BC: Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson | Brianna received her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Analytics and an Information Systems Certificate on May 21, 2011.
FC: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson | to the Graduate
1: College Bound! Brianna decides to attend the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire! | Move-in day at UWEC in August 2007! With roommate Stef; getting Teddy all ready for his new digs; in front of Bridgman Hall; and getting Lauren's help with "where do I put all this stuff?" | Sisters | Home for the next year.
2: Making new friends in the dorm!
3: Going for the gold -- or at least the most M&Ms -- during the Bridgman Olympics!
4: Happy Halloween! | Freshman Fun... | Cliff diving, showing off the tattoos, cruising Mifflin with Brittani and hosting "The Hills" party in the room!
5: Sophomore Year! | We "4C" a bright future in Sutherland! | Roomies together again!
6: Hangin' with Stef...always a good time! | All the world's a stage -- and Brianna HAS to be on it!
7: Anything but clothes party; a new tradition -- pre-Thanksgiving dinner; going to the AMA semi-formal; and helping with AMA's Homecoming 2008 float! | These are the times we'll remember...
8: Our House...and a room of my own! | Roomies Katie and Lauren | Junior Year | How many people can pile on the high heel chair? | Homecoming '09
9: Good friends are the rare jewels of life... … difficult to find and impossible to replace. | Pre-Thanksgiving dinner Part II | Celebrating Halloween with the roomies! | Tis the many seasons to be jolly... | Who wore it worst? Ugly sweater party with Lauren. | Celebrating with Chelsea!
10: Brianna studies abroad in Perth Australia -- January-June 2010 | The group from UWEC. | The trip of a lifetime began in Fiji!
11: Next stop: Sydney Australia! | Near the Opera House; inside the Ice Bar; in front of the bridge; and with Australian boyfriend Nick.
12: Millaa Millaa Falls | Riding a moped in Cairns! | The adventure in Cairns Australia included hikes to beautiful Millaa Millaa Falls, snorkeling, riding a moped and white water rafting! | Ready to go white water rafting -- before I hit my head on a rock.
13: Relaxing at Shark Bay | Monday, March 15, 2010 I survived the Australian Outback! Sooooo everyone, I did it. I survived 10 days of travelling by bus 3600 kilometers, living out of a tent, and dealing with temperatures that got up to 120 degrees. It was one of the best experiences of my life. | Sitting under a waterfall | Feeding the dolphins! | Braiding Nikki's hair while wearing my stylish fly net! | Sharing a hot sweaty bus.
14: Life in Perth, Australia | Going gaga for Lady Gaga; out on the town with the girls; reading on the beach; with my flatmates; and surfing at Trigg Beach! | Sunday, March 28, 2010 "Just relax and think happy thoughts" Those were the words of wisdom that my surf instructor gave me when I was struggling to get up on my board. I love that Aussie outlook on life. All I'd have to do was just relax, and I'd be able to surf. Haha.
15: Friendship Continued | Hiking the glacier! | Ahhh...nothing like a nice cup of coffee while enjoying Milford Sound. | In love with New Zealand!
16: Dancing on the pool table! | un down under | Karoke with Allison. | Sunday, February 14, 2010 -- 97 degrees. Ello loves, Sooo here I am, been here for a week and I am LOVING it! At first I had some culture shock... maybe it wasn't culture shock. But it was at least homesickness. Now I can say that I am adapting quite well to living here. I love learning new things about Australian life. For instance, the BBQ is a very popular thing. I'm not talking "let's throw some shrimp on the barbie" because no one says that. They just really like to BBQ. Thursday, February 25, 2010 Good on you Hey there! The title of my post is something that is often said here. It means good job or good for you. I like hearing it, it reinforces the fact that I am in a whole different culture with unique phrases. Just the other day I was reading in my room and I stepped outside onto the balcony of my apartment and just looked around.. I am in Australia. No I'm not stupid, I did realize that before. But it just kind of hit me.. that I get to LIVE here for a semester. It's amazing. Sometimes it doesn't really feel like I'm on the other side of the world than all the people I love. | Blog exerpts...
17: Lost in Translation? Jumper=Sweatshirt; Trolley=Shopping cart Tomato Sauce=Ketchup; 2 Minute Noodles=Ramen Thongs=Flip flops; Touch Wood=Knock on wood Biscuits=Cookies; Lolly=candy; Maccas=McDonald's Doona=Bed Comforter; Bloke=Guy Kindie=Kindergarten; Arvo=Afternoon How are you going?=How are you doing | Every day is party day! | The "family" portrait!
18: Final days in Perth... | A final BBQ; in front of Perth's skyline; loving the beach; and bonding with a kangaroo at the Wildlife Park.
19: Welcome Home!!! | Blog exerpts | Thursday, June 10, 2010 Final thoughts... Tomorrow is my last day in Australia. I cannot believe how fast it has gone by! My study abroad experience was all that I could have ever hoped for! I feel like I have grown in many different ways. I came here very sheltered and oblivious to other cultures and the world in general. Being here in a very multicultural society (its not just Aussies here) has made me a much more cultured and accepting person. I have also become much more independent! I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity to live in another country for a semester, and it makes me appreciate home in a new way as well. And I'm forever grateful for the home I'm able to go back to, as I end my adventure. My family is such a high priority to me now and I will never take them for granted. Not everyone has a family as great as mine, and I'm so lucky! I am going to miss a lot of things about this place. I am going to miss my flatmate Ashleigh a lot! We have become good friends and I will miss seeing her every day. I'll also miss being able to see the ocean whenever I want to. This was a great phase of my life that I'll be able to remember forever!
20: Senior Year | Excited to be carded on the 21st birthday! | Halloween 2010: as Sherlock Holmes' assistant and as Flo from Progressive Insurance.
21: P&A; beer pong; wine & cheese party :) | Fun and games at college
22: Together at the AMA Semi-Formal; skating in Rice Park, celebrating the new year; and trying to see who can make a goofier face. | Dates With Dan! | Roses for Valentine's Day!
23: Last AMA Semi-Formal; ugly sweater party with the boys and the girls; and celebrating Barcardi Gras with Katie and Lauren. | Good friends; good times...
24: Some of my best buds! | Australian reunion!
25: Brianna knows how to "express" herself! | The original: The Bri face. | Yeah, right. | Wacky | Spider! face | What-ever... | You're kidding me, right? | You serious Clark? | We wish she wasn't so camera shy. | Ewwww... | Grumpy | Smiley face!