My Study Abroad Experience

Hello, world! After four months of living abroad, I am now back in the comforts of my hometown. I spent the last four months living in London, England, while also traveling to other European cities. Overall, I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to study abroad.

I applied to study abroad at Fordham University’s London Centre campus at the end of June. Within a week I had received an acceptance letter to the program. I am very lucky that Fordham has another campus in a different country that also offers the same courses. This allowed me to stay on track and not fall behind my counterparts in NYC.

After getting accepted, my next decision was to decide if I was going to study abroad or not. I knew I wanted to have the opportunity to go study in London because I thought it would be a great city to further learn about business and I wanted to travel outside of the U.S. for the first time. However, I didn’t really want to study abroad if I didn’t know anyone else going. I was very lucky that three of my friends decided to study abroad, too.

Now it was set, I was going to study abroad. I paid my deposit. I booked my flight. I packed up my stuff in NYC. I was ready to leave the U.S. for the first time.

On Mon. Jan 9, my parents dropped me off at Sky Harbor International Airport. I arrived at the airport three hours early as advised. However, it only took about 30 minutes to drop off my checked bag, have my passport checked, and go through security. I had an 11-hour flight to London. On Tues., Jan 10, I arrived at Heathrow Airport in London. I moved into my flat on Wednesday. While in London, I lived in the area known as Little Venice. Thursday and Friday I had academic orientation. My campus was located in Kensington hosted at Heythrop College. During my first week in London, I got to see Kensington Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Harrods, the British Museum, Trafalgar Square, and King’s Cross.

The classes I took while studying abroad included: Strategy, Managerial Accounting, Business Communications 2, Financial Management, Text & Contexts: British Writers, and Information Systems 2. For my Business Communications 2 class, we focused on developing a personal brand. Our final project was to pick any medium to help convey our personal brand. For my final project, I chose to create a video, which I could use for my professional portfolio. My video talks about my education and interests. If you are interested in watching the video, you can click here. Enjoy!

My next week in London I went to the Queen’s House, Shake Shack, and Tower Bridge.

The following day I  went to St. James’s park and saw the Women’s March going on. Then we tried to see the Clarence House, but we were told that we couldn’t go inside. A guard told us that The Crown was filming at the Clarence House. We also saw the changing of the horse guards. We took the tube to Camden Market. We had pad thai for lunch.

The following day I climbed 311 steps to the top of the Monument. I saw Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the Millenium Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The last week in January my friends and I went to Paris. We left early Friday by train. After arriving in Paris, we dropped off our bags at our hostel. Our first stop was to see the July Column. Then we went to Norte Dame. We walked through Luxembourg Gardens. We grabbed lunch and I had a salad and fries. Afterward, we went to Musée d’Orsay. I loved Musée d’Orsay. Our next stop was the Eiffel Tower. I loved taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower.

The following day we started off by going to Sacre Coeur. At Sacre Coeur, we climbed up to the dome, and it was such an amazing view of Paris. Then we went to the Paris Opera House. We had crepes for lunch. After lunch, we went to the Louvre.

Our last day in Paris was spent climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, eating macaroons from Laduree, and walking up and down the Champs-Elysees.

The first week in February my friends and I bought a 3-day London Pass. Our first day we went to the House of Commons Public Gallery and heard the reading of a bill. Then we took an audio tour of Westminster Abbey. We made our way over to Buckingham Palace and looked at art at the Queen’s Gallery.

The next day we went to Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace.

The following day we went to Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London.

The next weekend my friends and I made our way to Ireland. We landed in Dublin and we ate fish and chips. Then we went on a walking tour of Dublin. That night we ate dinner at The Brazen Head.


Saturday morning we made our way across Ireland. We stopped in Doolin to eat lunch. We visited the Cliffs of Moher. We spent the night in Galway.

Sunday we made our way back to Dublin. Our last stop was the Guinness Storehouse.

The next two weekends I stayed in London. I did see The Phantom of the Opera on Feb. 27 and it was absolutely fantastic.

March 3rd was the first day of my spring break. That Friday I left for Edinburgh, Scotland. I went on a walking tour of Old Town Edinburgh and ate dinner at The Elephant Castle.

The next day was spent going to The Highlands and hanging out in Loch Ness.

The following day I went to Culloden Battlefield and Birnam.

On March 6th, I left for Barcelona. I saw the Arenas de Barcelona, Plaça d’Espanya, and La Rambla.

The next day I went to the Parc De La Ciutadella, Picasso Museum, Arc de Triomf, Casa Batlló.

The next day I went and saw Parc del Laberint d’Horta, Park Guell, and La Sagrada Familia. I loved Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia.

My last day in Barcelona was spent going to the beach and eating empanadas.

Barcelona was definitely my favorite place I visited.

On March 24th and March 25th, my friend and I went to Brussels. We visited the Grand Place, the Royal Palace, Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, and Atomium. I also ate a lot of waffles and french fries.

The following weekend I went to Rome for four days with my business program. I left bright and early Thursday morning. We ate lunch then visited the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Afterward, we checked into our hotel.

The following day we went to lecture at Chicago Loyal’s Rome campus. Then we went into the city. We visited the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.

The next day we walked around the city and sat along the Tiber river.

Sunday morning I went to mass at St Peter’s Basilica. Then I went up to the dome of St Peter’s Basilica. Afterward, I went to Castel Sant’Angelo. My friends and I decided to wander around the city until it was time to go back to our hotel. We did face some setbacks. First off, the Rome marathon was happening so to cross the street we actually had to run through the marathon. Secondly, it was pouring. Third, there was no public transportation or taxis so we had to walk almost 40 minutes until we found a taxi outside the city. Thank goodness, we made it to our hotel in time.

The next weekend I went to Amsterdam. My first stop was to the Pancake Bakery where I had a delicious dame blanche. Then I went to Dam Square and Rembrandt’s house. I enjoyed nature at the botanical gardens and bloemenmarkt. I go to sit at the Fault in Our Stars bench. I ended my first day with a canal cruise around Amsterdam with two great tour guides (shoutout to Ron and Nel). 

On Saturday, I went on a bike tour to the countryside and saw a windmill and a cheese and clogs factory. Then I enjoyed art at the Van Gogh museum. Amsterdam was the perfect place to have my last European weekend getaway.

I stayed in London the next weekend. I got to see one of my friends from NYC. On Saturday, I took a walk along the canals in London and ended up at Camden Market.

