The Aggie Tradition

The Aggie Tradition

As one young Aggie prepares for her upcoming Freshmen year at Texas A&M, another one gets a step closer to saying goodbye…

I went to my new student conference (freshmen orientation) yesterday and today and at the same time my sister (4 years older than me) ordered her Aggie ring! If you have not heard about the traditions at Texas A&M than you need to look them up. This university is known for its traditions and the Aggie ring is one of the most important. The ring is a symbol of the Aggie Network which connects Aggies all over the world. It also represents excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service.

This is why it was such an honor to be with my sister as she ordered her ring which she will receive in the fall. A student must have 90+ hours to order their rings and once they graduate they turn the emblem to face the world. It’s the little things like this (and the 5000 other traditions) which make it stand out more than the rest. I am unbelievably excited to start school here next fall and I know that I could not have picked a better university to spend my next four years.

Thanks and GIG’EM!!!

SEDONA

SEDONA

When asked what I wanted to do for my birthday, my instant response was ROADTRIP…  so we packed up the rental car with grandma and grandpa and made our way from Scottsdale to Sedona.

Plus I knew that a road trip would be a GREAT opportunity for me to try out my new birthday gift… a Canon EOS 80D! The photos that I took are so crisp and clear and I can’t wait to take more on my new Canon. I can already tell the difference in image quality between it and my old Nikon camera.

This was one of the most beautiful drives up I-17. We climbed higher and higher and made a few stops on our way. Our first stop was to see Montezuma Castle in Camp Verde and it was amazing. The structure was built by the Sinagua people between approximately 1100 and 1425 AD. The main structure comprises five stories and twenty rooms, and was built over the course of three centuries. It was truly breathtaking to see and only it was only 20 minute detour on our way to Sedona.

After Camp Verde we continued on our way to Sedona. Once we got there we ate lunch at a little Italian restaurant called the Hideaway House and it was delicious and the views were even better! Then we spent time going to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross and then Cathedral Rock and lastly Bell Rock. This town was one of the cutest and most beautiful places I had ever been to and there’s just so much to see and do I am going to have to go back sometime very soon!

 

The Sonoran Desert (Pt. 1)

The Sonoran Desert (Pt. 1)

There’s not much better than getting to spend your birthday with your family on vacation in Arizona! I’ve got my camera, my swimsuit and my sunscreen and I couldn’t be more excited to spend a few days relaxing by the pool. If you’ve never been to Arizona you have to go… the beauty that is Arizona is almost impossible to describe unless a person has actually been there; the colors of the flowers are just a little bit brighter, the sky is a little bit bluer, and the sunsets are the more beautiful than anything you have ever seen.

The best part of it all… our four-door wrangler jeep that my dad loves to drive around. We took the top off about 2 months after buying it and haven’t put it back on since. The weather in Arizona is so perfect that there has never been a reason to ever put the top back on! The temperature today was 93 in the valley and 100 in town but the heat here doesn’t even compare to the heat (plus humidity) in Texas. I love spring and summer in the desert because there is 0% humidity and that makes my skin and my hair very happy:)

I am unbelievably blessed to be spending this time with my family before I head off for college next fall and I plan on taking full advantage of moments like these. More pictures to come!

And So the Adventure Begins…

And So the Adventure Begins…

“What feels likes the end is often the beginning.”-Unknown

This past week, I repeatedly told myself that I was not going to cry during Baccalaureate or the Robing ceremony and definitely not during graduation itself. Most high schoolers can’t wait to get out of high school but I can confidently say that I am not like most. I have been at my amazing school since Kindergarten; it’s my school, my church, and my second home. There are a lot of preconceived notions about private schools, especially christian private schools but I can honestly say that the reason I am so sad to leave is because this place has been so much more than just a school for me.

The teachers were not just my teachers; they were my friends and role models. My fellow classmates were not just my peers; they were amazing friends and supporters as well. The students at my school are innovative, encouraging, thoughtful, smart, and well-rounded and I couldn’t have asked for better friends. Each of my classmates comes from a different background, each has their own story to tell, and each and every one them was my friend. There are not many high school seniors who can say that they knew each and every one of their classmates, not only by name, but shared an actual friendship with each one. And that’s the beauty of going to a school where graduating 93 seniors is such as big deal. Today was the day, the day that I graduated from a school that I have proudly gone to for 13 years now and as I’m sure you probably guessed, I cried during graduation… a lot.

So now that high school is over and I am officially and alum (whoa that’s weird to think about), my new beginning consists of putting all my focus and energy into college. I am so incredibly excited about attending Texas A&M University next year! Over the summer, I plan on spending as much time with my family and friends as possible before I head down I-35 to C Stat! I’m not going to lie, the idea of leaving my friends and family makes me pretty nervous… And not only will I be leaving some of my friends, a lot of them will be leaving me! I have friends going to Oklahoma, New York, Alabama, California, Mississippi and even Dublin, Ireland. I have known some of these girls my whole life and I know that they will do great things in college. But, all in all, I’m trying not to worry about these little things and I am attempting to focus on what’s really important, summer is right around the corner!!!

Beach getaway

Beach getaway

One of my absolute favorite places in the world is Destin, Florida. My parents have been taking my brother, sister and I to the beach there for as long as I can remember. Let me start by saying that I have been to quite a few different beaches and I can honestly say that nothing compares to the white sands and clear emerald-green water along the coastline there.

If any of you have been to this location, then you have probably driven about 15 minutes down the road to the Seaside/Watercolor towns which are just the cutest little bitty towns in America. Plus, the shops there are to die for! So back to Destin; the water there is so pretty it hurts and I love to just sit on the beach with my toes in the sand and read a really good book. Which just so happened to be All the Missing Girls which I did a book review of a couple of days ago. Go check it out!

So last weekend my parents and I had a little weekend getaway to Florida before my graduation the next weekend. It was the perfect relaxing weekend that I really needed before the next long and stressful week. I made sure to take my Nikon D5300 with me and you can see some of the pictures from my trip at the bottom. If anyone wants to know more about vacationing in Destin feel free to ask me!