DSP- Part 3: My final college decision!


Hi friends and happy Friday! Today, I have my final college decision for you. I wrote about my weekend at Albion college this week. Monday I posted about my day in general and Wednesday, I posted about the other sessions I went to. Go check them out!

That day was one of the biggest factors in my final decision. Everyone made me feel so welcome and at home. I learned about all of the amazing opportunities offered to me, and I feel like I will fit right in.

Needless to say, I have officially committed to Albion College! Class of 2021.




Here are the areas that I want to get involved in:

  • Honors program
  • Gerstacker institute
  • Healthcare institute
  • Equestrian team (either western or hunt seat)
  • Christian campus ministry
  • Greek life (sorority)
  • and other student organizations/clubs


My major: exercise science

My minor: ???

My track: premed, with plans of going to medical school and becoming a physician (right now, I want to be a pediatric surgeon, neonatologist, or Ob/Gyn)

I’ve been talking to a lot of people in my class, making friends and finding potential roommates. I have 9 weeks left of high school. Eep! I want to enjoy this as much as I can and get the best grades possible.

Senioritis is a real thing guys:p

But it’s Friday, I’m finishing up my Spring Break, so I’ll be back at it again come Monday.



Distinguished Honors Program- Part 1

Hi all:)

Last weekend I made the trip with my momma to Albion College in Michigan. I went up there to compete in their Distinguished Honors Program (DSP). You can read more about it by following the link, but basically I was invited up there to present on a topic of my choosing for 15 minutes in front of a couple faculty members. The faculty then had 15 minutes to ask me questions about my presentation, why I chose the topic I did, and other questions about me personally (present and future plans).

I chose to present on SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). I talked about the historical significance of SIDS, the official definition, common factors and precautions, first responders, how it affects parents, and why I chose to present on this.

I was SO nervous. I was sick to my stomach and dizzy and had a dry mouth leading up to my presentation, but I had to sit through several sessions and an informal interview before I could present. It was a long day of waiting:)

When I first got invited to participate, I absolutely did not want to do it. I didn’t want to speak in front of professors and I didn’t want to take that much time to prepare for it. I am glad that I did it though. I had so much fun that day during the other sessions and especially during my presentation.

I was competing for a full tuition scholarship. Sadly, I just found out today that I didn’t win the scholarship, but I did receive a money voucher called an “experience voucher” that I can use on studying abroad, conferences, and other Albion related expenses that aren’t necessarily a college expense. I wish that I had won, but it’s okay, I had fun doing it and that day was important.

I have more to say, but I decided to break it up into three different posts. SO, I’ll talk more about those sessions that I went to later this week! Happy Monday, friends:)


Model UN 2017

Good Saturday evening!

Last weekend, I had my Model UN convention. I think I said this, but I represented the Kingdom of Norway on the Committee on Narcotic Drugs. Last year, I was Spain on the Simulation Security Council. I wrote a post with some tips for Model UN delegates then too!

This year was just as amazing, if not more. We had 5 delegates on our team this year. There was only one other person, besides me, who had gone last year which means the other three were kind of lost for the first little bit. But, I have to be honest, I felt way out of my league too! The other delegates just knew so much and knew how to talk and write the position papers and negotiate.

I was able to actually write several clauses in a few papers, which was something I hadn’t done last year, so I was proud of that. But if I do it again, I know that I will research my country better. For example…I had been working on this one paper (in support of  the decriminalization of certain drugs, mainly for the decriminalization of women and girls who were forced into the drug trade through drug trafficking.) After about five hours of work on it, I was researching Norway’s views on a particular law, and realized that Norway wasn’t exactly in support of most of the paper…I had just thought that they were. I went with it, and made sure that I got some of our policy in there, but it wasn’t a very good feeling! Long story short, I’ll do better next time.

Clothes wise… I wore the same thing as last year:)

And we took our “traditional” (if it can be called that after only a few years) picture in front of the water wall.


