Wednesday, December 30, 2015

WHO AM I?



During this lovely holiday break I have still been applying to colleges. On most applications schools will ask short response questions to get a sense of what kind of student you are. One of the schools I applied to asked me a question that took me by surprise. Not because it was challenging or confusing but the level of depth that the answer could hold, was astounding to me (also the fact that they only gave me a maximum of 200 words).

"If you were to write the story of your life until now, what would you title it and why?"

​My Secret Life ​would be the title of my life up until now. As a person I feel that I am very bubbly and energetic, friendly and open-minded. I am always eager to learn new things and explore different places but as a person I also tend to hide some things I feel ashamed of or too embarrassed to talk about. I put up a facade for my friends to look at but I never reveal my whole self. Although I have some pretty amazing friends I never get to show them who I truly am, partly because I'm not too sure myself. As I continue on through my Senior year of high school I am beginning to find out who I am as a person; what my morals are, my sense of style in the way I dress and the way I handle my emotions. I am so proud of the person that I have become but I wish everyone could know who I truly am.

Above is the piece that I submitted to the college, with only the allowance of 200 words maximum, I feel like there was so much more that I could have expanded on.

In this day and age especially I feel like there are so many aspects that make up a person as an individual, that the sense of oneself is lost from being split into so many different directions.

There are some things I feel like I should clarify....

When I speak about putting up a facade for my friends, I mean that there are certain thing like my financial issues or personal things going on at home that I wouldn't feel comfortable discussing with them. And if your saying "Well if they're your friends you should feel comfortable" but this is not always the case because some of my friends were raised differently than me so their view points on things wouldn't be relevant to my situation. Also some of my friends have different morals than I do which can become a tough situation when in social environments.

In terms of never showing my true self......during Freshman year of high school I hardly knew anyone. I felt so out of place. Most of the people that were around me had known each other for years and here I am the odd ball out. When I first meet new people I tend to be shy and hide in a shell, I don't like expressing myself or being overly flamboyant with people I hardly know. But as I become more familiar with you I come out of my shell and become the kind, bubbly and energetic person I am.

But at the start of high school the people around me seemed to be in a certain mold and I felt like I had to become apart of that mold just to be seen or relevant. I changed who I was just to make friends. And as it would seem, I no longer talk to those people that I tried to fit in the mold with. When I look back it seems to be all or nothing, but as my best friend would say ''it was a learning experience''.

Now halfway through senior year I can truly see myself, being myself. I have lost friends 'here and there' which sucks, but the true people stay until the end. And I am so glad that I've come to this realization because I have gotten the chance to make so many new friends and meet so many interesting people. I am breaking out of the mold I put myself into three years ago.

I am finally being myself, and you know what? IT'S GREAT!


Hope you enjoyed reading about who I am....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

BLOGMAS TWENTY FOUR & TWENTY FIVE

CHRISTMAS EVE & CHRISTMAS DAY



Christmas of 2015 was an a amazing celebration. I got to spend a wonderful amount of time with my friends and family.

As a Christmas Eve tradition, my sister and I started the morning off by exchanging one of the gifts that we got for each other. She chose to give me a bracelet. It is a mock Pandora bracelet that came with a few charms. It had a red theme to it, on red bead and a red suitcase, silver Eiffel tower and a plane bead. The name of the bracelet was Globe Trotter, this was the perfect bracelet for me, my sister knows me so well. And one of my dreams is to travel to Paris and visit the fashion houses.

Later that night we celebrated Christmas with my mom's side of the family at my aunts' house. There was tons of food and all the cousins were gathered together. I mostly ate food, I'm a slow eater and it took me a good hour and a half to finish my food (not an exaggeration). I took a break from eating because i physically couldn't eat all the food on my plate in one sitting. I had yellow rice and beans, chicken, pernir (shredded roast pork), pasta salad and lasagna. It was all delicious, especially the empanadas, which are similar to meat pies.

