Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weekend On The Square

Hey!!! I'm BACK! 
It feels like forever since I last posted and I'm actually excited to post! Haha the only thing though is that I am super disorganized right now! I feel like during the week and a half that I was gone, a lot of things occurred back at home that I have to figure out.
 I also was being dumb (like always lol) and I put a lot of stuff off till after I got back from spring break since I knew the deadlines were at the end of April. . . Well here we are.. almost the end of April and I'm stuck with all that work... haha! I really regret putting things off now, but I'm trudging through it since I know that after my AP exams, I will be free!

NYU Weekend On The Square

My whole trip to New York can kinda be split into two parts.. one part business (which was also fun!) and the other part real fun! I will be sharing the business part first today. My business portion of my vacation was actually a visit to NYU for their admitted students day/weekend on the square. I knew from the start that this visit would probably be the last time I see the college before having to decide whether or now I would actually spend my next 4 years there. It was a scary thought, but I'm glad to say that after seeing the school, I have come up with a final decision! (which I will share at the end!)

Holiday Inn Express Maspeth Review

My mom and I left for New York Friday morning and were fortunate enough to not hit much traffic. We arrived in Chinatown and immediately made a dash to our hotel which was a little bit over an hour away via subway.
So I'm new to booking hotels and I actually didn't realize how inconvenient the hotel that we booked would be!  The hotel was advertised as being a 10 minute bus ride from a subway station so I thought it wasn't a big deal. The only problem was that I could not for the life of me figure out the bus system so my mom and I ended up hiking half an hour twice a day for the majority of our stay! The hotel itself was pretty isolated from any stores and actually took quite a while to find. The hotel itself was very nice though on the inside .. though the location was interesting haha.

Holiday Inn Express Maspeth Review

Holiday Inn Express Maspeth Review
The little dragon is a gift for someone.. haha
A lot of the hotels in NY at that time were soo expensive!! I'm thinking it was because it was spring break... I mean the hotel that I stayed at last time literally doubled in price to $300+ per night and there was no way that we would be staying there! This was in my mind, a good quality hotel for the lowest price. It actually cost the same per night as the Hilton, but just not at high end.. ohh I just can't believe how these hotels raise their prices like that!!
Our room was super nice as well! It had a cozy home feeling in my opinion. The bathroom was pretty sweet and the bed was HUGE! I loved the fact that it came with free breakfast and free wifi!!

selfie on subway

My mom and I loved the hotel, but we didn't have much time to explore as our time in NY was short. We wanted to visit NYU more than once so I could see the school and so that we wouldn't get lost trying to get there the next day and end up late. It turns out that on top of the walking time, our subway ride to get to NYU was about ~50 minutes!! It wasn't that big of a deal though because I actually really enjoyed bring a "true" city person and taking the subway... though I do have to say that some very strange things can happen on the subway... 
I finally made it to NYU that day and spent some time just walking around and taking it in. I spoke to some current students and got their opinions on the school. Overall most people said they liked it there which is good to hear!! My visit to the college that day had to be quick since we needed to get home before dark!


The next morning, my mom and I woke up pretty early (around 6) so we could get ready, eat breakfast, and ride the subway to get to NYU before 9. We were actually told to get there 15 min before 9... but my mom and I could not figure the transportation out and we went the wrong way and got to the school 15 minutes late lol. =)

NYU Weekend On The Square

NYU class of 2018 t-shirt

When I finally made it to NYU, I literally saw sooo much people there! It was quite overwhelming, but exciting! It took us a while to figure out where we were going, but as soon as I saw the arch of purple and white balloons and long line of students, I knew where I belonged! I got in line and as soon as I got in, I was given a NYU t-shirt!!! I wanted to wear it right away haha!

NYU Weekend On The Square

NYU Weekend On The Square

I'm not going to go into too much details about my weekend on the square, but my overall experience was a positive one! The presentations that were given by the school were very impressive!! There are a lot of talented students there!! We were also very fortunate that day since the weather was perfect. I spent a good deal of the time just walking around Washington Square and soaking up the sun! I also toured the campus again and took another look at the dorms. I have to say that the school is very nice
... however.... 
It hurts me to say this, but even though I loved everything there, something about the school didn't feel right to me. It took me a while to figure out what was off, but it eventually hit me that I really missed the feeling of a community. The square was beautiful, but it felt too open.. I looked around and saw people there that weren't students and I didn't like it. I thought I wouldn't mind it, but it just didn't feel like a college to me and it really bothered me... I kept thinking back to Uconn after this day and I think I am realizing now that I want a typical college experience and NYU would not give me that sadly... It gave me the city which I love, but not a campus... 