That one is really blurry though…

So that’s it! I have another week of school ahead of me:)

Purdue University: College Visit #7

Happy Tuesday to you all! I have been meaning to write this post for several days, and I am just now getting around to it:) A few weeks ago, I think I mentioned this, I visited my friend at Purdue. It was just supposed to be a “friend trip”, but…I ended up loving the school itself…for a lot of reasons, but most importantly, it seems to have almost everything I love about all my other schools. Before I looked into Purdue, I wished that I could find a school that had every aspect I was looking for, and in came Purdue.

Things I loved:

  1. Equestrian team
  2. Renowned biological sciences department
  3. Variety of biology majors
  4. Big school (it’s Big10)
  5. Quaint college town
  6. Football (and other sports)
  7. Close to Indianapolis (!)

Things I didn’t love:

  1. Not a big city like Indi or Columbus or Chicago

I really can’t think of things that I didn’t like about Purdue…if I think of anything, I’ll add it:)

Also a bonus but not completely reasons to go here:

  1. My friend Megan is a student
  2. My friend Heather is also applying (potential roommate…!!)
  3. The honors dorms are brand new and feel like a hotel 😀

I applied a now I just have to wait for a decision! Not sure when they come out though.

I had an amazing visit with Heather and Megan, and now I just miss them more:)



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We were in camp mode: no makeup, no doing hair 😀


And then I came home and had a fun visit with Aunt Emily and Phil and celebrating Noni’s birthday.

So I have applied to all the schools on my list: Purdue, Albion, BGSU, OSU, Wittenberg, Butler, Hope, UChicago. I decided to apply to UChicago because it does offer me a lot, and I liked the school when I visited. The only reason I didn’t want to apply at first was because I didn’t think I could get in with my ACT score–>which is NOT a good reason, ha ha.

In other college news, I’ve been accepted to Albion as well!!!! I couldn’t believe it when I got the letter. I actually got home from Purdue and found it in the mailbox. That is the best thing to come home to after a long, sleepy drive. Three decisions in, five more to go.

In A&P we are learning all of the muscles. We just finished all of the bones and bony landmarks/muscle and nervous tissue. Now we are onto the muscles and nerves and joints. In two weeks, we get to take a trip to the cadaver lab! My friend and I can’t wait for that.

It’s just another week of school–45 days to go!


Albion College: College Visit #6

Happy Saturday! This is just a quick post today.

This is the college where I attended Camp Med back in June. Some key highlights of Albion:

  1. Equestrian team
  2. outstanding pre-med advisors
  3. comfortable campus
  4. liberal arts

Some things I didn’t enjoy:

  1. Not near a city per se
  2. small
  3. does not have a church near by

Albion is also an amazing school–academics, students, faculty. Not much I can say against it. One of the biggest draws is their equestrian team.

Albion and Hope are similar in size and academics. I am not sure which I would choose between the two.

Right now, I am really considering if I want small vs. big, urban vs. rural, state vs. private. Every school has its pros and cons. Do I want to go to a state school in Ohio and graduate almost two years early using my CCP credits? Is it worth it to go out of state for four years instead? There are arguments for both. Money and time…

I am not making any decisions now. I’m waiting for all of my decisions to come out and then the financial aid packages before I set my heart on one particular school. Of course, I have a school that comes out on top when I consider my options, but that school has changed several times in the last few months, so I won’t say it now. I have a lot to think about. Quite honestly I would be happy to go to any school on my list: OSU, BGSU, Wittenberg University, Butler University, Albion College, and Hope College. All have strong academics, inviting campuses, close to home, encouraging faculty. It will be a hard decision to make in the end:)

That’s all for now!

Hope College: College Visit #5

Here is the next college visit post promised from yesterday. I made a visit to Hope College in Holland, Michigan several weekends ago. This was my first overnight visit, and I FELL IN LOVE with yet another college.

Despite having to park half a mile away from the admissions office (and making that trek countless times…), sore feet, a dying phone, eating lunch alone, and being low-key sick…it was a successful visit. I was able to talk with faculty in the kinesiology department, take a tour, and then stay overnight with student hosts.