That night my sister and I camped out in my basement and had a Christmas movie marathon. We watched Elf, Polar Express, Frozen and more but we eventually fell asleep. We pitched a mini tent in front of our tv filled it with pillows and blankets and had a bunch of snacks. It was a great end to Christmas Eve.

Christmas day was  just as eventful. After a long night of watching movies my mom woke my sister and I up veerrrry early on Christmas morning. Around 7am we opened and exchanged gifts, we started with stockings. Then my sister and I exchanged gifts and gave our parents their gifts. After that we opened the gifts our parents gave to us. The best part of this was watching my family members reactions when they opened their gifts, especially my sisters. I wanted to get her stuff that she would use and that she would like.

Later that day my aunt came over with my cousins and they hung out for a bit as we exchanged gifts, hung out and listened to Christmas music. After that we traveled to my grandmother's house on my, dad's side, and we hung out there for a couple of hours. I got to see my grandfather and cousins. I also got to see my cousin, who I haven't seen for a few years since he was enlisted into the army. It was so nice to catch up with everyone.

That night we ordered Chinese, pork fried rice and chicken broccoli, yuuummmm. My sister in I had round two of our movie campout in our new Olaf onsies and had a Despicable me marathon.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my Christmas!
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

BLOGMAS DAY SEVENTEEN TO TWENTY-THREE

CHRISTMAS EVE EVE



These past few days I have been wrapped up in the holiday bustle! This past weekend I did some last minute Christmas shopping. I spent all of my time wrapping everything and getting into the holiday spirit!

On Friday the eighteenth I performed in my last holiday concert with one of the choral groups that I am apart of at school. It was a truly bittersweet moment for me, I am a senior this year and I truly tried to enjoy the moment but I couldn't help but think about how this time next year I will be somewhere else doing something else. I've been apart of this choir since freshman year and I've grown so fond of the family feel.

Also during this very short-three day week at school I choose to really invest time into my friends and the people around me. All this week I felt like Santa Claus because I was giving gifts to all my friends and teachers. I bought most of my friends gifts without telling my friends so it was so nice to see the surprised smile on their faces when they received the gift. I also gave cards and candy canes to all of my teacher.

What I enjoy most about this time year is giving gifts. I honestly love seeing someone's face light up because of something that I got them. Don't get me wrong I do like receiving but I'd much rather give to people.

Today I got to help my friend wrap up some gifts that she bought to give to kids at our local shelter. it is really fulfilling when you can give back or help out in anyway during anytime of the year not just the holidays.

Are you excited yet?
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 2 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BLOGMAS DAY SIXTEEN

GIFT GIVING


There is a week and a few days until Christmas is here and I still have so many gifts to buy and not enough time or money. As a teen that works so few days during the year, I barely have enough saved up for anything. I spent most of my money on my sister and on food when I eat out. Not having enough money to gift to my friends hurts me so much! I love all of my friends and wish I could get them all presents but the reality is that i can't and it honestly breaks my heart. I feel that i put so much stress on myself, especially during the holidays, to please everyone and to make everyone happy. I honestly wish that i didn't have such a generous heart because then i wouldn't be as stressed but genuinely want to make people happy.

But honestly the holidays are meant to be spent with your family and friends and enjoying their company. I feel like we tend to get so wrapped up in gift giving that we loose sight in the true meaning of the holiday. Do you guys agree?

Hope you enjoyed my rant about gift giving!
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 9 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

BLOGMAS DAY FOURTEEN & FIFTEEN

SECRET SANTA



Every year, in some shape or form, I participate in secret Santa. If you are not familiar with this, secret Santa is an activity that takes place during the Christmas season where a group of people exchange names at random and pick out gifts for each other. Usually the people who participate in this activity are people who you know, like family or friends. This year I am participating in a Secret Santa but I'm not entirely sure who all is included in it. One of my friends has organized it and has generously included anyone who was willing to participate. We are planning to have a party at her house later this week. I'm a little anxious to know who all is involved but that is also the fun of secret Santa, not knowing who has who and who has you. Luckily I picked a name of someone i know pretty well so I am confident I picked out a good gift for them. Also with this secret Santa we were required to write three things we would like to relieve and there was a $20 limit so no one was out shined.

