After returning from a well deserved nacho night in East Halls, I think it finally hit me that I am a senior in college. Despite having another year in the bubble that is State College, it is hard to believe that four years of my life are now memories within Penn State. Through endless hours of studying in Starbucks and an absurd amount of coffee consumed, the end of this year seems to be approaching quicker than I had ever anticipated. While my college days may not be ending just yet, as my mom has reminded me on several occasions, it sure feels like I am with everyone else experiencing the ever-so-contagious disease known as Senioritis. After my quick trip to East tonight, it brought me back to freshman year and how far my life has truly developed over the past four years.
From the time I entered this university as a clueless student in hopes of an engineering degree to now, I have to say that one of the greatest parts of this whole experience has been meeting some of the best friends I could ever ask for. Even though I am writing this about two months late, this post showcases one of the most memorable vacations I have ever been on with some of the most amazing people I have ever met.
There is no other place in the US that has ever reminded me so much of Europe with the architectural style and free-spirited atmosphere. From the moment we arrived in NOLA, we were greeted by some of the nicest, down-to-earth people including our waitress at the Trolly Stop. The greasiest of spoons and one of the best breakfasts I have ever had hands down. Just thinking about those buttery pancakes, grits, and eggs topped off with a cold pitcher of Abita makes me want to go back to New Orleans. And this was only the beginning of our mouth-watering adventures throughout the week. We stayed in the Garden District while visiting, but every day we experienced something completely different. Whether it be adventuring through the French Quarter, surviving the craziness of Bourbon Street, or tasting the local seafood around town, we were in a different world down there.
This group of friends that I went on Spring Break with has really developed over the past two years alone. Starting with the three amigos in Cafe 206, my very own roommates, we all met one way or another through Penn State's Dance Marathon. One of the most life-changing organizations in the world and so very close to my own heart. In total the seven of us are some of the most dedicated volunteers within THON between Captains, Committee Members, and Dancers, we all share a bond in this organization that has truly brought us together over the past two years. This group of friends represents some of craziest moments of my college life and some of the most heartfelt moments as well. As I edited these pictures, I became extremely reminiscent on the days before these six individuals in my life. Through the laughs, head butts, games of pool, Humes Alley signs, and outright madness, we have somehow survived this experience to the fullest and I wouldn't give that up for anything in the world. From complete strangers to the very best of friends, it really amazes me how one common bond between the seven of us has truly created an inseparable friendship.
As we finish out these next two weeks and people decide to graduate against their will, I will forevermore cherish this trip to New Orleans and the friendship that has evolved over the past two years. It is up to me at this point to find a place to live for next year so that I can house these six "professionals" at every opportunity they find to visit Penn State. I am beyond proud to call each of these individuals my best friends and I cannot wait to see what awaits each of them in the next chapter of their lives.
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