Adventure Time

Well, it’s about the end of the line, and this is where we all make sappy blog posts and say cute things that our parents will love to read. But I don’t think we do that because we’re supposed to; I think we do it because this really was one of the most unique and amazing experiences that any of us have ever had. And it’s really hard to sum up this past month into a couple paragraphs. Of course I’m looking forward to telling everyone who will listen about my trip, but I’ll never really be able to tell you about the way it felt. This has been the best time ever.

My grandma has been getting really sentimental and telling me that this will be the time of my life and that I’ll be making memories that I’ll look back fondly on. And I knew I’d have fun, but I didn’t really take that very seriously back in June. It’s incredible how much can change in a month. I can’t tell if it feels like the shortest or the longest month of my life. But Prague feels like forever ago, and everything has just gotten more and more exciting since then.

Now for me and a few other people, it’s time to head off to one more stop on our adventure, as we travel to Rome. It’s simultaneously exciting and sad, because leaving everyone else feels so unnatural at this point. All we’ve been able to talk about today is how there’s no way it can be our last day as a group. But things don’t really end, and the adventures will continue, and I know that my life is better because of the people on this trip and everything we’ve done together. There’s a lot more fun to be had. Cheers.

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The end

I’ve been lucky enough to spend the past five weeks with amazing people. I came into this not knowing anyone or anything about photography. I am lucky enough to have met these people and truly become good friends. Howard and Darcy taught us so much about how to take a good picture. The speakers we met were so interesting and enjoyable. It’s amazing to see what it takes to be successful in photography. A wonderful aspect of our study abroad was having Jim and Kathy join us. For our last luncheon today we went to a lovely Italian restaurant. The pizza was delectable and the company was wonderful. Dylan, Katie, Olivia, Erin and I are leaving for the airport in approximately 2 hours. We have to take a train from London to Gatwick which is about an hour away. Then we wait for our flight to Rome! This experience was the most amazing thing I have ever done. The past 5 weeks have been the best I have ever had. I can’t fathom leaving yet but it’s time to pack up and go. I will miss everyone dearly and it will be weird to only have 5 of us in Rome instead of 14. It’s been an interesting ride, can’t wait to see everyone in the states! Toodles!

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Final Farewell

Today, is a sad day, it’s our last day all together and even though many of us are traveling after it will be very different. As A.A. Milne wrote “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” We have all been very blessed to have been given this opportunity and I am so happy to have met everyone that has been here and have learned so much from all of them and Darcy and Howard as well as their spouses. Safe travels to everyone tomorrow and see you back at school.

5 weeks well spent

Looking back on this entire trip I can’t believe that we’ve spent 5 weeks in Europe. Prague almost seems like a lifetime ago, but at the same time I feel like the trip was the fastest 5 weeks of my life. I knew this trip was going to be the trip of a lifetime, but I never expected it to be as fantastic as this.

Dylan, Elizabeth and I on the London Eye (Photo by Sarah Hundt)

Dylan, Elizabeth and I on the London Eye (Photo by Sarah Hundt)

First of all, I’ve learned so much about photography. It’s always been something I was interested in, but now I feel like I have a real handle on things like composition, depth of field and lighting. I still have a lot of room for improvement, but I think this was the best possible way I could have chosen to study photography.

Second, the people are what have made this trip so much fun the entire time. I don’t think I could even accurately describe our group dynamic; there are so many inside jokes that I’m not sure anyone at home will want to hang out with us. It’s going to be weird without constantly living with this group, but I’m certain that we will see each other all the time back at MSU.

A group of us dressed up in very fashionably in Lacock

A group of us dressed up in very fashionably in Lacock

Since last October when I decided I was going on this trip, I’ve been telling my friends at home how I was going to have an amazing European adventure this summer. Now that it’s over, I can’t wait to tell everyone at home about everything I saw, learned, and the amazing people I met along the way.

The group in Prague (Photo by Brittany Holmes)

The group in Prague (Photo by Brittany Holmes)

At this moment

At this moment we are all packing and getting ready to spend our last night together. After an exhausting day, we all just want to be together and enjoy each other’s company. Here are some photos of what’s going on in our flat.

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How is it over?

At this moment we’re sitting in Regents University getting ready to start our last critique. The past 5 weeks flew by and I can’t believe we won’t be seeing each other everyday. We have a luncheon after critique then it’s time to pack and say our goodbyes to London. I can’t fathom leaving London yet, but a few of us will be in Rome tomorrow! I’m just going to pretend this trip isn’t over yet. I’m not leaving.

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What is a Life Well Lived?

As Grace Robertson shared her earliest work and insight with us, she unlocked a portal into the past. As an aspiring photojournalist in the late 1940’s, Grace worked diligently to succeed against all social odds. She enlightened us that it all, “starts with your handshake”. It better be a worthy, strong one in order to get the respect and recognition you deserve. Yet the relationship with our photography must be delicate. Time and time again she would ask herself, “have I got this as honestly done as I can?” This inquiry polished her a much more precise eye, which awarded work publishing in the Picture Post and Life Magazine. She encouraged us to always be curious. Curiosity will grant us the ultimate fulfillment in our lives and our photography.

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