About a month ago I visited Orlando for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention. I spent the week covering the convention, networking with editors and photographers, and reconnecting with many of my dad’s friends from his years at the Washington Post. I also got to work on an enterprise project on a free tennis program for underprivileged youth. It was quite an experience, and I will definitely apply for the student project again next year.
Back in June I went on vacation with my family, the first vacation that I have ever taken with both of my parents and my siblings! As a child I spent more time going on vacation with my best friend Leigh’s family, than I did my own. We flew out to Kauai the day after my sister’s high school graduation and spent a week soaking up the sun and the incredible beauty of the “garden island.”
We visited multiple beaches, including Shipwreck’s, Poipu, and Ke’e, Waimea Canyon, Hanapepe, and the Kileaua Lighthouse. It was AMAZING. I blew up Instagram with constant posts, way more than normal, and when I returned home felt like my eyes were under-stimulated by the normality of home. (I think my Insta followers were disappointed when the Hawaii pictures stopped too, my likes dropped dramatically.)
One day, I would love to take my own family back, when my parents are old and my siblings and I all have spouses and children. It’s really that great.
Last weekend my younger sister Maya went to her high school prom. It seems like she’s grown up so much since I left for Miami three years ago and her maturity amazes me everyday. I still see her as my baby sister, new to the teenage world and naïve in every sense of the word, but in reality she will be leaving for college in a few short months.
Here I am, sitting in the newsroom on a Sunday afternoon, at our second to last deadline for The Miami Hurricane. Tomorrow starts the last week of classes and then what? I’m a senior? I only have one year left of school? That is insane. I feel like I just came to UM. I’ve learned so much and been to so many places, yet I still feel like I’ve just begun!
It’s been busy the last couple weeks and I won’t really get a break until after finals so I must apologize for my lack of posts. Even though I’m not posting, I am still shooting daily so check out my Tumblr, and I will be updating this blog with a multitude of posts in the second week of May.
CORAL GABLES, FL Mar. 30th 2013: Last Saturday afternoon I went to my first Holi festival of colors. Holi is an Indian celebration for the arrival of spring. About 100 students celebrated it at UM with the throwing of colored powder and water. To prepare for the potential mess, my roommate and I covered our cameras in plastic ziplock bags. I’m so glad we did because that would not have been a fun clean up!
My semester at UM is getting pretty busy, so my blog posts may be few and far between, but I’m hoping to get something up each week.