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Germany

I’ve officially been accepted to study abroad in Germany for the upcoming fall semester!! I will be studying abroad at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin and I absolutely can not wait! I’m staying with a host family and I will be there for almost five months studying German. I know it’s going to be one of the biggest challenges of my life thus far, especially considering I haven’t been overseas before, but I am so ready for it. Of course, I don’t want to wish the last half of my sophomore (!!) semester and summer away, but I’m counting down the days until I step off that plane. I will be using this blog (or maybe a separate one… haven’t decided yet) to write about my time in Germany/Europe so stay tuned for updates!

 

 

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Lately

What a past couple months it’s been! I have been going non-stop from Thanksgiving until now.

The most exciting part of that has been Auburn Football. Last year, Auburn went 3-9 and was winless in the SEC. Even with an exciting hiring of a new head coach, I came to Auburn expecting a mediocre season at best, and boy was I wrong. I would say that the Iron Bowl (Auburn vs. Alabama game) was one of the most exciting experiences of my entire life. I sat with my brother and best friends right behind the field goal. Chris Davis #11, made an amazing miracle play leading Auburn to beat Alabama in what was the most amazing Iron Bowls ever. I, along with almost the entire Jordan-Hare stadium, rushed the field in pandemonium. I have never felt the amount pure joy that I felt in that moment. It was such an amazing experience. After the game, my friends and I rolled Toomer’s Corner and went to celebrate the victory. The next weekend, Auburn played in the SEC championship. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend but I did watch the game at Moe’s BBQ and got to roll Toomer’s after the victory. After the celebration, all of Auburn moved onto the next football game to watch, The Ohio St. vs Michigan State.  If Ohio St lost, we would be going to the National Championship, and guess what? We did. And I got to roll Toomer’s Corner twice in one night. Even though we ended up losing the National Championship, I am so thankful for being able to experience, the now infamous, 2013 Auburn Football season. I will never forget this season. I mean how awesome is it to go from being winless in the SEC, to SEC champs the next? War Damn Eagle!

IMG_0736Iron Bowl fun!

I am thankful to say that this Christmas break was the first time that I legitimately did not want to go home. I had such a great semester (just very busy) and I was not looking forward to leaving Auburn for a month. Even though I worked a lot, Christmas break was good. It was the break I needed, especially after my stressful semester! It was also great to be back at work and making money. I also, of course, loved being with my friends from home for a whole month. I always miss them so much!

After Christmas, I went to visit my family in Buffalo, NY. I always love going up to Buffalo. I feel like I belong in the north, and it is always so great to visit my family. It was absolutely freezing! Really though, the windchill was -20 one day. And of course that day we decided to go to Niagra Falls. It was so cool to see in the winter!

Now, I’m back at Auburn and hoping and praying this semester is just as great, if not better! I am currently in the process of planning my study abroad to Germany and just trying to survive my classes so far.

And here are just some pictures from the past few weeks.

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Christmas Cocktail with my little

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SEC championship with my big!

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Toomer’s Corner after the SEC championship

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Niagra Falls on the coldest day of the year in Buffalo.

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#5 Ricardo Louis aka the guy who won the Georgia game with the miracle catch. IMG_1572Stalking the Vampire Diaries set with my friends over MLK weekend.

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struggle bus

I’m pretty sure all of my teachers get together and plan to put all of my tests and papers on the same day. I’m honestly starting to believe that. Every single week, I have an average of 3 tests and quizzes one one day and an 8 page paper due the day before! Not to mention hours of homework. The Sophomore Slump is real, y’all. It also doesn’t help that I’m taking German and Spanish at the same time. I thought that was a good idea, why? I know college is not easy, especially Auburn, but it seems like all my friends have maybe one or two tests a month, and MAYBE one paper, and I’m here doing work hours every single night while they’re out having fun. I guess that’s what I get for doing awful freshman year.

I can not wait to get into classes for my major. Maybe I’ll have some more motivation to do my work when it actually interests me. The funny thing is that I don’t even know for sure what I’m majoring in anymore. All I can really do is laugh at myself.

Thanksgiving break, where are you?!! I’m in major need for some Birmingham lovin’. Newks, my bed, my Bham friends, a mental break, and homecooked meals are calling my name.

Speaking of Thanksgiving break… where the hell did 2013 go?

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Ho Hey

I’ve been really inspired lately. I’ve also been very happy and dare I say, content? I think it has something to do with my sudden rush of inspiration to write. Here’s the problem? I’m so inspired that I don’t even know where to start. I could start with how Silver Linings Playbook has drastically changed me, because it is SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MOVIE! Honestly, I could go on for hours on how amazing I think Silver Linings Playbook is.

