Hi friends! I’m Lexi and I am a 20-year-old college student at the University of Missouri. I’m studying broadcast journalism with minors in political science and psychology, but I honestly have no idea what I am going to do after I graduate. Right now I’m considering everything from graduate school to getting a job in broadcast journalism, public relations, marketing…I even considered getting my Ph.D in psychology at one point, lol. So basically, I have no idea what to do with my life and I’m horrible at making decisions. But that’s OK! I’ll figure it out eventually.
The Life by Lexi blog
I decided to start this blog because I had been working so hard at school and I was tired. Tired of putting my energy into projects I wasn’t passionate about, tired of reporting on news stories that didn’t matter and tired of doing what everyone else thought I should be doing. I needed something that I loved. I needed a place that was totally mine, where I could write about what I wanted to write about, be creative and explore all the things in my life that I had been ignoring for so long.
I love to write, help people and connect with others. Through this experience I have also found a love for SEO, website design and digital marketing. And, of course, I love all the topics I write about on this blog. I want Life by Lexi to be a place where young people like me can come to have fun, detach from life’s stressors for a bit and maybe learn a thing or two.
Some other things about me – I can play the flute, I did band all through high school and sophomore year of college as well, I was in a sorority for about three days, I’m the least athletic person you’ll ever meet, I love chocolate, I’m a virgo, soup is my favorite meal, my cat Sassy has been with me since 2001 and she’s my BFF, I love reading and I am a registered grammar nazi (thanks J2100).
Well, that’s me in a nutshell. I would love to get to know you as well, so feel free to reach out! This was a pretty brief summary, and I know some people like more in-depth ‘about me’ posts, so below I wrote a more detailed version.
A rambling summary of my life thus far
My full name is Alexandra, but I have gone by Lexi ever since I can remember. I was born in Oceanside, California to two wonderful people named Steven and Vicky. My dad was in the military, and my mom is British and moved to America to be with him. Since my dad was a marine, we soon moved to Minnesota, where my sister Calista was born. Next was Germany, where my other sister Jessica was born. Then came Hawaii, then Missouri, then California again, then Missouri again. I think it’s safe to say I had a pretty interesting childhood. Moving around so much honestly didn’t bother me; I loved getting to explore a new place every couple of years. Looking back, I’m so grateful for the experience. It taught me not to be afraid of change, and that the world is so much bigger than the small town you grew up in.
In high school, I was very involved in band. I started playing the flute in the 6th grade, and when I joined marching band in high school, I was obsessed. I was the section leader and first chair of the flute section for sophomore, junior and senior year, and I also took private lessons during that time as well. I really enjoyed it, but since I was first chair I had to do all the solos, which terrified me. I don’t like being the center of attention and I certainly don’t like the pressure of having to play an instrument by myself in front of a huge audience. Although I loved the flute, I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life.
I was also involved with my school’s production/video class. We basically produced news segments to show to the school each week. Senior year I was the assistant producer, and it was really fun. That class showed me my love for video, writing and interacting with people. This is what helped me decide to pursue broadcast journalism in college.
When I first came to the University of Missouri, I was set on being an entertainment reporter. I wanted to move to Los Angeles and work for E! News. Boy did things change quickly. Second semester I took a class called Principles of Journalism, and that’s when I learned about the incredibly important role that journalism plays in society, and I decided I wanted to focus on subjects a bit more serious than celebrities and entertainment. For the next two years or so, I wanted to be a political reporter. I wanted to be responsible for keeping the U.S. government in check and accountable to the American people. This is also around the time I decided to pick up my minor in political science.
I met my boyfriend Nathan sophomore year and we have been dating for close to two years now. I also did Marching Mizzou, which is where I met some of my best friends and one of my future roommates, Jenna. We get along because we are both equally awkward and averse to social settings, lol.
Junior year is when I started actually reporting. At MU, we have a TV station called KOMU 8 News. It’s a great program that lets students do actual reporting while still in school. Unfortunately, I hated it. I realized that reporting was NOT my thing. I hated all the unknowns that came along with it, like not knowing when I am going to get an interview or worrying about if I will be able to write my scripts in time for the 5 o’clock show.
This is about when everything kind of hit the fan. I felt lost. I didn’t want to do reporting, so I switched to producing, but I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to do that. I felt like I wasn’t as passionate about current events and news as I was for a bit in the past. Throughout junior year I was uncertain about a lot of things, and I still am today, although it’s gotten better. I wanted someone to just come up to me and tell me what I was supposed to do with my life. But, we all know that’s not how it works. I decided to really focus on things that made me truly happy, and I hoped that that would help me decide on a career path.
That is how this blog was born. I started reading blogs online, and I realized that it was something I actually thought I could do well. I had been focusing on reporting, and I felt inadequate because I was trying to be good at something I wasn’t enjoying. I had been struggling to feel passionate about something for so long, and the idea of creating my own website sparked that fire in me that I had lost for a while. I decided that in order to figure out my life, I needed to explore all the things that made me feel excited about life, and this was one of them. I wasn’t going to let fear of judgment or the unknown scare me into silence anymore.
Quiet little Lexi
I’m an introverted person, and I feel awkward and uncomfortable a majority of the time, lol. Most of my life I have allowed this to get in the way of doing things I think I might like. For example, in high school I became obsessed with Youtube. I really wanted to start my own channel, but I didn’t because the thought of my classmates watching them and making fun of me was enough to steer me away. I did post a few videos with my friend Hayley, but I never took it seriously and it didn’t last long. Those videos are buried deep in the Internet and I pray to God each night that no one comes across them (I forgot the password and email used for that account so there’s no way to take them down, awesome right??).
I’ve always been known as the quiet girl. The girl who doesn’t talk, the girl who doesn’t go out, the weird girl. I was never popular in school. In fact, I was probably the opposite of that. Thankfully I was never bullied, but I didn’t have many friends either. But, that was fine with me.
I also struggle with anxiety. I get really worked up about school and life in general. As you probably know by now, I’m not good with the unknown. I want everything in life to be planned. But, that’s not possible, and I’m learning every day how to be OK with that.
Anyway, I’m pretty sure I just shared every intimate detail of my life with the Internet, how millennial of me. I hope this gave you insight into my life, and I really hope it maybe helped some of you out there who are like me! Always remember to be yourself and do what you love no matter what other people might do or say. At the end of the day, it’s YOUR life, so live it the way that makes you happy!