For Easter, I went to breakfast.

My next weekend I took a photo at Abbey Road.

On Saturday, I got to view London from the London Eye.

My last weekend in London I got to have afternoon tea.

Overall, I am really thankful that I had the opportunity to study abroad. I believe that I learned so much about myself. I really feel like I have grown as an individual. I highly recommend that if you have the opportunity to study abroad and you are interested, then you should definitely do it.

So what’s my next step in my journey? I am spending the summer in Tempe. I have two internships. One is full-time, paid 40 hours a week internship. Another is an unpaid, remote internship. I am really looking forward to this summer.

2016 in Review

Another year in the books. Time flies. I can’t believe 2016 is over. While most feel that 2016 wasn’t the best I do think I had an amazing year. I always have the mindset that life keeps getting better and better.

Here is a deep dive into my 2016:

At the stroke of midnight, I was at my cousins’ house drinking sparkling cider and toasting to a New Year. My cousin Keely and I had a sleepover and we watched Home Alone. This was my first time watching Home Alone. I know a lot of people love Home Alone, but there are a lot of plot holes in it and it doesn’t really make any sense. A few weeks ago, my friends and I watched Home Alone 2 and let me just say that movie is absolutely horrible. We couldn’t even get through it because it was so bad. I do not recommend Home Alone 2.

Over winter break, I spent a lot of time at home. I went through all of my childhood photos. I had to put all the photos in chronological order, which was a feat.

My dad surprised me and got me an awesome gift. He got me a Survivor buff and hat that was signed by the host of Survivor, Jeff Probst. I am a huge Survivor fan so this was a great gift.

In January, I visited my old high school. I went with one of my best friends and we visited my old journalism class. It was so good to see all my editors and reporters again. I also visited the freshman AVID class. I told them about my experience in college. That Friday I went back to MHS to watch my brother’s pep rally. He did an amazing job. Does anyone have a ShamWow? High school seems like such a long time ago. I am definitely glad that I am in college.

I flew back to NYC on January 18th. During the spring semester of my freshman year, I took Faith and Critical Reason, Math for Business: Calculus, Integrated Project, Composition II, Understanding Historical Change: U.S., and Statistics 1, I actually enjoyed all of my classes and I feel like I learned a lot from them that will be beneficial in the future.

On January 23, a huge snow storm hit the east coast. NYC received about 2 feet of snow. My friends and I went to Lincoln Center and played in the snow. And later that night we went back outside and walked through the isolated streets.

The following weekend, my friends and I went to Times Square and walked around. We visited the Disney Store and the M&M store.


Review of what TV shows I watched during January

During January, I watched Big Brother Canada Season 3. One of my favorite TV shows is U.S. Big Brother that runs from June to September on CBS. I also listen to a lot of podcasts about Big Brother on RHAP. One of my favorite podcasts is the Rhappy Hour, which is hosted by Big Brother Canada 3 contestant, Jordan Parhar. So I decided to watch Jordan’s season because it was the latest season of Big Brother Canada. Also, I decided to watch it because I wanted to prepare for Big Brother Canada Season 4.

I thought BBCAN3 was good. I was heavily spoiled before I watched this season so I knew of big moments that were going to happen. I do think it is very twist heavy, which I don’t like. Overall, it was enjoyable to watch a Big Brother season during the offseason.

 

Making a Murderer was a Netflix success. Everyone was talking about it for a few weeks. Ever since I was a little I have always watched shows like Dateline and 48 hours, which talked about different crimes. I really enjoyed Making a Murderer because of how in-depth it went. It was also very startling to learn about how many mistakes the police made during this case. It really makes you question how many cases are just like this one. I think it is very important that people watch tv shows like this so that they are aware of what goes on in our justice system.

In February, I watched the Super Bowl on my computer while eating Ben & Jerry’s half baked ice cream. On February 11, I received the Woolworth Award for receiving a 3.6 or above GPA in my first of college. Over the 3 day week, it was super cold in NYC. At one time, it was 0 degrees Fahrenheit. As you can guess, I really didn’t go outside. However, I did go outside to get Chipotle with my friends.

On February 17, my uncle flew in from Chicago and we went to the Chicago Blackhawks vs. NY Rangers game. We ate at Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse. The game was at Madison Square Garden. The Blackhawks won 5-3. I actually got to see hat trick by Artemi Panarin, which was really cool because I wearing my Panarin jersey.

I also went to the Gabelli Lunar New Year party and I won a $10 AMC gift card. I am really thankful that I went to the party because I ended up meeting one of my really good friends.


Review of what TV shows I watched during February

A new season of Survivor premiered in February. The theme of Survivor: Kaoh Rong was Brains vs. Beauty vs. Brawns. Survivor: Kaoh Rong ran from February to May on CBS. I loved this season of Survivor. I thought the game plan was incredible. Every episode was highly engaging when I watched it. During this season, a lot of people talked about the edit and who the eventual winner was going to be. While I did see the winner’s edit I didn’t necessarily want to believe it. In the end, I was pretty disappointed with the eventual winner. The person who I wanted to win didn’t end up winning. However, I do think this was a very good season and I highly recommend it.

 

Netflix debuted Fuller House in February. I remember when I was little I would watch reruns of Full House on ABC Family (now Freeform). So when Fuller House came out I decided to watch it. I think this show is utterly ridiculous. The plot is very weak. Is there even a plot? None of the stories make sense. I got very annoyed at the laugh track. The only thing that made watching Fuller House worth it was understanding everything mentioned in this podcast. If you were annoyed with Fuller House or just want to laugh, then I highly recommend that podcast.

At the beginning of March, I started hanging out with what I would now call my best friends. It is true what they say that you might not find your best friends until the second semester of college. I am so thankful that I found them because I don’t know what I would do without them. We spent a lot of time exploring the city and we would walk to the river or to Central Park.

On March 17th, I went home for spring break. I actually flew home with my old suitemate because she’s from Gilbert. I think it’s absolutely crazy that I had a suitemate who also lived in Arizona. It was actually pretty crazy: I was visiting my friends at ASU over spring break and I ran into my suitemate. What a small world?

While in Arizona, I went to Danny’s baseball games and they won twice. I think when I look back on my life one of my highlights will be watching Danny play baseball. I’ve been going to Danny’s baseball games since he was 4.

I also voted in my first presidential primary. I love voting. I love voicing my opinion.

