5 for 20

Some of my readers may know that my birthday was on Tuesday, December 16th, and I am no longer a teenager! It still hasn’t really hit me that I made it through my seemingly-endless teenage years and I am now, according to some, turning into “a real adult.” I know that adulthood legally happens when you turn 18 years old, but I certainly still would not call myself an adult. I don’t know what taxes are, I still live with my parents, I am mortified of driving, and I have no plans for the future that are absolutely set in stone. It is so strange to look on Facebook and other social media and see old high school friends and acquaintances getting engaged or married and having children.

My birthday has not seemed like a big deal in quite some time- it’s just another day in which I just happen to turn a year older. Honestly, I feel like my parents should be the ones who are celebrated on December 16th of each year! I know that I still have so many years ahead of me, but I cannot help but to think about all that I have learned in just the past twenty years. Here is a list of the five most important lessons I have learned thus far. Continue reading


Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference: Round 2

I have decided that I am the kind of person who always needs to be working on something big. That ‘something’ needs to keep me busy, but also needs to be something I want to dedicate many hours of my life to. This has been a recent discovery of mine, but it does make sense with what I have experienced in the past. Usually, I’ve always been happiest when I’ve been working towards a large goal, whether that be a science fair project, a huge presentation for an English class, or a quiz bowl competition. So far, I’ve had two big “somethings” in college that have provided me with the opportunity to pursue a large goal of mine. Last year, it was my first time ever doing research and presenting it at the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference (BRURC) which I wrote about in a previous post. This year, thus far, I participated in LMU’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which I described in my last post. Continue reading