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Ready…Set…GO!

BAM!

My final semester at university has begun! I am so excited to finally say those words, er…type those words. Haha! I graduated from high school back in 2008 and it has taken me 8 years to get this far to my final semester to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree. I know that it should only take 4 years to get your Bachelor’s Degree, but I took two semesters off to participate in the Disney College Program internship in Orlando, Florida for a year from 2010-2011. Then 2013-2014 I had to take a year off due to medical problems so that I could recover and get my health back to normal. Finally, I started classes again the Fall of 2015 and now…after all this time, I’m so close to the finish line and I’m so excited to graduate in December!

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The best news? Only two classes stand in my way of completing my goal. This last semester, I am taking “Survey of Asian Art” and “Music Appreciation”. Now why those two you may ask? Well, as an Art Major, I am required to take a Music, Theater, or Dance class and I didn’t mean to put it off until my last semester, that’s just how it happened, so Music Appreciation it was. And, I needed one more Art History elective class, and I really am a BIG appreciator of Asian culture, so I just HAD to take that class when I saw it was an option, haha!

So…please wish me luck!

– Soleil

 

Destination: Florida!

Florida is so wonderful. While, yes, it is hot here and they have humidity, it’s not the same sticky humidity that we get back home. Needless to say, I find it delightful. I really have missed this place and I’m glad to be back.

My road trip with Kels and Marty went by with little issues. I think the longest duration of the trip was South Carolina. It just felt like it took forever to get through that state. We stopped three times for gas and 5 times for food. Honestly, I thought we were never going to get to Florida because of all the stops we took. But, we made it, yay! To be honest, it wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I thought it would be, the drive down I mean. So, yay!

Jaren’s apartment is AMAZING! I would share pictures, but I want to ask before I do. I don’t want him to be weirded out or anything, haha! The decor is very snazzy. It was all done by one of his room mates. This guy has a taste for interior design. It’s like “magazine-ready” good.

Yesterday, after our long trip ended and we finally ended up at Jaren’s, we ended up going to the pool at his apartment community, then to DownTown Disney for dinner. We ate at the Earl of Sandwich, yum! I missed that place! AND, all of DownTown Disney is being remodeled! Especially the West Side and Pleasure Island! They’ll be renaming DownTown Disney to Disney Springs once all of the construction is done, although there are already a bunch of new shops and a parking garage. More shops are planned and a second parking garage!

Here is some of the concept art!

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 12, 2013 – Along with an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, Disney Springs (as shown in this conceptual rendering) will feature a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 12, 2013 – Along with an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, Disney Springs (as shown in this conceptual rendering) will feature a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry.

Disney Springs Town Center Concept Art

I do have some pictures I took for you guys, though.

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This is Tampa. I drove by it today on my way to St. Pete’s Beach. I’ve never seen Tampa before when I used to live in Florida, so it was cool to see. Although, I’ve seen bigger cities that are more congested and knit-together.

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Wawa’s in Florida apparently all have walk-in beer coolers. Since this nifty feature isn’t included in the layout of our Wawa’s back home, I can see how some people might be jealous. But, since I don’t drink alcohol (I don’t like the taste, and it usually smells weird), I think it’s just an interesting addition.

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I found this really cool conch shell today at St. Pete’s Beach! I sort of stepped on a part of it, so I went underwater and dug it up and I was like “Oh, a pretty conch shell! I’m gonna keep it!”

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But, it had a sea slug living inside of it, so…I put it back in the ocean. I walked through the waist-deep, low tide water, up onto the sandbar, then past the sandbar to waist-level again and gave him a light toss back into the ocean. Hopefully he was able to bury back into the sand and no one else took him out of the water to keep his shell.

Finally, I’d like to conclude with a picture of me and my friend, Kels, at the beach today. The pose was her idea. I’m the blonde one on the right and she’s the shorter blonde on the left. Have a great day everyone!

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Look for my words again soon!

Soleil