As my Junior year at Penn State comes to a close within the next month, I can't help but look back and wonder where the time has gone. Despite the endless school work and daily 8am classes, I can easily say that this year has been the greatest college experience I have had thus far. Becoming an OPPerations Captain for Penn State's THON 2013 was one of the most inspiring privileges I was given this year, and having the ability to lead 33 crazy kids around all weekend was incredible. Between my Blue Steele family and the 21 Captains that I have shared my entire year with, I can't imagine my college experience without these individuals. Never in my life have I been so inspired and truly amazed at the passion and love shared by this organization, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for THON 2014 and my Penn State years to come! This is the next chapter that I refer to as we flip the page into summer shortly and I move to Boston for my internship.
I don't know if I have ever felt so anxious about the next chapter in my life until now. Moving away to a new city for the summer where I know maybe one person is going to be a life-changing experience for sure. And despite the nerves, this truly excites me. This summer is going to open up new opportunities, and who knows, I may find some new material to photograph once I figure out how to maneuver around Boston.
Recently, I have been making way too many life decisions, thinking about 'the real world' and living outside of the State College bubble. Needless to say, this sort of stresses me out, and I wanted a day to roam around Centre County taking pictures. Unfortunately, I've been absent from my landscape photography for a while now, which I probably owe to the THON Captains for stealing me away as their photographer for the year. But in all honesty, this opened up a new sector of my photography as I attempted to photograph people and slowly make my way into portrait photography. Intertwined with some of these landscape shots, I have included my first attempt at portraits of my friend Rachel. As we roamed around Millbook Marsh for the day, I quickly realized how much I missed my photography. This is my outlet that I had been missing for months and finally taking time out of my endless schedule was exactly what I needed.
So, as yet another year closes out and we slowly transition into the coming summer months, here's to the next chapter and the experiences it may entail.