I could also go on about how beautiful of a show LOST is. I’m watching it for the third time through and it is even more beautiful than I thought before. I love the relationships and the characters. I truly don’t know if another show will ever compare to the genius of LOST.

I’m also really happy! Of course, my life is by no means where I want to be, but this semester has been so much better so far. I really think I’m starting to love Auburn.

I’m thinking of a new direction to take my blog in. This blog has kind of served as a whiny, diary of mine and I don’t want it to be like that anymore. Stay tuned for some awesome updates. (I’m pretty sure they won’t be awesome, but I’m trying here y’all!)

 

and with that, I would like to leave you with this quote from Silver Linings Playbook cause it’s kind of awesome.

“This is what I believe to be true…you have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest. If you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.” -Pat, Silver Linings Playbook

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It’s Time

My break has been wonderful. The only downside is that it’s coming to an end. I have one day left in Birmingham. A part of me, a big part of me, just wants to pack up and move to Birmingham but I know that is just stupid because I would honestly be miserable at some point.

I am excited for this upcoming semster and hope that me and Auburn finally click. I felt it coming on before I left Auburn but after spending 5 weeks at home I’m not sure how I’m going to feel when I get there.

I’m going to miss my family so much and my sweet doggy.

I’m also going to miss my friends so much. Why do we all have to be separated? A part of me is literally missing without them. I wish life was fair and perfect and we all were together more. But, c’est la vie.

 

Of course, I’ll miss Newks soooooOOO much. As always. I can never wait to go back. I think being absent from Newks is what makes my heart fonder. :)

 

Until next time

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Samson

Christmas break has been great. I miss Birmingham. I miss Newks. I don’t know what it is about my coworkers but I’m happy there. Truly happy. I feel so dumb saying this but I honestly believe I am happiest at Newks.

I’ve been working a lot but I’ve also hung out with good friends. Relationships make my life and not being able to really see my friends for months at a time leaves a hole in my heart. I miss them all so much and it is so great to be able to be with them this break.

The only downside of this break is that I have been working so much that I have not stopped to appreciate everything and enjoy this Christmas season. Of course, I have enjoyed working and being reunited with my coworkers but I haven’t really watched any Christmas movies or baked or those types of Christmasty things. There are also so many shows I need to catch up on and books I need to read this break… it’s overwhelming!

I’m currently reading Pride and Prejudice and I absolutely love it. I recently read The Fault in Our Stars and it’s pretty great.

Anyways, I’m hoping to do nothing but watch Christmas movies and eat food and read and watch tv for the rest of today and tomorrow.

 

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Better Love

Life has been good lately. I think I can finally say I’m happy with Auburn. I would not go as far as to say 100% in general, because who REALLY is 100% happy with their life? But I finally know that I made the right choice, and that making friends takes time, moving to a new place with 25,000 new people takes time to adjust. I expected it all to happen right when I got here and when I didn’t I immediately blamed it on Auburn.

I will say, though, that I can NOT wait to go home for Christmas. Yeah, it is weird being home and having parents to answer to, but its home. And home is good. Home is home.

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b8Me and my main guh, Abigail were the only 2 white people at a black wedding. It was DEFINITELY interesting, but very fun. I was the only white girl wobbling in a sea of 50 black people. It was hilarious, and probably something I’ll always remember.

b1Thanksgiving break was great! I got to work with my favorite coworkers and was FINALLY reunited with my best friends. I miss them so much. More and more as each day passes!

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b2My sorority had our Christmas cocktail this week. It was a lot of fun and a great last time of all being together before Christmas break!

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I got to work the merch table for one of my favorite bands, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors (see blog post about them, here) They are involved in Young Life, and I love them! I’m also going to see them on Friday in Birmingham, so I got to see them this past week (from afar) and then this Friday up close, again! I’m excited. They always put on a great show. Oh, and that is Drew Holcomb and I. Ellie (his wife and fellow bandmate) just had a baby so she didn’t take part in the meet in greet.

The only thing standing between me and highway 280 are 5 finals. Ugh. Ew. Shoot me. The reason this blog post is being written is because I am trying to do everything but study.

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My life be like…

ooooo ahhhh oooooooo ahhh.

Monday, I had the absolute privilege of going to see Ben and Duncan from The Buried Life. Jump back to 2010 when the show premiered, one of the first good television shows that MTV had aired in a long time, competing with shows about annoying guidos and teen moms and their redneck boyfriends. I loved the Buried Life the moment it aired. The four boys (more like men but for the purpose of this blog post, I’m going to use boys) are all beautiful, my type, or what I like the think “my type” is. All four from Canada, northern boys, definitely not frat guys, something I’m not all too used to seeing. I instantly fall in love. Of course, not only with their looks, but as 4 guys on a mission to do good in the world while also fulfilling their own life’s wishes.