I hung out with my friends from high school and we made sugar cookies. I went to a Spring Training game at the Giant’s stadium. To finish spring break I celebrated Easter with my family. The next day I headed back to NYC.


Review of what TV shows I watched during March

The night I got back from AZ I made it just in time to watch The Fosters finale. I am a huge fan of The Fosters and I have watched it since the show began. I thought that the season 3B was fairly good. I really enjoyed the Romeo & Juliet episode and I loved the music. I thought the finale ended with a huge cliffhanger. (However, spoiler alert: I feel like they still haven’t addressed it in 4A, so let’s see if they address it in 4B.)

 

I also watched the Pretty Little Liars finale in March for season 6B. Pretty Little Liars is known for always revealing something during the season’s finale. As someone who has watched Pretty Little Liars since the beginning, let’s just say that I have disappointed many times. However, during the whole 6B I predicted who were the “bad” guys. I think after 6A finale I believe the Pretty Little Liars creators are trying to make the series finale make sense. They don’t want another outrage.

After the Pretty Little Liars season 6B, I decided to rewatch Pretty Little Liars. However, I only made it through a few episodes in season 3. I really do think the first two seasons of Pretty Little Liars is really good. When I first watched the season 2 finale, I was really disappointed at who the original “A” was. I still don’t like the reveal, but if they have the original “A” be the last “A” in the series finale then I will be satisfied.

 

Another show I decided to watch was BBCAN4. Personally, I do like the U.S. version of Big Brother better than the Canadian version, but I do like the Canadian version. Though I wasn’t a huge fan of the cast of season 4. In my opinion, there weren’t a lot of root-able cast members. Also, they had a very unfair twist in the middle of the game, which I did not like. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of BBCAN4 I am definitely looking forward to BBCAN5.

 

I definitely explored New York City a lot during April. One day my friend and I went to the High Line and Washington Square Park. #doyouknowEminem

I also went to Central Park. My favorite place is the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace. #3wordseightletters I even saw a failed marriage proposal there.

I celebrated two of my friends’ birthday and we went to the Broadway musical, American Psycho.

That same weekend I had to sleep over in my friends’ dorm room and it was really fun. That Saturday, we went to Panera, walked by the Flatiron building, then walked up 5th avenue while making a stop at Barnes and Noble. The next day I went to a taping of the $100,000 pyramid.


Review of what TV shows I watched during April

During April, I was the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Personally, I love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I think it is absolutely hilarious. I love how it is based in NYC. If you want to watch a comedy, then I highly recommend watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix.

 

My last few weeks at Fordham were great. I studied for finals but I also hung out with my friends. I also had to pack up all my things. It was a struggle. The storage company people came and picked up boxes. It was a very interesting experience, to say the least.

When I came back to AZ, I went to Danny’s MHS Senior Awards. He won the Male Senior Athlete. Danny also graduated that week. Danny got to speak at graduation and he introduced the principal. One of my favorite moments was when his principal said, “We have students going to college like DePaul University…” My family laughed so much because DePaul was the first school he mentioned. The next day was Danny’s Graduation Party. The whole day I helped with last-minute shopping and helping set up the party. During the party, I had to run out with my cousin to get six bags of ice from Culvers. I just want to say that I am very proud of my brother. This is what I wrote the night he graduated:

Congratulations to my brother for graduating high school. I’m so proud of him. He has accomplished so much over the past four years. During his senior year, he was the Student Body President, made state for golf, he was the baseball captain, honored as a Tempe Top Teen, made the playoffs for baseball, he was selected as All City for baseball, he was selected as All-section first team for pitching, and he was awarded Senior Athlete of the Year. Is there anything he can’t do? Good luck at DePaul University, Danny. Can’t wait to see what you!

Also, in May, my friends and I took a road trip to Greer. It was a fun vacation. We went grocery shopping the night before. I was in charge of making the road trip playlist, which I had a lot of fun making. In Greer, we walked around, played games, made dinner, and went hiking. Overall, it was a lot of fun and I’m thankful for my friends.


Review of what TV shows I watched during May

During May, I did 5/6 rewatch of Glee. I had watched Glee when it originally aired. I thought Glee was great on a rewatch. The jokes are still hilarious. And I loved all of the music. However, when I originally watched Glee I could barely make it through season 5. Again, I couldn’t finish my rewatch when I made it to season 5. Season 5 is just bad. However, I will say that season 6 is really good. Though I didn’t watch season 6 on my rewatch.

 

During June, I began volunteering at Tempe’s City Hall and at BRIC (the Business Resource and Innovation Center). I worked with people who worked for Economic Development at the City of Tempe. I helped with the preparation of opening of the BRIC. By the end of June, I was volunteering every day. It was really good experience.

At the end of June, I applied to study abroad in London. In July, I was accepted. In October, I decided that I was going to study abroad. I leave for London on January 9th.


Review of what TV shows  I watched during June

Big Brother is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. I have watched since I was 10 and I love it. Season 18 premiered at the end of June. I would say that BB18 had a slow start. I think the team twist with returning vets really slowed down the gameplay. It was also hard to find someone to root for during the early days. However, by the time the jury started, the game was on. I loved watching the downfall of Paulie Calafiore. The final 6 with 3 pairs was amazing. In the end, I was disappointed with the winner. I remember watching the finale as the votes were beginning read I was literally on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the outcome that I wanted. Here is a timeline of Big Brother 18 through different tweets:

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Over the summer I also watched The Bachelorette. I haven’t watched The Bachelor or The Bachelorette in forever, but I decided to watch it this season because my brother said it is so funny when our parents make fun of all the contestants. So how could I miss this opportunity? I think most fans thought this season wasn’t the best because most of the guys were unwatchable. All the guys cared about was getting famous. A number of times I rolled my eyes was too many to count. However, if you need mindless TV to watch, then I definitely recommend watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

 

During June, I began a One Tree Hill rewatch. The reason I decided to do a rewatch was because my brother started watching One Tree Hill. The only problem was that I am faster binge watcher than my brother. One Tree Hill is still great on a rewatch. I love One Tree Hill. I think the characters are great, the plot is amazing, and the music is fantastic. Specifically, on this rewatch, I really focused in on the music and I loved all the new songs that I was able to my Spotify playlist. Here are the songs that I added:

1- Here Comes a Regular by The Replacements

2- Baba O’Riley by The Who

3- A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More Touch Me by Fall Out Boy

