT OUT to my best friends Sarah Graf and Kyle Sipos for getting engaged and being an amazing role model for true love and happiness. I am truly honored to be standing next to my best friend as her Maid of Honor, and am super freaking excited to be part of this new journey with them.

Well, friends, I think that’s all I have for now. Hopefully, if I can remember, I will share another update early this summer- pending Courtney Carol Tipton becomes a full-time employee at a bad ass school or company. (Job prayers are very much needed and appreciated right now! Haha.)

With hopes of being a better blogger,

Court

A new journey…

Hello friends,

It has been way too long since I last wrote; August to be exact. Need I remind you, this is January of a new year. I am absolutely ridiculous!

Anyways, I figured I would share what’s new and exciting in my life because a lot has changed over the course of a semester. Since I last wrote in August, I have completed my second to last semester of graduate school at the University of South Carolina, managed to land myself a 4.0 for the semester, established some pretty awesome friendships, presented at a regional conference with one of my best friends, ran two 5Ks, ran one 10K, got talked into registering for a half marathon, and moved to Louisville, Kentucky. Whewwww. It has been one long, stressful, and anxious semester, but going into the best holiday of the year (Christmas) so many prayers were answered. I couldn’t be more humbled, grateful, and appreciative.

Now, allow me to break down my list a bit. I have ONE semester left of graduate school. For those that don’t already know, I am in the Higher Education and Student Affairs master’s program at the University of South Carolina. Anyone considering higher education as a profession should seriously consider the HESA program at USC. I have absolutely loved my experience, and have met the most amazing people and established the greatest friendships. Anyways, I only have two elective courses and a comprehensive exam standing between me and graduation! I see the finish line, but it’s safe to say I have a pretty bad cramp in my side hindering my motivation to run any faster. Regardless, here’s to hoping this semester will be as good as others!

The second point about having a 4.0 doesn’t really need any elaboration. I was mostly just excited that I pulled it off because I was certain a 4.0 wasn’t in my future when I submitted my last research paper. Haha.

Friendships. Friends play an enormous role in my life. I have learned so many life lessons from my friendships. I made some amazing friends at the University of Tampa while I was an undergrad. Shout out to all my Spartans! Sorry for not keeping in touch the way a good friend would, but please know you’re in my thoughts and prayers always! My friends in HESA are some of my closest… shout out to all my Gamecocks! A very very special shout out to JB, KJ, CBall, Phillip, Asian, Ry, Laura, Andrew, Kate, LoCo, Jackilla, and Hayley. Another big shout out to  Romey, Carlier, Beggs, Katie, Jewels, Samurai, Humphrey, Denny, and Gilly. I know I am missing people… no hard feelings please. I am just so unbelievably blessed by the friendships listed and not listed. Taking it back a bit, I am so grateful that my friendships from high school are still flourishing. Through the weird days as teenagers, high school graduation, going away to college, college graduation, the summers in between, the parties in Cincinnati, and the always memorable riding parties- we’ve been through it all together friends! I love you all so much. Last, I am so excited for the friendships to come with colleagues, neighbors, classmates, and friends of friends here in Louisville.

I promise I’m trying to keep this short and sweet… well, drop the short and keep the sweet. 🙂 Moving on to the next bullet point on my list of updates: running. Oh, running! Running and I have a love hate relationship. I absolutely hate it while I’m doing it, but the feeling after a long run is so exhilarating. Anyways, one of my dear friends (Amanda) talked me into running a half marathon. I am so glad she talked me into it because I’ve always wanted to run a marathon… so this will be a GREAT pre-cursor. Haha. With a gallant effort to get in shape and start running more, I completed two 5 Ks and a 10K this past semester. I ran all three races straight through (minus a short walk to during the 10K). For me, it was a huge accomplishment, and I am super excited for the half in April. Wish me luck!

Last, but certainly not least, I moved to Louisville, Kentucky two weeks before Christmas! I applied for a full-time position working with Housing and Residence Life at the University of Louisville, but unfortunately did not get the position. However, the Director of Housing decided to offer me a graduate assistantship working directly with her and the leadership team for the spring semester. My goal was to be job searching in the Louisville area, so the opportunity was perfect! I am extremely excited to have been offered the graduate assistantship position. I am finishing my last two electives at the University of Louisville while I work as a graduate assistant for Housing and Residence Life. 

