Life isn’t fair

Life isn’t fair. But it’s not meant to be fair.

To make a long story short, because of the Affordable Care Act, I can’t be on the payroll of both KSL and BYU because they are owned by the same company. And other confusing things. And since BYU Radio is currently providing me paid internship hours for credit that I need to graduate, the choice was kind of made for me. I love both BYU and KSL, and I’m so sad I can’t stay working at both this semester. Hopefully, next semester I’ll be able to work out an unpaid internship (again) and be back at both places that I love.

But I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for me. I don’t understand it right now, but I’m going to be OK with the fact that things happen.

Not to worry, this isn’t the last KSL has seen of Madeleine Richards.

Happy Friday everyone!

What I learned at the BYU game

Friends. Life is good. Always busy (I write that every post, don’t I) but SO good.

This week has been a whirlwind of school, work, school, work sleeping, cooking, visits to the MOA to see the AMAZING movie costume exhibit (seriously, it blew my mind. And the Hindu art exhibit was also incredible. I learned that Devi is my personal deity. Who would’ve guessed?) an intramural game, being on the field before the BYU game to help deal with the media and the new recruits, meeting President Utchdorf while on the field before the game, also meeting Dave Rose, saying hi to Jimmer, watching BYU destroy Virginia, going to a slip n’ slide down a huge hill, went to an AWESOME Provo party where we danced like crazy, watched some awesome performers including Kenz Hall and Mimi Knowles, and actually met one of the rap groups, Tha Connection, then came home and downed two pazookies and formed the CC. Then today was the temple dedication, emailing my favorite missionary, and dessert night. Basically it was an awesome weekend.

Us and our good friend Justin “Jus A Fly Guy” Cooper from The Connection

Game day!

This is Rachel, exhausted after a long day with the council

One thing I want to share that I learned at the BYU game: we were sitting in the student section, and we were right next to the non-students. People who just bought tickets. And let me tell you, those were the rudest BYU fans I’ve ever sat next to. Grown men screaming in front of their kids. It was awful. They were ruder than any student I’ve ever been around. So just remember when you’re an adult, it’s probably best not to act like a kid. It was embarrassing.

Anyway, other than that I just want everyone to know I love temples, I love my friends, I love my family, and I am one happy blogger.

How To Succeed In College Without Really Trying

Ok, that’s a lie. The title is just a spoof of a popular show. Google it kiddies.

The reality is, you won’t succeed in college if you don’t try. It just won’t happen! So here are my foolproof strategies to succeed in college while not killing yourself and having fun!

1. READ. Teachers aren’t just assigning reading for the heck of it. It will show up on a quiz or test later. Or at the very least they’ll do one of those quizzes where you check YES if you did the reading, and get points for it. Don’t miss easy points because you were lazy!
2. Take notes. This seems obvious, but for a lot of people it’s not! Even if the power point slides will be online for you to access, I still say you should take notes. It will help you understand and retain the information.
3. Do your homework ASAP. Especially the first few weeks of the semester when there are no tests! Crank that paper or that project out when you don’t have too much to do! Also, don’t leave your homework for Sunday night, just do it when it gets assigned. I promise, you’ll be much happier.
4. STUDY. In high school you didn’t have to try. Here, you do. You actually have to study to do well. And if you don’t….well shame on you. Anyway the point is, set aside time to study for your tests and actually study, don’t just look at the page. Use flashcards, memorization techniques, or teach it out loud. Whatever it takes for you to get the information.
5. Go to class. Seriously. Just do it. There will be classes that you think are pointless, but I guarantee you’ll get better grades if you bite the bullet and go to the lecture.

Hopefully these are helpful. If not….well I’m sorry.

Happy Tuesday everyone!


I’ve been doing a good deal of reminiscing lately. And a lot of thinking. Dangerous, I know. I blame it on the fact that I spent the weekend in bed, fighting off a cold. You can only read so many books and watch so many hours of Netflix. It left me sitting and thinking, a lot.

I’m very lucky. I’ve been blessed with an amazing family who are my best friends. I’ve also been blessed with some incredible friends, my family away from home.

So here’s a huge thank you to the people who have been here for me, through the good times and the bad. You’ve put up with a lot, and I really appreciate you.

Ok enough sappage.

First home BYU game was AMAZING. And we had pretty great seats. 

Ran into my person at the temple today. Goodness how I miss this girl. 
Don’t take your friends for granted. One of the most important lessons I learned in college, is that relationships take time and effort. A lot more time and effort than you think. I’ve also learned which ones are worth the time. Super grateful for that today.
Happy Sunday everyone:)

How to have an amazing birthday

What a wonderful day of birth I had. I have to tell you, my friends and family are out of this world wonderful. They’ve made my whole life amazing, and they made my special 21st birthday awesome as well. Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes, and thanks to all the people who have made my 21 years on earth incredible. I’m very lucky!

Ok, seriously. My mom is wonderful. Barbie anchor set for the top of my cake!

This is a look of pure joy my friends.
Birthday Dinner: Chicken Alabam (aka, breaded chicken with cream and butter and onions and paprika) over pasta. Cakes at my birthday: Peach Crisp, Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cool Whip Frosting, Lemon Bars. I’m the luckiest girl alive!  
Awww sisters! 

Snowman bag…I love it:)
Just modeling my new sweater…

This awesome guy bought me birthday breakfast on the actual birthday, plus threw me a party with all my friends the night before! I lucked out in my brotha from anotha motha. 

My cute roomies (and ex roomie Linds) took me to dinner at La Jolla Groves the night of my birthday! I’m so lucky:)

We are cute:) I love my friends!

