Thursday, January 17, 2013
I would like to say to all of the people that helped me get through this great accomplishment, thank you! If I were to specifically point out everyone that made an impact in my journey, this blog post will turn into a novel. I am sure we all don't want that. However, I will take time to reflect and show my appreciation to all that helped me from a distance. My life at Texas State would not have been the same if it weren't for the people that God had placed in my way. The Ad Club showed me so many things. I met with advertising professionals, took notes from speakers, and most of all made friends that I will never forget.
I also want to thank my roommates! My brothers from other mothers! You guys always challenged me to be better, and not to settle for being mediocre (whether you knew it or not.). We had so many good times playing video games, trash talking, and playing basketball at the Rec. I truly believe that words cannot describe how much you guys mean to me and my journey, and I will always stay in touch because you guys are my boys!
Now I am on a new journey. A journey that consists of finding a job. So, I now understand when people say finding a job is hard. I guess I was a little naive to that fact, but it has come and hit me real hard. Luckily, I have a great network of former Bobcats, and I have learned to meet new people. It is a combination of my knowledge that I have learned from Texas State, the relationships that I have made during my time in college, and God that will help me find a place to work.
So, wish me luck on my job hunt! I really am excited to see where God has me as I continue to grow as a person, and as a man of God. (Raising my glass of water) Here is to a great ride through the journey that God has provided me!
Friday, May 11, 2012
Although I have talked about famous coaches, I would like to write about one "Coach" in particular that is not as famous, Coach Paul Michael Gilmore. If you are wondering why I am calling Paul a coach, well it is because "Coach" is a common nickname around here. We just call everyone coach, that is how we greet each other.
So, the reason why I am posting this is because my roommate and best friend graduates from Texas State. Since he is leaving for the real world, I couldn't help but wonder what life would be like next semester. For all of those people that don't really know much about Paul and I, let me give you a break down of our relationship. Paul and I met in the 8th grade at a church retreat when my brother, Chris, was an intern. Chris and a group of youth were walking around talking about pick up lines. Yeah, I know, probably not church material, but that is where the journey started. It wasn't too long after that that him and I became good friends. Hanging out every sunday during sunday school, and even the occasional sleep over. However, it was in 10th grade that we became best friends when we went on a mission trip to Honduras. I have heard many people say that going on a mission trip brings people together... Well, imagine 5 mission trips, a multitude of volunteer opportunities, and living with each other for two years can do. That is a pretty close bond.
When we were in the college community at Houston's First Baptist Church, everyone knew that we were always together. It would seem in ways that were a pair. It was always, "Paul and Shawn"and there were even times when people called us the others name, even though him and I don't look that similar.
Paul has been such a great friend to me. He has always been there through the times, good and bad. He is such a man of God and he sets a great example, not only for me but for everyone else. I could always depend on him for telling me the truth, even when it hurt. He also has influenced me in so many ways. Just from being around him so much, I have learned the importance of encouraging others and having strong character. That is one of his qualities that I like. What you see is what you get, and you get a lot... And that is not a fat joke. You will always laugh, smile, and feel welcomed when he is around. He is just that type of guy, laid back. Another thing that I love about Paul is his servant heart. He is always wanting and willing to help anyone in need, and that is another thing that I have learned from him. There is a lot more things that I could say, but I don't want to make this post a novel.
All in all, Paul and I have had a great "Run". We have had a lot of great times, and I would never trade our relationship or the time we have spent together for anything else in the world. So, coach, we had a great run and I appreciate your friendship. Congratulations and I know that God will use you in great ways. Much love bro and if there was a "Best Friend Hall of Fame" you would be there on the first ballot!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
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Friday, April 16, 2010
Today I was in San Antonio for my brothers graduation. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America aka the CIA! I know! This morning the constant noise coming from the shower and the aroma of the hotel room woke me up with a smile on my face. I just knew that today was going to be a great day. To say that this graduation was an accomplishment would be a understatement, for my brother this graduation was Milestone. He worked so hard during the time there and finished with a great bang.
Growing up I always looked up to him, and I have always tried, in a way, to be him. He has qualities that I envy and that I admire. Being his little brother was not easy at all growing, but now as we have grown up so has our relationship. I can now say with all that I am. I LOVE MY BIG BROTHER AND I AM SO PROUD OF HIM!
-Shawn Tripputi aka little bro-