Sunday, December 28, 2014
I am SO happy that my grandparents are visiting me from Croatia to celebrate the Holidays and my Birthday together :) Our flawed immigration system has kept me from seeing them for six years and not being able to visit Croatia for eight years. You CANNOT imagine the emotional range when I saw them at the airport. To say the least, although Skype is an amazing advancement, it does no justice pertaining to seeing someone in the flesh. The pixels don't show the same facial expression dynamics and it surely doesn't allow for 3 D embraces. My holidays have been spent bonding now despite lost times and making the best of the situation at hand, because after all, that's the best we can all do. I'm enjoying getting back to my missed Mediterranean roots and conversing with my grandpa over wine, and decorating the tree with three generations present, and hearing my grandpa playing the Dalmatian diple instrument! And with that, from my family to yours, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Warming up and watching the Sing Along version of the Sound of Music with my grandma!
Baking cookies with my grandma!
After saving enough money to pay for my own college tuition out of pocket each semester (due to not being eligible for financial aid or taking out a loan), I am SO EXTREMELY honored and happily surprised that I have won an Undocumented Scholarship that will completely cover my cost for tuition for my upcoming three semesters!!! It's been a hard road to be a full time student with five or six classes each semester and come up to the registrar and pay in cash by a deadline. A lot of hard work and struggle and here I am. I cannot believe that I will be a graduate and will finish college in three and a half years all together. This is the POWER of sharing my story and FIGHTING and OVERCOMING my adversity.
OMG! Where IS Nova?! Well ladies and gentlemen, she's been EVERYWHERE, as usual. This busy bee has been out and about hustling and networking through the Big Apple and creating a dream come true for herself! I would LOVE to announce that SO many positive things have been occurring, especially lately! First things first (I'm the REALEST !) Besides starting at Brooklyn College this semester as a Broadcast Journalist major, I've been busy reading celebrity news, editing photographs, researching, and pitching and writing story ideas. Why you ask? For my blog? Nope-instead it's for the one and only VH1!!! AKA where my guilty pleasure of Love and Hip Hop and distorted view of what we all think Staten Island is like, thanks to Mob Wives comes from! I've had the pleasure of interning for bosses who are incredibly sweet and check up on me, and who go around singing 'No Flex Zone' with me in the office! What's a regular Tuesday afternoon when you're meeting Beyoncé's publicist and when Nick Jonas says ''hey'' to you in the hallway and when the corporations' version of decorating for the Holidays includes an ice skating rink in the lobby! Not to mention, who can't feel inspired with the backdrop of Times Square while taking a lunch break on the balcony. What can I say- my internship sure doesn't feel like 'work'.
Getting shot by the VH1 Film Crew! Check it out at the link below!http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/?p=304345
My sweet bosses!
Got to go see the VH1 Concert with singers Sam Smith, Echosmith, CHRVCHES; etc!
MORE UPDATES will be coming soon so stayed TUNED! ;)