After my wonderful day on the square, my mom and I headed back to the hotel. Along the way back, we stopped for some dinner! Well these photos are our dinners for the past two nights haha. The pizza in the first row is what we are the first night and the second night, we went out for chinese food! Getting food is so convienient in the city. There is literally a restuarant on every block and we actually had trouble picking which store to get pizza rather than trying to find a place that sold pizza!

My visit to NYU was well worth it and gave me a true taste of life there. I actually also went to Uconn's Husky-For-A-Day yesterday and got to follow a current student around. (It was lots of fun was well!! )
Both college were impressive, but the major difference between the two was the location and campus. Even though I wanted to be in the city for college, I wanted a true college campus more.
College only happens once and the city will always be waiting for me!
I'm proud to say that I am 100% sure that I will be a husky next year!!

How has you week been so far?
What is the most interesting thing you have seen on the subway/bus?
Favorite food from the city? =)

117 comments:

  1. Hi! New reader here! I graduated from college some years ago and I wish I had done the whole thing differently, so it's really fun for me to read about your upcoming experience! It sounds like you've really given this a lot of thought, as opposed to me who kind of just got pushed onto my college. And, the pics of you and your mom are so cute! Hope to read more from you soon!

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    1. Hey Gee Nee! I love new readers haha! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and I always love hearing other's opinions on this whole college thing!
      ohh, that kinda sucks that you were pushed onto your college, but it sounds like you made the best of it!!! I actually remember hearing somewhere that it doesn't matter where you go to college and that it's up to you to make your college experience what you want it to be =)
      Having to pick a college for myself was actually super stressful since I always had that though in the back of my mind of "what if I pick the wrong one?" I'm pretty certain that I made the right choice though now!

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  2. This was so much fun to read, it brought me back to when I was in college! I totally get where your are coming from in wanting to have a community feel and having the complete college experience, that is one of the things that I looked for in a college as well. Congrats on picking a college, must be so exciting!

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    1. Yay! I'm glad that my post was able to do that! It is super exciting now that I know exactly where I'm going, I can finally start planning haha. The community aspect is something I really want and I'm glad I figured that out!

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  3. wow,this is so awesome !!!!!!!!
    love this special experience !
    just enjoy your life and always in a nice mood
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  4. Can I just say that's really stupid of you?
    How do you even know what a college feels like? College feels incredibly different when you attend than when you go on visits, they hype you up on visits. To say that NYU lacks that college feel is beyond the realm of my comprehension.
    Maybe it's because you're young, sheltered and naive, but I cannot understand why you would choose UCONN over NYU based on campus. That's dumb.

    Good lick in the real world in a few months--you'll need it.

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    1. You can't even spell "good luck" correctly, so I doubt it's fair for you to call anyone else stupid.

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    2. Hmm I'm actually not sure how to respond to this comment. I feel like I wasn't clear enough, but campus wasn't the only deciding factor... there was also money and major involved. NYU would be more costly and since I'm still uncleared about my major, NYU might not have been the best choice if I wanted flexibility to change majors.

      I'll be honest and say that your right, I don't know what a real college feels like, especially what it would be like when I'm there..
      I know that visits aren't going to show the whole picture as well so I did do some outside research on both schools on my own.
      I've heard lots of positives and negatives about NYU's campus .
      In the end, I realized I wanted a closed campus since you only get that experience once in a lifetime. Deep down though, I do also think that I was scared of being so far from home and the loneliness that may come with NYU. Uconn felt safe and I liked that feeling. Plus uconn is also ranked very high (especially on the public schools list) so I don't think I made the wrong choice at all!

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  5. What an awesome adventure I agree hotel could be expensive. I love Chinatown so many little stores and you coukd find anything in within the culture. This is a special memories and fun moment you and your mom share.
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    1. Yes it is a nice memory and Chinatown has some of the coolest shops and food haha!

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  6. Don't listen to anyone else's opinions^. It's your choice and as long as your happy with that choice that's all that matters! I'm glad you found a college that suits you. I'm sure that everything will go great. :)
    That food looks so yummy!
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    1. Thank you and I will def. keep that in mind as I continue through college!! It is my life and I want to be happy!

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  7. It's a great experience to bond with your mom! Have a great college life!

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  8. Amazing and also fun post! Love the photos also.Thank you for taking me back to my school days!
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  9. just be yourself dear...
    nice post..

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  10. Bonitas fotos!!!. Suerte en los exámenes.