My talk that I had with the kinesiology professor…I found out that at Hope I can no longer major in Athletic Training as a pre-med student (which was my plan). The athletic training gods in the sky have deemed it right to require that students go to grad school in order to become certified athletic trainers. Previously, students could get certified with a bachelors degree in Athletic Training. This rule takes effect in 7 or 8 years, but Hope is implementing it now to make it easier on their students in the long run. So I realized that I would have to major in exercise science in order to get the courses in anatomy and physiology and nutrition and such that I was looking for when I was considering athletic training. After I came to that realization, I had to then decide (or rather start the process of deciding) if an MD was in my future or athletic training instead. Obviously, I still have plenty of time to make that decision…however I am leaning towards majoring in Bio or Chem as a pre-med student and still pursue that medical degree and become a doctor.

Overnight visit…I had an amazing visit with these girls. There were three of them in a triple dorm, all sophomores and all friends from the previous year. They were all science majors too. They were the sweetest girls and took time to talk about school and life and answer my questions. They had a big group of friends that were all in a “science majors dorm” last year so there were a few extra girls that hung out with us for the weekend. They took me to downtown Holland (super cute!! Lots of shops, cobblestone streets…). We went to a volleyball game (I can’t remember who won…) We watched a movie and ate popcorn and made a late night donut run to a kind of sketchy donut shop on the edge of campus (a Hope College must-d0). Oh and we ate cereal for dinner (after eating being responsible and eating real food:)

Okay, on to the college itself…it is a small, Christian, liberal arts college about 10 minutes away from Lake Michigan. I found the people to be welcoming and friendly. The academics are high quality. The campus is beautiful with gorgeous facilities. Students are engaged with each other and their professors. Fun fact: the president of the college and his wife live in a house in the middle of campus. Actually live there! And they have fun events like donuts and cider on their back porch. Or the president will email students and invite them for dinner. Or his wife will invite students to bake cookies with her. How cool is that?!

So Hope is definitely high on my list, and I can see myself as a student there. I have successfully applied, and I should get my decision the week of Thanksgiving!



Just a quick update

Hello to everyone reading this:)

School has taken over my life once again.

It is a little bit crazy around here right now!

What were we doing...

What were we doing…


First day of school:)

I really enjoy my class schedule and professors this semester so even though it’s crazy, those are college classes for ya. And even though school is a big priority, I have been able to spend time with my counselor friends (who are another big priority) several weekends since school started. We have had great times hiking, eating food, playing Apples to Apples, and talking at various people’s homes.

It has been a fantastic senior year so far, in large part because of the time I get to spend with them. Camp people are special people<3

This coming weekend, I have the opportunity to visit my Ann Arbor friend on Friday. On Saturday we are going to a college visit together. After the visit we are driving down to Columbus for yet another camp party:) I think this is the most I have seen camp people outside of camp, ever. Pretty soon though we won’t see each other quite as much as life has a way of living. So we are taking every opportunity we can now.

I am still enjoying riding lessons and volunteering in the ER. I hope to start piano lessons again this week after summer break. I am also trying to spend as much time with family as I can. My school year life has begun–busy, stressful, exciting–and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Michigan…and Michigan

Hi all! These past two weeks have been very busy for me with not a lot of time at home. First, I traveled up to Ann Arbor to visit a couple of my CILT girls. We worked on a lot of CILT work, and we feel like we got a lot done. We both finished all three of our lesson plans for the activities we are going to be teaching. My activities are outdoor cooking, hiking, and survival skills. It was a lot of work to plan activities, bible verses, rainy day activities, and prep materials for each day, but we made it through–thank goodness we were doing it together!

I spent three days up there, and we were basically working non-stop on CILT. If we weren’t working then we were talking about camp:) Can you tell that we are a bit obsessed? (In a good way!) We also took a shopping trip to Walmart to stock up on “counselor things.” We went a bit crazy with the yummy candles and fun pens.

A trip to Walmart with friends is always fun, but this time I was driving. Which would have been fine, if I had known the roads. Something different in big cities that I am not used to is the fact that lots of driving is done on the highway, just to do basic errands. Has anyone heard of “weave lanes?” They are things of evil! Basically what happened was I exited, but I exited right onto another lane of traffic that was exiting as well from another highway. Instead of just merging together, everyone had to switch lanes with each other. It was kind of crazy, but it worked. These are probably a lot easier than I am making them sound, but even my people who live up in Michigan say that they are really dangerous and hard to do.

