Chasing the Sun

Committed to Amherst College!
Capital City Half Marathon, around mile 11
Senior solo
More polished outfit to make up for sweats during AP exam week
City Council recognition for National Merit Finalists
Photo project--from 7th grade to senior year
Graduation!

Well, I'll be honest. One of the reasons I couldn't bring myself to return to full-swing blogging was that I didn't know where to start. How could I epitomize all the stories, all the lessons, all the experiences--in a single blog post? I won't even try, because they each deserve individual contemplation. And that's what they'll receive in posts to follow.

Instead, here are photos I wouldn't share in a normal style post. They are the moments that make a blog personal, the details that offer depth to conventional empty pleasantries and glossy photoshoots. They are snapshots of my life, mere glimpses of intricate journeys.

If senior year were a book, the past month was the climax. For one, I finally have a definite home this fall. The final two contenders were Vanderbilt University and Amherst College; and after a month of sleepless nights, endless research, and requests for advice, I decided on Amherst.

The rest of the month was a mad dash to the finish--literally and figuratively. I ran the Capital City Half Marathon with my running buddy, finishing in 1:51:20 (averaging about 8:30 a mile for 13.1 miles). I performed my senior solo with my school orchestra (you can watch it here, starting around 5:20). I took five AP exams, two of which were on the same day (over six hours of testing, anyone?). I stressed about school exams and ten page papers, all of which seem so distant now. I appeared in court for a minor car accident (that's a story for next time). I graduated from high school, seeing some people perhaps for the last time. I laughed. I cried. I smiled. I dreamed.

And I'm still dreaming--dreaming of summer's endless opportunities and the adventures that await.

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11 comments

  1. CONGRATS on choosing Amherst!!! It's an awesome school and your going to have a lot of fun there I know! It's also near me (I'll be in connecticut.. which is the state right next to Massachusetts!!!) Maybe a meet up sometime if your up for it? hehe

    I actually had a similar struggle this year bwtween NYU and my state school UCONN... In the end I gave up my dream school and opted for Uconn! I look back on it now and I honestly don't regret my decision that much.. (there is always that "what if" aspect, but I know at my state school, I can live a bit more comfortably than if I was at NYU money wise!!)

    ohh wow!! Another congrats on your half marathon! You are fast and you have endurance! I know how you feel about the test being si distant.. that ap english one was soooo much running!!

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  2. Ooh my gosh, congratulations congratulations on all of your accomplishments! So impressive! I play violin too! c: What piece did you play for your senior solo?

    And aw, you look so happy in your graduation photos! So cute! c; So excited for you as you move into a new and exciting phase in your life! Congratulations! xx

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  3. Girl, you are AMAZING!
    Seriously, I feel tired just reading about what you accomplished (especially the marathon part...hehe I'm so out of shape). CONGRATS on all of it. You've had a hectic year, I can tell, and blogging definitely fall lower on the totem pole compared to all of that. Haha, and yay, you've chosen your college? Amherst is getting one amazing woman! :)

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  4. Wow Lily! You've done so much!!! Brilliant violin solo! I was listening on my phone and my husband asked who the soloist was-he was impressed like me!!! So exciting you've chosen your college-what are you going to study? So nice to be able to comment again too! X

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  5. congratulations :) I'm so happy for you guys

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  6. Lily, let it be said that I am absolutely proud of you and proud for you. I would like for you to excel in any arena or field you set your mind and heart to. I have always respected and admired you since first visiting this blog years ago- back in the "A Burst of Color" days. Remain strong, determined, and focused; and best wishes to you in the future.

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  7. So many nice pictures! :D

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  8. long time no see, dear Lily. or actually I have to say very long time! :P and I just want to say congrats. one very huge congrats for everything you have done and accomplished during those months. time really flies fast! and I feel you when it comes to blogging, or actually the lack of it, hehe. I really really want to blog but right now working, gardening, housekeeping and stuff like that take pretty much all my time. all of it. so yeah, I get it why you needed a pause. I'm glad you're back and I also hope I will be back too since I have seriously huge amounts of stories to tell and photos to share. wish me luck ;) oh and I hope you're enjoying your holidays and taking the most of it before college starts :) see you soon!

    Maiken,
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  9. Dude, full time blogging is HARD! I struggle to get one post out per week. Seriously though, I'm lame. And I think this post is really neat--gosh, you are such a talented lady, and I am so honored to know you. You're an incredible athlete, musician, and human being, and so intelligent, and so cute, and seriously I JUST WANNA BE WITH YO--I MEAN BE YOU. You're going so many places, Lily!

    PS) Lady, that comment you left my on my blog almost had me in tears. You are so, so, so, REPEAT SO! so sweet. I am so glad we met. You don't even know how much I appreciate having you as a friend and seeing your heartfelt comments pop up. Your words mean everything to me. <3

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  10. beautiful pics ;)
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    kiss

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