Hope that all your Christmas Traditions continue!

Hope you enjoyed my blurb of Secret Santa!
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 10 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Monday, December 14, 2015

BLOGMAS DAY THIRTEEN

FAVORITE HOLIDAY TREATS

There are certain things that you can only get during the holiday season which i love and wish they were available all year around!

1. CANDY CANES
These cane shaped candies are delicious and should be available 365 days of the year!



2. PILLSBURY CHRISTMAS THEME SUGAR COOKIES
These cookies are so cute and delicious, Pillsbury never ceases to produce quality products.





3. STARBUCKS PEPPERMINT MOCHA
The most appealing thing about a mocha for me is that i have the delight of coffee without the horrible taste (sorry coffee drinkers). Its basically hot chocolate with a shot of espresso and the twist of peppermint for the holidays.


Do you have any treats you can only get during the Holidays?

Hope you enjoyed my list of Holiday treats!
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 12 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

BLOGMAS DAY TWELVE

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear" -Buddy the Elf



Around this time of year, is the only time that you can go around your neighborhood singing in front of people's house's without them calling the police. Rounding up a couple of friends and family members to walk around a certain part of your town or neighborhood is a great way to spread Christmas cheer.

This is a list of songs that are typically sung when Christmas caroling, some of which you may recognize from BLOGMAS DAY ELEVEN.....

Deck the Halls

Jingle Bells

The First Noel

Joy to the World

O' Come All Ye Faithful

Hope you try this out!

Hope you enjoyed this idea!
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 13 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

BLOGMAS DAY ELEVEN

TOP 10 CHRISTMAS SONGS

During the Christmas season i not only enjoy watching Christmas movies and decorating, I also enjoy enjoy listening to Christmas music! Here are some of my favorite songs to listen to....these are in no particular order!

1. All I want for Christmas is you -Mariah Carey
There is also a newer version of this song with Justin Bieber which I don't mind.

2. Silent Night - Pentatonix

3. It's the Most wonderful time of the Year - Andy Williams

4. I'm dreaming of a White Christmas - The Drifters

5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Glee

6. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms

7. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - Johnny Mathis

8. The Nutcracker

9. Let It Snow - Michael Buble

10. Santa Claus is Coming to Town- Justin Bieber

I also know and have a lot more songs to share with you...What about a part two?

Hope you enjoyed this list of songs!
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 14 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

BLOGMAS DAY TEN

TOP 10 CHRISTMAS MOVIES

Every year it is a tradition in my house to watch Christmas movies starting in NOVEMBER! I know that's a bit of a stretch but we love Christmas so much, why not extend the season? Here are a few of my favorites in no articular order, because honestly they are all wonderful.

1. Elf

5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947 & 1994 versions are wonderful)
10. The Polar Express


Just as a fun fact, I've watched most of these movies on VHS and I still have them but it might be time to buy them on DVD.....

As a self proclaimed Christmas Maven there are still some classic Christmas movies that I have yet been able to see like

White Christmas (although I saw the Musial theater version, which was amazing)

I have so many more movies to share with you guy, I might do another post with more movies....

Hope you enjoyed this list of movies!
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 15 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

BLOGMAS DAY EIGHT AND NINE

CHRISTMAS GIFTS IDEAS

While this holiday is full of cheer and joy it comes with its' tradition of giving gifts. And as a teenager there is this in-between stage where half of teenagers have jobs and the other half doesn't. I know this first hand because some of my friends don't have jobs and usually complain about not having money.

These gift ideas will be for people in both situations.

