I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in the “Blog Every Day in May” challenge, organised by Belinda at FoundLoveNowWhat.com. My friend Alex at AlexGoesToEurope.com (with whom I also go to school at LSE!) told me about the challenge and I think it will be a great way to escape from the stress of revision and give my blog a little TLC. I really want to grow this blog, so in order to do that, I need to put some serious work into its content, hence this challenge! I am, admittedly, starting a little late (it’s been a crazy weekend) so I am combining days 1, 2, and 3, but tomorrow we will be back on track!
Day 1: Introduce Yourself
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Katie (I also go by Kate and Katherine)! I am a 20-year-old student at Fordham University and the London School of Economics where I am studying Political Science, Middle East Studies, and Theology, with a bit of international history. This year, I’ve developed a concentration for my studies in democratic transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. I am also passionate about international politics and development, women’s issues, and foreign affairs. My dream is to work in the foreign service and eventually become Secretary of State. I am an introvert, meaning I value my “me time” and am generally more reserved in unfamiliar situations and large groups, but I can connect with people on a very deep level, once I get to know them well. I love to read and can spend hours in a bookstore, flipping through books, adding to my list of books to read, and soaking up the sounds of pages turning. I am originally from Connecticut, but I go to school in New York, and have been living in London since September. This year has been an incredible adventure for me — I’ve gotten to travel around Europe, study at one of the world’s best universities for social science, explore a beautiful city, and learn so much about myself. Since living in London, I’ve developed a deep love for cappuccinos, though not for the caffeine boost. Other things on my “love” list include museums, Pinterest, yoga, cooking and baking, The West Wing, blogging, chocolate, TED talks and podcasts, magazines, organising (especially with my Erin Condren planner!), and tea.
5 Photos That Tell My Story:
Where would we be without family? This is me and my brother at Thanksgiving 2013, which is also the last Thanksgiving I spent with my family (I was gone for 2014!). [Ignore the ridiculously long fringe :)]. My brother and I were very close growing up — we went to the same summer camps, made our stuffed animals go “bungee jumping” off the knee wall in our family room, and made up stories on the swings in the backyard. Now that we’re older, we bond by driving around at night while we listen to music and talk a little. He goes to boarding school and I’m here, so it’s hard to stay close, but I think we’ve done a pretty good job. Also, he graduates high school in exactly 35 days and I get to be home to be there as an obnoxiously proud big sister.
Smart Girls Group has changed my life. I wish something like this had existed when I was in high school because having a sisterhood of ambitious and kind girls would have been a total game-changer. I have had the opportunity to connect with amazing women and girls and being involved in all the ways that I am makes each day brighter.
This is my classic “inspired” pose and also part of my KatherInspired logo! This was me back in October on my second trip to Paris and my friends and I had a lot of fun taking pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower :). To me, this is my ultimate expression of joy — throwing your arms up in the air because you’re so happy and excited and inspired that there’s no other way to describe it. I am constantly inspired by the world and throw myself into everything that inspires me, and this pose pretty much sums it up.
This picture was taken my third week in London when my friend Claire and I went to tea at Harrods. What could be more English than tea with scones with clotted cream and jam? Few things, in my opinion. This was one of those afternoons that the sheer reality of where I was — London— really hit me. I was in a brand new city and exploring as much as I could, I had a new friend, and we had tea with amazing scones, so life for me was complete. I look back at the girl in this picture and I can’t believe it’s been almost 8 months since it was taken. I have grown and changed so much in the past 8 months and it is one of the best feelings in the world.
This was me in Scotland when we were driving through the Highlands and we stopped to take pictures at the Three Sisters mountains. It was rainy and freezing and the wind almost knocked you off your feet, but I was still laughing, whether it be because of how beautiful the mountains (and Scotland in general!) were, or because the whole setup here was just so ridiculous.
My Travel Bucket List:
As you’ve seen throughout my year in London, I’ve been to 11 countries and more cities than I want to count right now, so I’d say I’ve checked quite a few places off of my travel bucket list! I do have some places left, however:
I would love to see the sand dunes in the desert, ride a camel, and eat hummus and turmeric on pita bread while sitting on a pouf. I’ve been fascinated by Arabic culture since high school and I can’t wait until I get to see it for myself. I also need to learn Arabic at some point, so Morocco will be a great place to practice!
I didn’t make it to Italy this year, but as a huge fan of art history, architecture, food, and Eat, Pray, Love, I will definitely be visiting Italy at some point in the future!
I mean, how could you not want to visit the Hagia Sophia and eat Turkish food? I’ve taken two classes on Ottoman history and even more on the Middle East, so it would be incredible to see it come to life.
Yoga has been a big part of my life for the past two years, so I would love to study it at an ashram in India. Also, elephants are really cool so riding one would be amazing!
I took Spanish in high school and at Fordham, and while I’m not fluent, Spanish still comes pretty naturally to me. I love the way it sounds and the way it feels to speak it! Machu Picchu has always fascinated me, so I would really love to climb it and practice my Spanish.
My neighbour is currently living in Arizona and I can’t get over how beautiful that part of the United States is! I want to see wide open sky, the sun shining on the desert sand, and, of course, the Grand Canyon.
Stay tuned for Day 4 tomorrow!
Inspired to be,