The premise of the show is to accomplish a list of 100 things “to do before they die.” For everything they cross off their list, they help a stranger cross something off theirs. The show was not only hilarious, but moving. Now that the show is over, the boys go on tours to give motivational talks to college students, i.e me, who don’t know their place in the world yet.

Ben and Duncan were not only hilarious, but I loved hearing stories about how they started and listening them to make fun of the two who weren’t there, Jonnie and Dave. The fact that Jonnie was not there was extremely disappointing because he is my future husband, only he doesn’t know it yet.

Their one hour talk inspired me more than anything else has before. Growing up in the south, and now attending college in the SEC, every girl gets an MRS degree, is married with a child by 24 (at the oldest), and that’s that. This scenario is not something I wish for myself. I want to experience life to the fullest. I’m not saying that the above scenario is not experiencing life, but its not something I want. I want to travel, travel, travel and maybe travel some more. I also want to cross of the things on my bucket list. Maybe, THEN I will want to settle down but I don’t think I can do that until I find myself and do all the things I want to do.

I seriously thank Ben and Duncan for inspiring me to live a live worth living. Duncan said, ” Invest your money in beautiful memories.” I love that. And I think I just might do it.

 

Here is a list I just threw together.

-Go to comic-con

-Go backpacking through Europe

-Go skydiving

-Work at a food shelter

-Make a difference in a stranger’s life

-Get scuba certified

-Kiss someone on new years

-Go to an aiport/take a train to a random place you point to on a map with nothing but necessities and money

-publish a piece of writing

-work (produce/write/direct.. SOMETHING) for a television show

-strive for happiness, not wealthiness

-do something wreckless

-work backstage at a concert

-be an extra in a movie

-meet jake gyllenhaal

-listen to a stranger’s life story

AAAANND here are some photos

some dove lovin with the TBL hotties

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Spontaneity

I love being spontaneous! Tonight, as I was studying for history, my friend Lydia texts me saying she wants to go to Newks (I’ve made all my friends obsessed). The closest Newks to Auburn is in Newnan, Georgia. It was 5:00pm and it takes about an hour to get there so me, Lydia, Marah and Kitty decided to just hop in the car and go! I know we only went to Newks and that sounds super lame, but it is the most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done and it was a lot of fun!

Auburn can be kind of stifling. I’m not used to never leaving the same 1-3 mile radius. It can become kind of claustrophobic here. I eat the same stuff everyday, drive MAYBE two whole miles away, and there is just nothing here. It was so awesome to just get out of here for a couple hours. I can’t even imagine Lydia, Marah and Kitty living in the dorms! I would die being that cooped up.

Tonight involved everything I love! Driving in the car (for more than just one or two miles) with the music up, belting my favorite songs, being with great friends and NEWKS! Duh… if you’ve ever read my blog before you know my obsession.

With all this being said, I still haven’t studied for history. But I’m gonna remember the fun, spontaneous moments I had in college, not my History test grades.

 

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Home

I miss my family.

I miss my friends. Highschool friends. Best friends. Newks friends.

I miss walking the halls of Vestavia Hills High School.

I miss barely doing my work, and coming out with a 4.0.

I miss actually having relationships with my teachers.

I miss the embrace of my father, a man I will cherish forever. He has done so much for me this past year.

I miss having food cooked for me, clothes washed for me, and bills that didn’t have my name on them.

I miss driving. It was a type of therapy for me to drive around those sweet Vestavia hills blasting my music.

I miss my relationship with my mom.

I miss my brother, a lot.

I miss my wonderful rock and neighbor, Ms. Emily. She is the reason I had somewhat of a normal child and I’ll forever be grateful for her.

I miss working all the time and getting paychecks every other week.

I miss skipping first period senior year, so I could sleep in or get Panera.

I miss Young Life. I may not be the best Christian I should (and can) be but it helped me so much my last two years of high school.

I miss being engulfed in the friday night lights with my friends.

I miss the naivety of being a high schooler. College opens your eyes to so many more things, no matter how mature you thought you were before.

I miss having time to do absolutely nothing but watch 11 hours straight of One Tree Hill.

I miss having a curfew, and someone to answer to at home.

I miss homemade meals. My amateur homemade meals don’t compare to my parents.

I miss awesome Birmingham gems like Urban Standard and the Railroad Park.

I miss being in the place that shaped who I am.

I miss being a kid.

I miss home.

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