Tuesday, July 23, 2013

School is Out!

So, the past few weeks since my last update were dedicated to school work and getting finished with homework and classes. I can't believe how fast it went; soon enough, all of my presentations and papers were finished and my final test was over. It was a bit of a bittersweet feeling getting done with all of my assignments. I wrote my, possibly, last papers for college, at least for my undergraduate degrees anyway, and then attended the last week of class. After class on my last day, I was really in quite a shock; I couldn't believe 17 years of going to class had just ended! And, to be completely honest, I don't know if it has set in quite yet either... But, I am proud of my accomplishments and overall, I am excited to be done and looking forward to seeing what my future holds for me!

Last day of School!

After our classes were finished, all of the exchange students decided to throw a going away party since soon everyone will either be traveling around Europe or heading home to their own countries. A few of us got together early and prepared a Mexican feast as well as brownies and cupcakes for the whole group. It was a great time; everyone was able to come and we were all able to celebrate being together one last time! Our entire group consisted of students from all over the place! There are of course the Americans: 6 of us from good ol' Colorado, 2 from North Carolina, 1 from South Carolina, 1 from Arizona, 1 from Michigan and 1 from Wisconsin. Then their are the students from all around Europe: 2 from Poland, 1 from Ireland and 1 from England. And last but not least, 1 student in our study abroad group is from Hong Kong! Everyone brought something different to the group and I think it is safe to say that we have all made some wonderful friends from all over the world! After we all enjoyed dinner, which was complete with an awards ceremony of the "best" and "most likely to" awards, we enjoyed dessert and each others' company, then we said our goodbyes! I do hope that someday I will be able to see many of these new friends again!

Study Abroad Students Karlsruhe, Germany 2013

As I said, the past few weeks have been pretty basic with finishing up classes and such. Myself and a few friends have been able to walk around the city a bit more as well as spend evenings out in the Schlosspark, which is always wonderful! Also, to celebrate school being over, a friend and I had a date with The Duke and watched some John Wayne movies and enjoyed a pizza, or two! It was great to have someone who likes to watch John Wayne movies with, but it also made me really excited to get back home and watch them with my favorite John Wayne movie partner, my Dad! And, after a few days of relaxation, I plan on heading out once again for some traveling around Germany and Europe! I hope to see many more things while on my adventure abroad and I also hope to visit some extended family here in Europe! I really can't believe how fast time has gone and in just about two months from now I will be returning home!

The Duke and Pizza!!!

Hot Air Balloon in the Park!



  1. Congratulations on your accomplishment! You look great! I'm glad you've made so many good friends and memories. Enjoy the rest of your travels and stay safe!!! We love and miss you, Aunt Cookie! :)

  2. Great job on a strong finish in achieving your college degree! We are all so proud of you! Miss you so much!