25 posts categorized "Vacations/Travel"


New Year, New Semester

Our new Spring 2014 semester begins tomorrow. All new classes, all new professors, all new books, all new schedule. We picked our schedules back in November but now it's time to start the classes we rushed to register for! At the start of the new year many student begin with a healthy start by joining one of the ARC (Athletic Recreation Center) intramural leagues or group fitness classes. I personally look forward to picking up the new group fitness schedule for the semester to see what classes I can attend! The New Year gives everyone a fresh start in a familiar place so I look forward to bigger and better things this year!


Winter Break

Now that the semester has come to an end all of the students can head home for our winter break! We are on break until January 10th so have close to a month to celebrate the holidays and catch up with friends. Our final grades get posted on December 18th and then these classes are officially completed. The best part about that is we do not have any projects or homework to complete during break because our Fall grades are closed. We get this time to spend however we want! This is something that was different from high school and it is a difference I love. With finals behind us it's a carefree time to rejuvenate for the Spring semester!


"Park on the Parkway"

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This summer the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation department has revamped eight acres of space at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into a "park on the parkway" called The Oval!  This beautiful space looks straight to the famous stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is a unique outdoor space that is open Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.!  Each day there is a different programming theme so this week I was there for Wellness Tuesdays.  There are also all different food trucks and outdoor actvities set up so you can really spend awhile chilling out here.  I was blow away by the the colorful space and did not feel like I was in the middle of the city.  This park will only be open until August 18th so I highly recommend anyone in Philadelphia to go check it out!


A Little R&R Time

Every student uses their Spring Break for different things such as travel, work, or school assignments.  For me, Spring Break is usually a time for some "R&R", Rest & Relaxation.  The weeks at school fly by because I'm constantly doing school work or involved in a campus activity so when I come home for Spring Break I look forward to some down time.  I made plans with friends to do some local activities but I enjoyed my mornings where I could sleep in and take my time getting my day started.  This week off gave me some time to rejuvenate for the next exciting half of the semester.  After Spring Break there's so much to look forward to so I know these last weeks of school will fly by!!


Welcome 2013!

I hope everyone has had a happy & healthy start to 2013!  With the holiday season behind us, slowly reality starts to creep back up on us.  But before it's time to head back to school I choose to spend my time off catching up with family and friends!  During the semester everyone is busy with school and work so I use my break to make plans with everyone I've been meaning to catch up with.  Fortunately over the holidays I received enough Starbucks gift cards to treat myself to my favorite Peppermint Mocha Latte while exchanging stories with friends.  Another thing I try to do during break is see a lot of movies that have been nominated for Golden Globes or have some Oscar buzz!  I really like to watch all the shows during award season so I find it's more fun if you've actually seen the movies nominated.  While I'm home for another week I'll use my time wisely because before I know it I will be back at school for another semester!



With the stress of finals behind us it's time to relax! After a semester of working hard this is a well deserved month off for students. Since being home I've caught up on all my favorite TV shows and worked at my local CVS/pharmacy. It's great to have home cooked meals and be surrounded by friends and family that I haven't seen. I spent quality time with my USciences family for 16 weeks but it's nice to return home to see my family in New Jersey. I wish everyone a Happy Holidays to you and your families! Enjoy your time together!


Out and About: University City Style

As you know, I like to post about the happenings going on all throughout the city. However, this time, I'm going to keep it a little more intimate. I want to talk to you about what is only blocks away and surrounds our home away from home. Let's talk about what's going on in University City. University City is the easternmost part of West Philadelphia (isn't that a funny way to describe it?). The University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and ourselves call University City home. That means, everywhere you go, I can almost guarantee that you'll be surrounded by college students. And what that means is that you can safely assume that this area is packed with activities to do all throughout the school semester and even in the summer, and that's what I love about it! 

So, let us take a look at the University City District website. I like to head into the "Having Fun" section where you can find an assortment of activities going on in the district. This includes the University City Dining Days, where you can eat at five start restaurants for half of price, Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, where cafes and vendors come out and price everything at a dollar, and let's not forget about Events at the Porch, which is located right by 30th Street Station and where they hold free mini golf, fitness classes, and even a beer garden (for those of you of age). I didn't even hit half of the events that go on throughout University City, but don't let that stop you from visiting the site! So what are you waiting for?! 



