A Day in Cincinnati

This past weekend, one of my childhood best friends, Audrey, came to visit me at school after returning from her study abroad trip!  With her being in Europe for the spring semester, it was so good to see her and catch up.  I had a pleasant surprise when my only class was cancelled on Friday;…

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Introducing…Friday Favorites!

I’m trying something new!  The first Friday of each month, I will be sharing my favorites from the past month.  I think this can be a great way to be intentional about appreciating new, old, and rediscovered things in my life! The month of April flew by.  Between my sorority mom’s weekend, Easter, working through the final…

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Wanderlust

Ever since coming back from studying abroad, I have found myself randomly looking at airbnbs and flights, making mental lists of where and when I would travel around this big ol’ world.  I’ve realized more in this season of my life that now, and the near future, are especially the times to satisfy this wanderlust…

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Notre Dame, our Lady

I have not been able to concentrate all day after hearing the news of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris catching fire earlier today.  My afternoon in the library, initially intended to get some homework done, was in actuality spent scrolling through countless news articles and French news station Twitter accounts.  My heart grew heavier…

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The Beauty in Failure

Recently I have noticed a lots of my friends and peers on campus stressed over the “what ifs” in their lives.  Granted, it’s midterm exam season, and with spring break a week away, there’s a mutual attitude of just trying to make it to March 22. I study at a school that proudly wears the…

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Books I’m Loving

I LOVE to read.  Ever since I was little, I have always enjoyed getting totally lost in a good story, painting my own picture of the characters, setting, etc. in my head.  This past winter break, I flew through four books while I was home, and it was awesome.  Unfortunately, between classes, homework, my job,…

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Girl UP

Last night, I attended a women’s retreat hosted by the Catholic Campus Ministry board at my school.  While I consider myself active in my faith, it had been a minute since I had attended a retreat, and let me tell you, this one could not have come at a better time.  The gift to disconnect…

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ITL 399: Conclusion

It is hard to believe that I am complete with my study abroad program this summer in Urbino, Italy!  These past seven weeks have been filled with amazing experiences of Italian culture, invaluable weekends of travel, and adjustment to a different pace of life.  One of the biggest challenges while studying abroad was learning to…

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ITL 399: American Stereotypes

Over the past six weeks of my study abroad program, I have had the opportunity to discuss Italian cultural stereotypes with my classmates, professors, advisors, and even, Italian students.  Engaging in this topic has been beneficial in understanding the perception of Italians and their lifestyle and values from an outside lens. My education in the…

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