1. Christmas Card


Even if you don't have enough money for an 'actual gift' you can always give a card to someone. I personally like writing letters inside the card tellin the person how much I appreciate them. No matter how often you see a person, it's always a good idea to tell them how much you appreciate them.

2. Gift Cards


For my readers on a budget and time limit or for those who genuinely don't know what to get someone this is a great idea. All you need to know is someone's favorite store that they like to shop at and you leave the actual shopping to them. These are also budget friendly because you control the amount of money on the card.

3. Gift Basket/Box/Jar


This gift idea is very simple and customizable. All you need is a basket, box or jar to fill with your giftee's favorite things! I filled up a mason jar with a variety of snack size candies.

Hopefully this was somewhat helpful!

Hope you enjoyed these Gift Ideas!
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 16 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Monday, December 7, 2015

BLOGMAS DAY SEVEN

Hey guys so for the past few days I've been posting fun things about the holiday season but I feel like we should take a step back and look at our lives. 

There is so much that we should be grateful for that we are taking advantage of while other people across the world are suffering. Although this may seem a bit dramatic, how many things do you own right now that some people in this world consider a luxury? Like a mattress or toilet or an oven...

During this season I challenge you all to participate in random acts of kindness. Whether it's holding a door for someone or paying for a friend or volunteering at a local shelter.

Taking some time or money to contribute back to your community and the people around you can make such a difference. 

Just something to consider as you continue during this holiday season.

Hope you enjoyed my commentary of the giving side of this holiday...
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 18 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

BLOGMAS DAY SIX

Happy Sunday everyone! Here is a recepie to warm you up during these cold December days....

PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE 



Things you'll need:
-Milk
-Chocolate Syrup
-Candy Canes 
*optional* whip team and marshmallows

1. Heat up 2 1/2 cups of milk in a pan on the stove on medium heat until it is hot.
2. Add two to three teaspoons of chocolate syrup and mix into the milk while it is still on the stove.
3. Turn off the heat but while the milk is still warm add in one candy cane.
4. Pour into a cup and add whip cream and marshmallows with a drizzle of chocolate on the top!

Hope you enjoyed this easy Recepie!
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 19 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

BLOGMAS DAY THREE, FOUR AND FIVE

Sorry it took me so long to get this post up, I just got done with my first semester of college! It's been an exciting journey but I'm glad it's over. Now I just have to get through finals week!

Anyway I have a few DIYs to keep up with the theme.

WASHI TAPE TREE

Get some WASHI tape and outline the shape of a tree! For extra decoration use real ornaments.


PAPER CHAIN

Something festive and simple cut up strips of paper and tape them into circles.  Then connect each paper circle together until you have a chain. For an added twist use all white paper and make a snowman! 


PAPER SNOWFLAKES

The most classic of all the decorations for Christmas, paper snowflakes! Just take a couple sheets of paper and cut up your own design!


Again sorry for this being so late!

Hope you enjoyed this easy DIY
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 20 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

BLOGMAS DAY TWO

So today's DIY is so simple! Changing your background picture on your everyday devices can help remind you of Christmas and this time of the year.

Phone, Tablet, Laptop or Desktop changing your wallpaper is simple. Here are a few and if you want more check out my Pinterest board.

Laptop/Desktop (Right click picture and click save image as...)



Phone/Tablet (Hold finger on picture and a pop-should appear and select save image)




Hope you enjoyed this easy DIY
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 23 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

BLOGMAS DAY ONE- CHRISTMAS DIY

So long time no blog, its been crazy with classes, homework and college applications but since this is one of my FAVORITE time of the year i just couldn't pass up missing out on doing #blogmas this year!

So this week is currently the last week of the semester for my English course that I'm taking and i am both excited and relieved. it's been an interesting journey thus far but I am ready to move forward and have some stress-free weeks for the rest of December.

This week is DIY week, I will post simple, quick and easy DIYs for you to complete.

