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.
Being accepted into Ithaca College was incredible! We decided to plan a trip to New York to see the school. After the Sterling Scholar program was over (I took second in Foreign Language) I was able to fly to New York with my dad.
We booked a place to stay through Air bnb one of my favorite websites and apps (almost as addicting as pinterest!!) People are able to rent out either rooms or their entire houses through the website. It is very well organized and I am excited to utilize it as much as possible in future.
Check the Website out- It’s awesome! https://www.airbnb.com/
We booked a little lake house on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca that I fell in love the second I saw the pictures. The first experience with Air bnb was great! The house was gorgeous, so cozy and cute. I had a hard time leaving! I can’t wait to go back and stay again. Halibut the cat was very friendly and our host gave us tons of great advice about where to go and what to see.
This was the view from the deck of the house, gorgeous both day and night!
You can never go wrong with twinkle lights. Really though, can I live here?
This is Halibut the cat- we were pretty much best friends.
Ithaca is an amazing little town- considered one of the best college towns in the United States! Cornell is very close to Ithaca College. Ithaca is Gorges is their little saying- you’ll see it all over t-shirts, mugs, sweatshirts and bumper stickers. There are gorges and waterfalls all over. Cayuga lake is right on the edge of town where both Ithaca and Cornell have Crew teams. Cornell has a sailing program as well. All of the houses are old and cute and there are beautiful churches and buildings down town. Oh and don’t forget Wegman’s THE grocery store in Ithaca- everyone loves it.
We toured Ithaca College- amazing. The campus is perfect, diverse and amazing. It sits above town with the most amazing view of everything and Cayuga lake. I was pretty much decided at that point. The next day was “my decision day” probably one of the most stressful days of my life so far. It was down to The University of Utah and Ithaca College, two completely different schools. I kept going back and forth and was about ready to loose my mind. After 3 nights in Ithaca I was still trying to decide what to do with my life and where to go. We headed to Syracuse where we took the Amtraks to New York City. *My recomendation- DO NOT TAKE THE AMTRAKS. Just take your rental car down there, its cheaper and quicker.* What was about a 4 hour drive by car took 9 hours on the train.
Taughannock Falls- supposedly these are bigger than Niagara falls!
Lots of pretty flowers in the spring time!
We were pretty upset that this was the day after we left town!
We arrived in Penn Station New York City at around 9 or 10 pm. Entering the city for the first time was surreal. It was pouring rain, so gorgeous and amazing. We got pretty wet walking around looking for my dad’s friends apartment, but I enjoyed every second of it. After saying hi and dropping our stuff off we went out in search for something to eat. My dad had been telling weeks in advance that you just DON’T eat Mexican Food in New York. So where do we end up eating on my first night in New York City? That’s right a teeny tiny little Mexican food restaurant. It was actually pretty good! My dad claimed that they were some of the best tacos he has ever had. (Along with a couple Mexican cokes, cause I mean how can you not?).
New York City overall was amazing, it felt so familiar because you see it in all the movies. We visited all the tourist attractions, Central Park, Washington Square, Times Square. I also did my senior pictures in the gorgeous streets of New York City. Overall a fantastic vacation. I decided officially through much contemplation and almost loosing my mind over the decision that Ithaca was the place for me! I told the school that I was definitely coming and could finally relax about my decision. I came home excited for college and moving to Ithaca. Overall a fantastic trip- Thanks dad!
The infamous mustache (which is still around in case you were wondering) and probably one of my favorite pictures of the trip.
Times square really is crazy in real life.
I loved the random pianos in parks, it was awesome.
This guy was my favorite, he was just loving life, playing the piano and entertaining the little ones.
The flowers were so gorgeous I just could not get enough of them!!
My favorite park by far.
Just as gorgeous at night!
I LOVE NYC! Awesome trip!