Hello! My name is Mikala Whitaker, and I am a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I love public relations. I love how PR professionals can help encourage clients and represent them well to the public--This is why I always loved cheerleading in high school. Until I become a PR professional, I am just trying to get as much experience as I can. I serve on my sorority's PR committee, where I run the chapter Instagram. I serve as a PR chair on the Special Events Committee for the Carolina Athletic Association. Additionally, I served on the Greek Week PR committee, where I worked to improve the image of Greek Week and encourage more of the student body to participate. This past summer, I was blessed to work as an intern at MMI Public Relations, where I took skills learned in the classroom and applied them to local, regional and national clients. I hope to work at another internship sometime in the near future.
Aside from PR, I enjoy spending my time singing in the Wesley Campus Ministries praise band, running half marathons, volunteering at Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and spending time with my sisters at the Kappa Kappa Gamma house. When I'm relaxing, you might find me writing on my blog, snuggling with my two Golden Retrievers or watching The Office.
Feel free to check out my online portfolio at http://mikalawhitaker.wix.com/portfolio
Traveling is exciting, but it can be nerve wracking too, especially as a trip gets closer and becomes more real. As I write this, im sitting in an airport in Raleigh about to board the first of three flights as I make my way to Thailand. I am so unbelievably excited, but I’m so incredibly nervous too.
Stepping out of your home, your comfort zone, into something unknown is always a bit scary. There’s so many things that could go wrong. There’s so much to anticipate. But that’s ok. That what makes it all so exciting.
If you’re feeling nervous before a big trip, just remind yourself of what inspired you to go there to begin with. Embrace the unexpected and get excited. Chances are many tourists have visited this place before you have, and they’ve all loved it. All will be well, and you’re going to have the adventure of your life. You’ve made it this far. You’ve taken the big leap in deciding to do this trip, now do it and don’t look back. Happy travels!
If you want to keep up with my travels in Thailand, stay posted on my blog and also follow me on Instagram @mikala_whitaker.
Have you ever felt some nerves before traveling? What made you feel better about it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Traveling is expensive, whether you stay in hostels or not. Further more, life is expensive, which is something that I’m coming to understand more and more as I’m about to graduate from college and enter the real world. In my previous posts, I’ve written about why now is the time to travel and how you can spend less by staying in hostels. But now might be difficult for you financially, even if you cut down on travel costs with hostels. This is something that I myself am coming more to terms with as I think to myself, How am I even going to even afford rent?Read More »
After living in North Carolina for nine years now, I’ve never heard people talk about Durham very often. Even after moving to the Triangle (Chapel Hill – Raleigh – Durham), I haven’t heard much about it. But Durham is such a cool place, and it’s only getting cooler. Vogue recently named it North Carolina’s hippest city. Here are some reasons that it’s completely underrated:
While I may be a little biased as a UNC student, I’d say that if you’re ever in the area, you have to stop by Chapel Hill. They don’t call it the southern part of heaven for nothing. This college town is full of charm, history, beauty and fun, making it a great place to visit, whether for a basketball game or just to walk around. If you’re thinking about visiting, read more on what you need to know about parking, food and drinks:Read More »
I don’t often write much about Chapel Hill in my travel blog, but today is a very different day. Today, us UNC students awoke as champions. National champions. It’s a feeling that’s hard to comprehend, and I don’t even think it’s fully hit me yet.
Edinburgh has to be one of the cutest cities I’ve ever visited. There’s just this whole feeling in the air as you walk around that city. It reminds me of feelings I’ve gotten walking around Disney World or Paris or Dublin – you can just feel this excitement seep into you and give you life as you explore this place that feels like a completely new world. So whether you’re going to Edinburgh or thinking about it, here are some things to do in the city:Read More »