I have a feeling 2014 is going to be another great year! But then again, it’s all in our attitude, right?! If you keep up the positivity, do what you need to make a change, and commit to making yourself and others happy- then 2014 will be your year, too! Praying that God answers your prayers, and wishing you all the happiest this new year.

With love,

Court

Louisville On My Mind

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, KY

A summer of love, friendships, and learning opportunities in the city that stole my heart.

Oh, Louisville. What have you done to my heart? I arrive to your city with just a couple of suitcases to get me through the summer, and now I find myself perplexed as to why I ever had to leave. Who would have thought two and half months would change my life forever?

But you, Louisville….you did.

Every morning since my return to Carolina, I wake up wishing I could walk along your river’s edge. My mind always floats back to the memories of strolling along your pedestrian bridge, or walking along Main Street and soaking up the glory and culture of your city and its love. I long for the friendships and people that I met within the walls of your fortress. You created a safe haven for me to discover the old me that has been buried deep inside for far too long. Your welcoming skyline is in my dreams each night. And on my worst days, I go back to those unforgettable moments driving through your countryside; the place I wish to someday call home. And when I just can’t take the pain of missing you any longer, I smile… because in that moment, your smell, your noise, your looks, your touch, and your taste all come rushing back to me. They wash over me and flood my heart with nothing but love, appreciation, and comfort for all that your city has instilled in my heart.

You’re on my mind and in my heart sweet Louisville. I just sure hope I’m on yours.

Orange, Passion Fruit, and Jasmine

So you’re probably wondering why the title of my post is “Orange, Passion Fruit, and Jasmine.” Well, I hate to disappoint you, but there is truly no significance to what I feel is a rather clever name. Haha.

Actually, that’s a lie.

Orange, Passion Fruit, and Jasmine is the flavor of tea I have been drinking lately, and I must say it’s definitely worth trying. All credits to Lipton. (My deepest apologies for my lack thereof humor and creativity.)

…moving on…

So here’s to my first actual post of Summer 2013. For those that don’t already know, I am interning at the University of Louisville this summer. I am the summer Conference Coordinator through Housing and Residence Life at the university. My first day on the job I got promoted in the sense of job responsibilities (not so much in pay) because there isn’t technically a full-time professional in the position anymore. Keep word- anymore. The full-time Conference Coordinator left the position last October and the department has yet to find her replacement. Therefore, when I got here mid-May, I already had a laundry list of projects and task items. Some would find it overwhelming and stressful, but I actually find peace in chaos. Chaos is an opportunity for organization, which is my strongest skill-set.

Anyways, this is my fifth week on the job and I am loving every minute of it. In five weeks, I have had already had quite a number of on-the-job experiences, which makes for an interesting and exciting remainder of the summer. I walked into an unoccupied position with no formal supervisor until two weeks ago. The one person responsible for helping me with the job transition is leaving this weekend because she took a job in Arkansas, and the person responsible for mentoring and coaching me is currently job searching and ready to leave whenever. Three weeks into my position, I had to fire one of my conference staff for breaking a list of housing policies, and then had to troubleshoot a major conference master schedule error. Haha. I must say, it has made for a very interesting past couple of weeks.

Although it was an overwhelming start, I couldn’t have been placed in a better department with more supportive and genuine people. The Housing and Residence Life department at the University of Louisville is just spectacular. They may not be a flagship department in the world of higher education and student affairs, but they sure know the meaning and value of intentionality. And to me, that’s the most important thing you can have. Since the day I stepped foot on campus, I could feel the investment the department had in my internship experience, and their commitment to my personal and professional development. Everyone wears so many different hats here, but no one ever falters to lend a helping hand when you are in need. I love the camaraderie among the staff and the way everyone welcomes you as family. I have learned an invaluable amount in just five weeks and am anxious what the next month and a half has in store.

Well, I hate to stop writing because I have so much more I want to share, but I really need to make ground on my thesis work before a meeting tomorrow. Until next time, orange, passion fruit, and jasmine. 🙂