4-Dark Blue by Jack’s Mannequin

5-We Belong Together by Gavin Degraw

6-Look After You by The Fray

7-Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional

8-Missing You by Tyler Hilton

9-Non Believer by La Rocca

10-When The Stars Go Blue by Tyler Hilton and Bethany Joy Lenz

11- Within You by Ray Lamontagne

12- Boston by Augustana

13- Someday by Bryan Greenberg

14- Always Love by Nada Surf

15- Heartbeats by José González

16- Be Be Your Love by Rachael Yamagata

17- The Mixed Tape by Jack’s Mannequin

18- Ride by Cary Brothers

19- No One’s Going to Love You by Band of Horses

20- Never Say Never by The Fray

21- Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns by Mother Love Bone

22- I Shall Believe by Sheryl Crow

 

Another thing I watched during June was OJ: Made in America. First off, if you haven’t watched this five-part documentary, then put it at the top of your watch list. This documentary is amazing and very thorough. While this documentary does talk about OJ trial it also depicts what was going on in Los Angeles before the trial and OJ’s history. A lot of people question why the jurors acquitted OJ and the documentary shows the tension of the black people and the LAPD before the OJ trial. I couldn’t stop watching this documentary. The OJ trial is so fascinating, but I loved the back story. I highly recommend this documentary.
During June, I also watched all of Silicon Valley. This show is absolutely hilarious. I enjoyed every single second of this series. I have watched a handful episodes but I had never watched the series from the beginning. But I am so glad that I did. As someone who loves technology and comedy, this was a great pairing. I highly recommend this series, which airs on HBO.

 

During June, I started watching Real Housewives Of New York. While I started on the eighth season it is still pretty good. I love seeing all the places they visit in the city. Also, this season was drama heavy (Can you say Countess Luann and Tom?).

 

On July 3rd, I hung out with my cousins for our annual July 3rd tradition of going to Culvers. This is one of my favorite traditions. I love eating custard while hanging out with my cousins. For the 4th of July, I went to breakfast with my friend, then later that day I spent 4th of July with her family. It was really fun. July 9th my brother turned 18! I am so lucky to have the best brother ever. During July, I applied for a job back in NYC. Guess what? I got it. For the first three weeks of the school year, I was going to work as a Peer to Peer Sales Team Member for Aramark. During July, I was still volunteering at BRIC. The BRIC had a soft opening at the end of July.

 

Before I left for NYC, I was still volunteering at the BRIC. I was also preparing for my upcoming semester. I read Creativity, Inc. and I applied for my passport.

I left AZ on Sunday, August 21. On Monday, August 22, my mom and I went to Fordham’s other campus in the Bronx. At the Rose Hill campus, I had job training for my job with Aramark. When I was on the subway coming back to Manhattan, I saw a subway performance. Also, I saw Hoda eating dinner at a restaurant close to my school. The next day mom and I went to Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse for lunch. Then later that night I moved into my dorm that is apartment style.

The next three days, I had training to be an orientation leader. It required me to listen to a lot of presentations about Fordham, but in the end, it was worth it. The first day of orientation was Sunday and in the morning my job was street move in. This meant I had to unload the student’s car. Let’s be honest, this was a struggle for me because I am not the strongest person. Later in the day, I got to meet my small group. Monday was our long day. We had to listen to a lot of speakers. We also had two small group sessions. Monday night was also excursions. My excursion was Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. My excursion was really fun, but also super stressful because I was in charge of 25 freshmen. Tuesday was the academic day of orientation. As a Gabelli student, I got to stay on campus. I had to set up lunch and I spoke at the student panel. Overall, orientation was a lot of fun.

Classes began on Wednesday, August 31. I didn’t have class on Wednesdays, but I had my Gabelli sophomore kickoff. At the kickoff, I got to meet my group members for my semester long project and we had a competition. My group WON! We won a $50 Pinkberry gift card. My group’s company was Chipotle. Also, right before the kickoff, my assistant dean asked if I wanted to be a Teaching Assistant for a Ground Floor section. Of course, I said yes! Later that day, I went to lunch with one of my friends. I went grocery shopping for the first time for our apartment. Then I went to TA.


Review of what TV shows I watched during August

During August, I watched the season 4A finale of The Fosters. I had watched season 4 of The Fosters since June. This season was fairly good but they didn’t really address the cliffhanger at the end of the season 3 finale. I am really excited to see where season 4B première will start. There is a lot of drama surrounding Callie and Jesus. However, while both are in danger, I believe everything will be just fine.

Also, I watched the season 7A finale of Pretty Little Liars. One thing I hate about Pretty Little Liars is everything seems to be building towards the finale. They do reveal things throughout the season, but they really wait till the finale to start to reveal things. This finale was okay. I definitely hope that season 7B will be a lot better. I always seem to be disappointed with Pretty Little Liars and I am ready to be disappointed. PLL has a lot they need to discuss 10 episodes while wrapping up the entire series. I am interested to see what direction they decide to go in.

School was in full swing during September. This past semester I took Financial Accounting, Integrated Project, Marketing, Management, Info Systems I, Statistics Decision Making, and Business Communications I. These classes were part of my business core requirements. Six of my classes were integrated into a project called the Consulting Cup. I spent a lot of time working on this project. During September, I had to do a lot of research on Chipotle. Over the course of this project, my team and I had to identify a challenge facing Chipotle or a new opportunity for them. Then we had to come up with a response. The opportunity we focused on was the size of the breakfast market. Then our solution was to introduce breakfast in all of their store locations.

During September, I had to get my passport picture retaken. I went to UPS. When I went to pay I had my wallet open and my Fordham ID was exposed. And the guy working at UPS asked if the picture in my ID was myself and I said. He said that I looked different and that I was trying too hard to look like a movie star. Also, in September, I worked for Aramark. My RA tried to start a thing on my floor called Treat yo’ Self Wednesday where you would invite everyone on the floor to your apartment and you would have to make a treat. So on Wednesday I had to make pudding, but I got the wrong pudding mix so I had to cook it. Overall it was a huge struggle to make the pudding. And guess what? Only my RA showed up. Then the next day she canceled the event for the rest of the semester.


