From Austin to Boston: 9/19/17

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9/19/17

Two weeks into school, and it’s officially safe to say that I love Boston. Living in the city has always been a dream of mine, and the fact that I am living in the center of downtown Boston is surreal. I step outside my dorm and I’m in the Boston Common, I walk ten minutes and I’m in one of the best shopping districts in Boston. While it has been different not having a car, I’ve grown to enjoy walking everywhere. It’s now normal for me to walk six plus miles a day.

Aside from me learning how to navigate the T, the funniest part of Boston has been hearing people talk about “the heat”, which is a meager 80 degrees. But then again, I get laughed at when I explain how in Texas our “snow days” are when we have a few icicles on our houses and some ice on the roads. My few southern friends and I are actively preparing ourselves mentally for an actual winter. I suppose that surviving the snow after mastering the city will have to be my new adventure.

While Boston has been unbelievably amazing, it’s still not home. I’m reminded of this when I say “y’all” and then there is an almost immediate reaction from the company around me. For the first time in a long time, I now have to think twice about what I’m about to say for fear anything remotely southern slips out. People definitely have gotten a kick out of trying to imitate “Texas Elise” through the use of a thick southern accent (which I don’t have). I didn’t even think I had an accent of any sort until I met people with heavy accents from Boston, New Jersey, Michigan, and many other places. Being in Boston also makes me appreciate the Mexican food back home so much more. I am going straight to Chuy’s when I land in Austin to finally have creamy jalapeno sauce and queso again.

Besides the lack of Mexican food and usage of “y’all”, I am beyond happy here.  Stayed tuned for the next adventures as I complete my transition from Austin to Boston.

From Austin To Boston: 8/23/17

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8/23/17

After staying up till 3 am to pack at the last-minute (definitely don’t recommend this), then proceeding to wake up at 4:30 to go to the airport, I am now on my way to LA to start my journey from Austin to Boston. Lots and lots of tears have been shed this week as it’s finally hit me that I am moving 2,000 miles away from home. Before it was just a dream of mine to go to college in a big city, but now my fantasies are becoming realities. Despite being so far from everything I’ve ever known in Austin, I am so excited to start this new journey of my life in a brand new city. I’m even looking forward to the cold, even though, admittedly, I have no idea how to handle cold weather. Even after being asked the question “are you sure you want to live in the cold?” millions of times, I still reply “I think of it as an opportunity to get a new wardrobe!” every time. If I can survive sweltering, 100-degree weather, then I can survive the cold.

Overall, I am incredibly blessed to be going to school at Emerson. I am so very thankful and overwhelmed from all the love and support I have gotten from everyone. Thank you for all the kind words and tips on how to survive cold weather and this new journey, and I can’t wait to share my many adventures and experiences with y’all!