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The Voice: Making Yours Heard

There’s one lesson I’ve learned more than any other lately. And it’s this: JUST ASK. How many moments in life pass you by when you can’t muster the courage to just ask those questions? Asking who a person is, asking if you can be a part of something, and asking if you can do something. I realize how vague this sounds so let me clarify.

I’m sure you’ve been there before. You’re at a party and you see someone you want to meet. Instead, you introduce yourself to your coconut shrimp and make small talk with your champagne all night. Or you hear about an amazing opportunity to travel to a foreign country. Instead of filling out an application, you fill out an update on Facebook. Or you want to audition for that show you’ve dreamt about but instead of showing up, you settle down at home with a bag of popcorn and a chick flick you’ve already seen 10 times.

It’s self-sabotage. Maybe even the mildest form of social suicide. And yet we commit it every day. Our guts, or lack thereof, gets the best of us. We choke in the moment that it is most important that we speak.

So in honor of the recent winner of the Voice, Javier Colon, I’m encouraging you today to find “your voice.” Make yourself heard! No one will pay attention to you if they can’t hear you to begin with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There’s no such thing as asking a stupid question, but there is such a thing as being stupid enough to not ask.

Just ask.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
 

 

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Where I Want to Be

I wish I could tell you more about the details of my summer internship at NBC but I have to respect company policy and abide by their privacy. I completely understand this requirement and as an intern, I’d like to keep my position! But I think it is safe for me to say that I am having an amazing time thus far and I am learning so much. After a long day at work today, I walked away feeling inspired, enlightened, and thankful.

I think I’ve been surprised. I thought I might have to fend for myself. But this has been the most helpful and collaborative experience that I’ve had thus far in my life. I’m amazed every day by the many people, who are so busy with deadlines and demands, who still take the time each day to answer any and every question that I have. There’s not a button that goes unexplained or a story that they don’t want to share. The people at my internship have been some of the nicest that I have encountered and I feel like I’ve really been taken under the wing.

I still don’t know what I want to do with my life. I’m not one of the kids who was born watching the stock market or who kept an eye on C-SPAN for the latest Senate hearing updates. But my internship has created a new-found love for the news—and especially to see that news for myself. I love to ask those questions, meet those people, and be in that place to find the real answers. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else this summer.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

 

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

My First Publication!

I’m so excited to announce that I have been officially published! It’s rare that the mailbox ever delivers “gifts” from places other than Bank of America or Washington Mutual, but today, I was so excited to see Chi Omega come in the mail. My good friend, Whitney Heckathorne, the Director of Communications at Chi Omega, sent me a letter saying that I had been published in the national Chi Omega magazine, The Eleusis. There are nearly 200,000 copies printed and I wrote for the Pearls of Wisdom piece regarding Sisters and Friends. Here is what I said:

“Friendship took on a new meaning for me after I joined Chi Omega. My Sisters are not only my best friends, but also are now my roommates, study buddies, and fellow dancing queens. Whether it’s singing together in the kitchen before a final or talking about life ’til two in the morning, my Sisters always cheer me up.”

You can read the rest of the articles here: http://eleusis.chiomega.com/Departments.aspx?SubType=Pearls+of+Wisdom

As many of you know, I am a proud Chi Omega. It is such an honor for me to be printed in this magazine and I hope it is the first of many printed works. This summer, as I near the completion of my book, I have realized what a true passion writing is for me. I genuinely love to do it—I wake up looking forward to writing and I go to sleep dreaming up new ideas for the next day. The more I write, the more my mind thinks like a writer. I see my world differently—I take a more active part in everything that I do because everything is an inspiration for potential words on the paper.

I hope you do what you love to do. Life should be about passion. There are enough obligations and duties as it is—without a little happiness and a lot of love, we’re not giving ourselves a fair chance.

Give yourself a fair shot today.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

 

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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