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Monday, January 23, 2012

Back to School

So I am officially starting my third week of second semester. I am taking more classes than I took last semester, so we'll see how that goes. On the plus side, I love every single one of my classes so far. =)
New York skyline...taken from a building in the Bronx. This was taken the day before I went back to school.


As much as I loved being home, I was very very eager to get back to things!



One of my New Year's resolutions was to become more involved in community service, especially while at college. During high school, volunteering was second nature and I absolutely loved it. But attending college was totally new for me and I was more focused on getting myself settled in during my first semester. Now that second semester's kicked off, I have found a program that allows me to volunteer at different places in my area. So much fun! Our first day of volunteering was at a food pantry. It was a Saturday and I had to get up at an insanely early hour (well, early in the eyes of a college student!). That day it was also snowing. I woke up to at least a good three inches...and it was still coming down! Not exactly fun to walk in, for the wind was brutal and it was hard to see whatever was ahead. But being able to hand out food to disadvantaged families was more than worth the twenty-minute trudge in the snow! Because of the bad weather, the food pantry did not get as many families...so we were able to give the people who came as much as they wanted instead of having to painfully ration it out. Great way to spend a Saturday morning!
Some pictures of the snow...







More later, MD

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Favorite Part of My Day

At school we aren't really allowed candles, so I'm quite enjoying the time I have being home, reading for leisure and lighting a scented candle. Cozy at its finest.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My latest obsession

The Hunger Games!

This series (by Suzanne Collins) is absolutely amazing. Again, my fascination for dystopian novels almost freaks me out, but I can't get enough of these books. I'm about to crawl in bed right now with Mockingjay after a long day of scholarship hunting and summer-plan-fretting. The series has a perfect amount of action and romance set in a very twisted human culture--I'd recommend it in a second.

plus, the trailer looks epic.


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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hello, 2012



Happy New Year!

May this year be as wonderful as the last. I hope you all had a great New Year's. I had a lovely time with some friends, watching the ball drop and dancing around. We did not go out to see fireworks, but some neighbors were firing them out across the street as we were driving by. Scary to drive through, but interesting nonetheless!

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