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  11. Goodluck to you dear <3

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  12. Congrats on making a final decision. It's a huge deal, and I'm so glad you took your time. I think you're a very smart girl, and will do well in life. By the way, loved your pictures with mom. She's adorable!
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    1. Thank you and yes, it is a big deal!! I'm very happy I didn't rush the decision! =)

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  13. I had a lot of fun reading this post! I'm kinda jealous, though, 'cos I've always wanted to go to New York!

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    1. yay I'm glad you enjoyed it and I hope you get to go and visit one day as well!!

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  14. Congrats on making your decision. Sound like you had a great time. I gave you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

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  15. Great pics... congrats for your decision... good luck darling!!!!

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  16. congrats with your decision dear :) good luck to your college life, remember to take it easy, enjoy, and have fun! have great one dear! :)

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    1. Thank you and yes I will keep everything balanced hehe! =)

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  17. i wanna go badlyyyy! congrats with ur decision too dear!

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    1. Thank you!! I hope you can come someday!

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  18. Nice, Nice, Nice!!!

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  19. Yeah, Hotels are actually quite ruthless with their prices when it comes to raise & lower them. :(
    I'm very excited for you & your way to college. Reminds me of my time...
    My week was kinda okay'ish... but that's ok. ;)

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    1. Yes, tell me about it! I did not know that it would raise that much!! I mean wow!!
      haha I'm super excited for college right now! I hope your week has gotten better =)

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  20. So you chose Uconn! I totally understand that feeling of wanting a community... it's sad NYU can't offer that.
    It seems like you made the good choice. Brava! <3
    So happy for you!!! :D

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    1. Yes I did!! The sense of community was something I really wanted so I'm sure I made the right choice here!!

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  21. Congrats on choosing UConn! I'm glad you had a great time in New York even though your hotel was a hassle. Yeah, I've been there a few times and it's always so pricy depending when you go ;A;

    I'm sure you'll be happy with the decision you made. I've heard my other friends saying the same thing about NYU since it's not a real campus, but are a bunch of building scattered around the city. Either way, you'll have a great college experience and a great education :) I can't wait to start reading about your college adventures!

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    1. Thanks!! NY was super fun and yes, that hotel was a hassle.. but it was kinda fun at the same time!! NY is expensive overall to live in!!
      I'm sure that I will love Uconn too! The whole college campus is something I heard a lot too and I had to seriously question myself if I felt like I would be missing out on something without it. For me the answer was yes so I just took the leap and chose uconn!

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  22. Great photos. Have a nice weekend! ;)

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  23. All the best :)

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  24. Congrats dear and all the very best to you...lovely pics..;-)

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  25. oh wow :) congrats and I'm glad you finally figured out what you really wanted <3 good luck!

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    1. Thank you!! I'm so happy I finally got it figured it out!!

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  26. Hey beauty love your new post =) Keep posting .
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  27. How sweet the pics with your mum! I'm following you via gfc and bloglovin, follow back?
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  28. Hi!!you have a beautiful blog!!
    would you like to follow each other on gfc,bloglovin and twitter???
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  29. It looks like you and your mom were having an amazing time together. I was wondering where have you been, so now I knows. You're not dump, you just too young and still have to figure thing out. You are doing so wonderfully as your age! Happy weekend Mindy! ox

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    1. Yes, we did have a super fun time and haha , yup I didn't just fall off the face of the earth!
      Thank you so much! I'm working on figuring things out now haha!

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  30. I enjoyed reading your post very much ! It's cool you had an amazing time in NY and I think you are the best age, at the moment when you can choose to be anything you want to ! You do well in trusting your instinct about the campus of choice, good luck for your studies ! Kisses

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    1. Thank you and yes, NY was just too much fun!!
      haha I hear that a lot about my age!! I'm hoping that it's true and that I make it worth while!! I 'm pretty certain that the choice I made was right for me!! =)

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  31. very great pictures darling,happy we
    thanks for your comment darling
    have a nice day

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  32. OMG that amazing place!
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  33. Congrats for choosing the college you want!! Hope everything goes smoothly.I bet your mom was really excited to share this trip with you.Everything looks great!!
    xx

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    1. Thanks!! I'm hoping that it does to and yes she was super excited!!

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  34. I read every detail written here. Visiting NYU and NY of course will always be on my list after I graduate in college. You're so lucky! :)

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    1. aww that's awesome to hear!! haha sometimes I feel like I write too much!!
      I'm sure you'll be able to visit one day!! It's really nice there! =)

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  35. Your trip looked like a lot of fun, I'm glad you were able to figure out why you didn't want to attend that school before you registered. Your going to be in school for a while so you for sure want to love where you go! I wish I would have spent more time deciding where to get my degree because I think my college experience would have been better if I had visited a few colleges before making my decision. Love your blog keep up the good work!!!

