College Graduation!!

Hello everyone!

This post is an exciting one because I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst! The feeling of having your face on a huge screen as you step on stage to shake the Dean’s hand was like no other. It was two full-days of love and happiness shared with friends and family. I’m filled with anticipation for the next chapter and also sad to close this one.

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UMass was the place I called home for four years. Unpacking my bags as a freshman was daunting. My heart raced as I navigated my way around campus for the first time. Saying “hi” to strangers in hopes that they too needed a friend in class was all new to me. Some days were tough and I didn’t want to go out and meet new people, or go to class, but these tasks got easier day by day. As each year passed, I got more and more comfortable with being at school and with myself. UMass helped me grow into the person I am today, and I couldn’t be more lucky. I learned how to manage my time more wisely, be more social and follow my heart when making decisions. I also learned to always be kind, to understand that everything does not always works out how I want it to, and that I will always solve my problems.

I met a great group of lifelong friends while I was at school, while also growing friendships with friends from home. These friends mean the world to me. They’ve seen me at my worst and also at my best. We always know how to make each other smile when we’re down, and cheer us on when we’re thriving. I could not have done it without these friends – they made my college experience the absolute best!

My college experience was more than I could ask for. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation with a focus in Environmental Conservation and a minor in Math. I am so excited to see where this next chapter in my life takes me!

 

 

Thanks for reading!

Stay rad,

Caroline Abigail

B.L.O.O.M : March/April 2018!

It’s been a few months since I’ve done a favorites post and I’m back to share my March and April essentials. It’s been a crazy with college ending, but I’ve accumulated quite a few faves!

I also have an exciting announcement! I re-launched my Instagram page for the blog! Some people already follow my personal account, but I wanted to make one for the blog so I can share more direct content to everyone. Feel free to follow my new one!! –> Beyond This Fence 💛

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Thrift Haul & International Women’s Day Instagram Challenge!

There’s nothing better than spending a rainy Friday afternoon in the thrift store! This thrifting trip was more successful than I expected. There was a unique piece in every nook of the store.

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Where My Mind Has Been

Self-love has been a crucial growing point for me over the past few months. I’ve been trying to work towards this for some time now, but the true meaning of self-love has only recently sunk in. I had to focus on my personal growth while ignoring what others had to say. I had to start making decisions that made me feel good. I had to stop listening to the norm and follow my heart.

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This Funk

It’s strange how stressful weeks can completely change how I’m feeling about myself. These past few weeks have been overwhelming with school work and exams. Knowing I have all these important due dates coming up, I start to lose my determination. Half the time I’m motivated to do my school work, write for myself and my blog, and maintain a social life. The other half is filled with moments where I can’t find any inspiration. It might sound dramatic, but it’s a funk that I struggle to get out of. Trust me, I know that life is going great. I am so happy with where I am with school and my personal life but sometimes it gets hard.

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Meadows Music & Arts Festival 2016

This past weekend, a group of my friends and I headed down to New York for The 2016 Meadows Music & Arts Festival. I began planning this trip a couple of months ago and I’m so thankful this whole plan came together so swiftly! We started our journey on Saturday morning (the concert is on Sunday) and while it was a long drive, we finally made it to our fantastic Airbnb. This was the first Airbnb I have ever rented and I was a little nervous. The owner greeted us, showed us around the house, and left us to explore. We made our way to a diner for lunch that had great food! Afterwards, we went back to the Airbnb and relaxed for the rest of the day. We were all tired from the traveling and we needed to rest up before the big day on Sunday. Dinner was at Fillmore’s Tavern and I had the best quesadilla I’ve ever eaten!

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Second Guesses

I’m a second-guesser. When I take an exam, I go back and think about changing my answers if I notice there’s a pattern. My mind is caught up in going with my gut, but the regret doesn’t follow too far behind. I’ve taught myself that going with my intuition is the key to making the right choices. My most successful moment of sticking with my instinct was when I switched my major from Math to Natural Resources Conservation.

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