This year for Spring Break, the first year on my own, left me with the decision to go practically anywhere I wanted to go. (Within a college students budget of course.) I decided I might as well take advantage of our close proximity to New York City and make a trip down there! My lovely neighbor Georgia and her mom, Sue, were my adventure buddies!
During Thanksgiving break my amazing dorm neighbor Mara (we also did crew together) invited me to come home with her. Mara lives in Rockville, Maryland. Mara was a fantastic guide, we got to do some awesome on-a-budget-poor-college-student sightseeing! First things first.. Rockville has a CAFE RIO!!! I was soo excited. I miss Mexican food every single day. *They did not have Mexican cokes.
Our homemade “schedule” of adventures! We made it to almost every sight! Every morning we would follow our Crew workout schedule, then make lunches (a fantastic way to eat healthy and save money on food) and drive to the metro stop to get into DC.
One of my new years resolutions is to be better about keeping everyone updated on the blog! So here it goes! First post of the new year. Happy 2015 everyone.
I am now into my second semester here at Ithaca College. My first finals week was not actually as bad as I was expecting! After Finals I got to fly home and see the lovely family.
Decided to go on a hike the other day with some friends, so we headed to the Robert H. Treman State Park! We did a great little 4 mile loop and saw some beautiful forests and waterfalls.
It’s official, I am a college student. Whoa.
My fantastic mother flew out here with me to help me get all moved in, settle in and party for a couple days. We once again used airbnb, my previous airbnb love was booked out so we decided to branch out and try another place. It was almost as amazing! Located above Ithaca surrounded by a beautiful forested yard, it was perfect! Once again proof that airbnb is absolutely amazing. We were far enough away from town but still close enough for it to be convenient.
Finally graduated High school! Time to move onto college.
My amazing parents who have supported me through everything, love you guys so much!!
My best friend in the world! Love you Carina
This summer I was a workaholic. I often got the comment, “You work too much.” or “Why do you work so much?” Yes I did work a lot, around 70-75 hours a week. The answer why I work so much, I’m moving to New York!
After coming home from Costa Rica, senior year started up and I had a lot of decisions to make! I decided that I would like to attend college out of the state of Utah, so I set on a mission to find schools out of Utah that would be good for me. A good friend of mine helped me narrow it down. (Thank You Zina!) I ended up applying to 4 colleges (Thank you The Common Application for making my life that much easier). I applied to The University of Utah and Westminster as safety schools close to home, and I also applied to Skidmore college in Saratoga Springs New York and Ithaca College in Ithaca New York. I was accepted to Westminster and The University of Utah quickly and Ithaca and Skidmore made me wait for a couple more month. I anxiously checked the mail every day until I finally received word from Ithaca that I was accepted!! (My 1st choice by far!). Skidmore placed me on the wait list.
One of my absolute favorite things about any city, is the graffiti. I especially love the art in San Jose, it is absolutely fantastic. These are some of my favorite graffitis that I have seen, and been able to get a picture of!
This bunny is my favorite in Heredia.
This is a wall in San Pedro de San Jose.
The evolution of the banana, quite clever.
Some times you find a siblings name!
Our final orientation for AFS was in Punta Leona! Punta Leona is on the Pacific side and is known for its gorgeous white sand beaches.
Sadly we were only able to stay for one night. Given such little time I spent every minute possible on the beach.
Couldn’t of been any happier! This was by far my favorite beach, along with Manuel Antonio.
Playa Blanca was about a 15 minute walk from our hotel rooms, we found this cute little hut thing on the way.
I have been staying in Costa Rica with an exchange program, AFS. They organize trips you can pay to go on. They have trips all over Costa Rica. I recently went to one in Tortuguero, Limon Province. These trips are great to spend time with the other exchange students and see how their experiences are going. I love hearing all of the other students stories, and it’s amazing how different each experience is even though we are all in Costa Rica to learn about the culture and study spanish.