Ok, there’s nothing particularly festive about these links but if you already need a break from your family, I’m at your service!
As someone who is starting to pay off those student loans (only government ones, thank goodness) this Forbes story on a 20-something who worked to pay off nearly 100 grand in three years was both inspiring and overwhelming.
On the other hand, this blog post from Huffington on a student who graduated college debt-free was just infuriating. College wasn’t all that for me, but there is more to it than that paper diploma. (Or maybe I’m just jealous?)
For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re going way back — to August! Our college paper has an annual “mandatory” city trip before the start of each fall, and I was finally able to go before my senior year! We choose to go to the High Line and Chipotle (on the paper’s tab) and it was an awesome afternoon.
It was my first and only chance to go to the High Line — a park on a reclaimed railroad track in Chelsea — but I’ll need to go again. And again. The views are amazing and I love how they did the greenery, sort of perfectly unkempt. There’s been talk of Philadelphia creating it’s own High Line and all I can say is YES PLEASE.
One long-honored Fordham tradition is Bronx Zoo Wednesdays. The idea is that you’re likely off from class (as most fun Monday/Thursday or Monday/Friday) so you’ll pay the zoo, just a 20 minute walk away, a visit to unwind — on a day which it is (very conveniently) free to the public (as are the nearby Botanical Gardens and many other city parks).
Unfortunately, my friends and I never had much luck with having those Wednesday afternoons free for the zoo— until the stars aligned the Wednesday before graduation (and the day of our senior ball). Nancy, Katie and I had a blast wandering the zoo before we had to get ready. My favorites were obviously the giraffes, because as I told them, who can’t relate to a giraffe? Personally, I relate most to their awkward clumsiness. Oh, and the rhinos and polar bear tied for second.
After the zoo, we decided we had walked off enough calories to justify slurpees from 7-Eleven — always a good strategy. It was pretty much a perfect Wednesday.
P.S. Katie and Nancy are traveling cross-country this summer and writing a hilarious blog about their adventures! Tell them I say hi at Sunsets to Sunrises!