The BEST of TEXAS || Travel 2018

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Hey guys! Sarah and I flew down to Texas to visit our cousin Daniel in Dallas for a week this past summer. We also road-tripped to Austin and declared BUC-EE’s or bust.

I guess things really are bigger in Texas… we pit-stopped at the World’s Largest Convenience store! It had 60+ gas station pumps as well.

To see more of the BEST of Texas, check out my vlog and feel free to subscribe for more!

Some featured things or places we went:

IMG_9600Go Ape Ziplining & Adventure
Mitsuwa Japanese Supermarket
Pecan Lodge
Summit Climbing, Yoga, & Fitness
Melt Ice Creams
Ronald Kirk Walking Bridge/Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Ramen Tatsu-Ya Austin
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters (by the lake)
Lady Bird Lake, Austin (Rowing Dock Stand Up Paddle-Boarding)
Watching the bats from Congress Ave Bridge
Shinjuku Station
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
—If anything you want to know isn’t listed yet just ask!

 

We put the KAN in Kansas City || TRAVEL VLOG 2018

What is Enactus you say? Maybe I’ve never posted something to briefly explain it but I’ll do so now! But first, feel free to check out my vlog I just uploaded of the National Exposition in late May:

Honestly, Enactus is such a broad program (a global one) and it stands for ENtrepreneurial ACTion US. At my university, we have several projects which cover more than six of the United Nation’s 17 Global Goals.

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Our projects range from teaching financial literacy to men recovering from opioid addiction to implementing pro-inclusion “Buddy Benches” at 33 of our city’s public elementary schools.

This year, my role as Director of Technology on the E-Board consisted of attending our project events and capturing photos and filming videos then editing them all together to help create our 17-minute visual presentation that goes along with the speech.

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The United States’ Enactus Competition process starts with teams competing in their (or other) regions depending on which location they choose and then if they move on from the top tier of their league(s), they compete again at the national level in Kansas City, MO. The panel of judges consists of Fortune 500 company executives or their representatives and the criteria includes project sustainability, how well resources were used, presentation, and a question-and-answer round.

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We’re so much more than this little explanation but there is not enough time in the world to cover what Enactus is so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me anything!

I’m so grateful to have experienced the Enactus National Exposition with my team once again this year and I’m hoping to continue doing so over time!

 

 

Chicago, IL | TRAVEL VLOG 2018

After a continuous streak of not posting my travel vlogs until months later, I finally uploaded a vlog within 3 weeks(ish) since coming back home!

This time, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago with my Enactus team and here is the adventure:

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TILTing over Chicago
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Of course we all took group selfies at the “bean”

My team also went to Chicago last year as well and here is the video for it:

Washington D.C. 2018 | TRAVEL VLOG

Hey guys! Over spring break I had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. as an advocate for my university in a Student Leadership Program.

Check out my video:

Some things I did/places I saw included:

  • The Capitol Building
  • March for Our Lives
  • Union Station
  • Tour of the White House
  • Congressional Offices
  • The Supreme Court
  • Washington Monument & surrounding area
  • The National Gallery of Art
  • Watched the Wiz at Ford’s Theater
  • Tried my first Krispy Kreme donuts
  • & more!

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I’ve been able to see so much more than I did the other times I traveled to D.C. and am looking forward to coming back again some day.

To watch my video from 2016:

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

Feel free to subscribe to follow along on my future Enactus adventures! xoxo Sami

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!
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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!