Review of what TV shows I watched during September

During September, the 33rd season of Survivor premiered. The theme was Millennials vs. Gen X. Before each season of Survivor, I am usually really pumped up and I listen to all preseason coverage. However, I was so busy with school that I really didn’t listen or read anything about the upcoming season. Also, I didn’t think I would like the theme a lot. The première was probably one of the weakest episodes of the season. However, this season really turned around. By the merge, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I loved how there wasn’t a clear winner’s edit. Going into the finale I had no idea who was going to win. In the end, I loved the winner. The winner’s storyline was perfect. This season was great.

This is Us premiered in September. During the summer, I had seen the trailer retweeted on Twitter and I knew I had to watch this series. This is Us is a masterpiece. The pilot episode is incredible. All the storylines are so well written. Each character has a lot of depth. Milo Ventimiglia (Jack) and Sterling K Brown (Randall) are both great actors. There have only been 10 episodes so I definitely recommend catching up. You don’t want to miss out on this series!

 

As I was looking back on my photos on my phone, the first picture for October was a picture of cinnamon rolls that I had made. The funny thing is that it took me four plus hours to make them because my apartment’s oven didn’t work. The good thing is we ended up getting it fixed.

In October, I committed to studying abroad. I leave for London in January and I will be there till May. I am really excited to go out of the country for the first time. I am looking forward to a new experience.

During October, I focused a lot on school. I had three midterms. One of my assignments was to record my intro and conclusion for my successful initiative presentation. My successful initiative presentation was on Chiptopia, a summer long rewards program that rewarded customers for making multiple paid visits within a given month. Fun fact: I think I can still have this 4-5 minute presentation memorized. Also, did you know that you can’t spell Chipotle without E-Coli? After recording my intro and conclusion, my group and I went to Pinkberry and I had a cookies and cream milkshake.

One fun thing that my friends and I did during October was we went to the Halloween Dog Parade. It was so cute seeing all the dogs dressed up.

 

One of my favorite days in November was November 1. That day I had to do my successful initiative presentation and I got an “A.” I was so happy. I never thought of myself as a good public speaker so to get an “A” meant everything to me. Later that day, I had my Dean’s List ceremony. Also, the Cubs won game 6, which was super exciting. Then my roommates and I got free pizza. It was a perfect day.

The Cubs won the World Series! Game 7 was such a thriller and I’m so glad that I watched it.

November 8th was election day. I had done an early ballot so I had already voted. I spent election day working on my group’s intro and conclusion for our big presentation. Then my suite mate and I watched election coverage. The whole night I was snapchatting/texting my brother. We were both very disappointed in the results.

On November 22nd, my group and I did our ungraded presentation. Then I had to hurry back to my dorm room so I could change out of my business professional attire. My friend, Jess, was going to take me to the airport. As we were on our way to the airport, I realized that I wasn’t going to get there in time. It took us three hours and thirty minutes to get to the airport. I ended up missing my flight. However, I got to spend the night at Jess’s house, which was a lot of fun. She took me to the airport at 4 in the morning. I am so thankful to have such an amazing friend. That morning I flew to Arizona. I got to spend Thanksgiving with my family.

That Sunday I flew back to NYC. I ate dinner. Then I had to meet with my group to rework our presentation. We had to come up with a new introduction and conclusion. We worked until midnight. Then the next we spent any free time we had working on our presentation. We ended up working until 11 pm. Tuesday was our big presentation. I was so proud of my group. We got an “A” and I knew our hard work had paid off.


Review of what TV shows I watched during November

Over Thanksgiving break, I watched the revival of Gilmore Girls. I was so excited for the revival and I couldn’t wait to watch it. I did think the revival was good. In Fall, I loved Lorelai’s phone call with Emily and I loved Luke’s monologue in Fall. However, there were things that I wasn’t too happy about. I thought they could have done more with Rory’s character. I didn’t like that she was cheating on her boyfriend throughout the revival. I thought that the Paul gimmick was so stupid. I felt like Logan really regressed when it came to his character development. Personally, I would have loved to see more of Jess. I didn’t love the last four words. It didn’t leave me with closure.

 

December was great except for finals. My friends and I did a fun day trip where we went to Macy’s and looked at the windows displays. Then we ate dinner at Shake Shack. Afterwards, we walked up 5th Avenue to see the windows displays and we looked at the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. It was a magical day.

The Monday of finals week I had to TA in the morning. The professor I was TAing for was delayed so I had to run the class for the first hour. I always loved playing school when I was little. It was so much fun to be in charge. I loved being a TA this semester. I loved being able to meet the freshman. I love being in a classroom setting.

Later that day, I had to go to the Consulting Cup. The sophomore year project I was working on this whole semester was a competition. My team ended up being a semi-finalist and I was really proud of us. Unfortunately, no teams from Lincoln Center ended up making it to the finals. I was really disappointed that no team from LC was selected. I knew how hard my friends worked and I believed that at least one team from LC deserved to make the finals. The Consulting Cup was a lot of fun. I liked hanging out with my friends outside of class. There were a lot of funny moments that happened that night.

My mom, brother, and uncle came to NYC for a few days. We got to go to Madison Square Garden and see the Blackhawks play the Rangers. The Blackhawks won. The next day we went to a taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. I highly recommend going to a taping of a TV show. The following day I went to the Blackhawks vs. Islanders game. Overall, it was a lot of fun. It was a nice distraction from finals.

I had to say goodbye to my dog of 15 years. Buster was the best dog ever. He will be missed.

On December 21st, I left NYC to go back home. I got to see my high school friends on the 23rd. I celebrated my 20th birthday on the 25th. I can’t believe that I am 20.


Review of what TV shows I watched during December 

During December, I watched The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. I had seen that this min-series had been nominated for a lot of Emmy’s. And it was getting nominated for Golden Globes. So I finally decided to check it out. I thought the casting for this mini-series was fantastic. Also, I thought this show was beautifully done. I think the OJ trial is so interesting. Through this show, I was still learning new things about the trial. I definitely recommend watching The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

 

Also, I watched the second season of Fuller House. I have no idea why I watched the second season. While I was watching it I was even questioning myself. Do I want to watch this or I am forcing myself to watch it? Overall, there are so many plot holes. I questioned the storylines so often. However, I am pretty sure that I will watch season 3.
To finish out 2016, I watched Stranger Things on Netflix. I can’t
believe it took me this long to watch this series. I absolutely loved it. I loved the three different storylines and how they all came together. The show takes place in 1983 and it feels like it could have been filmed in the 80’s. It felt like I was watching Stand by Me or E.T. Every character had so much depth. I couldn’t stop watching. If you haven’t watched Stranger Things, then you should definitely watch it now (or as soon as you have time)!