Google images “weave lanes”

I also ran into a round about. I have seen them before, but I just think that they are more trouble than they are worth. That’s all:)

I also had my Camp Med up in Michigan this past weekend. I had probably the best time of my life. The camp was focused on Cardiology so we had a lot of hands on labs, including a dissection and practice with EKGs! We had class lectures as well because this was a 1 credit college class, technically. We stayed in the dorms and ate in the dining hall. In between class, we were able to scope out campus. The faculty was amazing and the camp leaders (also faculty) were so kind in showing us around campus and answering our many questions about the college. I fell in love with the college, so it is definitely high on my list, as well as their equestrian competition teams. Currently, I ride Western, but I really want to learn English. They have both teams, but I would love to compete hunt seat. So I talked to my riding instructor, and she agreed to start teaching me some showmanship and start teaching me hunt seat. The horse I ride does almost everything…including cross rails!!!!!! I am just so excited right now:) And I am excited about something other than school, so that feels good 😀

I have just a couple more weeks to complete my CILT work so that I can graduate and become a counselor! I am terrified, but also out of my mind excited. My camp director just sent us our “assignments”. I am going to be counseling the “Pilgrims”–3rd and 4th grade girls. They are the best:)

Now I am off to CILT work and volunteer in the E.R. this afternoon! Have a great day!

Notre Dame University: College Visit #4

And so ends my semi-recent dream of attending Notre Dame. Yes, I visited Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana yesterday.

Good things about the school:

  1. Amazing, amazing, amazing research opportunities for all undergrads.
  2. Dedicated staff.
  3. It has a neuroscience major (what I am personally looking for)

Not so good things about the school:

  1. Did not seem “lived in”
  2. All similar architecture and appearance on the outside
  3. Insane price tag
Alright, Notre Dame is an excellent school with wonderful faculty, tight community, good values, outstanding academics…but it is not the school for me.
I went into this visit expecting to love the school, maybe it would turn into the school of my dreams?! From the second we drove onto campus, though, I had a feeling that it would not be so. The grand buildings, perfect grass, stone architecture everywhere. I didn’t feel the click that I felt with say, Butler University.
From the very moment that I drove onto Butler’s campus last year, I fell in love with the school.
With Notre Dame, I didn’t feel welcome…or I just felt out of place. Of course the rigor and reputation of the school are sort of intimidating, but that is not what is driving me away.
I guess the biggest thing that makes me feel uneasy is the not lived in feel I get when I am on the campus. The buildings are all annoyingly the same appearance on the outside. The grass spaces really are not that welcoming. Everything looked perfect.
Compared to Butler’s campus (which I walked around today just to get another feel of) with its gorgeous yet varied buildings, wooded areas, not perfect grass, warm, college feel.
Now, that is all talking about how the campus felt to me–which is the important reason that I am deciding that I do not want to attend here.
If my decision rested solely on academics and career opportunities, I would apply here in a heartbeat!
Research: Our admissions counselor who led the meeting told us that almost any undergrad interested in any sort of research will probably be funded by the university, and students are encouraged to do so. With me hoping for medical school, research–and being published on a paper–during undergrad is one of my top priorities. The fact that I would have great access to such a wonderful network of faculty members to help me with that goal, makes me almost cringe to cross it off. I know there are other school with wonderful research, but NDU is the first to emphasize it so much.
Neuroscience: This is a fairly new major at NDU. I am very interested in this major and I want to be sure that I will be able to either major in it or duplicate the experience by ‘mixing and matching’ my major(s) and minor(s).
Overall, I think anyone who is accepted is very lucky and should be excited to attend such a wonderful university.
Now for the pictures:)
Kaitlyn and I

Kaitlyn and I at NDU

Oh, and I should mention that if anyone happens to be in South Bend for one reason or another, they should definitely stop by The South Bend Chocolate Company!!!

