a few reasons i love weddings | part two

To get to know me a little better, I'm sharing a multi-part series on how on earth I stumbled upon this marvelous career and found my calling. Stay tuned every day this week for the remaining installments! {See Part One here!}

In the meantime, I was trying desperately to figure out some path for my career goals. I started out at Belmont on the musical theatre track, then switched to theatre when I realized I'd be getting a music degree rather than a BFA, and then toyed around with political science and possibly going to law school. I actually worked the event setup for the special unveiling party for Belmont's brand new Troutt Theatre just a week or two after classes had started my freshman year, and followed the event planner around asking her about what she did and how she liked it. Everyone in theatre insisted that event planners had way too hard of jobs and never could make any money (ironic, no?!), so even my professors were super discouraging when I mentioned having those interests outside of acting. It stayed at the back of my mind, however. One of the communications professors I'd had a freshman seminar with had become a mentor to me for several semesters after I had his class, and I casually brought up how I thought it'd be lovely to be a wedding planner during one of our conversations. "Oh no, you don't want to be a wedding planner. Dealing with all those terrible bridezillas and their neediness? That'd be awful! You're much more suited for lobbying or something meaningful like law school. You have the potential to actually help people this way," he insisted.

{i'm third from the left... My sassy freshman theatre days!}

{i'm third from the left... My sassy freshman theatre days!}

I resigned myself to continue pursuing something government-related (probably helping Aborigines or native tribal people maintain their cultural rights, you know...) and registered for a sophomore fall semester of upper-level PoliSci classes. I happened to go through sorority recruitment that fall. During recruitment I talked with girls about amazing things like socials and mixers and planning formals -- it sounded like such a dream! On bid day I happened to catch a ride to our off-campus celebration with my chapter's current Social Chair:  a ridiculously cool and impressively ambitious girl who was my year. I told her I LOVED throwing parties and would totally help her with anything if she needed it. She invited me to the Social Committee's monthly meeting that upcoming Monday, and I spent many an evening from that point on painting props, making crafts, and listening to the active members' stories of Event Planning classes Belmont offered and how they got to be elected to fancy positions like Social Chair & Assistant.

My first sorority friend -- the fabulous former Social Chair Liz!

My first sorority friend -- the fabulous former Social Chair Liz!

I was having a blast planning parties, but Comparative Political Regimes and International Politics were kicking my butt in the classroom. My "never-made-a-B-in-my-life" status vanished rapidly before my eyes -- and I started to realize my studies were more about feeling self-important than doing anything I was called to or found legitimate meaning in. In November, my sorority president approached me about running for Social Chair. "ME? I just got initiated! There's no way I'm qualified for this!" I responded. A couple weeks passed, EC election happened, and the new Executive Officers appointed Staff Positions. "Don't tell anyone, but you got voted Social Chair!" one of my sisters whispered to me in class. My day, dimmed by my boyfriend having just broken up with me and impending exams, immediately brightened!

...stay tuned tomorrow for installment #3!