Wow! I did a lot in 2016. I’m so thankful for all my memories I made in 2016. I am thankful for all of my new friends that I made in 2016. And I’m thankful for all of my new experiences.

To everyone who took the time to read this, thank you. I love blogging and it means so much that people actually take the time to read my blog posts. I wish you the best of luck in 2017!

I survived my first month of my sophomore year

I’m back in NYC! School is full swing. Homework is piling up. But I am so happy to be in NYC living my dream.

Here is my recap for the past few weeks:

I left AZ on Sunday, August 21. On Monday, August 22, my mom and I went to Fordham’s other campus in the Bronx. At the Rose Hill campus, I had job training. For the first three weeks of the school year, I was working as a Peer to Peer Sales Team Member for Aramark, where I sold meal plans. When I was on the subway coming back to Manhattan, I saw a subway performance. Also, I saw Hoda eating dinner at a restaurant close to my school. The next day mom and I went to Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse for lunch. Then later that night I moved into my dorm that is apartment style.

The next three days, I had training to be an orientation leader. It required me to listen to a lot of presentations about Fordham, but in the end, it was worth it. The first day of orientation was Sunday and in the morning my job was street move in. This meant I had to unload the student’s car. Let’s be honest, this was a struggle for me because I am not the strongest person. Later in the day, I got to meet my small group. Monday was our long day. We had to listen to a lot of speakers. We also had two small group sessions. Monday night was also excursions. My excursion was Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. My excursion was really fun, but also super stressful because I was in charge of 25 freshmen. Tuesday was the academic day of orientation. As a Gabelli student, I got to stay on campus. I had to set up lunch and I spoke at the student panel. Overall, orientation was a lot of fun.

Classes began on Wednesday, August 31. I don’t have class on Wednesdays, but I had my Gabelli sophomore kickoff. At the kickoff, I got to meet my group members for my semester long project and we had a competition. My group WON! We won a $50 Pinkberry gift card. My group’s company is Chipotle. Also, right before the kickoff, my assistant dean asked if I wanted to be a Teaching Assistant for a Ground Floor section. Of course, I said yes! Later that day, I went to lunch with one of my friends. I went grocery shopping for the first time. Then I went to TA.

These past few weeks definitely have been challenging. I have a lot of school work. I am taking 7 courses: Financial Accounting, Integrated Project, Marketing Principles, Management, Info Systems, Statistics Decision Making, and Business Communications. Now I am living in an apartment style dorm so I am responsible for cooking all of my meals. I have actually really enjoyed cooking my meals.

Here are few photos of the different meals I have made:

 

Here are few pictures of dorm room

Goodbye August and September! Hello October!

Happy 18th Birthday, Danny

SCAN0105On July 9, 1998, my brother, Danny, was born. Today on July 9, 2016, he has turned 18. Eighteen marks adulthood. Now at 18 he can vote, lease an apartment or a house, sue someone, get married, and many more things. SCAN0104However, 18 to me is just a number. It doesn’t really change anything. You just become older (and hopefully wiser).

Happy Birthday, Danny. I can’t believe we keep getting
older. I can’t believe that I’m going to be 20 (in a month? four months? ;)) in December. I believe that every year gets better and better. And I hope you find that true.

In 60 days, it will be your first day of college. I hope you have the best time at SCAN0107DePaul and living in Chicago. I think you will love it there. You get to study business in one of the biggest cities in the U.S., you get to meet new people, you get to eat at Tufano’s, you get to go to Cubs games, and you get SCAN0108to go to Blackhawks games. I’m so excited for you to have the best time of your life. And I can’t wait to visit you.

Danny, you are the best. You are everything. I’m so glad that I have the opportunity to be by your side these past 18 years. You are the best brother. And an incredible person. You have accomplished so much in your life thus far. SCAN0110

This past year, Danny was the Student Body President, made state for golf, he was the baseball captain, honored as a Tempe Top Teen, made the playoffs for baseball, selected as All City for baseball, selected as All-section first team for pitching, and he was awarded Senior Athlete of the Year.

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I’m so glad that I am here with you today to celebrate your birthday for the first time in four years. I can’t wait to be only 800 miles (Chicago to NYC) from you rather than 2,400 miles (Tempe to NYC). Happy Birthday! I love you! ❤

 

My First Year of College

I wrote this about 23 days ago.

Here I sit on a plane on my way home from my first year of college. I can’t believe how fast these past few months have flown by. I feel like it was just a yesterday I was flying to New York for college.

These past few months I have lived about 2,437 miles away from home. But now I can call Fordham my second home. I can’t wait for my college adventure to continue in three months.

A year ago it was my last day of high school. My last class of high school was journalism and for my final I had to create a slideshow. I made a 15-minute slideshow of my life. I just watched it and I can’t believe how much I have changed and grown up. My slideshow was divided up into three parts. The first part was the day I was born to my first day of high school. I used Taylor Swift’s song Never Grow Up. The song really echoes the idea a life was so much simpler back in the day. While I love my childhood, it’s exciting to keep moving forward in life. While you can glance back, it’s important not to dwell on what happened in the past. The second part of my slideshow was from my freshman year of high school to my junior year. I used the song This Time from Glee to depict that as I look back on high school it reminds me of everyone I have met, but it also sends the message of how much I have grown. Side note: I have been re-watching Glee and it’s absolutely hilarious. My final segment was my senior year and I used Taylor Swift’s song Long Live.

Yesterday, the class of 2016 had their last day of high school. My social media timelines were bombarded with pictures of the last day of high school. People posted photos with the captions saying this is the last time going to school with their best friends. Other people posted inspirational captions about their time in high school. I remember when I was in their shoes and I didn’t know what college was going to be like. I knew that I was going to be moving across the country from my family and friends. I knew I could do it, but I knew I was going to miss my friends. But now I realize that while high school was memorable, it’s not everything in life. It is simply a stepping stone.

I can’t stress how important it is to find the best place for you to further your education. First, I’m so glad that I went out of state for school. Of course, I love Tempe, Arizona, but there is so much more out there. You learn so much from being on your own in a completely new place. I moved to New York City, where I didn’t know a single person. It taught me so much about myself. I always see people saying that sometime in their life they want to move to “insert city name here” and I think life is too short not to make that happen. If you have the opportunity to go out of state for school, I highly recommend it. You need to meet new people. You need to explore a different place. You need to learn responsibility. So do it: take the leap!