20 years of living

20 things I did when I was 20 (in no particular order)

1. Completed year 2 at BYU
2. Watched several of my best friends get engaged/married
3. Fell in love
4. Dealt with drama
5. Laughed until I cried
6. Missed my missionary best friends
7. Took trips to Saint George, Park City, Idaho, Arizona, California, and Boston
8. Landed and completed an internship
9. Then landed a job
10. Met/talked to incredible people
11. Started my final year at BYU
12. Started my personal book collection and read every chance I could
13. Changed my minor
14. Moved into a brand new apartment
15. Became closer to my family
16. Watched friendships shift and change, and found some of my closest friends
17. Got a scholarship to BYU for my last year
18. Taught, served, and fulfilled needs for my church
19. Strengthened my testimony and love of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
20. Spent a good deal of my time being happy.

20 was a good year, and I have a feeling 21 is going to be even better.

Happy Tuesday everyone:)

First week of school down!

Friends, a week of school is done! My classes have been wonderful so far, I think it’s going to be a good year! I also had my first day working at KSL as an actual employee! Talk about a dream come true!

This week also included a rooftop concert in downtown Provo…

Seriously Provo is the coolest place in the world. Three amazing bands, thousands of people, an awesome mayor, basically Provo rocks.

This guy officially has 99 days left on his mission. What in the world???

And I love when random walks around the temple lead to seeing one of my favorite sister missionaries. She’s doing amazing in the MTC and couldn’t be happier! We both may have started tearing up when we saw each other…
In other news, I was just offered an anchoring position at BYU 11 News! I’ll be doing the online “Who, What, When, Where, Why” segment every Tuesday for BYU 11 online! I am SO stoked. Basically life is great friends. 
It’s my last day of being 20 years old, and can I just say, the 20th year has been a great one. 
Happy Sunday everyone! 

10 Things Every BYU Freshman Should Know

Well hello, school started. What is this??? I know some of you started last week, but we’re all brand new at this school thing. It’s kinda crazy! I can’t believe I’m starting my senior year here at BYU. Where did the time go??

Typical first day of school pic!

In honor of school, I wanted to write a little post for all the BYU Freshman out there who are trying to figure out this crazy school. Hence, 10 things every BYU freshman should know. Some of these may apply to other freshman as well!

1. This is a big school. You won’t know your professors personally, you won’t always know the name of the person sitting next to you, etc. And that’s ok! It’s great to be friendly and try and meet lots of new people, but don’t feel bad if you don’t know everyone’s name right away.

2. There are some standard questions you should be prepared to ask and answer. What’s your name, where are you from, what’s your major, and occasionally some details about your family (how many siblings you have, etc.) Those are the standard questions that everyone is asking everyone, so prepare accordingly.

3. Everyone is good at everything. It’s rare at BYU to find something you’re the very, very best at. You were valedictorian? So was everyone else. You have played the piano since birth? So has everyone else. You can walk on your hands to class while eating breakfast? So can everyone else. But that’s ok! Find the things you’re good at, and stop comparing yourself to others. You can still shine in a different way than you’re used to.

4. Do your homework. Some people won’t do reading, put off assignments, don’t study for tests. You could get away with that in high school. Not here. Do your work, or you won’t get a good grade. End of story!

5. It’s not all about dating. There is a culture of dating here at BYU. Some people love it, some hate it, but in all honesty it’s important. But don’t let that be your only focus. Focus on learning, having fun, making friends, and the dating will come!

6. There are some cliche BYU traditions you might think you’re too cool for, like hiking the Y or singing the fight song. Don’t be too cool for this school. It’s an incredible place, and I can guarantee you’ll have more fun if you let yourself be here, doing BYU things.

7. Don’t forget that for every person who got in, four people didn’t. You are very, very lucky to be here. There are people who really wanted to go to this school, and aren’t here. Don’t take your spot for granted.

8. Get involved! You heard this all during high school, but now it’s real. Don’t get caught up in the “too cool for anything” idea. Join a club. I was a Student Alumni director and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Go to the opening social of your major, meet your ward and neighbors, go to activities on campus. Don’t be lame, have fun!

9. Don’t be so hard on yourself. College is hard. It’s stressful living by yourself, doing your own laundry and spending crazy amounts of money on things you thought were free before. Give yourself a break. You don’t have to be perfect, it’s ok to spend a Saturday in your PJ’s watching movies. Cut yourself some slack!

10. HAVE FUN. Ok, totally cliche thing, but seriously. Have fun while you’re here. Trust me, it goes by so much faster than you think. Before you know it you’re sitting at the front door of senior year, wondering what happened, hoping that you spent your time wisely. Don’t get caught up in drama, don’t stress too much, do good school work and enjoy yourself! This is a one time thing. So have fun!

Summer 2k14

This summer has seriously been one of the best. I’m sad to see it go, but I have so many memories and a million stories to tell.

Rooftop concerts and Meri from Sister Wives

Lots of fishing

Lots of sister time

And family time

Soooo many hours at KSL

Baby ducks


Joined a collegiate badminton team with two of my best pals


Adventures with this amazing woman

Missing this kid

More fishing on the Teton

Saying goodbye to one of the best friends I’ll ever have



For this girl’s wedding

And the Grand Canyon

Too much fun with this best friend of mine when he wasn’t doing EFY


Hailee Jane coming home
Goodbye to these kids
Missing Mal Pal Gal while she was away

And the great outdoors.
Guys, it’s been an amazing summer.