Sunday, June 12, 2011

First Days at NYU

Hi all!
I am currently living in NYC!
How did I get here you ask?
It all started with me applying to three summer publishing programs back in February: NYU, Columbia, and University of Denver.

After a couple weeks, I got accepted by NYU to go to their Summer Publishing Institute. #huzzah

Then I graduated college.

And then I went to Aruba.

And then I flew home from Aruba, landing in DC at 11:30 p.m., drove home, went to bed at 2:00 a.m., woke up at 6:00 a.m., left for Philly with Brent at 7:00 a.m...

got on a bus in Philly for NYC at 10:30 a.m...

and got to NYC at 12:30 p.m.

Following arrival at NYC, I proceeded to freak out, move in to Gramercy Green dorm...

freak out, say goodbye to Brent, freak out, and finally get settled.

The dorm is really nice, with a full kitchen and a freaking touch-screen microwave.

I also lucked into a single room, which I am a big fan of.

(different city, same dorm furniture)

And while I'm only on the second floor I don't have an amazing view of the city, I do have a view!

I go to school pretty much in the financial district in the Woolworth Tower, which is a pretty awesome building.

We have class pretty much 8:30-5:30 straight, mon-fri, many times ending later than scheduled. It's pretty grueling and intensive but we've already had so many smart & important (and young!!) people from the industry talk to us, from magazines like InStyle and Real Simple to Popular Science and Newsweek. We also get magazines before every session for people coming in, so I've accumulated quite a few only one week in.

I've also accumulated one snap bracelet. 

There's this great park down the block from Woolworth where I eat lunch almost every day.

It's also the same park that I saw White Collar being filmed. #notbluecollar

In addition to the lectures from people in the industry, the 103 of us in the program are split into 10 groups to start magazine launches, which we worked on all week and are due at the end of the magazine session. We all have roles (I'm the executive editor) and get critiqued throughout the week from people from the industry.

While it can be awfully tiring to sit in the same room for 9-10 hours a day, this program is a pretty amazing opportunity...getting to live in NYC for 6 weeks, having the most important people in the magazine & book industry basically downloading their brains to you, getting to tour places like Time Out New York as well as just being around people who are as passionate about magazines and books as you are is pretty cool. The hours are crazy long and you get so exhausted by the end of each day, but it's been great so far.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Senior Year Wrap-Up: Phone pics version

As of last Saturday, I am officially a graduate of Lebanon Valley College. The four years went fast, but I think this past year went the fastest. I could show a recap with my favorite pictures throughout the year, but I think it'd be more interesting to see the year through the moments I deemed worthy enough to capture with my camera phone.
My crazy roommate, Sarah

Roommate Emily, displaying crazy prices at the C-Store

Roommate Erin snuggling

Ann Marie & Sean at the bar

Football games

Fall on campus

Hairstyle for Play #1: And Then There Were None

Halloween pumpkin in the hallway of the dorm

NYC with Brent

Again, the crazy prices of the C-Store

Roses for my anniversary

Cone's Christmas festivities

The ship on the toilet

Drinking games with Carrie and Sean

Juicy Juice for college students

Sending in my applications for summer publishing programs at NYU, Columbia, and Denver

Fish bowls at West Chester

Playing guitar on couches in the 2nd floor kitchen

The chairs from our late nights around the fountain

Straws were different heights! I found this astonishing.

Going to Philly

Ohh roommates...

Dancing on the lounge table

St. Patty's Day

Hairstyle for Play #2: You Can't Take It With You

Dutchmen Day

Spring at the Valley

Late-night macaroni/Ramen cooking

Accomplishing my goal of owning an LVC shirt in every color

 Late night guitar-playing/homework seshs

Adam's 21st

Buying these awesome shoes...which I have yet to wear

Yup, mah friends.

Driving with Marky Mark's dog, Cooper

Tony and his zipper hoodie

Bar with the roommates

Fitting TWO couches in the Dell kitchen...I don't know how we did that.

Meeting up with old co-workers for Epic Meal Time

My car window :(

Drinking games to Twilight

Last Second-To-Last Chicken Finger Thursday

Cinco de Mayo

"Oh no! We always get chicken!!! I guess i'm getting beef" texts to my cousin

Running out of gas in Sam's bug

Brent graduating

Setting up my graduation


Bringing the lounge table into our room...

...And Sarah dancing on it.

And finally, my diploma

This year has been a blast, between all the Thursday nights, late night cooking, study sessions, plays, senior week festivities, fountain running, Dutchmen Day, ValleyFest, Chicken Finger Thursdays, Karaoke nights, Taco Tuesdays, Cinco de Mayo, St. Patty's Day, game nights, Indian Jones & Star Wars marathons, women's basketball games, The Snow Night, and so much more. An unforgettable year and the best way to finish 4 awesome years at LVC.