The sun was in my eyes and I could not stop laughing...I was so tired I was slap happy:D

The sun was in my eyes and I could not stop laughing…I was so tired I was slap happy:D

There. A good picture. The sun was still in my eyes, but at least I was not laughing!

There. A good picture. The sun was still in my eyes, but at least I was not laughing!

Sign got cut off...

Sign got cut off…

Consoling myself with chocolate PB fudge before translating my Latin HW

Consoling myself with chocolate PB fudge before translating my Latin HW

***I give a complete 5 for academics and opportunity. If my decision was based solely on what the school has to offer, I would still consider Notre Dame. The problem is that I have to give a 0 for campus feel. It was a beautiful campus, but the style of the outside of all the buildings was pretty much the same, making it boring and not hom-y. That’s all:)

Butler University- College Visit #3

Good morning! Lets get started on my third College Visit post in the series. First, though, some helpful links.

College Visit Page
Bowling Green State University– college visit post #1
IUPUI– college visit post #2

Butler University website

OK. Get ready for some gushing:) I am in LOVE with this school. I found it hard to come up with things I don’t like about it, we’ll see how I did.

Things I Liked:

Family campus
Smells good
Invested in students
Direct Access PA program

Things I Didn’t Like:


Well, I didn’t do very well on the ‘things I didn’t like list’. But I truly loved this university. This is the first campus I have been on to really feel a family atmosphere. Lots of colleges claim to be a ‘family’, but Butler really is. Our tour guide said ‘hi’ to a bunch of people we passed. She said ‘hi’ to the faculty, football players, and regular students. The students talked to us too. I really felt welcome. The campus is beautiful. Every campus I have visited is pretty, so this isn’t anything special, but it did make me love it more. It smells like my summer camp. I know it is silly! It isn’t a reason to go their, but it is a benefit. The admission process is really selective. Let me define that: the PA Direct Access program is really selective. More on that in a minute though. The university itself is selective too. They look at your grades and community service and involvement. If I get accepted, I know that they will want me to be there. The presenter actually said that there is no benefit to the university to ‘weed us out’ once we are admitted. That was encouraging. Once you are in, you really have to work hard at your classes. Yes, any college class is hard, but these classes seem top of the line. Now, onto the Direct Access PA program. I shouldn’t tell you everything here. If you want to know specifics, you can email me. Find my email address here. I’ll just say that only 30 students are let in for undergrad. That means I have 30 chances out of a couple hundred!

The one thing that really alarms me is the cost. It is private school tuition meaning two things: It is scary expensive. The cost is the same in state and out of state. This summer I plan to start researching/applying for scholarships. So the cost is not turning me off, it just presents another challenge.

I actually took some pictures this time!







They had coffee and hot chocolate and cookies for us in the waiting area before we started our session. They also had lemon water and strawberry water. Yum!

At Hinkle Fieldhouse

At Hinkle Fieldhouse

The took us to Hinkle Fieldhouse! We saw an actual football player. He was a tall person. (Go down to the bottom of the page I linked to find out about what it is like being short! HAHA)

Trip the mascot

Trip the mascot

We got to See Trip. The cute English Bulldog that is their mascot.

All of us got a Butler t-shirt too! It was so neat. It came wrapped in this tiny circular package. When I opened it, I hand to ‘break’ it apart. I think I might have to wash it before I wear it:) Butler knows what a small t-shirt size really is. Before, when I have said that I am a size small, colleges will give me a shirt that looks more like a medium. Arg! It is hard when a small barely fits me and the shirt isn’t even small! But Butler’s shirt is. We’ll see how it fits when I try it on:)

It is a bit wrinkled...

It is a bit wrinkled…

My final thoughts: Yes I will apply here. Yes this is my top choice school.

Does anyone have anything to add or any questions to ask?



***I’m giving a 4 for academics and opportunity. I only docked a point because research isn’t readily available–at least in my perception. Research is important to me in my college career, but it is not a deal breaker. I know that if I really want to find research opportunities, I can find people who will help me at Butler. And I give a 5 for campus feel. The instant I drove onto campus, I was in love:D