One Year Updates – Share Your Stories!


Hi all!

Many apologies for being MIA for a few days. The end of my senior year of college is approaching — my last day of classes is this Monday, my  last assignments are due Tuesday, and commencement/graduation is May 30th/31st — so I have been working on trying to get everything finished!

Enough excuses.

Along with graduation, some more exciting news is that the one year anniversary of Project Light to Life is approaching; definitely check in on May 24th for a year-in-review update.

As for me, here are some updates on life, summer plans, and what I’ve decided to do after college (or at least the next two years).

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– I recently found out I am the valedictorian for my English major and in the top five students for my communication major at the University of Delaware, so will be giving a speech at my English convocation — eek!

– After saving up enough money from work, I am trying to decide on where I should go on a brief two week trip in Europe (or even in the US) this summer. Anyone have any suggestions before I make my decision?

– I’ve decided to go to graduate school in North Carolina, where I will be studying and teaching English rhetoric and composition for the next two years. The school is about ten hours from my house, so for me, it is both an exciting, yet scary move.

– Finally, I am sure I’ll be visiting Delaware a lot this summer to see many of my favorite people, who have made my four years here, and my final year, absolutely incredible ❤


Now, after I have written what resembles one of those ridiculously braggy Christmas letters that people send, I’d like to turn the focus on you guys.

– I am extremely curious as to what all of my readers have been up to. I love hearing all of your stories, accomplishments, etc, which is why I loved running my “Reader(s) of the Month” section many moons ago. I will write another post about it, but I’m looking for my next “Reader(s) of the Month” for June, so if you think you have an inspiring story that you would like to share with others, please either comment below or send me an email at


What made receiving all of your submissions so exciting is that it showed me that everyone has a story and it is always a very inspiring one.

Check out the past articles written by Readers of the Month for examples of what types of articles past readers have written about themselves.

So what have you guys been up to? Feel free to share whatever you would like below! And if you’re interested about being among Future readers of the Month, don’t forget to comment below 🙂


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26 Responses to One Year Updates – Share Your Stories!

  1. ISpontein says:

    Congratulations for now and All the best for future. 🙂

  2. amforte66 says:

    Congratulations on your upcoming graduation and especially Valedictorian…wowza!! The Blue Hens were lucky to have you! You are such an inspiring person and I truly enjoy reading your posts. Have a great summer and trip, wherever you decide to go. 🙂

  3. Madeleine says:

    You are a light worker judging from your blog, specifically here to encourage, enlighten and spread positive energy around you.We need many young people at this time in history to engage in the process of creating a safer more compassionate world. Your inspiration will expand and touch many others to follow. There are others like you around the world.Great work,
    Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Wow – valedictorian! Congrats! And wonderful to have a 2 week trip on store. I say go to Europe! I’ve done both — Europe specifically France , Italy and Spain — all so memorable and wonderful. And 2 cross-country trips from CA to NY focusing on the northern states and Canada, then from CA to GA focusing on the southern states. For some reason I had more fun doing the northern trip and seeing Niagra Falls… Whatever you decide, it will be great! I was always in good company I trusted so that made it great.

  5. Congratulations on graduating as a valedictorian! That is quite the feat and an amazing accomplishment! I know how you feel moving 10 hours away – I currently go to college 10 hours from where I grow up, and will be attending graduate school 8 hours from my college town in the fall. Just be open to new adventures. And if you don’t like it in NC – it’s only 2 years!

  6. btg5885 says:

    Congratulations. Where in NC? My son just graduated from High Point University.

  7. 262x2 says:

    I would say go to Europe! And definitely go to Germany and Switzerland!

  8. Congratulations on your accomplishment. As you move into your next act in life never forget or abandon your passion. You may be tempted to do that at some point in your work life but don’t succumb. Stay passionate and you will live a life with few regrets. Cheers, Wooly.

  9. Have you considered checking out one of the Slavic countries, like Poland, Czech Republic or Slovakia? There’s lots of interesting history for each of these countries, they’re less ‘polished up’ (sic!) than western Europe, and additionally, the trip would be really affordable!
    Warning: I’m totally biased – I’m from Poland :D.

  10. Kay says:

    Reblogged this on Just Call Me Kay and commented:
    Congrats to you…A great milestone

  11. Kay says:

    Congrats..I’m excited for you

  12. ladyfi says:

    Congratulations. And thanks for sharing some wonderful photos.

  13. lexklein says:

    Congratulations and best wishes going forward! I love both Delaware and NC (spent years at the DE shore and went to Duke) and think you’ll find the change of place fun. I say go to Europe, too; it’s easy to cross borders and roam a bit. Western Europe is classic, but try the Balkans or Eastern Europe for a different and less expensive experience. See my post on Ljubljana, Slovenia – truly a find!

  14. Valedictorian? Woah! Congrats on that huge accomplishment. Also, I hope you have a wonderful trip (and break!) 🙂 If I were you, I would go to Europe! I can’t wait to get there one day.

  15. Switzerland for the summer!

  16. kaitlin1022 says:

    Congratulations on being valedictorian!! That is so amazing! And as for travel…come to Perú! Most people come to Lima and then go to Machu Picchu in Cusco. You can scale the mountain and look down on Incan ruins! 🙂

  17. lauraeflores says:

    Congratulations! As far as traveling in Europe, I feel Italy is always a good place to visit, and you can do it on a budget too… Austria and the Alps are amazing in the summer, or perhaps the Greek isles for some laid back vacation time?

  18. Morguie says:

    Congratulations! You seem to be just the right person to give that speech! Awesome!

  19. namitasunder says:

    Love the over all feel and form of your blog. you yourself seems to be a sunlight girl trying to spread happiness in varied ways. youngsters like you are our hope for future. God bless you. loads of best wishes for a bright,sunny and purposeful future.

  20. Hannah says:

    You have such a lovely blog! I just love the message you project. If you have a minute to spare I would love it if you could take a minute to check out my new blog about my study abroad experience and dealing with anxiety. You have inspired me to create a bucket list for my travels so thank you xxx

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