A window inside life at Augustana College

Summer Memories / Future Dreams

Dreams by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken winged bird

That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a breen field

Frozen with snow.

I have been home for almost two months but, i had already made memories I will never forget. I spent a weekend in Holland,MI visiting my best friend. I survived a power outage downtown and a nasty storm. I traveled to the NEW Leadership Summer Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I saw old friends and made new ones. During the July 4th weekend, I visited my roommates at the Taste of Chicago and stayed at one of their houses. I was in a car accident. I returned to my job at the law office. I even spent a day at Six Flags.

I have been thinking a lot about who I am and where I want to go. I have been evaluating the dreams that I have. I just left the hospital where I visited my Uncle Hack, he is very sick.  Seeing him like that was very diffucult, but I always remember how he told me to follow my dreams. He was always telling me to study hard in school and find a career I love. I hope to make him proud. I find the poem above to be very powerful.

If you happen to follow my blog, you would know that I have been beyond excited for my leadership institute. It did not disappoint. I visited City Hall, Jane Addams Hull House, the Thompson Center and the Sears Tower. I met many important figures in state politics including many women legislators in the House and Senate, a Illinois Supreme Court Justice, a  Former Governor, a Former Lt. Governor, attorneys, academics, lobbyists and much more. I had the honor to introduce Carol Marin at the Union League club. I made great friends and learned a lot about my self.

People who know me well understand that my future plans change a lot because I get so excited and enthusiastic about everything I do. Here is my current plan/dream: Finish college with good grades and great memories. Take a year off to volunteer. I am researching the Americorps or other non-profit work especially with women and children. Then, start law school. There, I also want to work for the public. I have been researching clinics to represent domestic violence victims,children and elderly. How amazing! I will have to see where I end up. Right now, I am just so lucky for everything that I have. More updates to come :)

“There is no great calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well” Walther Reuther

Love, Karalyn


Summer Songs: ( to keep me entertained on the train to Chicago every day)

Find Your Love Drake

OMG Usher

Break Your Heart Taio Cruz

Ridin Solo Jason Derulo

Telephone Lady Gaga

Breakeven (Falling to Pieces) The Script

All I Do is Win DJ Khaled

I Like it Enrique Iglesias

Young Forever Jay Z

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