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Best Summer Ever

    Volunteering in College: Freshmen Orientation

    Yesterday afternoon I wrapped up volunteering as a victor guide (small group leader) at my college’s 3-day freshmen orientation, and all I can think about is being able to do it again next year.

    Since I listed volunteering as a must-do on my guide to having the best summer ever, and my summer technically doesn’t end until tomorrow, I thought I’d share my experience with helping out at freshmen orientation this year.

    I’m going to break things up by day, so things don’t get too overwhelming.

    Volunteering in College: Freshmen Orientation Edition | College with Caitlyn

    Thursday

    Thursday was a long and very sweaty day.

    I woke up at 6:30 a.m. to report for my assignment at 7:00. I was put on move-in duty from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Read more…

    Why You Should be a Tourist in Your Own City

    Making plans with people can be so difficult sometimes. I mean you either can’t agree on anything to do or you can’t come up with anything appealing to do. Been there done that.

    But I think I found a creative solution to all those plan crushers out there: exploring the city. I mean think about it, there’s no way you’ve been down every street, eaten at every corner bakery or gotten a coffee from every cute cafe. You’ll never run out of things to do.

    Now I’ve never been a city girl. As I’ve mentioned before, I want to live in the suburbs when I grow up. No big cities for this girl. They’re dirty, crowded, overwhelming and downright scary, but scary can be fun sometimes right? Right. So I ventured into Cincinnati to see what fun it had to offer for me.

    Findlay Market

    Findlay Market

    Just like I’ve never liked cities, I’ve never liked markets. I’m that person who scurries past every booth avoiding eye contact at all costs and ignoring vendors’ calls to me. Sorry man. I’m not interested in whatever it is you’re selling and if I was then I would have stopped to look.

    But if you’re one who wants to feel the hustle and bustle of the city (and everyone visiting) and loves finding custom pieces and trying local foods, then a local market is the perfect place for you to check out. While I don’t like all the people and pushy vendors at markets, I do love discovering local brands.

    While I was there I did find though the best chocolate company ever. Like no joke. I wish I had a lifetime supply. Their white chocolate with cocoa nibs is to die for! Read more…

    Deconstructing Our Desire to Road Trip

    Deconstructing our Desire to Road Trip: why you want to and why you should plan one! | College with Caitlyn

    Wanderlust.

    It’s everywhere these days. The internet is plastered with quotes like, “Not all who wander are lost,” guides to travel anywhere, and stories of people who quit their job to explore the world. I think it’s safe to say there are quite a lot of people who feel this call to travel.

    I never used to be one of those people. I thought I had seen enough of the world due to all the moving I did as a military brat, but my recent vacation to California changed all that.

    That trip awakened the wanderer in me, and one of the biggest things on my travel and summer bucket list was to go on a road trip.

    So I did. Well kind of.

    One of my best friends from college lives about two hours north of me, and she invited me and another friend up for the weekend. Ensue the (mini) road trip.

    Between driving on my own, sitting shotgun next to my friend, and riding on the floor in the back of my other friend’s van, I felt total bliss. I felt everything people want to feel when they go on a road trip. (Except the almost 100 degree weather. I’m sure no one wants to feel that.)
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