Pumpkin Season

IMG-5658This week, it’s suddenly fall in the city. I’ve started wearing a coat because a sweater isn’t enough, my fingers turn icy after just a few minutes outside, and of course pumpkins (mostly pumpkin spice treats) are everywhere. I’m not complaining, though. We have real pumpkins and pumpkin cookies in our apartment—I even have a little white pumpkin in my cubicle! But I haven’t seen the leaves turn yet, so I hope we’ll get to see some nice fall colors before winter’s here. With this change of season, I’ve been settling into my new job and life in New York.  Continue reading “Pumpkin Season”


A Quick Note on Rebranding

“A reader’s ambition knows no bounds”

If you know me, you know that I recently graduated college. This, as you would also know, poses a distinct problem with my blog called “Natalie in Collegeland,” which I started with the intention of sharing my freshman year (and, later, undergraduate) experience with younger people, family, and friends.

Clearly I’ve outgrown the original name and premise of my blog. I finished school, moved to New York, and started a real adult job. So it’s time to change a few things up.

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An Overdue Update

Pan de Azucar National Park

Since I last wrote, a lot of things have happened. But most of all, I graduated! I finished my senior year, turned in an honors thesis, walked in a VERY rainy graduation procession, drove home to Texas via Columbus and Nashville, and took a trip to Chile. Now I’m in Texas for a little while, currently working as an RA at a ballet summer intensive. Read on to hear about it!

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April (Snow) Showers

At the Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris!

It’s well into spring and here in Ithaca, I saw snow a few days ago. Not just a few flurries, mind you — a constant stream of snowflakes! Everybody rolled their eyes, and I pretended to be incredulous too, but I was mostly thrilled. If it were up to me, the winter would have been much longer.

In high school, I spent so much time wondering what college would be like. Would the classes be hard? Who would my friends be? Would the food be good or gross? I couldn’t imagine much beyond my time here at Cornell, and I had no idea what to expect. Now I’m a senior, all that behind me, wondering what my life will be like a year from now. Always looking forward. But before I slide down the slippery slope of wild speculation about the beginning of adult life, I want to take a moment to write a quick update for those paying attention. Continue reading “April (Snow) Showers”

Senior Year: Return to the Hill

IMG_2967-1Hello again! It’s been a while since I posted—the semester was busier and more stressful than I anticipated. With one exam and two papers behind me (plus a story revision for creative writing that remains to be finished), I’ve finished classes and I’m back in Texas for the break! Now that I’m done, I can take a minute to write a quick recap of what my second-to-last semester of college has been like. Continue reading “Senior Year: Return to the Hill”