I Am Moving To Disneyland

I Am Leaving Home And Officially Moving To Disneyland

As the saying goes, you only live once!


I am moving a whole state away from my entire family in a few weeks and the reality of this is not a slow creeping sensation. The reality is like the tides slow and calm and then suddenly fast and overpowering. Slow one minute as I am in awe of this opportunity and then overpowering in part due to the seasonal family holiday questioning and my lack of answers to all their questions.

It is not that I am not excited about this experience that I out of a few was selected for, it is more like I have no idea what the next seven months of my life may hold and as an annoying control freak, the not knowing utterly terrifies me to no end. I mean that the excitement while bursting with "faith, trust, and pixie dust" is a little covered by the shadow of the anxiety and fear of the unknown. I guess you could say its in part due to a Captain Hook over my shoulder as opposed to a Jiminy Cricket.

Then there is the matter of my Ohana and having to remind myself that I am not leaving them behind. I am an only child my house consists of myself, my father, my mother, Barney the Basset (one-year-old), and Daisey the Basset (nine years old). I spend a lot of time with my grandmother and grandfather and have a close group of friends. My whole world is rooted in the desert. However, I am trading in heat and sun for the wind and sea of California. It is a dream that my heart made long ago when I was thirteen. A dream I never thought would happen but it is. It is happening.

Information flows out on certain dates and the most important information will have to wait till the week of which is just cruel slow torture all while also being apart of the anticipation factor. Much like the very beginning of my one of favorite rides, California Screamin' or shall I say for those who didn't have the pleasure "The Incredicoaster." Prior to the change, the ride started slowly with whimsical music playing as you were moved along the tracks over the water in order to stare ahead at the rest of the ride while overhead voice suddenly counted down. Waiting for the college program is much like waiting for the California Screamin to start. From much of what I have heard the experience is like the experience, I have on that ride too. Nervous in the beginning but the ride is so fun and fast the wait didn't seem so long at all.

Making my attempt at the sword in the stoneTaylor Sipos Photography

I am nervous yes. I am scared of all the possibilities. However like the saying from when we were all young in middle school goes, you really only live once. How many people can say they have had my opportunity? Who would I be to just sit in an emotional ball of anxiety and negativity? So this princess needs to straighten her bow, pan, glass slipper or tiara. It is all just around the Riverbend. I really am almost there! So I am going to push away the fear and anxiety. I am going to lean in and stick to my guns and pull out the sword in the stone. Because I have earned it and it's time for me to meet amazing Disney loving humans and have a beautiful experience.

Also, it is not forever. As one of my favorite Disney movies puts it, "forever is a long, long time and time has a way of forgetting things" what I will be forgetting is the negativity, anxiety, stress, etc. so that I can slip into the new year in my new role in the not so new Disneyland Spring 2019 College Program with a brave attitude about how far I will go and just keep moving forward.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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The One Thing Everyone Should Do Before They Graduate

Why I wish everyone could have shared in my end of school adventure.


The end of freshman year was filled with the abundant stress of final exams, teary-eyed goodbyes, and last looks at my dorm room on South Campus. The academic year was overwhelmingly busy, and I tried my best to soak in every single moment as a first-year college student. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not always possible to make time for the adventures we so desperately desire. I found myself saying "I want to do that!" all year long, and here it was the last week of the year and my bucket list had barely been touched. All those Philadelphia excursions, dreamy coffee shop dates, and campus explorations that I looked forward to never ended up panning out…

… until last Thursday night.

With about half the freshman class moved out of South Campus, everything felt a little strange. There was barely a dinner rush at all in Donahue Dining Hall, and my room looked so empty it almost made me sad. Naturally, I called up a couple of friends. Within minutes, we met in the lounge, and we were off for our adventure.

Every single day on the way to labs in Mendel Hall, I walked past the beloved Falvey Fountain. It had become such a consistent part of my routine that walking past it felt like it was a necessary daily occurrence. But this time, we didn't walk past. In fact, we stopped dead in our tracks and admired its color changing beauty for a brief moment.

And then we dove in!

Yes, we jumped right into the fountain. First the daring adventurer of the group, then his sidekick, then the skeptic, and finally myself. This was definitely not allowed, but no one was around, and more importantly, no one cared. Being knee deep was freezing, but the adrenaline rush was too much to suppress. So we submerged further, dunking each other and splashing the icy water literally everywhere. My wet hair made way for the most epic hair flip of all time, and we all laughed joyously.

All the stress of looming final grades and the completion of projects, the bittersweet goodbyes to our newfound families, and the hassles of packing up for the year were washed away in that fountain, drowned in the euphoria of the moment. We were officially baptized in summer as it dubbed us the kings and queens of adventure.

Afterward, we wrung out our soaking clothes and snapped a quick pic of our drenched selves. Trying to escape the scene hastily, I dropped my bag of M&M;'s. They spilled everywhere, leaving streams of melty chocolate and food coloring running through the aftermath of our fountain dive. The scene looked like a bit of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory had exploded from the fountain and into the night.

I am far from kidding when I say that adventure is a must for everyone, at any stage of life. Whether it's fountain diving at Nova, or sky diving in New Mexico, something about us as human beings needs the unusual, exciting, and even hazardous experiences. This one was particularly cleansing and absolutely unforgettable.

So I implore you: go forth this summer and be adventurous! Explore hidden places, try new eats, shuffle a stranger's playlist, introduce yourself to someone on a whim, or just get in the car and drive with no destination in mind. This summer is for the bold; this summer's for you.

Happy adventuring!


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