Summer 2015 Highlights

The last six months have been a complete whirlwind…

I graduated from college and barely had time to celebrate before the tears started flowing. With overwhelming gratitude and a heavy heart, I said goodbye to my beloved city and the friends who had become my family, packed up my SUV, and drove more than 1,000 miles back to New Hampshire.

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My roommates and I at graduation

I also traveled to Israel on a free, ten-day trip through Taglit Birthright. The biggest takeaway: DON’T believe everything you see on the news. Israel is a beautiful country and is home to some of the kindest and most generous people I have ever met. I formed incredible bonds with the 42 other people on my trip, including eight Israeli soldiers, and have kept in close contact with them since returning home. It was nice to make a deeper connection to my Jewish identity and to know that I have somewhere to take refuge if Donald Trump becomes President.

Covering ourselves with mud in the Dead Sea
Our group hiking in the Negev Desert
Our group hiking in the Negev Desert

In July, I got to perform on a familiar stage at the Prescott Park Arts Festival and honor the memory of a very special man. I spent fifteen years training and dancing with the New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts and was devastated to hear that the patriarch of the NHAPA family, Patrick Patent, had passed away. Mr. P was passionate about the arts and even took a few of us to the opera one year in a valiant attempt to instill in us an appreciation for really loud Italian music. We revived an old routine to “Ave Maria” and prayed he was still applauding as he always had at our shows.

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Toward the end of the summer, as all my friends started moving into apartments and going back to school, the reality of living at home began to sink in. In an effort to get out of the house and make some money before my trip, I got a job as a “bagel girl,” serving coffee, smoothies and (you guessed it) bagels in the Sandpiper Coffee Shop at Summer Sessions, across from Jenness Beach in Rye, NH. It’s not glamorous, but I do get to hang with hot surfer dudes in a fun, laid back surf shop.

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Now I’m just working and preparing for Thailand! Keep checking back for more updates as October 14th draws closer and the whole thing actually starts to feel real…

Honorable mentions: I visited one of my great friends from college in Connecticut, went boating and tubing on Bow Lake, spent time with family in Maine, took spontaneous trips to New York City with my friends from Birthright, and I turned 22!

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