Getting out of the rut

I’m stuck in a rut. I’ve been in a rut for months. So here I am to write about it, and hopefully give myself and others some inspiration to get out of it. The problem: I graduated college with an insane amount of passion about my next adventure, the next step in life: adulthood. I…

My people, My place

College is a weird place. You come in as a freshman and you are kind of just dropped there and told “you’ll find your place.” But they don’t tell you when, or what it will be, or how you will find it. Some people are lucky and find out exactly where they are supposed to…

10 Years Long,825 Strong

JMU is continuously providing me with opportunities to go outside of my comfort zone and learn more about myself. I discovered a new life changing experience that I had to partake in this year. The alternative break program at JMU is one of the best in the country, and something that was on my bucket…

Life is a Train Ride

“When you feel like you’re headed in the wrong direction, or maybe you just don’t like the train you are on right now…you can always get off, and try again on the next train.” Wow, you’re probably thinking: that must have been spoken by a philosopher or someone really important in history. No. This metaphor…

Say What You Need to Say

“You are lucky, you are so lucky.  You can stand up and scream that you hate your President, or that you want to change something in your country OUT LOUD, without the fear of death. Remember that.” These words were spoken by a man who lived through the genocide of Rwanda. “We cannot even think bad…

When School Gets Me Down…

Junior Year. I am half way through my college career. What have I learned? Will I be prepared for the real world in a year from now? Probably not. I don’t think I’ll ever be prepared for the real world. But that doesn’t mean I won’t enter the real world with courage and enthusiasm, ready…

The Simplicity of an Ugly, Yellow Shirt.

In the Spring of 2015, my sophomore year of college, I applied for something that I was unaware would have a lasting effect on my experience at JMU. I applied to be a First yeaR Orientation Guide. A FROG, for short. Basically, the job requires helping first year students transition into JMU as easy as…

Feeling Grateful

Two years ago a good friend one mine was diagnosed with leukemia. I would be lying if I said he was my best friend, or even someone I spoke to every day. But the words “Tunav has cancer” still hit me like a bus on the highway. Cancer is one of those words that people…

I’ve Had the Time of my Life

And I owe it all to you, Italy. Finally back in the USA! What a bittersweet feeling this is. But I know that I will absolutely return to explore more of Italy and Europe in the future. There are just a few things that I am not going to miss about Italy: the INSANE drivers…

20.

IN ROME! This weekend has been exciting and exhausting. A few of my friends and I decided to stay an extra few days in Rome after our Urbino program ended. We have been the most basic tourists in the city. But how could we not be? This city is beautiful and full of history that…

Hard Work Pays Off

I don’t remember the last time I won anything. But yesterday was an exciting day for me.  “A Raffie” is an award that our professors invented, named after Raffaello Sanzio, who was born in Urbino. The awards are given to 10 students, based on their stories and photography. I was nominated for “best photo story.”…

Stress Free

Finally. I finished my story, handed it in, and the rest is left in the hands of my editor. I am excited to say that i’m really happy with the story that i’ve written and the photos that go along with it. The next 5 days left in Urbino will be full of relaxation and…