Tuesday, October 18, 2011

World Traveling SMC Girl!

I've been on the road for almost 5 full weeks now, so I thought it was about time for an update!

I spent the first 3 1/2 weeks in RI and MA, which is very exciting and fun, but not nearly as incredible as my last week and a half has been...I've been trekking through Colorado and Utah recruiting students, seeing friends, seeing scenery and loving life!

At the beginning of my time in Colorado I went to a college fair in Aspen to reach out to the students on the Western Slope of the Rockies. I met a friend and fellow SMC '09 alum, Rita (who is originally from Snowmass Village, CO), at the fair and she stayed with me at the college fair helping to answer questions and reach out to prospective students from Colorado. After the fair was over she and I drove through Independence Pass and saw some beautiful scenery!

Rita and I on the top of Independence Pass (elev. ~12,000 ft) at the Continental Divide!

I spend a great week meeting students and telling them about the opportunities at Saint Michael's and also mixed in a bit of sightseeing. I saw Red Rocks Amphitheater, Boulder, Fort Collins (Where CSU is) and some elk! On Friday I met a group of friends from camp in Boulder - we had fun catching up and reminiscing while eating cupcakes and a great shop called Tee & Cakes!

(l-r) Lauren (senior line counselor at camp and current senior at CU Boulder), me, Kaelyn (fellow Management Team member and currently studying library science at Denver U), Jamie (one of my counselors, currently a senior at CU Boulder)

After a wonderful time in Colorado, I boarded a plane to head to Utah to do some more recruiting and also to see my very best friend from camp, Amy. Amy is originally from Salt Lake City, but currently lives in Arizona - but she flew in for the weekend to see me! We had a sleepover in my hotel on Saturday, saw the Mormon Tabernacle Choir live, went to the Great Salt Lake and saw lots of buffalo, had delicious homecooked meals from Amy's mom and played Clue with her siblings. It was a wonderful end to my trip, and very much needed!

Amy and I on Antelope Island...see those little black dots over my shoulder? Those are buffalo!

I'm currently waiting for my flight back east and I couldn't be more excited to get back to sea level, see what's left of the fall foliage and sleep in my own bed!!