Wawa Welcome America

If you happen to be a new student visiting during orientation or you're finishing up the first session of summer classes, don't rush home! Independence day is right around the corner, and why not celebrate it in the city where our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence? And I'm not talking just some fireworks being set off on the 4th of July, but if fireworks is your thing, Yahoo rated Philadelphia as one to the top 10 best places to view fireworks on the 4th of July (Best July Fourth Fireworks). 

I'm talking about a week long celebration that Wawa sponsers! From June 25th to July 4th, Wawa Welcome America consists of a ton of events. First, being a week long outdoor movie marathon. Each day of the week includes a different movie, all the way from Ferris Bueller's Day Off to the classic Rocky. Second, we can't forget the Taste of Philadelphia where top restaurants and famous food trucks come on by and give you a taste of what Philadelphia has to offer. For those of your with a sweet tooth, there is Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Ceram Festival! And last but not least, spectacular fireworks and a live performance from The Roots. So, why not take advantage of the city that you're going to school in, because this is just a little piece of what it has to offer! 

For more information: Wawa Welcome America


Well, Hello Summer...

So, you've overcome the biggest obstacle that was separating you from drowning under piles of notes last semester and the start to sweet sweet summertime. First and foremost, congrats! Whether this is another year down and a few more or a whole 4 years of high school in your past now, this is the time to make sure that you live your summer to the fullest. And whether you're going home for the summer or spending in the City of Brotherly Love, my best recommendation to you is to try to spend a few days in the city to see the places that you never got that chance to visit when you were at school.

I am (and willingly admit), am an organized person. So, you're in luck, because I'm going to reveal the best resource that I use to navigate and strategically pick and plot what events I want to check out in the city. This includes what restaurants to taste, what landmarks to visit, and what festivals to experience all in this big city that we sometimes take advantage of. Drumroll please...it's all here...at http://www.visitphilly.com/. This site has the tips and tricks, the ins and outs, and even this hidden gems of this city.

My nitch for finding good food with good friends started when I first took summer classes in the city. And now I can say that I have a never-ending list of suggestions for people to go. So, whether you're only here for the semester, taking classes in the summer (I know what that's like), or can only stop by a few times througout the summer, this is the best guide website that I recommend. So, use it!


Living Can't Be This Easy

So, as I'm sitting in the cafe of the hotel lobby, waiting for my cab to take me to the airport, I've decided to snag a seat right by the window to watch all the happenings going on in the streets. If you didn't happen to catch my blog before this, I'm in The Big Easy, also known as New Orleans. I would like to say it was just for some relaxation, but that wouldn't be the truth. My long weekend was filled with everything APhA! This includes a few leadership meetings, meetings tons of other student pharmacists from around the nation, and sneaking off to a few sites during the couple hours of break we were given between meetings. It's hard for me to point out the highlights for this trip (both APhA + New Orleans combined), but I'm going to try:

1. Meeting new people - Once you've lived in Philadelphia for a few years, you sometimes forget about the fast-paced lifestyle. Here, in New Orleans, the locals were some of the nicest people I've met. When my friends and I first attempted to explore the city, it's safe to say that our map reading skills need a little brushing up on. So, we asked around, and everyone we stopped was not only helpful but also ready to hold a 10 minute conversation with us. Also, during the APhA convention, you have a chance to meet students from California, North Carolina, Massachusetts, everywhere!

2. The food - It's pretty safe to say that I've never had food the way that New Orleans makes it. If you're a big seafood fan, this is the place to visit. We had our fair share of oysters, shrimp, jumbalaya, and poboys. Everything was absolutely delicious. But, we can't forget our favorite stop on the trip...Cafe du Monde, a wonderful place full of beignets and all the confectionate sugar you can imagine! My recommendation, leave the black pants and shirts at home, because once you leave, you'll be covered in it.

3. The atmosphere - This applies to both the streets of New Orleans and the convention. In New Orleans, we happened to run into a ton of Kentucky fans because of the SEC Tournament. The streets became flooded with a sea of royal blue and chants and celebrations after each victory. There was never a dull moment. On the professional side, attending the APhA meetings, were some of the most inspirational meetings I've ever been to. Seeing the passion of pharmacy advocacy all around, students just as passionate as each other, wanting to make a difference. If you ever get the chance, you have to attend a convention like this!

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