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

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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We Will

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We will change the world with the stories we tell.

It's been a while, friends. While I'm not quite ready to immerse myself in the blogging world once again, I'll return quite soon. Admist my final days of high school, I've itched to write like I used to. I've missed expelling the strongest of emotions, transforming uncertainty into hope, molding haphazard thoughts into coherent words. 

My weary eyes seek rest from an exhausting month of studious late nights, but my mind has no mercy. The air is thick with nostalgia, only exacerbated by the inky shadows and contemplative stillness of the night. Thought turns to thought, and soon, the drum in my chest taunts me, its conspicuous pounding fueling my animated mind. 

These are the thoughts yearning to take tangible form. They are the stories, the lessons I have yet to tell. Love Nail Tree's mission is right. We can change the world with our stories, and we will.

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