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WALL DECOR

Things you will need:
-Twine
-Scissors
-Hooks/Nails
-Clothes Pins
*optional* Lights

*not my photo*

1. Figure out your desired length of twine, once you've figured out the perfect length cut multiple pieces.

2. Choose an empty space on a wall and hang the twine by hooks or nails.

3. Hang Christmas cards, quotes or pictures on it and attach with clothes pins to the twine.
If you need inspiration or pictures to hang check out my Pinterest board!



Hope you enjoyed this easy DIY
Merry almost-Christmas!!! 24 more days....
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Monday, October 19, 2015

6 Things to do During the Fall

It's officially fall! The temperature is dropping and the leaves are falling. During this time of year I tend to stay inside and avoid going outside. I forget that just because the temperature drops doesn't mean that you have to stay inside. So here is a list of thing to do during the fall....

Jump In!
Instead of raking leaves into trash bags put them into large piles and jump in! If you really aren't into raking leaves use the trash bags for "sacks" and have races between you and a sibling.


Nature's Beauty
Personally fall time seems like the perfect weather for a hike. Take a trip and visit a state park near you! Also exploring local park trails can be just as fun, invite a few friends and see what you discover.


Pump-tastic
Fall is the season for pumpkin picking. Search around your local area for pumpkin patches. Look around try to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Afterwards you could have a carving party wit your family and see who has the best pumpkin.



So Corny
Feeling adventurous? Check local listings to see if there is a corn maze near you. Get a group of friends together and try to fin your way out.

Netflix & Chill?
Not ready to brave the cold? Try building a fort! Grab a bunch of blankets and pillows and build your own unique space. Have some popcorn and hot chocolate ready for a relaxed night with snacks and Netflix.


Fall Nights
If you decide to go outside, have friends and family gather around a fire with some sticks and all the things you'll need for s'mores. A perfect fall night to gaze at the stars with a sweet treat and great company.


Hope you consider these ideas as you continue through the fall season. 
If you enjoyed these pictures check my Fall Pinterest Board.

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Part Five: Pursuit of Scholarships

Hello Readers! It is that time again where I update you on college and how the overall process is going. So far I have submitted 3 applications to universities and colleges. All of the ones i have submitted so far are in-state, I am planning on applying to few more in and out of state just to have a variety of viable options.

As I have come to narrow down the list of colleges and universities I want to apply to, all things considered, it is not by any means an easy decision. There are thousands of universities within the United States. An overwhelming thing to think about when you are thinking  about continuing your education beyond high school and trying to find your perfect fit.

Now I would like to ask for your help. I have found a scholarship that is willing to award $10,000 scholarship to a high school senior with a well written essay. Unfortunately there is a catch, each applicant must get a significant amount of recommendations to be one of the 500 people who's essays are chosen to be read. After the 500 are picked the winner will be chosen! All you would have to do is click the link here and fill out your name and email (make sure to confirm email or else it doesn't count!). All recommendations are appreciated!

I strongly believe I deserve to win this scholarship, not because of great financial need or extra money. I deserve to win this scholarship because it would validate my work as a writer. I aspire to be a journalist, someone who writes for a living. What better way to know that you posses the skills in your profession than to be awarded with a scholarship that not only contributes to the pursuit of my career but also validates my work.

This scholarship would also help to confirm that all the hard work that I have been doing over the past 12 years has not been in vain. Persevering and working hard all throughout high school, middle school and elementary school has made me a better worker. it has built up my work ethic and time management skills. This scholarship would aid me during college in fulfill my dream to become a journalist.

Thanks for reading & special thanks to those who decide to recommend me!

Read Previous College related posts: Scholarships~College~Homework~Tests~Internal Assesments

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Quality time with a friend....

So today I had the amazing pleasure of hanging out with one of my good friends Elena. We originally planned to meet up after school and visit a local coffee shop but the weather had changed our plans...

