Cinque Terre, Italia: A beautiful place I had the pleasure to visit when I was in Italy this summer.

It’s almost back-to-school time, and I couldn’t be more excited!! I have an awesome Fall class schedule, I ordered my books today, and basically, school is all I can think about! Ok so it’s still technically summer, but so what? We’re on the brink of an amazing football season, a great sorority rush at AXO, and I’m about to start my senior-level engineering classes. I mean, summer’s great, but let’s be real: two weeks from now, we’ll be back USC. Enough said? Well, almost…

That’s not to say that this summer wasn’t awesome. Actually, I’m not even sure “awesome” even covers it! Recap: I spent seven weeks in Florence (among many other cities in Italy), later on visited my best friend in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware, and eventually spent a week with my whole family at a reunion in Laguna Beach, California.

My favorite city in Italy was Venice. It always looked like a fairy tale!

Just since my last blog post, I’ve moved in to my sorority house, spending every minute here with some of my favorite people in the world. Before that, I visited some friends who were interning at Vandenberg Air Force Base, and before that, I went to Disneyland with my cousins! I know I’m overwhelming you with my awesomeness, just a little; but looking back, this was one of the best summers I’ve ever had.

While visiting friends at Vandenberg, we made a stop in Solvang, CA!

And it’s still (technically) not over yet! Right now, I’m addicted to a new book, Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card. It’s the sequel to Ender’s Game, which maybe you’ve heard of. Oddly enough, a contribution to my decision to study Engineering was that I wouldn’t have to read so much… funny that I actually enjoy it now! Maybe it’s the fact that when you can choose what you read, it’s a lot more fun.

My cousins and I on Splash Mountain at Disneyland. We’re the last three on the boat.

Oh, and other hallmark events of a landmark summer: the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars (yay!) and Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever… And USC won more medals than most countries!!