Monday, March 30, 2015

Photo Diary: Horse Show

On Sunday morning, my friend Katharine and I went up to the riding center here at Sweet Briar to see our friend Madi's horse show.  I'm no stranger to the horse world as several of my friends rode in high school.  However, this was the first time I'd seen Madi ever ride!

I don't think I have a calling in equine photography, but Madi sure does look great sitting up there on Goody!  And she walked away from the show with 1st and 2nd place ribbons!

On a slightly sentimental note, I want to mention how glad I am that Madi, Katharine, and I have become such good friends this semester.  They're both a year younger than me, and we've been friends since they got to Sweet Briar, but we've been hanging out way more this year.  They're the kind of people that after a night out with them you just can't help but keep smiling.  I can't wait to see where they go next year and where life takes them after graduation, but we'll, for sure, always end up together at the cool places.  (Madi is convinced that I know all of the cool places anywhere I go because I always instagram cool things.)


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Photo Diary: Pound The Hill, DC

If you follow me on instagram or twitter, you'll know that I traveled to Washington, D.C., at the end of last week to attend Americans For The Arts, Arts Advocacy Day.  The trip was also a for-credit course in my college's arts management program.  The first three days of the trip were filled with sight seeing, museums, and concerts, while the last two days were the conference and lobbying on The Hill.

On the first full day we were in D.C., my professor took us to Eastern Market to explore and have breakfast.  My friend Suri and I are were in desperate need of some caffeine to sustain us for the long day ahead.  When my professor mentioned that there was a coffee shop not far from the Market that served nutella lattes, we knew that was the place we had to find.  A quick google search led us straight to Pound The Hill on Pennsylvania Ave SE...just three or four blocks from Eastern Market.

Needless to say, the latte was amazing.  It was the perfect combination of sweet nutella and tart coffee.  In fact, the latte was a lot less sweet than I had imagined.  It's probably a good thing I don't live anywhere close to Pound The Hill because I would want to have a nutella latte was more than humanly necessary.

Also, I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I've gotten back into photography.  In high school, I always had my camera with me to capture the things happening around me.  Once I came to college, I didn't leave campus very often, so there was rarely anything new to photograph.  I'm making an effort this semester to bring my camera out more often.  I hope you don't mind these photo diaries, but they're a great way for me to remember my various trips and for y'all to see what I'm up to!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sweet Briar Strong.

In my short twenty-two years of life, I've already been given two opportunities that have shaped me into the woman I am today.  The first opportunity was a full-scholarship to Linden Hall School for Girls.  I learned to question, to think harder, to lead, and to laugh during my time at Linden Hall.  The second opportunity was an acceptance to the college of my dreams - Sweet Briar College.

It is with a heavy heart, that I write this post.  Because I never thought I would live to see the day that this would happen.  On August 25, 2015, Sweet Briar College will cease operations.  My graduating class, the class of 2015, will be the last receive diplomas, and after the summer session, the college will close.

Over the past four years, Sweet Briar has become more than just my college.  It has become my home.  I have learned more than I could ever imagined, tried new things that turned out to be my passion, and made friendships that are sure to last a life time.  Although I'm lucky that I will be able to walk across that stage and collect my Sweet Briar diploma, many of my bestfriends are not in the same situation.  They will be forced to find new homes to complete their degrees.  Although they may not earn their degree here, I think all Sweet Briar alums can agree that they've earned their rose and are true Sweet Briar women.

I have been given the gift to attend two all-female institutions.  I have been given the gift to thrive in these environments.  I have been given the opportunity to uphold the legacy of female education in a time when it's the unpopular choice.  I hate that my future children won't have the option to attend Sweet Briar in my footsteps.

I doubt this will be the last post about Sweet Briar, because more so than ever, I'm determined to document not only my four years, but the history of Sweet Briar.  But this is really all I can muster up for today...