Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Doors Open and Close: A State of Affairs

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianna Williamson

You may be wondering why I started this post with a long inspirational quote. Too be honest, I was going to use one that is super cliched: When door closes, another opens. Instead I reference it in my title and give you the quote which I have tried to keep in mind since I discovered it in the 8th grade. 

Everyone wants to blend. People don't want to make mistakes or be weird. I can't sit here and tell you that I haven't done my fair share of blending. That being said I think there is something to be said for a fear of greatness. Greatness means putting yourself out there and risking failure. I figure if you put yourself out there enough times something is bound to stick.

In December, I applied for the Global Academic Fellowship in Writing with the New York University campus in Abu Dhabi. This morning I found out I wasn't short-listed, which was a nice way of them to tell me that I didn't get the position. I'm not devastated and it wasn't my only post-graduation option, but I did really want to go abroad for the year. I could really use a change of pace. While that door has closed, I have to believe that post-graduation options are going to reveal themselves over the next few weeks.

As you are also aware, Saturday marked my retirement from ski racing. It means no more speed suits, inspections or waxing skis. That door closed, but another opportunity in the industry has opened. I have been asked to assist in covering NCAA Nationals hosted by Middlebury College next week. The publication is called "Alpine Press" and I have already written two freelance pieces for them:

Dartmouth Grabs Cats by the Tail at Middlebury Carnival 

Today I put in my request for a press pass at NCAA Nationals and I am anxiously awaiting an approval email! There is my new open door: freelance journalism. If it helps me stay involved in ski racing, I am totally into it.

I just wanted to give you guys a state of my current affairs in terms of possible post-graduation plans and let you know that while a lot of my life is 'licious, it's not perfect. Have questions? Here are options for asking and contacting me: EMAIL and VYOU.


Monday, February 25, 2013

@EISAskiing/NCAA East Championship: My Final Ski Race

From L to R: Assistant Coach Nick Stagers,
Head Coach Gus Macleod, Christina Billotti, and I after
our final race.
This weekend, Bates College played host to the NCAA East Ski Championships at Sunday River, ME.  Championships are always a lot of fun, but this year was special for me because it was my last carnival ever. That's right. I am officially retired and a NARP (Non-athletic regular person).

I spent most of the weekend soaking in all the "lasts." I consciously thought things like:

"This is the last ski I'll ever HAVE to scrape."

"This is the last time I'll wear this Purple Knight speed suit."

"This is the last time I'll be a collegiate skier."

Some lasts are harder than others. Skiing my final giant slalom race on Friday was really sad. It wasn't cry-my-eyes-out sad like I expected, but I did I have the realization that I was definitely going to miss ripping down a GS course and knocking down panels. Below is a video edit done by the SMC Athletics department which shows one of my last GS runs.

While in Sunday River, I took the opportunity to combine my love of photography and skiing as I did so often last year and snapped a ton of photos. Below you can click through the photos of the weekend, which include actions shots and scene-setting shots. I didn't just focus on the Purple Knights as there are photos of racers from several schools on the circuit.

Before I go and get ready for class, I wanted to share with you the social media surrounding my retirement. Some of them are my tweets and some are tweets of congratulations from others. I really did appreciate them and I clearly have some amazing friends and community.

Be sure to look for my upcoming post "Retirement: An Inside Look at NARP-hood," all about how I am surviving with all of my free time. It should be pretty interesting! Have a great week everyone! xoxo Gabbi

Monday, February 18, 2013

Being an Editor for the @SMC_Defender - A Vlog with @LizMurraySMC

Good evening, everyone! 

Tonight I bring you a bit of entertainment infused with information. Liz and I are both SMC Bloggers and editors for the Defender.  Instead of writing about being writers and editors, we decided to vlog about it. I also needed to show Liz the wonders of vlogging and what better way to do it than to talk about what is like to work for the paper?

We may come off as a little kooky, but it's only because we have spent so much time working together over the past few years and think we are absolutely hysterical. 


Liz's Twitter: @LizMurraySMC
Also follow: #quotesfromgabbisego

The Defender Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedefendersmc
The Defender Twitter: @SMC_Defender
Online edition: defender.smcvt.edu

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tips for Surviving and Thriving Your Senior Year

It has been a while since I did a vlog (video blog) and decided that instead of just telling you about my life as a student, I'd tell you four things that can make your senior year of college great or, at least, easier to survive! 

Twitter: @Hall_Gabbi
Google+: +Gabbi Hall
Formspring: www.formspring.me/gabbismc

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Behind the Scenes of 'Ruthless' - A Multimedia for the @SMC_Defender

Dear loyal and amazing blog readers,
       I apologize for the short absence. These past few weeks have been chaotic between Defender, Senior Seminar and skiing. I promise that I do have something to show for all my time away from The 'Licious Life. 

       Behold my first multimedia of the semester, "Behind the Scenes of 'Ruthless.'" I took a look at the production of a new school musical put on by the drama department. I'd love to hear your feedback on the piece. Also, let me know what you want covered in future Defender pieces. 

    Now, it's time for Social Media Practice and Theory. I promise that a more extensive post is coming soon!


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