So at the start of this wonderful fall season we have been experiencing some rainy weather on the east coast. So walking to the coffee shop was out of the question when we discovered that there was a "severe thunderstorm" warning. I must admit there was some lightning and heavy rain but it didn't last long but during this time we spent it like anyone would. We ate burnt popcorn and sang Christmas songs...did I mention that it's October?

So this being the first time I was at my friends house, I didn't know what to expect which made my reaction more genuine (if that makes sense). She lives in a quaint neighborhood with small houses that have front lawns with fall themed decorations and trees that line either side of the street. The inside of her house looked like a picture you see on Pinterest. In the living/dining room there were accent decór pieces that represented fall and small wooden boxes with positive affirmations on them that were displayed all throughout the house. And being the normal friend that I am, I started snapping pictures of the rooms in her house. She was totally okay with it. But my favorite room by far was the kitchen! 





I honestly enjoyed the chill afternoon we spent together. Being in a relaxed environment with a friend is the best medicine for a bad day/week. Recently we have both been stressing about school and relaxing and enjoying each other's company is just what we needed. I recommend this to anyone with a friend and a few hours to spare. Life is short, fill every moment with happiness.

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Friday, September 18, 2015

DIY Days: Back to School

So it's that time of the year where most of us go back to school and learn things...So before that happens I thought it would be fun to make school supplies fun for school.

Here are a few easy quick DIYs to turn school supplies from blah to Ta-dah!

Washi Tape Folders


If you go school shopping late or end up getting the bargain brand just buy fun decorative tape. I purchased these at the Dollar Tree and they came 2 in one pack for $1. 

Scrapbook Notebook
This is the simplest DIY... I just went to my craft store and purchased scrapbook paper. (Some stores sell sheets separately but I recommend buying a pack, you get more for your money.) 

1. Position paper on cover of the notebook 
2. Glue paper to the front cover
3. Cut off excess paper
*optional* if you don't want the edges to peel off during the year use tape to cover the edges.

Magazine Notebook 
If you want a tumblr-ish notebook with little complication I suggest you try this out. So you just need; glue, scissors, magazine, and notebook. 

For my notebook I cut out 2 inch squares of fashion esc things. After I clipped out all my squares I arranged them on my notebook and glued them to the front.


Hope you try out all these DIYs

 Live ~Laugh~Love 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Exit Lancaster; Summer Semester

This past month I was involved in an educational mentorship program called Exit Lancaster. This program is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and it is based on five pillars; arts, career aspirations, community service, education and wellness. Together these pillars create a "winning life plan". The "plan" helps to provide the necessary tools for students to become successful in life.


The program focuses on students in middle school, but as they continue their education the program follows them through high school. As a highschool senior in the program I was given the opportunity to be a mentor to the middle school students and upcoming freshman. I got to spend the month of July with an amazing group of kids and we got to end the summer semester with a trip to New York.


Stemming from the southeast of Lancaster County where opportunity and exposure to the world are limited, Exit Lancaster tries to change that and offer something new. The arts pillar focuses on exposing students to a variety of things that are different from what they are used to.

On the second day of our trip we got the opportunity to go to citifield stadium and see a Mets game. The game was against San Diego Padres. It truly was an amazing experience to see a Major League Baseball game live and not on tv, plus we had great seats. Not to mention the energy from the fans in the stadium. Although the Mets lost the game, it was a great day. I do want to add that the stadium must have been near an airport because about 50 plans passed throughout the game.


On our last full day in New York City we traveled to 222 West 51st Street and saw the Broadway production of Wicked. The acting, singing, costumes, sets and special effects were breath taking to say the least. For kids from the southeast of Lancaster, Pennsylvania this was an amazing experience. I myself am no stranger to musical theater but seeing a Broadway production is a theater lovers dream. For some students on the trip this was their first theater production they have watchted, and for others this was their first Broadway production. None of this would have been possible without Exit Lancaster.
 
