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!

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.

Awake My Soul…MUMFORD AND SONS CONCERT!!!!!

Last night I was lucky enough to go to the Mumford and Sons concert with my family and some of my friends.  For anyone who doesn’t know, Mumford and Sons is a british folk-rock band and they just happen to be my favorite band EVER!  This was also my first concert ever so that was pretty exciting in itself.  Their sound is really unique and their music is hard to classify but the music makes you want to stand up and dance and the poetry of the lyrics is beautiful.  But seriously, if you don’t know Mumford and Sons you should really stop reading and check out their music on iTunes  RIGHT NOW (then continue reading :)).  Currently they only  have one album (Sigh No More) and their second album is coming out on september 24th.  Last night was an experience I’m never going to forget.  It was nice to spend time with friends and family and to laugh a lot while singing along to my favorite band.

Oh Canada!!!

This past weekend I took a two day and one night trip to Canada.  It was a “going to college trip” from my aunt Janet and 9 year old cousin Ronan.  So on Friday we loaded up the car and drove three hours to Niagara Falls.  This trip was pretty exciting for me considering that the last time I was at the falls was 14 years ago when I was 4.  Even just driving there and spending time with my family was so much fun but once we got there it got even better.  We were lucky enough to have a room with a view of the falls.  Really the falls are truly AMAZING, if you haven’t been, you really should go sometime during your life.  The amount of water that cascades over the falls (5.5 million gallons per hour) is magnificent and powerful, it mesmerizes you.  So after we gawked at the falls for a while, we made a trip to a huge, nearby arcade called “Dave and Busters”.  We played games for a couple of hours and laughed so hard we cried (this was one of the highlights of the trip for Ronan).  After that we had dinner overlooking the falls and went to bed early (or tried to go to bed, I won’t even try to describe the challenge of sharing a bed with a flailing nine year old).  The next morning after breakfast at the hotel we headed for the “Maid of the Mist” boat ride where we were able to get a great spot right in front.  This trip is another reminder of the great power and strength of the falls and gives you a really close look (if you can keep your eyes open amidst the spray).  Not only was it an incredible and educational experience, it was nice to cool off from the 97 degree heat!  After the boat ride we headed for the “Journey Behind the Falls”.  For this adventure, you take an elevator down to some tunnels deep below the earth and you literally watch the back side of the falls fall right in front of your face!  You can also stand on a viewing platform for another nice shower, just in case you didn’t get wet enough on the “Maid of the Mist”.  And after that we got in the car and headed back home with a quick stop for dinner at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo NY (home of the original buffalo chicken wings).  Although it was short, it was a really fantastic trip and it was great to spend time with my aunt and cousin.  Since my cousin and I are both only children, we’re really close and even though Ronan is only 9, he already wants to go to college at the same school I’m going to!

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Weekend up at Camp :)

This weekend I am up at Lake Ontario to celebrate my grandma’s birthday.  She has a house up here that acts as our “camp” and I LOVE coming up here to visit.  In the winter she lives in Florida but in the Summer she comes back to NY state and gets to live in this beautiful location on the lake.  There is so much to do here like kayaking, swimming off of our dock, hiking, sailing, just hanging out, or even going up to Canada for a day.  I’ve been coming up here since I was a little kid and I have so many great memories of this place.  This is where I learned to sail, kayak and play the piano and it is a place where I have spent so many great summers with my family.  This weekend I also brought my friend Sarah up to camp.  She is a great person and quite possibly the funniest person that I know and have ever met. Her and I are like two peas in a pod so this is a nice visit for us to have before we both go off to two different colleges.  Sarah and I are currently  watching the entire series of the TV show “Lost” which I have already seen and am a big fan of but last night was really fun because it was the beginning of the Olympics (as I’m sure you probably know).  After we went out for ice cream (at the best ice cream shop on the east coast ❤ ❤ <3) we came back home and watched the opening ceremony.  Today we are just relaxing around the house and having birthday cake, we’ll probably go for a swim later.  But it really is nice to be up here both visiting my grandma Betty on her 76th birthday and spending time with one of my best friends.