It's time to get you up-to-date on what's been going on! It's only been about six months and a lot has happened in the last six months, including some exciting news which I'm glad to share!
Going from least to most recent, I last wrote about my marathon experience which was a memorable one. I feel as though I am eternally fit from that. I went on a few long runs this summer (after an extensive recuperation period) and found that really no matter the distance, I could still run a good pace and hold it steady throughout. I got to make a fun trip home with three friends who hadn't been to Maine before, and we went hiking, kayaking, and skeet-shooting! We also played soccer together a lot and enjoyed the FIFA soccer madness! Back home my mom adopted two little kittens, and Moe, our dog wasn't too happy, though it seems that he's warmed up to them now that he's had a lot of time with them. Besides my small trip I didn't have much free time between my jobs, and being an RA, but I learned a lot and made some good friends this summer! *Some additional things I've done - helped with the dismantling of my sister's timber frame house, a grandmas weekend visit, apple picking, and some trips around Burlington.
|The different faces of kayaking rapids|
|Who doesn't hold up rocks?|
|Halfway to the top!|
|The actual Birthday boys|
|I owned the most famous soccer ball of the summer|
|Snack and Office Space!|
|Sunset from my porch|
|I saw a horse at the waterfront|
|Chipmunks living in the oldest tree at Champlain|
|A surprise visit from the fella called for a dinner out!|
|A short visit home before school!|
|even with Margaret|
|You'd never guess how old he is!|
|The timber frame take-down!|
|An ity bity snake!|
|Gram and Blue|
|Meme getting wild!|
|Gram can't even handle it|
|The photo you get when your gram holds down the shutter taking 50 pictures - half of herself!|
|Sunset at ra camp|
|My wonderful co Will!|
|Cooper made some leaf art|
|Hanging out with the friends!|
|First, last day of school!|
|Of course a visit from the goober!|
|It was her first time ever!|
|And an annual lake trip with some friends|
Back to the summer - I had two jobs this summer. The first one I still intern at, and that is at at Driven Studio which is a small design firm in Burlington where I also interned this past spring. I work/ed primarily on Cabot Cheese content and got to help design logos, countless web banners, and even got a few cool projects of my own! I got to help edit some tractor trucks graphics, make the new Cabot pint glass, and make the new cheese stickers!
But back to Driven Studio, I had a few things all happen at once and one was an amazing job offer which would start when I end by collegiate career in December! On that same day, I was also made aware of an amazing opportunity to be a teaching assistant in Italy for the spring term teaching english! So as you can imagine, some long walks and serious deliberation with friends and family, but I spoke with my boss about the situation and he was on board, saying what everyone else had been saying: when will you ever get this chance again?
My other job was working with Residential Life operations at Champlain College preparing for the arrival of a ginormous incoming first-year class. I primarily made a massive survey that I thought would help students get better matched with their roommates. And after speaking with the residents of my friends who RA first year residence halls, the students I talked to who all used that form get along great. AKA GREAT SUCESS.
So, all in all, I've got about a month to my graduation and two months until I fly out for Italy! It doesn't seem real - especially with all the things that have to happen, like student loans, apartment searching, a computer, a car?! -- there is a lot that starts to happen when you graduate and become an adult! I'm very blessed to have such supportive family and friends during this crazy time!
For the Graphic Design major we have a big project called the Capstone which is basically a semester long intensive research/design project where you explore one issue you have found and create a potential outcome(s) and articulate those outcomes through design, backed by research. PHEW! I've learned to summarize that! But in two weeks I'll be done the most intensive part, and should be doing great!
I've been learning Italian for the last month and a half or so and I'm starting to feel pretty good about saying hello. ;) Haha, Just kidding, I've learn many other things too! // And another funny twist, my sister is actually in Italy and has been for a couple weeks with Kevin! So they've been keeping track of cool places for me to go and stay and visit! AND I'm only really a ferry ride away from Dubrovnik after all.... ;)
And for those wondering, I'm not positive of the town in which I'll be living but it will most likely be in a small town near Turin, Italy which is located at the base of the alps! And there are about seven other countries that are nearby so I'll be getting to as many as I can as I think it will be a while before I get across the seas again! So EXCITED!
Until next time!