The Liebster Award 2016


Hi everyone! I’ve finally settled in for my senior year, and the best thing happened today – I got nominated for the Liebster Award! For my readers who aren’t bloggers, the Liebster Award is passed around the blogging community and it is reserved for newbie bloggers like yours truly. This is so veteran bloggers can discover new ones they might not have heard of before! It’s a great initiative to connect the vast blogging community together and welcome new ones in.

From the rules page itself, “liebster” is defined as a German word, and it means “sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome”. I’m so honored that Caitlin at Lemonade Press AND Shannon at Shannon-Marie think so highly of me and my blog and chose to nominate me! Read what they had to say about me and their other nominees here and here.

Everyone that’s nominated for the Liebster Award is asked to answer a few questions so readers can learn more about them. I also realized this is my first “About Me” post, so without further ado, here we go!

My Answers to Caitlin and Shannon’s Questions

What was the inspiration behind your blog?

This blog was created as a personal project for the internship I had over the past summer. I was asked by my boss to create a website in which I could write about something academic that I was passionate about or had an interest in. While I was doing research to create the concept behind this blog, I found that there were tons of blogs written by currently practicing SLPs or soon-to-be SLPs in grad school, but none that narrated the experiences of an undergrad who studies in a basically unknown major. How many times have I been asked what the heck my major is? So much so that I felt that there needed to be a space where I could voice exactly how I’ve been spending my classroom time these past few years. Thus, I decided to dedicate this blog to sharing my personal experiences as a Communication Disorders major and as a college student in general – a little bit of what I learn and what I like.

If you had one day without any obligations, what would you spend your time doing?

I’d probably get out and travel somewhere new, take a hike or go to a beach. I got bit by the travel bug after an incredible cross-country road trip I had with my family last year. I hope to do lots more of that in the years to come!

If neither money nor time were also factored into this, I’d buy myself a Broadway ticket and go see a musical in NYC.

What is your biggest dream?

For a while, my dream has been a path that has been laid out for me since high school: go to college, get a degree and eventually get a good job. I obviously still hope to do this, but I think a major life goal of mine is to make some kind of lasting contribution to society. What it is, I’m not sure yet, but I think the ambiguity of this dream is what makes it so awesome.

I’ve also always wanted to write and publish my own book. We’ll see what happens.

Who is someone who has inspired you most along your journey so far?

Academically, I’d have to say that it was my 7th grade English teacher, Ms. Asaro. She really pushed me and I ended up discovering my love for writing and editing through her class. She offered tips that I could take with me to make my writing better in the future. I actually wanted to be an English teacher or a news writer for a long time after I took her class. She made her class a ton of fun and was such a positive presence that I always looked up to. I always looked forward to going to her class! Plus, she wore Converse on Fridays. She’s seriously the coolest.

Personally, my mom, dad and best friends inspire me every day. My mom and dad are some of the most hardworking and selfless people I know. They always encourage me to explore new opportunities and support my dreams, whatever they may be. From my semi-active theatre career through the years to the ups and downs of my college career, they’ve been there for me throughout everything and know me better than I know myself.

My best friends are also just as hardworking and successful –  whether it’s through attending grad school or becoming a part of the work force, they are shining examples of “adulting” that I hope I’ll achieve one day. But, best of all, they allow me to be my full self all the time, and I can’t think of a better feeling than that.

Go to snack?

Cheez-Its, which always seem to taste better after midnight for some reason.

Favorite book?

This is such a hard question since I’m such a book nerd and I have a crazy amount of books I hold near and dear to my heart! I’m going to say Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, which I finally got around to reading last summer, and I can’t rave enough about it. It’s great if you like science fiction (which is my favorite genre), and it tells the famous story of the theme park with a prehistoric experiment gone horribly wrong. It’s compelling and thrilling. The book makes you question human nature and whether it’s ethical to tamper with or try to control our natural environment, as well as baser human elements like greed and exploitation for profit that we just can’t seem to live without in our society.

A close second goes out to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It was the first book I read in high school that really made me fall for science fiction (and reading in general). I couldn’t put it down!

An inspirational quote to describe your life right now?


One event you are most looking forward to in the coming year.

Can I say senior year in general?! It’s such a weird and bittersweet time for me – I can’t believe this is the last year I’ll be in Amherst as an undergrad (and my last year in school for a while)! I think I’m looking forward to what senior year will bring for me and the experiences that are unique to this year unlike the past 3 years of college. I’m also looking forward to taking a gap year, focusing on myself and enjoying the first year I’m not required to sit through a class or lecture, and that’s something to celebrate!

