Jacksonville, FL

I promise I’ll be off my Florida kick after this post. I just miss the warmer weather so much!

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This big blue bridge made me feel like I was back in San Francisco.

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I love all the palm trees.

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Duuuval!

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St. Augustine

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Last weekend my friends and I traveled to St. Augustine for fall break at UGA. The weather was absolutely perfect. I had friends up north talking about how it was snowing early this year while I was basking in the sun in a tank top and shorts. I was living the life.

My friends and I rented a small air bnb in one of the…sketchier…areas of the city. Favorite part? All the abandoned houses really set the scene for Halloween and the feral cats made it feel extra spooky. The homeless people were really a catch. “Y’all seen Cletus?” was the most quotable part of the trip; however, we still don’t know who or what Cletus is. Lol.

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The history buff in me not only loved the aesthetic of the city but also stopped to read each and every historical marker. Needless to say, I was the straggler of the group.

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Seeing as this was a “school trip” for the big game on Saturday, I felt that taking a picture with the U.S.A.’s oldest wooden schoolhouse was obligatory.

While I didn’t get the best pictures, the cafes I visited were super trendy and Instagrammable. My favorites were the Cuban Cafe and Bakery and Dreamboat Coffee. If anyone is in the neighborhood, pick up a sweet cream iced coffee from Dreamboat! The barista is the nicest person, and her bubbly personality left me feeling full of giggles, even after my six hour drive to the city from Athens! I totally forgot her name, but shoutout to her because she rocked my world Friday night.

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The above photo was the view from our porch…Now that I’m back in Athens, I want to return more than anything!

Florida Georgia

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This was my first time going to The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, otherwise known as the Georgia vs. Florida game in Jacksonville. While I didn’t have a single cocktail there (my liver is probably grateful for that haha) I did indulge in way too many sweets and treats. Sometimes you really need some stadium junk food to get you in the mood! Plus the bag checkers let me bring in my Cheerios because, let’s face it, I am truly a soccer mom at heart.

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After a Dawgs win, the weekend couldn’t have ended on a better note!

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My Life in Pictures: Senior Year So Far

I still can’t believe I’m a senior. These past three years have absolutely flown by! And so have my first two weeks of school.

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Freshman Welcome was a hit (and we were exhausted by the end of it)

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We celebrated Evan’s birthday at the Iron Horse, a tradition and oddity of UGA’s campus culture.

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You can read my post about Bid Day 2018 hereimg_6019

I am so honored to be able to serve as an executive member for The Arch Society. We went on a retreat the first weekend of school and my heart is so full! Watch out UGA, we’ll be humbly serving you on tours, at registration, and at any beauty contest on campus (let’s face it, we’re more than cute in our blazers).  You can read a little more about my time in Arch here.img_4414

UGA President Jere Morehead invited Arch to his house for a dinner. We all took the opportunity to have tons of group photos made. The food was great, but the Razzle Juice still has my heart (it was SO good!). img_4432

I survived two involvement fairs last week! You can read the Red and Black article, which I interviewed for, right herebaileystudiespsych.wordpress.com

I made into Freshman Forum as a PA! I’m a personal advisor for a group of freshman at UGA, which start getting interviewed today! Ah, so excited for them. (Keep on reading for further updates on why I chose to add this position to my already busy schedule and how I hope to change some kiddos college experiences!)img_4439

I said goodbye to my brother today as he embarks on his next big adventure. The Coast Guard is about to gain one heck of a human being! Good luck out there, bro. img_4447

That’s all for now! Tune in next Monday to read more about my crazy, busy, happy life!

Dropping Your Freshman Off for College: A List Poem

What to do when dropping your freshman off at college:

  1. Actually be there? I know we’re adults now but moving into a 9 story dorm with one working elevator and no AC isn’t a one man job.
  2. Try not to be too much of a mom. So don’t pinch our cheeks and unpack our freshly ironed underwear right there in the parking lot. Please. 
  3. Get the number of your child’s roommate’s parents. I can’t tell you how important it is to throw parties with these guys while you both have one less child in the house
  4. Get hype.
  5. Get sad.
  6. As much as they’d probably like this, don’t bring booze. That’s the student’s job.
  7. Be prepared to go to Target. Twice. Just kidding, you’ll have the floor plan of that store memorized by the time your freshman is officially moved in.
  8. Let them eat dinner without you. It’s not that they don’t want you around (oh god are we tired of your advice), it’s that we know we need to explore on our own.
  9. Don’t worry. We’ll be fine. Aside from the crazy parties, no sleep exam weeks, mesothelioma, and the possibility that we won’t call home every night like we promised.
  10. Goodbyes hurt, but not having them hurts more.

We’ll be home soon, we promise.

Cortona, Italy

Hello from studying abroad! If you missed my last post, I’ve been in Italy since the beginning of May studying Biology of Medicine and Introduction to Italian Art.

UGA has a location called the Kehoe Center in Cortona, Italy. Cortona is in Tuscany, in the north of the country. I lived in a dormitory on a mountain. It was absolutely gorgeous!

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My favorite part about Cortona? The cats! Italy is filled with them, but nothing beats wandering into town and being greeted by Blackie, who looks just like my cat Chocolate at home.

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Another favorite part? The gelato! The best gelato place in Cortona is Snoopy’s. Get the coffee and Nutella flavors – you won’t regret it!

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While Cortona isn’t necessarily the place to be for studying science, the architecture is authentically medieval which is perfect for studying art history. As an art history minor I already knew a lot about culture and building in Italy, but being there and seeing it all in person made things click. I’m a visual and hands on learner so being able to both look at buildings and walk through them helped me to understand the way they’re set up and why that’s important given the historical context.

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Keep reading in the coming weeks for more posts about all my travels!

When in Rome…

Hello from Italy! I’m studying biochemistry and Italian art abroad in Cortona, Florence, Siena, and Rome this May. So far so good – but I think I’ve managed to become pasta-ed out. If you know me, you’ll know I’m usually up for eating pasta for every meal so you can only imagine just how much delicious carbs I’ve been enjoying on my travels!

Here are a few sneak peaks of my time so far: