Exploring Kansas City with Enactus USA 2017

A short video of my experiences at the Enactus National Competition USA 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri aka KCMO. The event took place from May 21-23rd and my team was there from the 20th to 24th to explore the city and participate in the presentation and events. We are excited to go to the Enactus World Cup in September!

College Advice Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CXkt8nADDA
Past Enactus Trips:
-Washington D.C. Regionals 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Kqyjfjy0CM
-Chicago Regionals 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb6Whn7iQ6E

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72 Hours in Chicago (First Time!)

Hey guys! Last month I had the opportunity to visit Chicago for a few days. Most of these pictures were taken on the same day of exploring. I uploaded a short travel vlog;

Of course, I had to go to Millenium Park first to see THE BEAN!
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We walked from Millenium Park to Navy Pier to meet up with the guys in our group and along the way, we came across these views!

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There’s way to many pictures and things we saw throughout the city so I just chose a set of photos from the same general area.

Last but not least, you cannot go to Chicago without trying deep dish pizza. We chose Giordano’s!

Pro tip: DO NOT order appetizers before getting your own personal pan pizza. When they say deep dish, it’s thicc af. I could barely get through half of mine after having mozzarella sticks and other cheese-related samplers.

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TJMaxx Preppy Finds!

IMG_6925Today I came to TJMaxx in a desperate attempt to buy a pencil pouch for college (classes start in a week!) I ended up coming home with a new journal, water bottle, makeup brush bag, a comfy sweatshirt, lounge tee, and drawstring joggers…yikes! But the extra grabs were totally worth it, I’ll thank myself during finals week. The clothes I’ll probably feature in a separate master Back-to-School post!
IMG_6929She looks for ADVENTURE around every corner Journal ($4.99)
This journal caught my attention because my friends always love bringing me along places because apparently I turn every little thing into an adventure. I can easily get excited over things like going to target or buying bread from the grocery store…don’t act like you don’t do the same!!!
The majority of the journals in TJMaxx’s stationery section were wanderlust or travel-related, which made me SOO happy to have shopped today. I even recognized most of the cute little quotes on some covers.

IMG_6928Bubba – Insulated Water Bottle ($9.99)
Guys, this is seriously such a cute combination of colors AND it came with a second straw! Like it’s so nice to be able to replace one while the other is being washed and dried or just save it until the first one breaks.

IMG_6927Tender Love + Carry – Makeup Brush Bag ($4.99)
Not only is their brand name totally cute, their bags are too! I rarely have come across them in person but they are sold online in other countries like New Zealand and Australia. I’m going to use this as a little pencil pouch instead so I don’t start hoarding supplies in my backpack this year 🙂

Let me know if you have any questions or find similar items anywhere else! Especially makeup bags that can be used as pencil pouches!

The Teenager’s Guide to Traveling on a Bus for 6 Days

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Taken while our bus was departing New York City.

Hey! It’s been a while and I’ve finally decided to look over my journal entries from the summer and put them online. This is the 1st part out of my 6-part traveling series, do you have any more bus experiences to add on to mine? The next one will be about why Canada–the second country I’ve ever been to–was cool to explore!

DO

-use the restroom at every stop or whenever you can because something may happen and who knows when you’ll be able to see another one (plus avoid the bus bathroom, I’m so grateful I never needed to use it but others told me it smells) 

-not care about how stupid you think it looks when you’re wearing it, a memory foam neck pillow is your best friend if you’re going to sleep on long rides… I mean, unless you like a sore neck

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My makeshift drink holder.

-bring an ebook device, get a head start on your summer assignments, or read that new dystopian book you’ve been meaning to!

-keep spare plastic bags, our seats didn’t have cup holders so it was a handy way to reuse it

-pack an iPod and headphones to help you think of better things than being stuck on a bus for who knows how long 

-buy yourself portable charger(s) this is a must, especially if you have an iPhone

-maintain an optimistic outlook

-bring snacks, both healthy and too-good-to-be-true ones

DONT

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Someone on their iPad.

-be that person who turns their screen brightness all the way (and avoid using it in the dark), there may be people behind you whose eyes are being very discomforted by it, especially after a long day of being out and about

-meet back up at the bus late everytime

A Teenage Girl’s North American East Coast Adventure, Experiences, and Fun Facts! (A Series of Posts)

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Running New York, call me!

Check out all my experiences that took place over the span of six days! I’ll be linking them as they are posted. Pictures from my momentous trip are included, in the hopes that you’ll like them. Feel free to comment about any questions for places I’ve been to!

The Teenager’s Guide to Traveling on a Bus for 6 Daysthe dos and don’ts from my experience

Why Canada is Great – the things I noticed while in a different country

French Words I Learned + Fun Facts – I may have picked up a word or two (not an under-exaggeration)

Day One – New York City (NY) – from stunned and hot celebrity figures to the top of the city that never sleeps 

Day Two – Philadelphia (PA) and Washington, D.C. – hearing the sound of the Liberty before going to the Capitol

Day Three – Corning (NY) and Niagara Falls (CAN) – from the Corning Museum of Glass to the Skylon Tower+

Day Four – Toronto, (ON) – they don’t call it a glass floor for no reason and fruit we haven’t seen for 20 years

Day Five – Thousand Islands (USA/CAN), Ottawa (ON), Montreal (QC) – what a beautiful French sunset

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The front entrance of La Citadelle de Quebec, a military base in Canada that is still active today.

Day Six – Quebec City (QC) – last-minute souvenir grabs and the live-goat mascot, Baptiste

My view from the Skylon Tower, Toronto.
My view from the Skylon Tower, Toronto.