Along with graduating and gaining a high school diploma, furthering your education is highly encouraged in the Exit Lancaster program. The education pillar focuses on guiding the student intellectually. During the summer semester the middle school students read a book and write an analytical paper on the meaning and value the book holds. The high school students got the opportunity to take a college level literacy course, refining their writing skills to the degree of a college paper. During our time in New York we visited two colleges Saint Johns University and Hofstra.

The first school we visited was Saint Johns University which is located in Queens, New York. It is a Catholic private school. My first observation of the school was that it was enclosed, the campus was its own town. It had various buildings and eateries along with dorms and town houses. This school is a divison one with a basketball team that plays in Madison Square Garden. There was a home feel about this school and it has an amazing study abroad program. Campus life is great with spring and fall carnivals and concerts.




The second school we visited was Hofstra which is located in Long Island, New York. This school is 200+ acres large and is divided by north and south sides. The north side is where you can find the dorms and the south side is where you would find your classrooms. Both sides of campus are easily accessible by walking bridges, there a few throughout the campus. This school is also division one and gives tickets to any game for you and a friend. Campus life is very vibrant with a multitude of different social activities happening all the time.
 
Keeping in good health is always a good idea. The wellness pillar of Exit Lancaster is very intense. During the summer semester we workout at the local YMCA twice a week with our fitness instructor and burned 300 calories. This summer we also participated in the 10 day sugar challenge. Although working out and eating well may get tough at times its worth it in the end.


While traveling around one of our stops was Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty. We went to Liberty State Park and walked around for 30-40 minutes enjoying the weather and taking in the view.


As we traveled around the city, there was only so much time spent on the bus. Going to Broadway or dinner at Dallas BBQ (which I highly recommend if you are ever in New York) we traveled on foot and navigated through the crowded streets of New York City.
 
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to travel to New York. It was very eye-opening, seeing that I want to be a fashion journalist and moving to New York seems very likey. This trip helped me figure out if New York is somewhere I want to live and go to school. After everything I've experienced I am ready to apply to colleges there and continue forward in following my dreams.
 
Live ~Laugh~Love 

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Friday, July 17, 2015

7 Things to do this Summer

 It's July, despite the fact that back-to-school commercials are on you can still enjoy the rest of your summer. Here are 7 things to do this summer...

1. Build a Fort

As a teenager sometimes I forget that I'm still young and doing childish things are acceptable. So pull out the cushions from your couch, grab some blankets and pillows and make your own fort! Invite a sibling or friend to enjoy a movie in your new "home".

2. Make S'mores

Easy campfire fun and delicious snack. All you need are graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. Roast marshmallows over a hot fire, place on cracker add chocolate and another graham cracker to seal the deal. If you don't have a fire pit but you have a gas stove....Roast some marshmallows over the stove, just make sure you don't burn the house down.

3. Go Swimming

Beach, Lake or Pool. Anywhere where you can swim and have fun. Many beaches have free admission and lakes are pretty accessible (at least where I live) and pools are pretty much everywhere.

4. Go Zip-lining

Try something new and exciting. Although some of you may be afraid of heights and reluctant to try this, I PROMISE you that this is an amazing experience. Coming from someone that is deathly afraid of heights, zip lining is an amazing experience. It almost feels like your flying.

5. Host a Luau Party
 
Make some fruit kabobs and tropical drinks. Have grass skirts and leis for people to wear and for added fun have a water balloon fight. Perfect way to have fun and cool off on a hot summers day.

6. Read a book

During this digital age, reading a 140 character tweet is more interesting than a 140 paged book. Go to the bookstore and skim around for a book and find somewhere to read. One of my close friends got me this book for my birthday and I have to say it's beautifully written with a relatable story and characters.

7. Road Trip
 
Explore your city/state/province and discover something new. Last weekend I walked around the downtown area of my town and discovered a wonderful café & creperie that serves the best Nutella Mocha.

**Just wanted to make a not that all of the pictures used are not mine, I found these images on pinterest, check my boards here**

If you try anything new let me know :)
 
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