All Growed Up?

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*This is the second piece in a series. Check out the first post here!

After finishing high school, I left Detroit and  moved to Ohio to attend college. It was rough those first several days. The moment my mother turned to leave I cried – HARD! Remember, my mom and I are thisclose. It was a huge adjustment to be now living on my own. No more of mom’s home cooking, no more of the world I had grown so accustomed to. No more of the day to day with my mom. That was more than I thought I could handle.  Luckily my university was AWESOME! I met people who were feeling the same way and others who were just happy to be starting this new chapter. I quickly got it together and settled in to my new pre-adult life!

Hanging out in my dorm room

People say it all the time, but it really was true for me, I met some of my best friends in college. People who’d later ask me to be in their weddings and them in mine. My husband also attended the same school but, we somehow didn’t know each other. On a campus of less than 3,000 students, we had never crossed paths. Weird, I know. We’ll talk more about that next time!

Back to Ohio, I had the best college experience and still keep in touch with professors and administrators. Like, seriously, we’re on Facebook and we email each other! It’s a beautiful thing. After graduating with a degree in Communications Radio/TV,  I immediately went to work as an editorial assistant for a newspaper in the area. I had minored in journalism for awhile and this seemed like the perfect fit. I didn’t complete the minor because it would have kept me in school longer than four years. Looking back, I still regret that! I don’t know why I was in such a hurry to get to work! LOL!

I hung around the newspaper for a while and eventually was asked to begin writing feature pieces. I loved the whole process of getting to interview people and have my pieces run in the paper. I think this is where my love of writing kicked in.  As much as I loved it, I still felt like I had to give television a chance. You know, since my degree was in television and all!

After some time, I landed my first TV job –  in the newsroom! That was a totally different world. I absolutely love TV! The high pressure, quick turnaround is my thing! I worked my way up from lowly minion to producing. I eventually grew  tired of news though. I felt like it was just full of depressing stuff. Robberies, murders, kidnapping, etc. I wanted something different, somewhere different. I wanted to work in entertainment television. To do that, I had to leave Ohio and there were two choices. Would it be New York or Los Angeles? More on how that decision came to be next time!

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26 Responses to All Growed Up?
  1. Optimistic Mom
    November 1, 2011 | 8:01 am

    I didn’t go away to college, but moved after college and I cried like a baby. And still very far from home, I miss mom and my family dearly. I guess that is part of being all grown up.
    I am looking forward to the next post. 😉

  2. Jennifer Dawn McLucas
    November 1, 2011 | 8:57 am

    Fabulous post. I love all that I’m learning about you. I’m close to my mom too. Great photo!

  3. Natalie
    November 1, 2011 | 8:58 am

    Isn’t it crazy that once in college we were just in a hurry to graduate? Now looking back we should have not rushed it so much!

  4. Jessica
    November 1, 2011 | 9:35 am

    How funny you never met your husband when you were in college. Maybe it’s better that you didn’t.

  5. kita
    November 1, 2011 | 9:52 am

    College is nice I had a scholarship for Hampton but I did not want to move to far from my mom. So I could only go away 4 hours just in case I needed to go home (which I did a lot). I love those college years sadly a lot of my friends and I do keep in touch but they moved away so it’s not the same. It’s great getting to know you can’t wait for more.

  6. Jennifer :)
    November 1, 2011 | 10:15 am

    I’m loving these “about me” posts! Especially since I never realized that we’ve had a lot of the same life experiences.

  7. Minivan Mama
    November 1, 2011 | 11:06 am

    You made me miss my mom at the beginning of your post! Keep writing….I want to hear more!

  8. Barbara
    November 1, 2011 | 11:38 am

    What a great post! This post is making me so nostalgic for college! It truly was the best and worst four years of my life all rolled into one!

  9. Erica M
    November 1, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    Looks like you’re gonna have lots of good stories to tell during NaBloPoMo!

  10. Cari
    November 1, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    On the edge of my seat! Looking forward to part 3!

  11. Kristin
    November 1, 2011 | 8:18 pm

    My first year away at school, I went home on the weekend all the time. My poor mom was probably like, stay at school kid. Ha!

    • Cam
      November 2, 2011 | 8:58 pm

      Once I got a car, I was at home ALL the time!!!

  12. Mimi
    November 1, 2011 | 10:00 pm

    Ughhh!!! The suspense!

    • Cam
      November 2, 2011 | 8:57 pm

      hee hee hee!

  13. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    November 1, 2011 | 11:31 pm

    I didn’t know you worked in TV. I was a broadcast journalism major and worked in TV news for a little while. I also liked the fast pace of everything. I’m curious what you ended up doing.

    • Cam
      November 2, 2011 | 8:57 pm

      Really! I’ve landing on the writer-producer side of things. It’s been a pretty cool ride so far.

  14. JDaniel4's Mom
    November 2, 2011 | 5:58 am

    I love learning more about you! I made wonderful friends in college too.

    • Cam
      November 2, 2011 | 8:56 pm

      This has been a fun series to write!

  15. This Cookn' Mom
    November 2, 2011 | 8:32 am

    Why were we such in a rush to graduate? Lol. I sometimes wish I went away for college for a better experience… Can’t wait to learn more about you!

  16. Alicia @MommyDelicious
    November 2, 2011 | 7:20 pm

    I met some of my best friends in college too! And I still keep in touch with administrators as well. On Facebook. LOL. It’s so funny how, when we’re in college, we’re in such a hurry to leave… and then we get to the “real world.” LOL.

    • Cam
      November 2, 2011 | 8:53 pm

      I really wish I hadn’t rushed myself. In such a hurry to be grown!! LOL

  17. lynnette
    December 19, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    uh, not ONE mention of me in this chapter. Nor in the next.

    ahem.

  18. Jennifer Dean
    February 20, 2012 | 11:05 pm

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention me by name, your RA, Student Ambassador and cooler than a fan friend. HAHA. I am so glad that you enjoyed CSU like I did. I would do it all over again the same way, no regrets!

    Jen

  19. Sedation Dentistry
    March 4, 2012 | 6:16 am

    Reading your posts make me think again if I am really living my life to the fullest… I hate to say it but as of the moment I think I am not living up to my fullest potentials…

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