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More College…

Yup, I just got back from another college overnight…two actually!  I went to California to visit Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College.  They are both part of a consortium of five colleges (the Claremont Colleges: Claremont McKenna, Scripps, Pomona, Pitzer, and Harvey Mudd).

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Anyway, my CMC visit was great, but let’s just say my Scripps visit was less than ideal.  Before I overnighted, Scripps was my top choice, and I think it might still be my top choice. However, I had such an unfortunate student host that mid visit I got VERY discouraged.

Long story short, my host was not a good representation of the school (or so my mom says as it is also her alma mater).  In fact, I’m actually trying to block my host from my memory…

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On a more positive note (I think) I visited the barn where the 5 college riding club team rides.  However, going from traditional New England show barn to a southern California, laid back, ranch-looking-but-riding-English barn, I was not wowed at first.  I was actually so unimpressed that I started thinking if I would even continue riding in college.  Of course I can’t imagine not riding, but this place just wasn’t doing it for me…

I might consider looking at other barns in the area that are a little more up to par with what I’m used to.  Hopefully I can find something that fits the bill…

I guess this serious barn search implies that I’m seriously considering Scripps, and I am!  I’m  now down to deciding to apply early to Scripps or Washington and Lee.

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-Val

P.S. all three pictures are from around the Scripps campus (not my photos)

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So Close I Can Almost Taste It

I just got back from an overnight visit at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. I’m as tired as can be from sitting in the car for 8 hours but I had a fantastic visit.  Although I think my top choice is Scripps College in California, this overnight made me really love W&L a lot more.  Anyway, in about two weeks time I will most likely know where I’m going to apply early decision to college.

Tomorrow I’m riding Angel.  I hope we have a good lesson (although I’m not sure how on Earth I could possibly top the ride I had on her last week).  Speaking of Angel, I told my mom my dream of buying her after I graduate college.  Although it sounds like a far flung idea, it’s really only five years away.  For now, let’s just make sure I get into college before I think too far ahead….

We took a detour to the Luray Caverns on our way home from Virginia!

We took a detour to the Luray Caverns on our way home from Virginia!

-Val

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That Feeling When Things are Going Right

Yesterday, I got to ride Angel. (Yay!)  Everyone is still at HITS for finals so I had the ring to myself for my lesson.  I was warned that Angel was very  bad for the girl who rode her the day before.  I wasn’t worried, only prepared if she should act up.  Anyway, I don’t like this girl, even though I’ve never laid eyes on her!  I only know I don’t like her because she might lease Angel. 😦

Well, skip to the end of my lesson and Steve (one of my trainers) and I are amazed at how completely perfect she was.  I was riding soooooo much better than last week, and it made me feel really great to have one of those lessons where everything clicked.  Every distance, nearly every lead, no pulling, no running around, just perfect….

It’s a really great feeling thinking about how far Angel has come in the year I’ve been with her.  She’s grown so much, and just now seems to be maturing (sometimes I thought she’d be an evergreen…).

Oh, and one of the best parts about yesterday is that someone at the barn said that Angel must have been happy to have me riding her again, which is why she was so perfect for me and super naughty for the other girl.  Whatever the case may be, I’m happy.

Apologies if this post was a little scattered, I’m truly just journaling at this point and sharing thoughts/experiences.

-Val

P.S. follow me on instagram!  I post mostly pictures of Angel and sometimes other kinds of pictures sneak in.

Miss the lazy summer days of bareback and no worries

Miss the lazy summer days of bareback and no worries

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I Don’t Feel Old

Today one of my junior friends came up to me in the hall and I got to chat for a quick second.  I asked her how junior year was going and if she felt “old.”  She said she didn’t.  But then again, I don’t think I feel old either.  I do get the feeling of being “top dog” at the school.  But older? Wiser? Nah….

Tomorrow’s Friday!! Yayayaya!!  

Also, I’m not sure why, but I have this feeling of urgency, like something important is going to happen soon but I don’t know what.  It might just be beginning of school nerves, excitement about classes, anxiety about finishing college apps, and eagerness for my puppy to be born.

My advice for anyone right now: go out tonight because it’s Thursday and you deserve it!

Throwback to HITS in July.  Angel being a superstar during both her and my first summer of showing.

Throwback to HITS in July. Angel being a superstar during both her and my first summer of showing.

-Val

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167 Days

until I graduate…Now that’s a scary thought!

It appears the teachers have wasted no time getting into the swing of things.  I miss the days where the first few weeks of school were nothing more than get to know you questionnaires….Anyway, school is in session and there’s no way to change it.  

BUT, guess what happened today!?  I got to ride Angel again.  I thought going from a lease to a once a week lesson would mean being stuck riding school horses, but I guess not! Also, the barn is still at HITS and I get to ride my favorite goober in a quiet ring. 🙂  

Also, let me warn you, I have about 3 or 4 different topics that are on my mind at the moment, and that means I’ll be blogging about them, too.  

1. Angel (duh!)

2. college

3. Tim (boyfriend, lump, squish, whatever you want to call him)

4. PUPPY (I promise pictures when he gets here!!!!!)

I can already predict posts will be short, choppy, and basically word vomit of whatever is going on in my life at the moment, but I will try my best to make them sort of funny. maybe.

 

Me and pup pup from another litter

Me and pup pup from another litter

-Val

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Riding and College

Notice how I didn’t title this post Riding in College. That’ll be another post entirely.

Right now, the biggest thing on my mind is college.  Last year, the biggest thing on my mind was riding.  It’s not exactly funny, maybe just interesting, how our interests or thoughts or whatever they are shift from year to year, even day to day.

Anyway, I start my senior year tomorrow and although I’m going to try and live it up, I will, without a doubt, be thinking about college a lot.  So much, in fact, that my parents said no to leasing Angel during this fall.  I will, however, hopefully continue it starting in January.  I plan on applying early decision somewhere and will have my school by mid-December.

Anyway, my life definitely seems like a balancing act between school and horses, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Can you feel the the love in this picture?  1492514_836532253032268_6463981753755581866_o

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