A New Intern in Ithaca

It finally happened… we graduated. And it seemed like everybody had a plan except me. Some people were off to vet school, med school and grad school. Others were doing City Year or had begun the job hunt. I had just quit mine a month earlier and the farthest I could see into the future…

15 Words for 15 Days

Passport. Airplane. Are we there yet? Dachau. Munich. Beer. Nice to meet you. Novotel. Sleeping Beauty. Turnstile. St. Peter’s. Cuckoo Clock. River surfing. English Garden. Beer. Butchered German. Gelato. Crystal toilets. Mozart Balls. Almdudler. Innsbruck. Statue people. Vipiteno. Adriano. Laughter. Pizza. Cramped space. Bidet. Sinking city. “Whispers”. Glass blowing. Views. Lost. Book staircase. Cat obsession….

The Never-Ending Thank You Note

Four years of undergrad is a long time. I am definitely not the same person who arrived on campus at 18. That girl was naive and much more closed-minded than she liked to admit. A lot of people and experiences have helped me grow into who I am today. There’s no way it could ever…

The End of an Era

Three and a half years ago, a young woman trudged to a final in a half a foot of snow. She passed the Animal and Food Science Lab exam, and then she walked out with a goodie bag of snacks that one of the TAs handed her on her way out the door. In the bag,…

To build a trail is to believe in tomorrow.

I might have changed Audrey Hepburn’s words a little to fit my needs. I spent the past week escaping from all the stress and bustle of senior year by traveling 14 hours away to Dayton, Tennessee, with 20 strangers turned very good friends. For 5 days, we experienced firsthand the hard work that goes into building new trails that…

This One’s For The Girls

When I was a little girl, I used to sit with my knees up and play with the loose calve muscles and skin that jiggled when I touched them. Until I turned 16, I don’t think I had an ounce of fat on my body. I took those fast metabolism years for granted, but that’s…

Self Destruction

I’m just going to cut to the chase: second semester senior year is not fun so far. I could try to follow in the footsteps of graduates before me and go to the bars twice a week and also hang out with people during the weekend, but the reality is that a schedule like that would catch up with…

Oh Look, A _____!

Fill in the blank with bridge if you’re Sam, cabin if you’re Meghan. Together, our distracted selves managed to avoid being hit by an 18-wheeler. Just barely. Our week-long southern road trip was cut short by vet school interviews, and we ended up heading in the complete opposite direction from what we had originally planned. Thursday, we…

New Year’s Resolutions

New year, new you? I’m not really a fan of making unreasonable resolutions that I’m obviously going to break because I’m not into setting myself up for failure. But I do have some goals for myself in the coming year that I believe are attainable. Get up the first time my alarm goes off. Be more…

Where Are You Christmas, Why Can’t I Find You?

My favorite holiday is usually Thanksgiving, but something was missing this year. My mom, for starters. I don’t get to go home as much, so I missed her more when she disappeared to Vegas. What really bothers me is that my favorite holiday has been overtaken by the commercialization of Christmas. Santa has been a part…

Why Everybody Should Study Abroad

The University of Delaware is very proud to be “First” at stuff. We’re still hanging on to the fact that we were the first state. Not that it really matters in the grand scheme of things, but it does to Delaware. So UD is very proud to have the oldest study abroad program in the…