Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

This morning, I participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The walk was held in downtown Gainesville, Fla. at 9 a.m. It was a chilly morning (45 degrees!), but everyone was excited and motivated to be walking for a good cause. I walked on the Delta Phi Epsilon team alongside my sorority sisters. As a team, we raised $1,719 and total contributions for the walk reached $124,489.88.  It was so inspiring to see everyone out and active for a good cause. Making Strides is constantly sponsoring walks around the country. Find out when and where you can participate!

After a chilly morning and brisk walk, we were proud to make it through the finish line!

After a chilly morning and brisk walk, we were proud to make it through the finish line!

We did it!

We did it!

The Positive Effects Of Community Programming

My latest article for WUFT News in Gainesville is about Florida Boys & Girls Clubs. A new study was recently published that showed a positive return on investment between taxpayer dollars and community programming like the FBGC. The statistics that came out of the study were pretty eye-opening, and the figures were evident after visiting the Club. All of the students were motivated and enthused during my visit, and it seemed that the programming truly helps them stay busy and focused after school.  What do you think about community programming like the Boys & Girls Club?

http://www.wuft.org/news/2013/10/04/florida-study-shows-boys-girls-clubs-positively-impact-youth/

Back to Business

Hello everyone! After a lengthy hiatus filled with summer vacation, an internship at Women’s Health Magazine and my junior year at UF beginning, I am happy to be back and blogging. Over the past six months, some pretty exciting moments occurred.

To begin with, my summer internship at Women’s Health Magazine in NYC was unforgettable. As a fashion/edit intern, I worked directly with the associate fashion editor and a slew of other amazing people. On a daily basis I communicated with tons of designers and PR companies and helped organize and account for all clothing, jewelry and accessory samples. Let’s just say, I was in heaven. The highlights of my internship included  attending a fitness photo shoot and a private appointment at Nanette Lepore. I even got to work on a weight loss column that appears in the magazine each month!

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After living in the big city for nine weeks, and becoming a true New Yorker, it was time to head back to Gainesville, Fla., for my junior year. A little more than a month in, this school year has been anything but slow. As part of one of my journalism classes, I am a news reporter for WUFT. Writing weekly stories relating to residents in North Central Florida, I’ve gotten to learn about some pretty neat topics from impoverished school systems to evolving community projects. My time thus far has given me some great experience as an investigative reporter. Check out my stories here: http://www.wuft.org/news/author/jennifer-cole/

When I’m not reporting, I’ve been busy organizing my five-month trip to Israel. Yes, that’s right, beginning in January I will be spending my semester abroad in Tel Aviv. I am beyond excited for this opportunity and cannot wait to be immersed into the culture.

It’s been a hectic start to my semester, but I am thrilled to be starting up my blog again. Stay tuned for weekly posts about food, lifestyle, fashion, health and more!