monthly review | may

may 2016 // canon 5d // boston, amherst + southeastern ma

There is only one word (well, maybe two) to describe this month: life-changing. I graduated college, got a job (more on that soon, i promise!), watched my sister graduate high school, and celebrated all of this accordingly. 

Everything is moving fast and everything is strange //

Boston, MA, USA

Mission Hill, Boston

may 20 // canon 5d // mission hill, boston 

There's a hill in Boston--a steep, sloping hill--a few miles from downtown. And squished on this hill, crowding the winding streets that criss-cross it, stand hundreds upon hundreds of tall, multi-family homes (triple deckers, if you will) . They stand on top of one another, their windows peering into each other, their back decks so close that you could toss a beer to your neighbor. Most of them are dilapidated, with strange lay-outs and quirky features (clawfoot tubs, bay windows, hardwood floors, long hallways) --but their also very, very expensive, and almost entirely inhabited by students and kids in their 20's. 

Welcome to Mission Hill. 

I never got to live there, but I had the chance to visit, saw my fair share of apartments, met people of all walks of life at all hours of the day. I tiptoed in and out of people's lives, peering at their posters and sometimes sleeping on their couches and photographing their homes when they're not looking. And while it wasn't the same as a life in the city, it was as close as I could come, and therefore good enough. 

There's something about the air--a smell, or a feel, I'm not sure--in the city during springtime that I miss. I don't know what it is, but when it's sunny, and you're out of school, walking up the hill past dozens of other students--carefree Friday feels, bags from the liquor store in their hands, everyone so happy to be done for the week--it's contagious. My friends and I walked up, and up, and up in the late-spring sunshine to a third floor apartment with golden light and great views from the teensy-tiny deck, and ate cheese puffs on their absent roommate's bed before a party in JP. 

On one hand, it wasn't anything special--but at the same time, it very much was, a rare moment without responsibilities or future-related anxiety before everything gets real and decidedly grown-up. It's nice to feel 22, you know? And there's really no better place to do that than in a cramped, old, falling-apart apartment on a hill in Boston, I think. 

New York City in April

April 7 // Manhattan, New York City // Canon 5D

Now that what may have been the craziest semester of my life (I know I said that every semester, but spring 2016 was the last and therefore takes the cake) is over, and I have a second or two to reflect on the madness--wow. I did a lot of things, and I met a lot of people, and I traveled a lot of places.... including going  to New York City twice in one month! (?!?) 

Both trips had one thing in common--journalism--but other than that, they were very different. The first time I was sitting on the sidelines, photographing the basketball team for the school newspaper & exploring Brooklyn; this time, I was on an 'academic' sort of field trip with the journalism department's magazine, which had us visiting the New York Times (THE HOLY LAND) and the Met. It was a super inspiring day, and I learned a lot about online media and how times are a changin' in the world of journalism--picked up a few tips, had a nice walk through Central Park and a sandwich that may have changed my life. All in all, a solid day. 

LATELY // I'm Back

May 6 // Amherst MA // Canon 5D

I could write a really long, sentimental post--and I'm sure that I will, soon. But right now I'm still in shock that I made it! And today, I woke up to the first day of the rest of my life--and it feels pretty swell. I'm excited to be back here, and working on Atlas Addict, and filling out job applications, and get back to a life without the constant stress of assignments looming over my head. 

I'm back. 

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