I want to take the time to reflect on my own college experience and I would like to do it in chronological order. Here we go:

August

I move to New York City at the end of August. My parents and I flew into JFK. We had three duffel bags and three carry-on suitcases with all of my belongings. The past week I have had to pack up all my stuff and let me just say it’s absolute hell to pack up everything. Because I live on the East Coast I had to put my stuff into storage. I decided to put my stuff into two humongous boxes. That was such a stressful process. Okay back on track. My mom and I also had to go to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy a few more things. I loved shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond. Shopping for one’s dorm is such a fun experience. For everyone who is going to college this upcoming August, I hope you have a great time picking out stuff for your dorm. I had the opportunity to move in early at Fordham because I participated in Urban Plunge. Urban Plunge is volunteer program for freshmen and it gives them an opportunity to learn about the neighborhood that we will be living in for the next four years. My service project was to rooftop gardening in Hell’s Kitchen and then I got to go to the Studio Museum in Harlem. On Aug. 30, Orientation began. Orientation was very long but at night, we could go on excursions. I got to go to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and the Brooklyn Promenade.

September

The fist day of September was my academic orientation. It feels likes such a long time ago. I still remember sitting in the 12th Floor Lounge and learning about the Gabelli School of Business. September 2nd was the first day of classes. My first class was my business class, The Ground Floor. For my class that day I had to go Fordham’s Rose Hill campus to listen to the author who wrote the book I had to read over the summer. All of Gabelli took a bus to Rose Hill. The girl I sat next to on the bus ended up becoming one of my best friends. When we got to Rose Hill, we had a little down time and I was able to meet other people in Gabelli. I met my future roommate that day, we ate dinner together and then rode the bus back. I’m so thankful that I met her. I do want to point out that even though I met two of my best friends on the first day of school it did take me a long time to find a group of friends to hang out with. My first weekend of college I explored Central Park and I went to the MET. On Sept. 18, it was the President’s Ball at Rose Hill, which was essentially a homecoming dance. Then on Sept. 19 it was the Homecoming football game. Fordham beat Columbia! My advice for incoming college students is when you find someone who likes what you like do that thing with them. It’s a great time to bond over things that you both enjoy. For me, my roommate and our friends would watch Survivor: Cambodia every Wednesday in the 21st lounge and it was such a fun experience. If you don’t know I love Survivor. It is one of my favorite TV shows. It is very entertaining but I also love to analyze the strategy aspect of the game. I highly recommend that you watch Survivor, trust me, you won’t regret it.

October

My brother, my mom, and my uncle came to visit me during October. I was able to show Danny around New York City. We went to a Blackhawks game. And the Blackhawks won. Danny and I saw Wicked, which was absolutely amazing. October is also the month of midterms. Ew! But I was lucky because I only had two midterms. For Halloween, I dressed up as a hippie. My friends and I went to the parade in the village. We walked all the way back to Fordham and let me just say that my feet felt like they were going to fall off. Haha

November

In November, I was invited to join the Gabelli Dean’s Council. This is such a huge honor and I’m so glad that I was invited to take part in the Dean’s Council. I was just like to note that I love the Gabelli School of Business. I’m so glad that I’m going to school here. In November, I had to register for classes and I registered for American History, Calculus, Composition II, Theology, Statistics, and Integrated Project. Also, November was such a beautiful month. It was fall in the city. I loved walking through Central Park and seeing all the leaves changing color. I went to the Museum of Modern Art. I love that I can just go to museums after class on Tuesday.I also had the opportunity to go to Lower Manhattan and wander around Wall St. For my business class, I got to go the Museum of American Finance, which was actually fun. Also, I went back home for Thanksgiving. I was super sick over the five-day weekend, I had a horrible cold and I got pink eye. During Thanksgiving weekend, that Wednesday I had a dentist appointment and I got to hang out with some of my friends from high school. We saw Mockingjay Part 2 and I got to eat a Paradise Bakery. I love Paradise Bakery’s mac and cheese. Thanksgiving was pretty fun. I loved seeing my family. I just died from laughter and after remembering what happened at Thanksgiving this year. Let’s just say my cousins and I took revenge and we stole the desserts. I have the best family. I love my extended family. I die from laughter and they are the best people in the entire world. Also, I love playing Head Ups with them. My favorite moment was when my little cousin was guessing and the work was “Duck” and people starting quacking and said “Donald” and she said, “Donald Trump.” I flew home on Sunday. And on the last day of November, I went to Magnolia Bakery and got the banana pudding to celebrate my roommate’s birthday.

December

On December 5th, it was my mom’s birthday and I was really sad that I couldn’t celebrate her birthday with her but I mailed her a card. I love mailing people birthday cards. I think it’s such a nice gesture and I know people love opening mail. Christmas in New York City is a winter wonderland (minus the snow this year). I got to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and see the window displays down 5th Avenue. I presented my group’s business plan and we ended up doing really well, we got a 15/15 on the presentation. We were chosen to go to Ernst & Young, which was a great experience. I was upset because my app was blocked on the EY server. The rest of time at school was spent studying for finals, of course, I had a finale on the last day. I went home on December 22nd. Christmas was my 19th birthday. I’m so lucky that my birthday is on Christmas because I get to spend it with the best family ever. On December 30th, I hung out with my friends from high school. To cap off 2015, I hung out with my cousins. I have a funny story. My cousins picked me up after my cousin had basketball practice and while we were in the car my cousin’s wife said she had a funny story to tell me. At my cousin’s basketball practice, my cousin’s friend’s dad was telling my cousin’s parents how his son was doing well at NAU and had a 3.0 GPA. My seven-year-old (at the time) cousin responded by saying “Well Hayley gets straight “A’s” and she goes to Fordham in New York City.” How funny.

