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No Car?? No Problem!!

One of the Great Things about Going to College in the City..

is that you don’t necessarily need to have a car to get around!! Many college students worry about being immobile at college without their car. However, coming to Philadelphia means finding the world of public transportation right at your finger tips. Take advantage of it!! You can find public transportation to virtually anywhere you need to go in the city ( Exhibit A: me having a fabulous time taking the SEPTA bus which stops right outside my just-off-campus housing for a night out in Center City). I honestly wish I had started taking public transportation more frequently earlier on in my college career- but now I use it to get virtually everywhere. Between the subway, bus, trolley, and different trains there is virtually nowhere that you can’t get to using some combination of the different forms of transportation Philly has to offer. Also, Philly public transportation is great for the broke college student, like myself, as you can get discounts on tokens if you buy in bulk or get on most forms of transportation for just two bucks!! It’s a pretty sweet deal and I definitely reccomend that students coming to the city fro the first time ditch the car and get the full Philly experience by takin’ pub trans like this city girl ūüôā

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That’s Right I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout GRADUATION…

Not to say, that people are saying it’s impossible to actually graduate.. but I’m sure as you make your way through college presentations and talk to people you know, the idea that it is taking more and more students a bit longer than four years to graduate is becoming familiar to you. There are many reasons for this delay. Some students add double majors, some choose to study abroad more than once, and others pursue higher degrees in accelerated programs. While this is all fine and great for those people, it has always been a personal goal of mine to graduate in FOUR years please : ) Well, I’m here to tell you all today that I WILL be GRADUATING in May 2012.. exactly four years from when I started my incredible experience here at Temple. I went to my advisor yesterday and found out that I am goood to go for graduation in Spring 2012. ¬†However, as excited as I was- this did come as bittersweet news to me. I can’t believe that this coming year will be my final year here at Temple. Roughly translated the coming year will be my….

…SENIOR YEAR…

So as an official rising senior I would like to offer the following words of advise prospective students..

Meet with your advisors here at Temple frequently. They will not only keep you on track for graduation but they will help you pack every bit of awesome that Temple has into your time here.

Congratulate everyone you know who is graduating this year because it is an amazing accomplishment.

And finally….

Enjoy every single up all-nighter, nail-biting exam, snow-covered trudge to class, pound of your Freshman Fifteen, and every single other thing that will happen to you because college ( ESPECIALLY a TEMPLE) is the best four years you can never do again ‚̧

 Formal Season Is My Favorite Time of Year!

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Although Formal Season has come and gone.. it should not be punished for my tardiness in posting and given its proper recognition. One of my absolute favorite things about being involved with Greek Life is Formal Season. Every sorority and fraternity for the most part has a “formal” where everyone gets dressed up, and goes to a fancy venue for a night of dancing and eating : ) This year I went to two formals, mine and my boyfriend’s. Mine was held at the Liberty Ballroom at the Courtyard Marriott which is a gorgeous ballroom right across the street from City Hall. My boyfriend’s fraternity held their formal at an artsy bar/restaurant venue in Center City called Moriarty’s.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Personally, I think that formals are one of the best parts about Greek life in general. I love getting to basically re-do prom every year over and over. I love the pictures, the dresses, the memories. Call me a princess, but going to formal is the closest I think one can get to being Cinderella and going to the ball. Being quite the sentimental person I really cherish the opportunity to close out the year with such a formal affair. I think that being in Philadelphia makes our formals that much cooler than Greek Life other places because we have such a cool array of venues to choose from. For example in my freshman year my formal was in the historic and beautiful Union League building right on Broad St. Last year formal was right on the water .. on a boat!!.. at the Moshulu restaurant, an upscale boat restaurant right by Penn’s landing. (¬†Also, please note how being in Philadelphia provides for some interesting formal wardrobe opportunities.. note¬†my boyfriend’s outfit¬†((right)) of Flyer’s¬†orange¬†&¬†black, complete with a Flyer’s tie.) ¬†The pictures and moments I take away from formal will definitely help me to never forget how lucky I was to have such an amazing college experience. I know, I’m sappy… but you all will be too when you are (gasp) rising seniors : ) More posts to come.. Happy Summertimeee!!

‚̧ Natalie

Spring Fling 2011:

I Came, I Flang, I Flung

So, one of the most highly anticipated days of the year here on Temple’s campus has come and gone.. that’s right.. you guessed it.. SPRING FLING!!!¬† Spring Fling is basically a huge carnival- style event set up on campus. There are A MILLION things to do and A MILLION free things to pick up!! Different student organizations will hold tables and raise money for their organization or different charitable causes. My sorority’s event was a dunk tank ( pictured at right, obviously). We called it Dunk -A-DZ and girls took turns signing up to actually sit in the dunk tank and get dunked.. This picture isn’t the greatest because it looks like the weather was bad but the weather was actually GORGEOUS.. which is just perfect for SpringFling. That’s not me in the picture, but another one of my sisters. We all had a blast!! I definitely took advantage of the other free, fun events on campus as well, like the giant rock climbing wall, moon bounce, sumo wrestling pit ( complete with full sumo wrestler fat suits), and of course .. a TON of free food. All in all, Spring Fling was a SUCCESS. I definitely flung like a champ.. and the fact that I only have one left, is the saddest thing in the entire world. Savor EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF COLLEGE!!!.. it goes all toooo fastt : (

On Sunday night my boyfriend surprised me with an AMAZING live concert by Graham Colton. Graham Colton is an awesome singer and I am a huge fan of his band, the Graham Colton Band, so needless to say getting to hear him play accoustic, live, was a completely awesome surprise. The concert was at World Cafe Live, an intimate restaurant-type setting, where performers literally serenade you while you eat.¬† I took this picture on my phone. We were probably like 40 feet away from him.. so cool.The artists even hang around in the lobby area afterward so that you can get pictures and autographs.¬† World Cafe Live is an artsy, super cool venue on Chestnut near Penn’s campus- only about a ten minute drive. I DEFINITELY want to go back here. They have an amazing list of performers come through each month. Below is a video of one of his songs that you are most likely to have heard. It’s one of my all-time favorites- and we learned at the concert that he actually wrote this in high school, which is beyond impressive.¬† Anyway, enjoy!!



It’s my 21st Birthday!!! And you know what?? There is no other place in the entire world that I would rather celebrate it than right here in Philadelphia on Temple’s campus with my best friends in the universe. So it’s a quick post but I leave you with this happy little diddy above that’s defining my day.. and it just so happens that Hall and Oates, singers of this song, are TEMPLE ALUM!! ‚̧

I Want it OWL

So, One of the best things about being a Temple student is that we have such a trendy mascot; the owl. Not to be superficial, but having such a fantastic mascot opens so many possibilities for home decor ‚̧ Here are some treasures I discovered today that if quite frankly they don’t make you want to be a Temple Owl.. I don’t know what will .

Hoo-tea Hoot Tea Pot.. Owl Teapot?! zomg sooo cute.

You’ll soar around campus in these owl earrings..Wise to You Earrings

Nocturn-owl Lifestyle LampNight Owl?? No need to stay in the dark if you have this ADORABLE owl lamp..

 

Not gonna lie.. These are a personal favorite : ) Wise Owls never lose thir keys with these owl shaped “Quirkeys” key covers!Apt Owl Key Caps