I thought I’d jump on the summer bandwagon and begin my blogging with an overview of my summer adventures! My summer was particularly busy this year. I was fortunate enough to get to travel a lot: first up to Boston and New Jersey in May, back to William Woods in June, and to Florida in July!
First stop: New England and the Caribbean!
A short ten days after I finished with finals and moved back home for the start of summer break, I took off with my family and my boyfriend up to New Jersey, where we would embark on a cruise that traveled south along the coast and hit various islands in the Caribbean such as Jamaica and Bermuda! The trip was absolutely amazing. I got to see so many incredible places and people! The cruise ship had a massive theatre on board where they showcased one phenomenal performance after another, featuring their full-time staff of singers and dancers as well as some headliner events that came on board from the mainland. After we got off the ship, we spent a few days in Boston visiting my uncle and my cousins. All of the entertainment, the islands, and the cities were incredible, but my biggest news from that trip is… I got engaged!! Darin, my boyfriend of almost two years at the time, asked me to marry him on our second evening of the cruise. I’d never been so excited in my life!
Second stop: Fulton, MO!
About a week after I got home from my oceanic adventure, I packed up my things and moved back to Fulton to begin my job as a mentor for the one of the coolest programs ever invented: William Woods University’s Freshman Advantage! This program provides incredible opportunities for students who have just graduated high school and will be attending WWU that same year. Students can get a few common studies hours under their belts while having an incredible time meeting a bunch of other incoming freshman as well as some upperclassmen (the mentors). We planned a different recreational activity for every single evening and a big event for the full day on the weekends, so there was always something to do! Freshman Advantage is an amazing opportunity and I would definitely encourage every student to attend! It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with some of the teachers and with the feel of the campus, so moving into your dorm room in August isn’t such a difficult adjustment. Acting as one of the mentors for this program was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it! (If you want to read more about FA, check out Lindsey’s blog!)
Third stop: Destin, FL!
In July, I drove down to Destin with Darin and his parents. We hauled their massive camper behind our truck and stayed in a campground right on the beach! I wasn’t sure quite what to expect because I’d never stayed in a camper before, but it ended up being extremely cool. (The only downside was that the sand was EVERYWHERE; I’m pretty sure they still haven’t gotten it all out!) We spent practically all day every day hanging out on the beach, which is always a good time! My family has a tradition of always building a massive sandcastle every time we go to the beach, so I pulled Darin and his parents into it on our trip and we spent one of our days crafting a temporary monument on the beach. It was a wonderfully relaxing trip, and I definitely didn’t want to leave!
Last stop: HOME!
I’m finally back home now after all of this summer’s crazy adventures. This was definitely the busiest summer I’ve had in a long time (if not ever), so it’s nice to be able to simply relax and not have to worry about packing or unpacking again. I didn’t even have to pack to move back to William Woods this fall. This semester, I’m doing two internships here at the Lake of the Ozarks, which means that I’m not living on campus. While I enjoy being at The Lake, I definitely miss being around all of my friends at school! I make sure to go visit as frequently as I can. My internships are going very well, though, so I’m having fun here. I will have to write about them later on this semester. Anyway, that concludes my stories about this summer! I will write again next week. In the meantime, I hope your semester is off to an amazing start!