January

Before I went back to NYC, I actually visited my old high school. I went with one of my best friends and we visited journalism. It was so good to see all my editors and reporters again. I also visited the freshman AVID class and I told them about my experience in college. That Friday I went back to MHS and I watched my brother’s pep rally. He did an amazing job. Does anyone have a ShamWow? I flew back to NYC on January 18th. I took 6 classes this semester. Monday and Wednesday I had Faith and Critical Reason. Monday and Thursday I had Math for Business: Calculus. Wednesday I had Integrated Project. Tuesday and Friday I had Composition II, Understanding Historical Change: U.S., and Statistics I. On January 23, a huge snow storm hit the east coast. I believe NYC received about 2 feet of snow. My friends and I went to Lincoln Center and played in the snow. And later that night we went back outside and walked through the isolated streets. I really wish we had a snow day that Monday, but most of the snow had been cleared up. I would like to note that was the only “bad” snowstorm the entire year. I really lucked out with good weather. The following weekend, my friends and I went to Times Square and walked around. We visited the Disney Store and the M&M store. I’m a purple M&M by the way.


February

I watched the Super Bowl on my computer and I ate Ben & Jerry’s half baked ice cream. In the beginning of February, it was time to pick roommates for next year. I’m so excited to room with three of my best friends. In February, I began a new friendship with my future suitemates for next year and I love them both so much. On February 11, I received the Woolworth Award for receiving a 3.6 or above GPA in my first of college, which was super exciting. Over the 3-day week, it was super cold in NYC. At one time, it was 0 degrees Fahrenheit. As you can guess, I really didn’t go outside. On February 17, my uncle flew in from Chicago and we went to the Chicago Blackhawks vs. NY Rangers game. We ate at Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse. The game was at Madison Square Garden. The Blackhawks won 5-3. I actually got to see hat trick by Artemi Panarin, which was really cool because I wearing my Panarin jersey. We had our Gabelli Lunar New Year party and I won a $10 AMC gift card. I also met more people in Gabelli and found someone to watch Survivor with every Wednesday. I went to a networking fair. Also, a new season of Survivor premiered and it was absolutely amazing.

March

March to May was probably my favorite time in college because that’s when I really started to hang out with my new friends. It is true that sometimes it takes till the second semester to find your real friends. I love going on walks with my friends around the city either to the river or to Central Park. On March 17th, I went home for spring break. I actually flew home with my current suitemate because she’s from Gilbert. I think it’s absolutely crazy that I had a suitemate who also lived in Arizona. It was actually pretty crazy: I was visiting my friends at ASU over spring break and I ran into my suitemate. What a small world? While in Arizona, I went to Danny’s baseball games and they won twice. I was really sad that I couldn’t go to more games this season because they did so well this year. I’m really proud of Danny. I also voted in my first presidential primary. I love voting. I hung out with my friends from high school and we made sugar cookies. I went to a Spring Training game. To finish spring break I celebrated Easter with my family.

April

I definitely explored New York City a lot during April. One day my friend and I went to the High Line and Washington Square Park. #doyouknowEminem My favorite place in Central Park is the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace. #3wordseightletters I even saw a failed marriage proposal there. I celebrated two of my friends’ birthday and we went to the Broadway play American Psycho. That same weekend I had to sleep over in my friends’ dorm room and it was really fun. That Saturday, we went to Panera, walked by the Flatiron building, then walked up 5th avenue while making a stop at Barnes and Noble. The next day I went to a taping of the $100,000 pyramid.

May

My last few weeks at Fordham have been great. I’ve been studying for finals but also hanging with my friends. True friends are the people who watch a Canadian reality TV show with you. Haha. I also had to pack up all my things. It was such a struggle. Today the storage company people came up and picked up boxes. It was a very interesting experience, to say the least.


Overall my time at Fordham was amazing. I’ve met some of my best friends. It sucked having to say goodbye to my friends for three months. I can’t wait for the fall.

2nd semester of college- first 6 weeks

Wow! I’m already 6 weeks into my second semester of my freshman year.

I flew back to NYC on January 18th. Traveling by yourself can be very stressful. I was asked to check my carry-on suitcase. I was not pleased about checking my suitcase because that means I would have to go wait for it at baggage claim. I was running on a tight schedule and I didn’t want to miss my train. The NJ transit only had 3 trains per hour. They were at 5:05 pm, 5:15 pm, and 5:17 pm. As I got to the train station at 5:17 pm, I saw the train pull away and I was so upset that I was going to have to wait a whole hour for another train. But praise the lucky stars, because another train pulled up.

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I’m taking 6 classes this semester. Monday and Wednesday I have Faith and Critical Reason. Monday and Thursday I have Math for Business: Calculus. Wednesday I have Integrated Project. Tuesday and Friday I have Composition II, Understanding Historical Change: U.S., and Statistics I.

On January 23, a huge snow storm hit the east coast. I believe NYC received about 2 feet of snow. My friends and I went to Lincoln Center and played in the snow. And later that night we went back outside and walked through the isolated streets. I really wish we had a snow day that Monday, but most of the snow had been cleared up.

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The following weekend, my friends and I went to Times Square and walked around. We visited the Disney Store and the M&M store.

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I watched the Super Bowl on my computer and I ate Ben & Jerry’s half baked ice cream.

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On February 11, I received the Woolworth Award for receiving a 3.6 or above GPA in my first of college, which was super exciting.

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Over the 3 day week, it was super cold in NYC. At one time, it was 0 degrees Fahrenheit. As you can guess, I really didn’t go outside.

On February 17, my uncle flew in from Chicago and we went to the Chicago Blackhawks vs. NY Rangers game. We ate at Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse. The game was at Madison Square Garden. The Blackhawks won 5-3. I actually got to see hat trick by Artemi Panarin, which was really cool because I wearing my Panarin jersey.

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This past week it has been raining a lot. We had our Gabelli Lunar New Year party and I won a $10 AMC gift card. I went to a networking fair. I’ve been watching the new season of Survivor, which I recommend. This semester is flying by, and I can’t believe I’m going to be back in AZ in less than 3 weeks.

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the daily post-Write Here, Write Now

Write a post entirely in the present tense.

The reason I write is to express myself. In the U.S., we have the privilege of freedom of speech. This allows me to have my own ideas/opinions and to share them in any medium I choose. I write blog posts to put my ideas into words and to recap the past. The reason I recap events in my life is to let people know what is going on in my life if I’m not talking to them on a regular basis. This prompt made me realize that I usually write in past tense. While the past is in the past at least I’m not dwelling on the past. Instead I’m sharing my past and showing what made me happy. I think The Daily Post will allow me to live more in the moment and focus on today. We only have today.

Happiness is not a destination. It is a mood, it is not permanent. It comes and goes and if people thought that way then maybe people would find happiness more often.

Write Here, Write Now