oh the places we go: part 2

We have some incredible travel opportunities here at St. Mike’s, and I’m not just talking about study abroad (missin’ you, South Africa!)

Last week for my Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts senior seminar, my partner & I had the opportunity to travel down to NYC for fashion week to film/photograph/gather info for our website + feature documentary production! Dream.come.true.

Shameless plug: being an MJD major gives you so many outlets of expression, investigation and creation – I can’t imagine my college career without being in this major! Ok, shameless plug over.

But the point is, we have endless possibilities in our education that exist outside of the classroom – get out there and take advantage of them!

You’ll be able to see/read more about the experience and the process of our production at our project website – sellingyourself.org. The final website and feature documentary will be released on April 1st – so don’t mind the appearance as we continue to update!

In the meantime, here are a couple snaps from the city…


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top spots: part 2

I’m back with the second post of “top spots” around Burlington! (See the first post here).

To kick things off, MLC Bakeshop in Winooski is my new go-to for coffee and a quick breakfast to-go on my way to the WellWed office for my internship. This week I grabbed a ham & cheese croissant with my typical large cup of coffee (pictured below), and it was perfection. If you haven’t been, or are just looking for a new cafe/bakeshop to frequent, I would definitely recommend it!


This past Friday night, I went into town with my housemates Cara, Emma and Galya (below) for the opening of a new gallery exhibit at Burlington City Arts (right on Church Street)! This is a great option for getting downtown and doing something a little different (aside from the usual shopping and dinner routine)…


However, there’s always a need to grab great food while we’re in town! Radio Bean/Duino Duende (they’re connected) is my absolute favorite spot around. Duino Duende features a menu of international street food (my favorite is the Cubano sandwich), while the connected Radio Bean (pictured below) is a small, live music venue with local drinks (21+!) and a really cool, eccentric vibe. Check it out next time you’re in town – you’ll probably see me there! 🙂


I definitely mentioned Our House Bistro in my last “top spots” post, but it’s completely worth another mention. I mean, let’s talk about this chicken parm mac + cheese (pictured below)…



Cara and I topped off this past weekend with an afternoon of skating at Cairns (where the hockey teams play). This public skating was completely paid for by St. Mike’s – such a great extra little opportunity to get off campus, AND this crosses figure skating again off my 2015 bucket list! Even if you don’t really skate, it’s a must-do winter weekend activity.



Snowy season

Hi all!

If you don’t already know, I’m not much of a winter person. (I know, why go to school in Vermont, right?) I enjoy the snow-covered ground for about 5 minutes and then it’s numbingly unpleasant. But, hey, to each their own.

However, I will say that with snow comes a lot of holiday cheer here on campus. My housemates in particular are rather festive this year, and we have a winter wonderland-esque window display in our living room. (Which makes the season a whole lot more enjoyable!)

This is really what the season is about. Great friends, hot chocolate (while watching Frozen, of course) and trying not to freak out too much over finals.

Also, I suppose it is quite pretty with just a sparkly dusting of snow covering our already beautiful campus. Vermont is spectacular any time of the year, really.

Here are a few snaps of the season thus far. Hope you’re all enjoying the winter weather – stay warm!


Did you know that the iconic LL Bean duck boots now have a 100,000 person waiting list until 2015? Apparently, Vermonters are quite on-trend and practical with our favorite winter-wear. I actually posted about them on my other blog, too – click here.


My housemate Emma is a snowflake genius. I mean, look at these! Gorgeous!


Just last week, I discovered that you can get the chai latte at Einstein’s (on campus) with a shot of espresso, which is called a “dirty hippie” – the perfect drink for a tasty jumpstart on a cold day.


Our magical winter wonderland window. Just more reasons why I love it here – fantastic people and so much season spirit.


Our last Defender layout day of the semester just happened this weekend – very bittersweet! Producing the paper is always such a rewarding feeling, but I’m also very excited for winter break, naturally…


This snowfall happened a week or so ago, and I’ll admit, the first real snowfall is always rather stunning. (I just can’t stand the cold, but oh well!)

Two top spots – on & off campus


The following two spots are definitely my top go-to’s; if you like coffee & fantastic gourmet food, this is for you!

