Kayla Green—Welcome back everyone!
Another school year is upon us, and while my semester has been going excellently so far, I would love to share some highlights from my summer with you guys.
At the very beginning of the summer, I saw my all-time favorite singer, performer, and person, Carrie Underwood, live in concert in my hometown of Buffalo. I went with one of my best friends from home and her roommate, who was visiting for a few days. Carrie did not disappoint, as usual, and it was by far the best concert I’ve seen. This, to me, was the perfect way to kick off my summer.
In June, my friend from home who also goes to Brockport, Jordan, and I embarked on a trip across New York State to visit our suite mates. We first visited Jordan’s freshman roommate, Harriet, who lives in Lake George. We took a train to Albany and Harriet picked us up at the station. We had a super fun few days hiking up beautiful mountains, eating at delicious restaurants, having bonfires in Harriet’s backyard, kayaking, and going to the beach.
We then departed Lake George and continued our train ride to a small town just outside New York City to visit my roommate, Emily. Although we thought we were carefully watching the stops, Jordan and I somehow still managed to miss our stop in Tarrytown. When we realized we missed it, we frantically started looking up when the train would stop next, discovering, to our dismay, that it wouldn’t stop again until Grand Central Station. Jordan and I looked up when the next train would leave out of Grand Central to go back to Tarrytown, and from the time we would get off the train to the time the new train would leave, we had 4 minutes. We were sure we wouldn’t make it, but we somehow pulled it off, feeling like we were in a movie as we sprinted through Grand Central, bought our new tickets, and found the proper terminal to board our new train. (We both agreed after that although this was stressful it was also kind of exciting and we felt kinda cool).
Once arriving in Tarrytown, we dined with Emily and planned our trip to the city the next day. We left Emily’s house at 8 a.m. to arrive in the city at 10 a.m., and we got the absolute most out of our day in the city. We walked from Central Park to Washington Square Park, only taking a subway on the way back to Times Square. This trip to the city was especially lucky, due to the fact that we met two celebrities.
The first celebrity we met was by total chance. We walked into Central Park in the morning, and saw someone singing right by the huge fountain. We didn’t think anything of it, because street performing is so common in NYC, but then a man was yelling to us, “Look, it’s the guy from Hamilton!” (Hamilton being the popular Broadway musical). We didn’t believe this at first either, but after taking a closer look, we realized it was in fact Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in Hamilton. He was doing a small, impromptu show in Central Park, and we were right in the front of the crowd! He even took a photo with us (attached) before he left to perform his matinee show on Broadway.
The second celebrity we met that day was all thanks to my friend from home who texted me to tell me about the pop-up meet and greet that NICK JONAS was having in New York City. We looked up the address and basically RAN all the way there in rush-hour sidewalk traffic. We arrived to where the meet and greet was happening, purchased Nick’s new album, and waited in line to meet him. This moment was extremely exciting for Jordan and I, having been Jonas Brothers fans all our lives. We felt like we were 12 years old again. Meeting Nick was so awesome, and we got a photo with him as well (attached).
The rest of our day in the city was also wonderful; we saw Something Rotten on Broadway and ate a late dinner before heading back to Emily’s house. This trip was so much fun for me, and a new experience too. I had never really traveled that far from home on my own before, and it was so good for me to do.
The rest of my summer was fun as well. I worked at Aeropostale in my home mall as I have for the past few years, as well as running a film camp for kids through my town recreation department. I traveled to Wildwood, New Jersey with my family, as well as Muskoka, Canada with my family and family friends. I went to a few other concerts and did a lot of fun summer activities with my friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better summer.
All this being said, I am very excited to be back here at Brockport! I am really looking forward to what this year has in store for me. Stay tuned to hear all about my life here at Brockport (and hear me ramble some more about my favorite celebrities).
Until next time,