Captured: A Working Photo Series {1}

Captured: A Working Photo Series {1}

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is beauty through my eyes.
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I love photography. In my smallest adventures, and in my largest ones, taking photos has given me the opportunity to return to the past. It's a free ticket to yesterday, and every moment before that. Over the next few weeks, I plan to share some photos from my smallest and biggest adventures. Whether I'm exploring Rochester or exploring another continent, I love it all and my camera is always with me.


Here are some of the photos from my latest adventure to the Lamberton Conservatory, a small gem with within Highland Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of this space.

Cover Image Credit: Hadassah Rivera

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10 Things You Know To Be True If You Live in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

"Take the B", they said.
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For anyone that is currently living in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and or has lived there, you know it's an *interesting* experience. From the various food joints, to the movie theater, everyone's love/hate relationship with Crazy George, Emmons Avenue, the B/Q trains, the new apartment complex that some people love and others completely despise, and everything in-between, there's no other neighborhood that's just like Sheepshead. You know you're from Sheepshead when:

1. You've either spotted Crazy George somewhere out on the streets or in a random location (usually in Dunkin' Donuts).


Don't get me wrong — it's not funny that he appears to have problems, but it's also not ideal that he goes into various stores harassing the workers. He's a one of a kind human being and I do wish the best for him and/or that he does get some help.

2. When it comes to Brennan and Carr and Roll n Roaster, you either love one of them much more than the other.

As much as I love Brennan and Carr's Gargiulo burger, I'm more of a Roll n Roaster person. Their personal pizza is nice and their fries are to die for -- and yes, I want cheese on that, please.

3. You either love or hate that new apartment complex that's in the works.

You know, this one at 1501 Voorhies Ave.

4. You've become used to the B and Q trains either being delayed, messed up, crowded, and or nonexistent.

"Take the B they said. It's express they said." If I told you how many times the B has gone local, out of service, and or on fire in Brooklyn, then maybe you'd hate it just as much as I do at times. Don't even get me started about how crowded it is - especially during rush hour.

"What about the Q train?" The Q's not much better. It has its times where it goes express in Brooklyn as opposed to local, which doesn't help if you're getting on/off at Neck Road or Avenue U.

5. You either go to UA Sheepshead, another movie theater or don't even bother with movie theaters.

Although going to UA Sheepshead is convenient, their prices are very special for just an average movie theater.

6. You either stick to shopping and dining along Sheepshead Bay Road and or Emmons Avenue or go elsewhere either in the neighborhood, other neighborhoods, or to the city.

While they're both convenient parts of Sheepshead Bay, there are other parts of the neighborhood to go to, such as Nostrand Ave. Sometimes, it's easier to flock to other parts of Brooklyn, but there are times where going to the city is worth the commute.

7. You either shop at Cherry Hill or avoid it completely.

While there are other supermarkets in the neighborhood, Cherry Hill is the only one on Emmons that is open 24/7. Their prices might be high for the neighborhood, but their prices could be much worse.

8. You remember when Sheepshead Bay High School was one school...

...and not an educational complex.

9. You're still low-key bothered about how the neighborhood recovered after Sandy.

I'm not going to say that it was the same after the hurricane. Although it didn't take the longest time to recover, that doesn't mean that damage wasn't done.

10. But regardless of how you may feel, by the end of the day, you're probably still super in love with the neighborhood.

It's an incredibly unique neighborhood. You can take someone out of Sheepshead but you can't take the Sheepshead out of someone.

Cover Image Credit: Curbed NY

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'New Culture' And 4 Other Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad

You will never know how great it is until you do it yourself!

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Traveling across the world couldn't get any better if you with your friends right? Well, that is why you should study abroad.

Studying abroad gives you a whole different perspective on life, especially for those who went to college close to home. It really shows you what is truly out there in the world and all of the things that you really have never had the chance to see until then.

It was really eye-opening seeing how much a culture shock you have when you are 19 hours+ away from home. When I traveled to Australia, I really did not know much about the country at all, besides the beautiful pictures I had seen on social media and for the most part that it was a safe country.

While I was there, I was able to meet so many different Australian natives and learn so much about their economy and culture compared the United States. We met with several different companies within the different parts of Australia to discuss their marketing plans and how they are able to reach their target audiences domestically and internationally.

And the best part of all, we had so much free time to explore the country!! I was able to see places that I may never have the chance to see again with truly amazing people. There are so many reasons why I think you should study abroad and here are a few!

1. Experience 

Taking a leap out of your comfort zone can be extremely hard at first, but it is all worth it in the end. You will never regret it!

2. Education 

Traveling to a different country alone is educational in its own way. You have to navigate through their airport, hop on a train, speak their language, and more! There is so much that you can learn in a short amount of time being in a different country.

3. Friendships 

The people you study abroad are your pals forever. You all went through an experience together that you can't say you went through with anyone else!!

4. New culture 

Every country is completely different than one another which makes the world go round. It is so exciting and rewarding to learn new things and extremely to new opportunities!

5. Career development 

The amount of networking that we were able to experience during the trip was immense. We were able to gain so much knowledge about how businesses are run in Australia from a variety of different people and are able to take some of their ideas and tips and bring them back to the states. Building those relationships go an extremely long way, especially in the future.

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