Junior Year | Semester One

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Well, I am done with my first semester of my junior year of college!!! I can’t believe it. I know everyone says this, but it seriously does feel like just yesterday I was an awkward freshman who didn’t know what to expect. Would I like my school? My roommate? Would I make friends? There were so many questions; so many unknowns. And honestly, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go to Marist and how the last couple of years have been.

This past semester has been one of the best. I feel like I say that every semester though. But I don’t know. Each one my school feels a little more like home and a place I have grown to love. The thing about college is you don’t arrive and meet your best friends on day 1 and BAM – that’s your group. No, you meet new people every single day. Three years into college I’m still meeting new people and finding new friends, as well as filtering those out of my life who just don’t seem to fit.

As I was driving home from college for Christmas break the other day, an overwhelming feeling of pure happiness and gratefulness came over me. I love where I’m at in my life. I love the people in it and the decisions I’ve made.

I decided to insert some pictures from my first semester. It’s weird. This year I’ve taken a considerably less amount of photos. So far, I only have 100 in my junior year college album, compared to freshman year when I had over 300 at this point. But do you know what I’ve realized? It’s the nights where you don’t have a lot of pictures that are the best. Those are the ones where you’re having too much fun to bother taking out a camera (well, iPhone) and snap some shots. You’re too in the moment.

Regardless, I still have pictures and here are some of my favorites:

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Love these people.

 

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Delicious salad at Lola’s cafe. I ate out way more this semester and loved it. It can be kind of hard to get me out of the house to pay for an overpriced meal that will probably upset my overly sensitive stomach, but I did it. Nothing beats a good meal with good friends.

 

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I miss when I could wear shorts. Also, my hair was so much shorter!

 

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My 20th birthday.

 

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Every year for Halloween I am either a cat or a football player. #basic

 

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I went to the bar in a onesie. Yeah.

 

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My freshman year roommate (who no longer goes to Marist) visited and I couldn’t have been happier!

 

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Mandatory post-getting ready mirror pic. Check.

 

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When it’s raining you gotta go out with plastic bags over your head. #PROTECTTHEHAIR

 

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Anchoring the news. Do I look professional?

 

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Nice weather calls for barbecues. (They’re eating a hotdog.)

 

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Stayed in NYC for Amy’s 21st birthday. What a night.

 

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Going rollerblading has been on my bucket list for years.

 

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Classic pic inside the Marist Christmas tree.

 

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This was one of my favorite nights.

 

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Kayla was studying in NYC (Marist in Manhattan) this semester and visited. I’m so excited for her to return for semester 2!

 

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I wasn’t supposed to go out this night (last Saturday before finals) but these people convinced me and I’m so glad I did!

 

Well, those are just a few pictures from some of my favorite nights. I’m so grateful for all the people who made this semester one of the best and don’t know what I’d do without them. I really am so lucky.

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