Summer 2014 Officially Begins

Each passing semester of school feels like a new chapter for me, but summers are usually markedly different. It couldn’t feel any more like summer now that I live steps away from the beach and an increasingly crowded boardwalk! I love hearing all the beach-goers walking by and being reminded that San Diego is the best place to be in the summer (I hope to remember this once June gloom sets in). I am definitely looking forward to all of the free weekends I currently have on the calendar…it has been months since I’ve seen one of those! Lastly, I am excited for a change of schedule, even though it means waking up at 6 am. Maximize daylight hours, right? My favorite thing about school being out is no little voice in the back of  my head reminding me that I should be studying, but this summer I must keep listening to it as I have to study for the GRE!  As annoying as studying in the summer is, I am also doing a full-time internship – which is basically like getting paid to learn! Joe and I now work at the same company (though we are across the campus from each other) and can take embarrassing (and blurry) “first day of work together” pictures like this.

first day of work

Let summer 2014 begin!

After finishing finals, I hopped on a plane for a quick visit home. Though I had planned to spend a great deal of time studying for my internship (I just can’t get away from it) I only opened the book in the airport. I instead became engrossed in the Game of Thrones books and spent most of my time trying to make up for my lack of “fun reading” during the semester. On my first day home, my dad made my two favorite things: a milkshake and a fire! (Yes, they DO go together!) I got to do a little shopping with my mom, and helped my sister pick out some earrings for prom (ending up buying myself the earrings I chose that she didn’t get). I also caught up with one of my best friends over milkshakes and fries at one of my favorite diners from childhood.

galaxy hailey

 

I spent some time with my mom’s friends in Phoenix before heading back home (I am aware I have now called two different states “home”). I was picked up at the airport and greeted with these:

flowers from airport

I’ve only been working for a week, but I have already learned a lot. It is great being able to eat lunches and sip company coffee with Joe, and it has also been very fun to get to know some of my fellow interns. More of them (including my teammates) start this week.

I’m very excited to be spending the summer living in my “beach bungalow”, and also visiting Joe at what we call the “Del Mar Manor.” We’ll write some more blog posts about what we’ve been up to lately soon…stay tuned!

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