Wednesday, May 24, 2017

An End of An Era: Graduation 2017

"We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale Boston University, and what I’m scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow and leave this place.

It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s four a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night we can’t remember. That time we did, we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt. 

Yale BU is full of tiny circles we pull around ourselves. A cappella groups, sports teams, houses, societies, clubs. These tiny groups that make us feel loved and safe and part of something even on our loneliest nights when we stumble home to our computers — partner-less, tired, awake. We won’t have those next year. We won’t live on the same block as all our friends. We won’t have a bunch of group-texts.

This scares me. More than finding the right job or city or spouse – I’m scared of losing this web we’re in. This elusive, indefinable, opposite of loneliness. This feeling I feel right now.
But let us get one thing straight: the best years of our lives are not behind us. They’re part of us and they are set for repetition as we grow up and move to New York and away from New York and wish we did or didn’t live in New York. I plan on having parties when I’m 30. I plan on having fun when I’m old. Any notion of THE BEST years comes from clichéd “should haves…” “if I’d…” “wish I’d…”

We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time. What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.

We’re in this together, 2012 2017. Let’s make something happen to this world."
Marina Keegan, for the Yale Daily News 2012


Marina Keegan most accurately and eloquently sums up how I feel about graduating college, which is why I have included an excerpt above. It's hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that four years of college have already come and gone; it really is true that time flies when you're having fun. There are so many things to celebrate at graduation such as good grades, new jobs, or grad school acceptances, but what I celebrate above all else are the friendships I've made along this journey. Besides the memories and knowledge I've gained in college, they are the only other things that will continue on in this next chapter of my life and who I hope will be there to celebrate many more of the next best years of our lives.

I am also excited to be fulfilling my lifelong dream of moving to New York City and will be
returning to kate spade & co to start my post grad career.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spring Sailing: Senior Year Edition

Every year, Bostonians impatiently wait for the first pops of daffodils to mark the arrival of spring, but I prefer to keep my sights set on the water for the first glimpse of sailboats. Since migrating to New England some four years ago now, spring sailing has become something of an annual tradition with friends— and my preferred method of procrastination towards the end of term. This year, I was even lucky enough to have my west coast friend visit me for her first taste of New England and east coast living in its prime. 

Having wandered this city inside and out since freshman year, I can attest that there is no better way to fully appreciate Boston in its greatest capacity than out on the water. Whether sailing on the Charles Rivers or the Boston Harbor, the cityscape views never cease to amaze the New England tyros and veterans alike. 

Read more of Boston and spring sailing here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cycling & Coffee Are Better Together

With college graduation around the corner and my time in Boston quickly coming to an end, I've been taking advantage of any opportunity to visit my favorite local gems around the city. One of my personal favorites is the Bostonian-famous Tatte, which luckily has one location just a short bike ride away from campus. As the weather continues to warm up, I guarantee there will be even more trips to Tatte on my Schwinn Sivica to enjoy a leisurely afternoon filled with good cycling, coffee, and company. If you happen to stop by on a visit to Boston this summer, be sure to try their seasonal lattes and a pistachio croissant!

Ride of the day: Schwinn Sivica
Outfit of the day: T-shirt: Schwinn Schwag (Use #schwinnschwag on your next Instagram post to win a Schwinn Schwag box!) | Shorts: Madewell | Sandals: Forever 21

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Travel Tyro: Parisian Art Museums

When hashing out the details of our trip to Paris, it came as no surprise to my friend that my must-see, non-negotiable picks revolved around art (Versailles included, which you can read about here). While every street corner in this beautiful city is like a piece of artwork in its own right either in the form of an ornately carved filigree door, Art Nouveau-style metro entrance, or the creamy neoclassical facades of Haussmann designed buildings, no visit to Paris would be complete without witnessing some of Europe's greatest masterpieces in their native domain. 

Most tourists begin and end their Parisian art experience at the Louvre to see the iconic Mona Lisa, which certainly does live up to the hype in spite of the inevitable hordes of people and bulletproof glass separating it from the viewer. Unfortunately, most of our time was spent trying to navigate our way out of a maize of Egyptian art, although we somehow ended up in the beautifully restored apartments of Napoleon III that still have me in awe. As one of the largest art museums in Europe let alone the world, the Louvre pretty much has it all with over 35,000 pieces of art spanning from antiquity to the mid-nineteenth century; however, there are two smaller art museums a stones throw away also worth a gander. 

The Musée d'Orsay has some of the finest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau masterpieces including Van Gogh's Self Portrait, Renoir's Ball At the Moulin de la Galette, Manet's Olympia, and Degas' The Ballet Rehearsal on Stage. It is also home to the Instagram-famous clock every visiting Millennial is likely to snap a photo with. In contrast, you will find one artist's work most prominently displayed at the Musée de l'Orangerie, a former winter shelter for Napoleon III's citrus tress at the Tuileries Gardens. Eight of Monet's Water Lilies paintings hug the curved oval walls of the intimate museum, each showing a different perspective of the gardens at his Giverny estate. It is no wonder really that Paris has over fifty museums solely dedicated to art. If my stay had permitted it, I would have gone to them all. 

Musée d'Orsay


Musée de l'Orangerie

When: I highly recommend going to the Louvre early in the morning to avoid any lines. 
What: The Louvre has art ranging from antiquity to the mid-nineteenth century while the Muséd'Orsay and Muséde l'Orangerie have art focused on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.
Why: Paris was and still is one of the art capitals of the world. 
Tyro Tidbit: Have a hot chocolate and pastry in the Louvre at Angelina's, one of the most famous tea houses in Paris. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Travel Tyro: Spring Break in Naples

As the familiar aquamarine ocean flickered outside my window seat, I drew a deep sigh of contentment. It had only been about 80 days since my last visit home, but after some frigid snow days and sleep-deprived study nights, I was ready to shed my midterm fatigue and bask in the familiar comforts of home— aka sun, salt, and sand. 

While I'm always keen for a new adventure, being home was just the laid back change of pace I needed as I start the inevitable rapid transition to post-grad life. Even though I now have a large sunburn that has finally faded from fire engine red to peony pink, a fresh dose of vitamin sea was truly some much needed soul soothing medicine. As I currently write this a mere four days post-spring break, snow pellets the outside of my bedroom window as yet another blizzard has uninvitingly showed up in Boston. 
How many days until summer?

ootd 1: shirt + shorts: j.crew 
ootd 2: dress: gap
featured places to go & things to do: naples pier | baker museum