Spring? Is that you????

Well, we’re starting to see some more sunshine here in central New York, which is a relief…I think my extremities are STILL thawing out from the long winter!  My rowing team took a two week training trip to Florida to kick -off our spring season and let me tell you, it was not easy coming back from 80 degree weather to a foot of snow on the ground.  In fact, this winter has been particularly brutal.  Usually when the team comes back from Tampa they are able get right on the water (which is a good thing because there’s only one week from the time we come back to our first race, yikes!!), but this year there was still ice on the river and except for groups that went to unload the trailer and break up ice, nobody went to the boathouse during the first four days back.  We were lucky enough to get out for a short row on friday, the day before we raced.  The first weekend back we headed  to another school in NY on Saturday and to a school in Boston on Sunday for a solid weekend of racing.  We were luck enough to get some time on the water this past week and we concluded the week with another tough weekend of racing.  For me, the race this weekend was a chance to see my family, which is always nice.  And although the weather was very cold and wet for all three races so far, I can say one thing for sure: I love racing as a part of this team.  The other girls are great, and so are the coaches.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings!

In other news, it’s supposed to be 72 degrees here tomorrow!! WOO HOO!!!!!  Then again, it snowed today so I’ll believe it when I see it.  Classes are good and I think I’ve got the hang of managing a college work load.  I also just got accepted to be an on campus EMT for my school and I’m SO excited.  That means that this summer I’ll get to take an EMT class and when I get back to campus I’ll be able to start work as part of their agency.  One of my best friends from high school also got accepted to me an EMT so It’ll be really good to share the experience with her.  At this point I’m also picking classes for next semester (I have a pretty good registration time!) and I now know where I’ll be living next year!

So as the days get longer and (hopefully) warmer, I wish everyone a happy, healthy, springy spring!  Only one more month until summer vacation (and the end of my first year of college…….um…..wut??)!!

Cheers!

P.S. In case it ISN’T looking like spring in wherever you are reading this from, here’s a picture of me in a snow storm.

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First Semester? Check that one off the to do list!!

Happy belated holidays, everyone!!  I’ve just begun my second semester at college and I’m loving it!!  Looking back on my first semester, I can definitely say it was an adjustment, to say the least!  I found the amount of work manageable, but wasn’t thrilled with my chemistry professor.  My roommate was kind of a pain, but she was homesick so she transferred.  And to make everything worse, I broke my hand and rowed on it for the entire season…owww!!!  But wait…didn’t I say that I loved college?? I’ll say it again just in case you missed it.  I LOVE COLLEGE!!  I have the most amazing group of friends, and my teammates are pretty great too. I love rowing here and being part of the outing club (I’m actually going winter camping with them next weekend, and skiing with them every wednesday during the winter!! ).  And I feel like I’ve learned how to live with people in close quarters and I’m a pro at studying now.  I have a new roommate who is fantastic!  She’s so funny and genuine and I can’t wait to spend the rest of the semester and the next three years with her.  Also, one of my best friends from high school has just arrived on campus because she had january admission to the college! I have to admit, going from the luxurious vacation life of getting enough sleep, and watching TV to organic chemistry  and german classes all week was a bit of a shock, but I’m getting back into the swing of things.  And the good news is, I’m close enough to home to go home for the weekend sometimes or to take trips with friends and family. Last weekend my family went skiing in the Adirondacks to celebrate my little cousin’s 10th birthday.  It was SO much fun!  And just like flying down a mountain on skis, college is so exciting and has a certain feeling of freedom that you just can’t feel anywhere else.  I wish you all a wonderful winter!  Until next time, my friends (aka when I have enough time to write another post!). ImageImageImageImage

Fall :) (aka the best time of year)

Hello!  It certainly has been a while since I’ve posted on the blog (no one ever said college would be THIS time consuming!).  Classes are going well, I’m taking chemistry, biology, german and writing on the environment.  The professors are great and so are the people.  Our Fall rowing season is also in full swing with practices every day and races every weekend.  The girls on the team are really great and I love every moment of being there.  College also never fails to surprise me with new, non sport/academic related experiences too, some fun, some not so much.  This past weekend was great because not only did I get to have my first race for crew, but I got to spend time with my whole family.  My parents came up for the weekend along with my aunt and little cousin.  After the regatta we came back to campus to have a look around campus and then went out for a dinner.  My parents headed home after that but I stayed with my cousin and aunt in a bed and breakfast nearby for the night.  I’m not experiencing bad homesickness (I am having some but it isn’t that bad…) but it was really nice to see my family and to spend time with them. This coming week is also the start of our fall break!  I will be on campus with the rest of my team for our fall training camp but it will be a welcome break from school work.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall, I know I am!

New Beginnings

Well…here I am one and a half weeks later. AT COLLEGE!! And let me just start out by saying that it is AWESOME here.  I spent a week in the Adirondacks with a group of 8 students from my college.  We went on an amazing backpacking trip and we all became really close friends.  The trip took us to the high peaks region where we hiked across Indian Pass.  The views were beautiful and it was a ton of fun.  But now, I’m back on campus for orientation.  I’ve met my roommate (who is very nice) and I’m starting to adjust to college life.  But I swear…If the orientation leaders make us play any more dumb games, I may cry!!  I may not have time to update for a little while just because of everything thats going on but I’ll try!  Enjoy the rest of the Summer!

