9 Things to Bring on your Summer Road Trip

9 Things to Bring on your Summer Road Trip

Summer is here and the road is calling!

Sound like you? If you’re embarking on a traditional road trip this summer, or you’re driving to your vacation destination, here are a few things you’ll want to make sure you pack in your “carry on,” instead of putting them in your suitcase!

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How to Choose the Perfect Beach House or Vacation Home

How to Choose the Perfect Beach House or Vacation Home

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you want to go on vacation this summer.

Me too!

In fact, my fiancé and I just got done planning a trip to the beach with some friends, and we couldn’t be more excited (less than a month to go!). It took a while for us to get everything hashed out, but that doesn’t mean you don’t still have time to get a trip set up for this summer. You just have to get started as soon as possible!

But where do you start?

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Beach Packing List & Outfit Planner (with FREE PRINTABLE CHECKLIST)

Beach Packing List & Outfit Planner (with FREE PRINTABLE CHECKLIST)

So, you’re going to the beach?

Me too.

Part of making this summer the best summer ever includes my boyfriend and I’s trip to Myrtle Beach with his family. I am more than excited for a real vacation unlike any other I’ve taken before, so to prepare, I’ve created a packing list! (As everyone should to ensure that you don’t end up 12 hours away without shampoo.)

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Reporting Can Change the World

Reporting Can Change the World

…or so says the Newseum, a museum showing the triumphs (and pitfalls) of the journalism industry, from print papers to photos, with the goal of defending the First Amendment (notably, freedom of press) across the country and around the world.

I recently visited this D.C. museum with my boyfriend, and, needless to say, my trip was one to remember.

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How Meeting Hundreds of International Students Changed my Worldview

How Meeting Hundreds of International Students Changed my Worldview

Last weekend, several SU students (including myself) were blessed with the opportunity to attend James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University’s International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) at JMU. I had a great time meeting new people, eating amazing food, and staying up watching cheesy old movies with a close gal pal – but more than that, the experience was completely eye-opening for me.

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20 Activities to Cross Off Your Summer Bucket List

20 Activities to Cross Off Your Summer Bucket List

What is BSE?

The BEST SUMMER EVER series is a compilation of several summer-y posts, from songs of the beach playlists to packing lists. From March through August, I will be posting periodically on how to make the most of my favorite season! All of the BSE posts can be found here.

With spring break behind us, summer is on the way! It’s time to get together and make plans toward making this the best summer ever. Whether you’re looking for ways to catch up with old friends or date ideas, here are 20 things that should definitely be on your summer bucket list! Continue reading “20 Activities to Cross Off Your Summer Bucket List”

Songs of the Summer Playlist

Songs of the Summer Playlist

What is BSE?

Today, for the first time this year, it’s hitting a nice 70 degrees in my area, and to celebrate, I’ve decided to launch my BEST SUMMER EVER series. This will be a compilation of several summer-y posts, from beach packing reminders to bucket list recommendations. I plan to work on these throughout the summer, but I’m excited to kick-start in the springtime – I can’t wait for June! All of the BSE posts can be found here.

For my first BSE post, I’m sharing my Spotify playlist of songs that get me in the mood for the heat! I’m constantly jamming out to these songs when I need a refresh of what it feels like to enjoy shorts and tank tops out in the sand and the sunshine. (Warning: if you catch me daydreaming, don’t interrupt!)

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Spring Break Outfit Ideas for Any Destination

Spring Break Outfit Ideas for Any Destination

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Whether you know what you’re doing for Spring Break, or you’re still finalizing plans, these outfits will be perfect for whatever adventures you have in store. Where are you going? What are you wearing? Let me know in the comments! Continue reading “Spring Break Outfit Ideas for Any Destination”

Renaming Memorial Buildings is Erasing American History

Renaming Memorial Buildings is Erasing American History

I recently read an article highlighting a young student who has been working to change the name of her former middle school. In her eyes, the school’s reputation was tarnished by its namesake: an esteemed former Virginia governor and U.S. senator who has been honored across the state in highways, schools, and memorials.

Harry Flood Byrd, Sr., along with his children and grandchildren, greatly impacted the state of Virginia and the nation in their political work, community service, and adventurous expeditions. Miles away from the young girl’s middle school is a business college named for Byrd’s son, Harry F. Byrd, Jr., and another middle school, named for his admired brother, Richard E. Byrd, a naval Medal of Honor recipient who became the first man to fly to the South Pole. These men were truly the epitome of committed citizens, dedicating their lives to their country and their families. The community they served still sees the effects of their leadership: the town’s newspaper is still owned by the Byrd family – a family that makes appearances at schools and other ceremonies as treasured guests.

Harry F. Byrd, Sr., a man whose ancestors included the infamous Pocahontas, who contributed to leading Virginia out of its crippling debt of the early twentieth century, and whose triumphs are still studied in schools across the state, is at risk of losing his honor over one trivial societal opinion: he was opposed to the desegregation of public schools.

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