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    1. Yes, it was soo much fun and I'm glad I've figured it out as well! I was trying my best to go with fit rather than name since I know that if I didn't feel right there, the name wouldn't matter.
      I honestly didn't go to much with college visits either. I was stuck between a few colleges and I had to devote all my time to picking one haha!

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  36. awww the pictures adorable and I love goign through ur post. U're quite an engaging writer!
    You have such a wonderful blog here and I'm so glad I came across it.
    The effort you put in your pictures and content shows! I shall surely be coming around more often!

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    1. Aww thanks ! ! I haha I try to be as engaging as possible with my readers!

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  37. The Pictures are so nice! *-*

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  38. I love this post and I enjoyed reading it. The photos are so nice. I'm glad that you already made a decision on which college to choose. :) Way back years ago I was forced to go to a college that I didn't like. It was my parents' decision. My experience was awful (wasted a lot of time, money, and effort), though I met and became friends with a lot of nice people but I really didn't end up liking the school so I transferred to the Uni that I like. College is tough but I hope that you'll have a fun and wonderful experience. Always do your best because everything is worth the stress, pressure, and hard work. Have a nice weekend. :)

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    1. Thank you!! I'm glad that you liked it!! The decision finally came after lots of thinking, but I'm pretty certain that I made the right choice.
      ohh that sounds like it really sucks, but it's great that you made friends there and that you were able to transfer to a school that you loved! I really hope that I have a fun time in college and get through my work/stress!! =) Your comment was so sweet!!

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  39. A decision is a decision... Hope you won't regret it...

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    1. Yes it is!! I'm hoping the same thing too!! I can't look back now!

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  40. The food looks amazing :o And I'm glad you're getting closer to your Uni decision ^_^ Either way, I'm sure you'll be fine!

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    1. It is delicious and I've chosen Uconn!!

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  41. Great photos, hun, they are truly gorgeous. And the food looks delicious!

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  42. Lovely photos hun. you and your mum look so cute. xx

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  43. Amazing adventures
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  44. Seems had fun, btw your pictures were great

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  45. I see that you had an amazing time in NY! :)

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  46. Nice pics, I think you had a great time!
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  47. I'm glad you had a great time at NYU. Do you like the vibe there? :) <3

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    1. hey!! Yes I did like the vibe there a lot!!! ... though I sadly couldn't see it being a fit for me for college! I'd love to visit it there again though haha

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  48. That first paragraph made me giggle. High five fellow procrastinator! Hahahaha! :P

    Anyway, that's so mean of Anon to say but I'm glad to hear that you've finally come up with the best decision for YOU! I hope you enjoy your time in your new school :)

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    1. haha yes !! High five! I'm going to work on fixing this habit before college or else I will be in trouble haha!
      Thank you!! I'm pretty certain that I made the right decision for me and that I will be happy in college! I honestly feel like I would have loved both schools, but something about uconn felt more like college/relaxed and I liked that!

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  49. Looked like you had a nice time. Lovely photos.=)

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  50. I'm glad you picked the right school for you. I can imagine your situation, city vs community. I can only imagine what it would be like to have to choose between two awesome schools. I transfered schools after my first semester. I realized that although my experience on campus was amazing, I wasn't ready to leave my family. So I transfered and moved back home.

    Wish you the best with college!

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    1. I am glad that I picked the one for me! It was hard haha .. I think the name of nyu and location was pulling me in! I'm glad that you enjoyed your time on campus and then chose to transfer home since you felt it was right!

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  51. Awesome shots with your mom, Mindy! Mother's Day is approaching, do you have any plans in mind?
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    1. Thanks and yes it is!! I currently don't at the moment, but I'm working on it!

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  52. AMAZING!!!!!
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  53. Nicee trip you had!! I thought you were already AT college, haha~~ ignore my previous comment!! I wasn't as smart as you- I didn't go visit the universities and I have to make offers in just a few weeks' time. *sigh* but congrats to you for making a decision! :D Good luck to both of us in post secondary! xx

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    1. Thanks and haha I'm still a senior here!!
      All the teachers in our school drilled it into our heads that we must and I honestly felt like I needed to especially if I was about to move away haha!
      Yes, good luck to the both of us!!!!

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  54. I love your style Suzie! These trousers are perfect. I'm going to see if they have my size now. Fingers crossed! summer dress designs

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