Life Update: Spring Semester and Summer Plans

Well hey there! I know it’s been a long time since I sat down at my laptop and started blogging (Gabby has written 6(!) blog posts since I last wrote about our love of DSLR cameras) but I’m happy to say that I’m back and ready to write!

life update spring semester summer plans

Since it’s been a long time since I’ve talked to our Swirl readers, I thought I’d recap my spring semester and talk about my summer plans! Read on to find out what I’ve been up to and what’s in store for the next few months.

Spring Semester

WOW this semester went by so fast! It was bittersweet in January with friends returning from fall semester study abroad but also friends leaving for spring semester study abroad!

I have to take a fine arts class as a University requirement, so I signed up for “Intro to Poetry” on a whim. It actually ended up being my favorite class of the semester! The class was such a nice break from all of my engineering classes, and I loved writing poems about food and the beach.

It was also a “mild” winter at Notre Dame – “mild” meaning “not negative 20 degrees like it was freshman year”. My parents came up for junior parents weekend in February, and it was 70 degrees and sunny! Which of course meant that I broke out my camera and took pictures all around campus.

life update spring semester summer plans

life update spring semester summer plans

life update spring semester summer plans

And of course, when the tulips bloomed in the spring, I took more pictures.

life update spring semester summer plans

life update spring semester summer plans

life update spring semester summer plans

I also spent two weekends in Chicago – one for a conference, and one for a career trek. Chicago is an amazing city and it’s great that it’s only 90 miles from South Bend.

Eataly is quite possibly my favorite store / restaurant in Chicago (hello, Nutella crepes!).

life update spring semester summer plans

life update spring semester summer plans

life update spring semester summer plans

The weather was particularly nice during the conference, so we walked along the Magnificent Mile and Lake Michigan.

life update spring semester summer plans

life update spring semester summer plans

And of course it wouldn’t be Chicago if we didn’t stop at Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean”.

life update spring semester summer plans

For Spring Break, Gabby and I were both home! My friend Sarah from Oregon came to visit me as well, so of course we basically spent all of our time eating and shopping.

life update spring semester summer plans

life update spring semester summer plans

life update spring semester summer plans

life update spring semester summer plans

And then soon enough it was finals week and move-out! This semester honestly went by in a blur, as does almost every semester in college. And here we are. SUMMER.

Summer Plans

First, Denver! A few friends and I are taking a mini-vacation to Colorado, so look out for a blog post (and maybe a vlog!) soon.

Then, I start my consulting internship! I’m excited to get a “real person” paycheck and wear business clothes. When I’m not at work, I’ll be writing posts and taking pictures so Gabby and I can grow the blog. Our page views always skyrocket in the summer, and I hope we can keep those great page views going once Gabby and I go back to school for senior year. SENIOR YEAR. WHAT. HOW. I’m super excited but slightly terrified that I’m getting closer to adulthood. First apartment? Excited. Taxes and bills? Not excited. But let’s get through this summer first!

How did your semester go? What are your summer plans? Let me know in the comments or tweet us @theswirlblog. We love to chat!

  • Hannah

    Good luck at your internship! I had a lot of fun learning to wear “grown up” clothes too when I first got mine. I’ll be a senior next year too! I can’t believe it’s gone so fast

    • Thank you so much! I’m so excited for senior year but also where did the time go??

      Hannah

  • I’m going to Chicago. I definitely need to see the Bean.

    http://goldclutter.com

    • It’s so neat! It was super crowded when I went (it’s probably super crowded all the time) but it’s still really fun to get a picture underneath!

      Hannah

  • My semester went super well! It’s my first summer being home from college, and it’s so fun to spend time on my blog. I am heading to Chicago this summer to see a friend and your pictures got me so excited! Good luck on your internship, you’re going to kill it!

    Much love,
    Ashley | dearash.com

    • I agree that it’s great to get back into blogging after coming home from college! I hope you like Chicago as much as I do!

      Hannah