A goal you are currently working on.

It’s a little hard for me to talk about, but I’m working on opening myself up to new people and experiences. I’m one of those people who is a little uncomfortable with change and who likes familiarity. I hope I can use this last year of college to not only meet new people but also grow closer with the people I already know and build those relationships up a little better.

Your go-to store to shop in?

Target, one hundred percent. And the one by my house also has a Starbucks in it, so there’s really no need to go anywhere else.

Favorite part in your blogging journey so far?

Getting to connect with so many bloggers around my age! They’ve really made this a lot more fun for me. I love reading their content and participating in Twitter chats with everyone.

What is your favorite TV Show?

Once Upon a Time! It takes a whole bunch of fairytale characters and thrusts them into the real world via a curse by the Evil Queen. Every episode is just so good and the cliffhangers usually make me scream. It’s going into its sixth season this September and I couldn’t be more excited. Plus, Captain Hook is freaking gorgeous and he’s the (fictional) love of my life.

Name three things you could never live without.

  1. My teddy bears, Fudgie and Ojo. I got Ojo a few days after I was born and there’s a picture of us that shows we were the same size at one point, so it’s cool to see how much I’ve grown since then. Fudgie was the first bear I made at Build-A-Bear Workshop.
  2. My voice. (I don’t know how Ariel did it!) Singing is one of the only things that keeps me sane sometimes, and the thing I love studying the most!
  3. Music. I listen to nearly every genre and I wouldn’t be who I am without it.

Do you have any tattoos? If so, what are they and what’s the meaning behind them?

I don’t have any tattoos, but I absolutely love tattoo art! I just have such a low pain tolerance that I don’t think I’d be able to make it through one sitting. I’m also a bit indecisive and I’d be afraid that if I got one, I’d end up not liking it over time.

How long have you been blogging?

This blog has only been up and running for about three months, but I’ve been bouncing around website creation platforms for years. None of them really stuck with me and I found them hard to work with and keep up with. I’ve always wanted my own website though, and I hope this blog proves different!

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken nuggets with a salad, so I’d get a good mix of healthy and unhealthy in my diet.

If you could go anywhere on vacation right now, where would you go?

Some beach in North Carolina where I could just sit back and relax with a book or go swimming and boogie boarding in the ocean.

What’s your favorite quote?

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. You can quote theme, disagree with them, glorify them or vilify them. But the one thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

Who is your beauty inspiration?

Emma Watson. She’s flawless and can manage to pull off any look.

Favorite Youtuber/ Blogger?

I’m going to say Isabelle over at Truly Indulgent. She was one of the first bloggers I connected with over Twitter! Her posts are a lot of fun to read and she offers some great tips for college students!

What’s your best feature?

I’ve been told I have a very “approachable” face, so I feel like that’s a good thing. I also try to be kind and caring to everyone I meet and know!

My Nominations

And, here are your questions:

  1. What’s your favorite song currently?
  2. Which Disney princess best matches you and your personality?
  3. Do you have a pet? Tell me all about them! (If you don’t have a pet, what kind would you want?)
  4. What’s your favorite book?
  5. What’s your favorite part about fall?
  6. Name one thing on your bucket list.
  7. What’s something that’s unique about you?
  8. Coffee, tea, or both?
  9. If you could travel through time, what’s one place you’d want to visit?
  10. What’s one piece of advice that you’d want to give to someone?

And that’s a wrap! I’m so glad I got nominated, and now it’s your turn! I can’t wait to read all of your answers.

Much love,


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8 Replies to “The Liebster Award 2016”

  1. Melissa, I loved reading your answers!
    I definitely agree with buying a ticket to go to a Broadway show. Maybe Hamilton?

    1. Yes!! Hamilton is at the top of my list. Hopefully it won’t be as hard to get a ticket in the near future. Thanks again for nominating me, I really appreciate it! 🙂

  2. WOW! Thank you SO much for nominating me for this! I loved reading your answers – especially the one about Target. That place is so bad for my wallet, haha!

    You are too kind for passing the honor along to me! I can’t wait to answer your questions!!!


    1. You’re welcome! And absolutely agreed, Target is definitely my weakness. Can’t wait to read your answers love! <3 🙂

  3. I really love these kinds of posts – such a cool way to get to know people! I love the quote about there being 25 more letters. Also, I’ve never tried Cheez-its but next time I’m in the States I’ll make sure to do so.

    Also, thanks for introducing me to all these other blogs! Love having new sites to check out. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome!! And yes, absolutely give Cheez-Its a try when you can, you won’t regret it! 😄

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