Life is a Highway

Today was a very big day for me!  It was my last day at home and I got to spend it with my closest friends and family.  My dad cooked my favorite dinner for my mom and I and I got to see my grandma, aunt, cousin and my really good friend Sarah.  The car is all packed and ready to go except for a few last minute items.  Everything feels surreal right now and bittersweet.  I’m going to miss my family and friends but I look forward to the promise of new friendships and I can’t wait to see what life brings me starting tomorrow.  Now, if that was too sappy for you, I also told you that I did something really big and exciting today.  What was that? MY ROAD TEST!!  And I passed (finally, it only took me a year and a half to actually try and take the test!).  It feels nice to have the extra freedom (even if my school doesn’t allow freshmen to have cars…and not like I have one anyway :P) and I celebrated with a solo trip to the grocery store.  So needless to say, today was pretty exciting and I can’t wait to see what new adventures begin tomorrow. I foresee a change in my blog name too!  I guess what started as only one summer of blogging is going to become something bigger.

5 Days and Olympics Hangover

5 days left, it’s crunch time!  I just sent about ten billion emails to every department on campus that exists to get some information for this week.  Today I also watched the olympic basketball final and the closing ceremony.  And as I sit here typing this, I’m thinking to myself: what am I going to do with myself for my last ever 5 days before college?  Now that the olympics are over my life will have no excitement (except for my surprise event on thursday…any guesses to what it is??).  Seriously, every night I say “just 15 more minutes of olympics and then I’ll go to bed” but I say that multiple times before it actually works and the next morning (for the past 17 days) I wake up with olympics hangover.  However, there is packing to be done and many things to do, time to start being productive again.  So congratulations to every athlete that participated in the 2012 London Olympics, especially team USA.  You inspire me, you motivate me and you never cease to amaze me.  Good luck in Rio!

One Week

As of today there is exactly one week left until I leave for school, almost down to the very minute!  And while I’m very excited, I’m actually starting to get a little nervous.  I’m an only child so it has always just been my parents and me and this experience is going to be completely different.  But, besides having a minor freak out, there are other important thing sI have to worry about.  Tonight one of my friends form high school is having a pool party and it will probably be my last chance to see some of my best friends before I leave.  Tomorrow morning (bright and early) I’m having a yard sale to sell some of my old kid stuff.  It was fun sorting through all of my old toys and it’s hard to say goodbye to those memories but I know that some other kids will appreciate having some new toys to play with.  Other than that, this last week is about getting the last few things together that I need and spending some time with my family.  Plus, I’ll tell you this, Thursday afternoon I’m doing something VERY BIG and exciting.  But I’m not going to tell you what it is until later.  So stick around!!

Pre Orientation

With 23 days left until school starts, it’s time to start thinking about pre orientation. My college has two choices for pre orientation (or you don’t have to do any and you can just come for regular orientation on the 25th).  The first choice is a community service trip where you work with a group of other incoming freshmen on an outreach project in the towns and the city near the college.  In this trip, you not only work all day at your community service project but you also sleep at the service location in a tent!  The orientation program that I’m doing is a lot different.  It’s an outdoor adventure trip where you can choose between backpacking, canoe trips, rock climbing or a combination.  My trip is a point to point backpacking trip through the Adirondacks and it is going to be AMAZING.  The trip starts at the Adirondack Loj and takes us through the stunning Indian Pass where snow can be found even in the middle of summer!  With this pre orientation program, not only do you get to challenge yourself through a difficult hike, you get to know a group of incoming freshmen very well before regular orientation begins.  So with that in mind, I’m heading off to EMS to update my collection of backpacking supplies.  At the end of the 5 day hike, the entire group participates in a ropes course and then goes to a formal dance to celebrate the week on the trail.  I guess college is LITERALLY going to be an adventure!!

Visiting Emma <3 <3 <3

It just so happens that one of my very best friends in the world lives very far away…in England.  Her name is Emma and her mom and my mom have been friends since the sixth grade.  Emma and I have known each other since we were little kids and our friendship is really a great one.  Every year, she and her mom come to the USA to visit her mom’s family who live here in NYS.  And for one weekend out of the entire year (minus Skype conversations) we get to see each other.  We usually do normal stuff like going shopping and swimming in the pool but this trip is special because she is looking at colleges in the US.  In the UK, there is a thirteenth year of high school before university.  And after one more year, Emma wants to move to New York and go to college here in the USA.  So let the college search begin…again!  Tomorrow we will spend the whole day shopping (thank you grad party money :))  but on monday we hope to go have a look at my college!  And who is the tour guide???  ME!  I’ve already promised that it will be the best college tour ever, ever, EVER.  But for now, we’re just hanging out, enjoying each other’s company and celebrating our amazing friendship.  ❤

Entering the World of College Athletics

Today I got an email from the captains of my new rowing team which was pretty exciting. I’ve always wanted to row in college and was a recruited athlete. My school is NCAA devision III so it isn’t as much of a time commitment as a devision I school but like any college sport, the training is intense and time consuming. That being said, I can’t wait to row next year!!! In the email the captains said that the coach would be sending out a summer work out plan this coming Wednesday…yay?? Hopefully it’s fun stuff like running and biking outside because I don’t know if I can handle an entire summer on the indoor rower. But no matter what, I’m ready for the challenge and the summer work out plan is just the beginning of it.