A Letter To My Senior Buddy

A Letter To My Senior Buddy

Your lil freshie loves you always.
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Dear Karley:

I know you have seen this a lot lately, but congratulations! Your recent announcement of getting to work at Yellostone led me to screaming and crying in the middle of Walmart. In other words, I am super duper proud of you.

You getting to accomplish your dream of working for a National Park not only shows your passion, but also the incredible power of The Odyssey. It is crazy and at the same time amazing to witness the things you have done over the six (!!!) years I have known you.

Recently, but especially since I saw your Facebook status a few hours ago, I have been thinking about the first weekend I met you. Remember that? I was the awkward freshman who was quiet at first but was forced to get out of her shell. You? Well, you were the senior who drove an SUV that you referred to as "the Tank" who loved Bullet For My Valentine. While I am no longer a freshman but still awkward, and while you do not drive the tank, our friendship has stayed the same. I am so glad that you took me under your wing. While I did not know it at the time, I was so glad that we met and shared a room in that somewhat shady hotel room. You were my "senior buddy", and I was your "lil freshie." Even though we have obviously grown away from those titles, they still stand today and I love you for it.

You have seen and been there for me in times when I needed a friend. It was not just in desperate times that I was deep in my battle with depression, but also when I had a dumb question, like "what lens should I get for my camera?" I never felt like I had to ask so much as I just had to just tell. You grew from the cool senior at Amplify retreat to the older sister I never knew I wanted. It was a chance meeting, yet one I am so grateful for.

Now, you get to leave Louisiana and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and head up to Wyoming. There, you will get to nurture your love of photography and nature. Basically, you're going to be living your dream. In stories, it's called the "happily ever after." But for you, it;s not the happily ever after because you get to keep on going. You get to keep on living that dream that you so longed to achieve. I am so proud of what you have accomplished, and I know that you will keep doing. I know that so many people are going to miss you as you do this, including me. But know that all of us at home love you always and will always be here for absolutely anything. You're the best and will change the world one day. Like the geysers and waterfalls at Yellowstone, your future is endless.

"Tank" you for your awesome years of friendship,

Your lil freshie

Cover Image Credit: Grand Targhee Resort

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Learn Something Valuable From These 7 European Countries

When you are surrounded by chocolate, treat yourself.
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America is a big country. So large that some parts of the country are so diverse they may as well be in different worlds, yet, American soil will always have one uniting factor: The American Dream. So, if we have an idea that enables synonymity in our vast country then that means that as different as some American counterparts may seem, we also share much of the same. This is why international travel is so important.

In fact, global traveling is more feasible then some may think, and can help shape your life in tremendous ways. So, here are seven life lessons there are to learn from those other international communities, specifically seven countries from Europe.

1. Spain: Be diverse in your choices

The Spanish are famous for their “tapas”. If you spend time in Spain then you will undoubtedly encounter this diversified little meal. Tapas are essentially small little plates (or tasters) of different dishes. This thereby encourages making choices that consist of variety, reinforcing to those who are creatures of habit to try something new!

2. England: Spend time outdoors

Take a trip to England and you will be surrounded by areas of preserved green space. When walking the streets of London you can expect every other block to be an area reserved for a small community park, not to mention the tremendously large parks in London, like Hyde Park. This dedicated space for outdoor enjoyment encourages people to get out of their homes and go move around in the parks.

3. Belgium: Treat yourself

Oh, the Belgium chocolate. Belgium is world renowned for having excellent, gourmet chocolate. Must I say any more? Treat yourself! With a chocolatier shop on every corner, it’s hard to miss.

4. The Netherlands: Exercise

When people think of Amsterdam, they often think of bicycles. Boy, is that true. Bicycles rule the road in the Netherlands, especially the populated city of Amsterdam. It is not uncommon to see elegantly dressed women, mothers with newborns, or toddlers cycling along the busy streets. Take a page from the Dutch way of life and try using your bicycle as your main mode of transportation.

5. Germany: Learn a foreign language

The German language is a bit abstract to English speakers. Which means if you do not speak German, then you will be playing charades to find your way through the German homeland. Some regions consist of seasoned English speakers, but do not plan on it. Take this as a mental note to learn a new language.

6. Italy: Eat good food

Italian food. Yum. The Italians know how to achieve high-quality life through their beautiful leisurely vacation destinations, fine art scene, and AMAZING FOOD. Take a trip to Italy, eat good food, and come home realizing you should treat your taste buds better then you have.

