Around the US, College, National Parks

Colorado Road Trip: Denver, Pikes Peak, and Sand Dunes NP

In my freshman year of college, my mom and I began planning a post-graduation road trip through Colorado. The itineraries varied; my first idea was a two-week exploration of the entire state, which was kind of a lot. Ultimately, I spent four days in Colorado - three with my family and one bonus day on… Continue reading Colorado Road Trip: Denver, Pikes Peak, and Sand Dunes NP

Around the US, College

How to Spend a Weekend in Tucson, Arizona

When I started my college education in summer 2017 and moved to Tucson, I knew very little about this amazing city. I had been here twice - once for a campus tour and once for registration. On both of those trips, I only visited the university campus and had no idea what else was around… Continue reading How to Spend a Weekend in Tucson, Arizona

Around the US, College, National Parks

New Mexico Road Trip: Carlsbad, White Sands, and Las Cruces

Since starting college, I thought it would be fun to do a spring break road trip, and I planned out different hypotheticals (including a hiking-intensive 9 National Parks in 9 days trip that, physically, I don't actually think I could do). Last fall, with the pandemic still dragging on and online classes keeping us in… Continue reading New Mexico Road Trip: Carlsbad, White Sands, and Las Cruces

Around the US, College

Arizona Summer 2017

In the summer of 2017, I did two programs at the University of Arizona prior to officially starting school there in the fall (Arabic Jumpstart and UAdvantage) as well as a road trip out west with my family. My blog has evolved a lot since then, so I'm combining those posts here to keep them… Continue reading Arizona Summer 2017

Italy, Study Abroad

Italy 2018

Studying abroad in Orvieto, Italy was one of the best experiences of my life so far! I really fell in love with the country and everything it has to offer, and it was pretty hard to contain that excitement. In the 5 weeks that I was there, I wrote 9 separate blog posts gushing about… Continue reading Italy 2018

College

Freshman Year 2017/18

When I first started college, that in itself was an adventure! Everything was new and exciting, and I had a lot to share with friends and family back home who kept up with my blog. By sophomore year, however, I had pretty much adjusted to college classes and being in Tucson while still awesome was… Continue reading Freshman Year 2017/18

France, Study Abroad

France 2018

In the fall of 2018, I had the incredible opportunity to spend the semester studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. It was an amazing time in my life; I saw so many amazing places and also learned a lot from my classes. That's a very nerdy thing to say, but I honestly took some great classes.… Continue reading France 2018

College, Europe, France, Study Abroad

Traveling Alone: Paris, France

Paris, Paris, Paris,De mes amours c'est lui le favori Josephine Baker really put into words the enchantment of  Paris.  The  above lyrics are from  "Paris, Paris, Paris," which is a song that says "Paris" so many times that it stops sounding like a word.  However, it is also one of the songs that was playing… Continue reading Traveling Alone: Paris, France

College, Europe, France, Study Abroad

Reflecting on Study Abroad

One year ago, I returned from a semester in France.  I've had a decent amount of time to reflect on this and to think about my experience and what advice I would give to other students.  Given that I am writing about the entire process of this from picking a program to coming home, this… Continue reading Reflecting on Study Abroad

Around the US, College

Tucson Fall: Autumn Vibes in the Sonoran Desert

It's autumn: That wonderful time of cool weather, hay rides, and pumpkin spice everything. Living in Tucson though, sweater weather doesn't really come at the same time as pumpkin spice.  In our apartment, we've been ready (and rather desperate) for fall since the start of the school year.  None of us are desert natives, but… Continue reading Tucson Fall: Autumn Vibes in the Sonoran Desert