End of Summer Update

A picture I took out the car window while driving past Philadelphia at sunset

Hey everyone! I’m so sorry that my August blog has been so late into the month but its been a busy time that hasn’t really inspired any allergy-themed content, so I decided to just give you a mini life update.

This summer, as you read in my last post, I was a day camp counselor at the same Girl Scout Camp that I worked at last year. It’s such an incredibly rewarding way to spend your summer, watching girls gain confidence, try new things, and make friends. This year, I had the added bonus of becoming a certified GSEP Low Ropes course facilitator and a USA Archery Level 1 instructor. These certifications really allowed me to see more exciting growth in the campers as they pushed themselves on these skills. I also played violin in a pit orchestra for a community theater production of “The Addams Family”, and I got my first named role as Specs in a youth theater’s production of “Newsies” (in which I also had the opportunity to be dance captain and choreograph two of the smaller numbers!).

Some of my fellow camp staff members came to support me in Newsies!

Once this had all wrapped up, my family took a long weekend trip to New York City for my mom’s birthday. We got to see a few shows, visit some museums, and eat at some nice restaurants. We generally stuck to places that I had eaten at before, but we found a nice new (to us) restaurant that was very accommodating for lunch one day. I also had the very exciting opportunity to eat a cake at the restaurant we went to for my mom’s birthday- a very rare occurrence for a food allergic person. They made all their desserts on site and kept the facility nut-free!

My family and my mom’s friend with the strawberry shortcake that I could eat!

Finally, it was time to move in to college. I moved in early for Community Fellows training. This is a group of upperclassmen Honors students who plan social and academic events for students in the upperclassmen Honors dorm. As a returning Community Fellow, I also got to lead a few of the training sessions which was a fun experience for me. I’m really excited to see what kind of programming we will bring to the students this year.

But my biggest news of the summer was finding out that I have been accepted as a student in the Music BA program at the University of Delaware. Now I am pursuing two degrees: a BA in Music, and a BS in Exercise Science (pre-physical therapy track). I am so excited to be able to have the opportunity to study music more in depth at the collegiate level as I continue my upper level studies at UD.

One thought on “End of Summer Update

  1. Julia Gray is thriving as always!!! Congratulations on the music BA – a great accomplishment and exciting endeavor!!

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