7. Denmark: Don’t take candy from strangers

Allow me to clarify something: the Danish are very sweet and kind people. Their candy will not actually cause damage to your body in terms of being toxic, but your taste buds will revolt unless you like salted black licorice.

Cover Image Credit: Jazmine Kelleher

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7 Things You Know If Avalon, NJ Is Your Beach Of Choice

After all, Avalon is cooler by a mile!
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Summertime is almost here and that means our days will go from sitting in the classroom to heading down the shore. And if you go to Avalon, NJ, then you definitely know how truly special it is. Sure, Wildwood and Sea Isle City can be great for a day, but nothing truly compares to the Seven Mile Island.

So, if you frequently go to Avalon then you definitely know these seven things!

1. The smell of the marsh water becoming stronger and stronger as you cross over the bridge onto the island.

If there’s one thing that I love the most about Avalon is the smell of the water as you drive down Avalon Boulevard. There’s nothing I love more than rolling my windows down upon reaching the boulevard, turning up the music a little louder, and just simply breathing in the smell of the water.

It lets you know that you’re finally here—you’ve made it to the Seven Mile Island. Whether your drive is 20 minutes, 40 minutes away, or over an hour, soon you’ll be able to park your car in the driveway and leave all of your worries behind.

2. You can’t forget to pack your beach tag before going to the beach!

In comparison to other beach towns along the Jersey Shore, not many beaches require you to have a beach tag on you. Yet Avalon is one that does.

While it may seem like an annoyance to buy a beach tag every year, it guarantees the beach stays nice and clear all summer round. And who wants to lay out on the beach next to a pile of trash?!

Just remember to pack your beach tag and try to leave your snacks behind. After all, no one wants to be the person that lures all the seagulls to the sand!

3. Everyone dives off the 24th Street bridge (even though we’re not supposed to do it anyway!)

When you’re driving over the 24th Street Bridge on a hot, summer day, the chances of seeing young adults jumping off the bridge into the water are pretty high.

Yes, there are signs that say no jumping or diving is allowed, but you’re never caught more than half the time anyway. So if you’re looking for a quick dip and don’t feel like running back to your house to grab your beach tag, head on over to the 24th Street Bridge.

Just remember to dive and take a dip responsibility!

4. Going to Avalon Freeze at night after a hot day.

Enough said.

5. You can practically walk/bike anywhere and you could spend hours strolling along Dune Drive.

One of the best parts about Avalon is how everything is close together, especially along Dune Drive. The number of shops lined up along the street, where the concrete is adorned with seashells and seahorses, could keep you occupied for hours.

Want a cute new Avalon sweatshirt? Stop in Breezin’ Up. Need some coffee to start your day? Avalon Coffee can certainly add a pick me up to your day!

Not only that, but there’s nothing better than walking to a restaurant for dinner in the evening and walking back to the house during the sunset. (And that moment becomes even better if you stop at Avalon Freeze on your way home! Again, enough said.)

6. Want to take a winter trip to Avalon? You definitely know the places open all year round because it isn’t many!

Sometimes, you just simply can’t wait for the summer before going to Avalon. There are times when you just need to head to the island just to get away and clear your head.

And if this is the case, you should definitely know the places that are open all year round before you go! Because lots of shops don’t open until early May and trust me, I learned this the hard way a few weeks ago. Only a few shops are open during the middle of April!

Tonio’s and Wawa are always my personal go-to’s for food during the winter, but if you’re looking for a good breakfast? Uncle Bill’s can easily ease those cravings!

7. If there’s a chance of heavy rain, you know there’s a chance for flooding!

If you’ve been to Avalon quite a few times, you know that heavy rain means one thing—flooding. By now, you know the right spot to move your car when there’s a risk of flooding (the 24th Street Bridge is always packed!) or you know that the streets never flood where your house is!

Regardless of where you live, you can see the images of young children and teens floating down the street in their bright yellow tubes once the rain ends.

Because after all, no one lets a storm rain on their parade in Avalon!


While it can be quaint and quiet at times, you know how truly special Avalon, New Jersey is. You know how just the salty air can help ease all of your worries away and how watching the sunrise on the jetty early in the morning can truly help put things into perspective.

So, get ready to spend your summer days at the shore! The summer days are quickly approaching and soon, we’ll be able to spend our days relaxing on the beach. (Just don’t forget your beach tag!)

Cover Image Credit: Alexa Padley

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