Thank you to Snapfish for sponsoring this post – all opinions are 100% my own!
Also – thank you to Crystal Moore Photography for the lovely senior photos featured on my graduation announcement, and thank you to my boyfriend Anthony for the pretty grad photos taken at my campus!
Yesterday, May 12th 2018, I graduated college with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication with a minor in Theatre Arts.
On the first day of my first year of college, I started this blog and I began sharing with you my experiences of my time in school. The last 4 years have included a lot of ups and downs, and I want to take a moment to thank every one of you (my lovely readers and subscribers) who have been there along the way.
I shared with you the transformation of decorations in my Freshman dorm room, how creating my university’s Her Campus chapter changed my college experience, tips on juggling work and school, how I stay organized with a planner, getting real about how I live my life with chronic illness, and lately some career advice like how to ace a phone interview and how to be the best intern.
215+ blog posts and 4 years later… we’ve grown together.
We will continue to grow together over the coming years.
Cap design by: Olivia Gallegos
The Future of Dani Dearest
Over this last year, my senior year at university, I have taken the time to think about what I want to do with this blog post-graduation. The last 4 years have been focused on sharing tips, tricks, and advice on helping college women succeed in their life and studies.
The feedback that I have received from you, my readers, has been outstanding and so heart-warming. Questions about how to deal with stress, test anxiety, planning, or juggling work and college. Notes about how my advice has helped you get over your driving anxiety, start a new club, make friends, and ace your exams. We’ve grown together and formed a community of college and millennial women trying to succeed in our lives together over the last 4 years.
While some of you are still in college (or even some in high school – hi!) some of you are graduating with me, or graduated in the last few years.
I still have a lot of college and university advice and experience to share, which I haven’t had the chance to write about yet. I also have a lot of career advice, millennial advice, relationship experience, and general lifestyle blog post ideas ready to be written.
Dani Dearest isn’t going away – we are evolving.
More of what you’ve been wanting. More blog posts, more videos, more social media presence, more content tailored to helping you in your experience.
We’re walking into our future together, side by side.
Yesterday I graduated college. Tomorrow I start my full-time job in the marketing communications field.
I technically started this job, part-time, a few months ago. This job is with the same company where I interned for nearly a year, and I love it there.
In the future I hope to expand my marketing experience into the entertainment field and work in marketing for a big entertainment company. Until then, I am working my hardest where I am and hoping to shape my future career onto the dream path I have in my head.
At home, I still live with my boyfriend and his amazing family. We are saving up for a place of our own, hopefully a house, to move into soon.
I’ve been picking up new hobbies like cooking (meal prepping is a lifesaver!) and trying hard to create a healthy lifestyle through simple habits like the medications I take and the exercise I get each day.
Through graduation, I know that I am losing contact with a lot of my friends – which I am oddly okay with. However, my best friend I know is in my life to stay. I met my best friend, Sara, last year when we started interning together. Over this past year we have become incredibly close and we walked together at graduation yesterday. Our happy hour study sessions and girls nights got me through my senioritis this semester, and I know she’s in my life to stay.
I’ll be honest – this whole graduation thing is a bit scary and overwhelming.
There’s a lot of unknown in my life right now.
So, here’s to facing the unknown.
My Graduation Announcement
I wanted to take a second to talk about my beautiful graduation announcements.
I was able to design this gold foil graduation announcement as a grad gift from Snapfish – look how cute they are! Snapfish has so many great customization options for grad announcements, I was able to make these beauties match my personality perfectly. I love how the dark background makes my lavender dress and my blonde hair pop – and I am super into gold foil everything right now.
The Snapfish website itself is very easy to use, making it simple to turn your grad announcements into anything you imagine them to be, and their production time was surprisingly quick… which is helpful when you have 1,000 other important graduation things to pay attention to.
Are you graduating soon?
Thank you so much Snapfish for sponsoring this post – you made my announcements so special!