First I’ll admit, I’m a coffee fanatic (and my friends might even say that’s putting it lightly). Burlington boasts some awesome local coffee shops, my favorite being Speeder & Earl’s. They have their main location down on Pine Street, a smaller shop (pictured below) on Church Street & we even have Speeder & Earl’s coffee at Cafe Cheray right on campus!

For those 21+, Magic Hat released its (limited time) Hop Drip IPA this fall, made with Speeder & Earl’s coffee beans! Perfect for coffee + craft beer lovers.

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Second on the top two, Our House Bistro in the Winooski Circle. Located only about 5 minutes from campus (if that), Our House has a mouth-watering menu of gourmet comfort food-inspired eats, which they call “twisted comfort food.” There was even a “The Bite” column in the last issue of The Defender featuring Our House! One of my new all-time favorites was what I ordered this past Sunday, their chicken pot pie mac + cheese (pictured below). Everything that makes up a pot pie PLUS creamy mac – so good. I’d definitely recommend it!

weekendsnaps1weekendsnap6One of the many reasons I love Burlington so much – there are so many awesome places around the area to eat & get that coffee fix – check back soon for more of my favorites & suggestions!


South Africa Bucket List

Hey guys!

It’s hard to believe that in 2 days I’ll be on my way to South Africa! Although it’s been almost a year-long process to get here, from program applications to visa applications and whatnot, it still seems like this trip actually just snuck up on me. As I pack my last few pairs of shorts and tuck away some photos of family & friends to decorate the walls of my new home in Stellenbosch, I can’t stop thinking about all of the adventures that await us in this beautiful country…

So, here’s my South Africa “bucket list”/what I’m most excited for:

1. Playing with elephants @ the Addo elephant reservation & during spring break!

2. Taking surfing lessons in Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa – one of the top surfing destinations in the world

3. Bungee jump off the “the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world” – the Bloukrans Bridge

4. Shark diving

5. Hiking – SO much hiking

6. River rafting

7. Trying as many different wines as possible

8. End of semester trip to any of the surrounding countries – Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia – who knows!

8. Hitting up the beach

9. Volunteering in the Kayamandi township @ the Ikaya primary school

10. Touring Robben Island

11. Attending at least one rugby game (probably more!)

12. Learning to live without wifi for considerable amounts of time – I rely on it way too much.

13. Embracing adventure – it’s going to be an amazing 5 months!


As of right now, I’m not sure what my wifi access will be like once I’m over there – but I’ll try to update my blog as much as possible, so keep an eye out for new posts!


Countdown to South Africa

Hey all!

While most students will be back at St. Mike’s in two weeks for spring semester, I’ll be arriving in South Africa for study abroad!

collegesAs nervous as I am, I can’t wait for an amazing abroad experience. Through the study abroad office at St. Mike’s, I was able to find the AIFS program in Stellenbosch (near Cape Town) where I will be until June – studying at Stellenbosch University (pictured above, right), exploring, and soaking up the sun 🙂

I’ll do my best to blog while I’m there, so keep an eye out for new posts!


photos of fall

Where has the time gone?

It’s almost the middle of November already, and winter is fast approaching. As much as I can’t wait to spend next semester studying abroad in South Africa to avoid the Vermont wintery season, I’m so happy that I got to spend another beautiful fall here on campus/in Burlington, etc. From unbeatable sunsets to watching medieval trebuchets launch pumpkins for a prize (yes, that actually happened. Check out the multimedia we did about it here), I’ve had a wonderfully memorable fall semester so far, and there’s only more fun to come. Here are some photos I’ve taken along the way…

DSC_0221Pumpkin flying through the air during the Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival


Above perspective of downtown Burlington


Playing with perspective and motion


Fell in love with this horse at Shelburne Farms

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Mom & me – apple picking

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Who doesn’t love a good flea market? We didn’t get to stop there, but I love the idea of going


One of the pumpkin chuckin’ contestants readying his trebuchet

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Beautiful fall foliage before all of the leaves fell (sorry for the poor quality Instagram photo…whoops)

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We have the most beautiful sunsets in Vermont

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Fall calls for fun shoes! Lauren Carter rocks it once again

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Pumpkin everything!

photo 6Wandering in fields for the sake of beautiful photos 🙂