It is that time of year when seniors in high school begin accepting their offers from colleges, searching for roommates, and designing their dream dorm! Just last year I was doing the same thing and it was so exciting! I spent hours online looking at Facebook and Instagram for THE PERFECT roommate and I spent event more time designing and planning my future dream dorm.
Funny enough despite finding an awesome potential roommate, when room assignments came out, I was not paired with her. Instead I was paired with a random roommate. Daunting at first but I wouldn't change a thing. I am so lucky to have been paired with my freshman year roommate and it turns out we have way more in common than I originally thought! Today we are in the same sorority and next year she is even living in the apartment building less than 100 feet from mine! This story is not to make you scared of not getting paired with your requested roommate but to show you that it is OKAY. Things will work out, and if they don't you can always change rooms throughout the year! After the thanksgiving break, lots of dorms open up as people drop out, so gif you don't get put with someone you like, look into switching, the school's housing loves to help!
Before you begin shopping take a look at this list that I put together of everything that I found useful in my dorm or wish I knew to bring right away:
Here is some of the before and after pictures of my dorm:
In the midst of all the chaos behind the evolving Covid-19 Pandemic, students across the nation had to hear the heartbreaking news that they will not be returning to finish out their spring semester on campus. Prior to receiving the news from my own school I watched is dismay as one by one colleges transferred to online schooling. Though it didn't truly sink it into I got the message from my own school, Penn State, that I realized that I too will not being returning to the place I've made home just last September.
I am overwhelmed with sadness and left feeling unfulfilled that I didn't know that the day before spring break was going to be my last in class lecture of freshmen year, my last meal in Findlay commons, my last "market run", my last late night study session with my girlfriends in Mckean lobby, or my last sleep in my dorm with my roommate. I know that I will once again be able to return to Penn State (hopefully this fall), but things will be different. It will not be the same freshman experience of living in east. I knew that my freshman year would come to a close at some point, but I expected that to be a few months out and that I could cherish just a few more memories with the freshman atmosphere.
A part of me is missing when I think about all the fun things that we had planned for the spring. Big-Little reveal for ESA, parents weekend, blue & white game, concerts on the HUB lawn, and day longs in "warm" weather. While I mourn the loss of these experinces and the time that I can't get back, I'm trying to find some light in this situation.
As I scroll through my camera roll and look at my snapchat memories, it almost brings tears to my eyes. I am truly grateful to have such an amazing group of friends. Some that have stayed with me through high school and others that I had the pleasure of meeting at Penn State (big shoutout to WEPO for allowing me to meet one of them). From every football game, to pregame, to "whoop" ride, to late night jam sessions, to Uber rides to frat row, to jack's infamous ski goggles, I am so lucky to have you all by my side.
I don't think I have ever laughed more than at Penn State surronded by all my best friends being our crazy, stupid selves, and for that I just want to say thank you. I'll be honest and say I balled my eyes out the first day my parents left me at PSU. All of high school I was so excited to leave home and I wasn't scared of distance or being homesick. Though when I said my goodbyes to my parents, I suddenly became nevous that I would be home sick in the coming days. Despite actaully contrcating a new illness every week (lol thanks UHS for the support), I blame it on the Russe bottle, today I can say without any doubt in my head that Penn State is HOME.
Now, off my sad tangent, I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments of my freshman year! Truly these 1.5 semesters have been some of the most fun, crazy, and adventurous times I have ever had :)
See you in August 16802!
ROME & AMALFI COAST
This post is delayed for sure, but I wanted to share the highlights of my trip and have a place to store some of the amazing pictures I captured along the way!
There is just so much I have to say about my AMAZING trip to Italy and a lot of it is hard to put into words. I've tried to include a picture from each highlight of the trip, without totally overwhelming the post with photos.
To start, I would like to note that I went to Italy for 12 days the second week of July. June-July is the height of the tourist season in Italy, with August being their "siesta". Which means that most families from Italy go on vacation, and all the more authentic shops and restaurants shut down for business for the month. So if you are looking to get the real cultural experience I would advise to plan around these to factors. Despite being there during the height of the tourist season, it was not too crowded, and Rome felt empty compared to a normal city in the US. Temperature wise, we had great weather. Rome for sure was a lot warmer than the Amalfi coast, as to be expected.
The first part of our trip was spent in Rome! This city was absolutly magical and charming which is why I enjoyed it so much. Yes, there are lots of tourist destinations but despite this, the city is actually quant and not as "busy" as cities in the US. I stayed on the famous art street in Rome, in an apartment, where all the galleries line the street and of course right next to all the designer shops.
Places I visited in ROME:
In addition we did a day trip to the Pope's Summer home (Palace of Castle Gandolfo) about an hour outside of Rome. It was absolutely beautiful and a nice break from the heat of the city. You can take the train there from the center subway system within Rome!
Some things to note about ROME:
This is where I find it hard to explain this part of my trip in words, so I am going to try and provide a sufficient amount of pictures to explain it! I think one of the most important part to note is that there are many different towns within the Amalfi Coast. All the towns are build on the side of the cliffs that overlook the beach. So all the roads run directly along side of the cliff with no guard rail. It was very scary being a passenger driving along the coast, so I totally recommend getting a local to drive you around while you visit.
My home base in the Amalfi Coast was the town of Sorrento. I am so grateful that is where we stayed because it is most definitely the best town, with the most to do, and least steep, scary roads.
Highlights of my time on the ALMAFI COAST:
Fun Story from the Path of Gods Hike
The Path of Gods is a hike that runs along the coast and has outstanding views and really helps to connect all the small towns visually in your head. There are still some very remotes part of the Amalfi coast where people live without technology, tourism, and even electricity. On the first leg of our hike we crossed paths with a Shepard who was about to hop on his mule, yes mule, and ride back to his little house where he was going to make fresh goat cheese. At this point, you must be thinking I'm joking with you. But I'm totally not, and I have the pictures to prove it. Down below, is a picture from the hike. The Sheppard was so kind and invited us back to his house where he made us a fresh snack!
THANK YOU ITALY for this amazing experience, I hope to be back soon!
College game day varies for each school, but one thing remains constant, and that's the importance of having an outfit that fits the occasion and is different from the rest. Since I go to Penn State (aka the best school EVER), and there is a such a wide rang of temperature for game days, I am going to show you a variety of options for any type of weather that you may encounter.
Some simple things to keep in mind when planning your GAME DAY FIT:
1. Dress for the weather!! There is a cute outfit no matter the weather, so don't try and wear a shorts in 20 degree weather because most likely everyone else will be dressed warm and you'll just look silly.
2. Wear shoes that you don't mind getting a little dirty... I have a pair of white fashion sneakers that I put in Penn State Laces! These are super easy to clean and if something were to happen to them, I wouldn't be too upset.
3. Be different! Don't wear the same exact shirt your 5 other girlfriends are wearing, stand out, it will go in your favor!
The Break Down (by weather)
WARM WEATHER (lucky you)
I hope these ideas help you be creative in planning your next game day outfit!
Thanks for stopping by Blonde in Pink! This is a spot for me to share everything from fashion to travel. I am currently based out of Philly but I am always visiting new places. If I had two words to describe my fashion it would be "Boho Chic". I started this blog in 2015 with inspiration to share my fashion ideas with friends and family, and soon Blonde in Pink began.