My Last Summer

Classes start next Monday. What have I completed on my bucket list? Not much. I only finished one book. However, I did travel to places other than the usual New York and Florida, which sounds like such a first world problem. I was able to go to Mississippi and Illinois. Even though I’ve been to both of those places before, I had never been to Oxford or Chicago.

My sorority sisters and I took a trip to Oxford, Mississippi to see one of our other sorority sisters. There is not much to do there. It’s a dry county so they stop selling liquor at like 10:00 PM and their bars close at midnight. We did a lot of relaxing there. Oxford has a cute little downtown square area that we walked around and shopped. Ole Miss is also in Oxford so we took a short driving tour of their campus. That was basically the gist of what we did there. It was just a lot of fun to get out of Georgia and have a relaxing girls’ weekend.

Last weekend, I had a chance to finally go to Chicago. Last time I went to Illinois, I flew into ¬†Chicago but I had to drive immediately to Champaign for a conference. So this time, I made sure to take advantage of my time there while I was at my sorority’s national Convention. I basically did everything I wanted to do while I was there. I went to Millennium Park, Chicago Riverwalk, the Skydeck at the Willis Tower, Navy Pier, and the Shedd Aquarium. I did not go to China Town. I totally forgot about that. So that’s one thing to go on the to-do list for next time. But, Chicago is awesome! The weather was beautiful and it’s so easy to get around the city. I want to go back… now.

My sorority Convention was awesome, as usual. I love getting to meet new people and reconnecting with the oldies. It’s so inspiring to see how the sorority is growing on a national level and how the younger generations are aiding in helping the sorority grow to a new level. Every time I come back from Convention, I just want to find more ways to become an involved alumnae member.

Now, my last summer is almost over and I feel like I haven’t accomplished much. But, I feel like that’s ok because I won’t get another summer off to just relax after I graduate.

Here are a few photos to recap my recent travels and the last of my summer.

On the ledge at the Skydeck on the Willis Tower

Getting ready to ride the ferris wheel at Navy Pier.

Mini photoshoot in an alley in Oxford, MS.

Well, wish me luck in my last year of grad school. It’s going to be a crazy year…

~SL

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