Home Sweet Home

After 14 states checked off and almost 3700 miles driven, Matt and I arrived in Ithaca, NY to move in and start the school year. I’d never even seen our new house or met our two other housemates before moving in, so I was a little nervous and a lot excited. Turns out I absolutely…

Oregon, My Oregon

Did you know nine people were killed last week? I hate that nine people died. I hate that because he wasn’t black or brown they didn’t mention his race or assume his motive. I hate that nine people died. I hate that we know this routine, that it’s become routine. I hate that nine people…

First Visit to Michigan

“Before we go, look at how hilly it is.” “Okay.” “And then look how flat it gets on the drive.” And off Matt and I went to Michigan, where it was indeed much flatter than hilly Ithaca and seemingly everything was made of brick. I only had 36 hours in Michigan before flying home to Portland, and I…

You Do You

I tell my friends all the time to do what they want, regardless of expectations or others’ perceptions. “You do you” is a phrase that comes out of my mouth daily. And yet, I found myself failing to follow my own advice. Towards the end of fall semester, I realized that my major, speech-language pathology, wasn’t what…

Viva Taqueria

Ithaca is known for its restaurants, including world-famous vegetarian restaurant Moosewood. The downtown area has lines out the door and two-hour-long waits for tapas, burgers, and pasta. One of these institutions is Viva Taqueria, right on the corner of the Commons. It’s one of the local favorites for sit-down dinners and takeout of burritos, enchiladas, and…

Early Action

The fall of my senior year was way more relaxed for me than it was for everyone else I knew. My application essay was modified from a junior year writing assignment, so I only had to do slight revisions. And I only applied to two schools: Ithaca College, both my number-one and my safety, and George…

The Fat Kid

Ithaca is known for its local restaurants: franchises and chains are few, the downtown area is filled with tons of delicious and unique menus, and Moosewood even inspired a famous vegetarian cookbook. One of my favorites is the Ithaca Ale House. I can’t order a beer there, so I’m not quite getting the full experience, but…