Some More Backstory for You

Just a note on March for our Lives: I am so overwhelmingly proud to be part of a generation that is so fueled by activism. I have many friends who are Marjory Stoneman Douglas alumni and traveled up to Washington D.C. this passed weekend to be a part of history. I forget who wrote it, but I saw a tweet a few weeks back that said “when you’re children act like leaders and you leaders act like children, that’s when you know change is coming.”

 

I’m going to use this post to expand upon my brief “about your blogger” portion in my inaugural post. I was born in(not on, if you’re a local) Long Island, New York to a family of extremely diverse background. My mom spent the better part of her childhood in Italy. My dad’s side is of Jewish Eastern European descent, but have been in New York for generations. Yes, that does mean I get double the holidays. And yes, it is freaking awesome. I have an older sister named Ashley who is my polar opposite, but still manages to be my best friend. She’s in medical school. My family consensus is that she is the perfect child while I am the fun one. I had a dog name Honey that we literally adopted off of the street. Honey was a huge influence on my life and ever since I have been head-over-heels in love with dogs. I spent a lot of my pre-college years playing tennis and lacrosse, performing in musicals, making a mess in my art room and at sleepaway camp in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. I became a college freshman in 2014 and have been asked “if you’re from New York then why are you here?” at least four times a day since. Well, I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person. If I was going to college, I was going to do it all the way. UF is the most stereotypical American college experience I could’ve asked for. I’ve got the massive football program and 200 sorority sisters who I adore. Not to mention it doesn’t hurt to take a break from those long northeast winters. I should also probably touch upon the fact that I’m getting in invaluable education here, full of hands-on experiences and resume builders.

I spent the second semester of my junior year in Sydney, Australia and it was the best decision of my life. I got to scuba dive, hold out of koalas, jump out of planes and give my parents heart attacks in about 32 other ways. I also got to explore New Zealand and Thailand and that semester will forever be one of the highlights of my life.

So that’s a little more context about me. See you next week!

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