An Eventful Week

I am currently writing this blog in my bedroom at home in Holland, and it feels so strange. This is the last time that I will be sitting here until I’m officially moved back home in three short weeks, but I think I’m ready for it. Chicago has provided me with so much insight into …

Family Time

It was a good week. My family came to visit me over the weekend on their spring break, and it was the first time I got to see them in awhile. One of the hardest things for me to adjust to since moving to the city has been not seeing my family everyday, so it …

Chicago Myths

I thought that I would dedicate one of my weekly blog posts to debunking common Chicago myths, so I’m just going to dive right into it.  Myth #1: The City is dangerous. Answer: Yes and no. When you have almost 3 million people within a small area, you are going to see more conflict and …

Warm Weather, Good Friends, and New Tats

It amazes me how much the weather can positively affect one’s mood. Once again, we had another warm day here in Chicago. Temperatures reached almost 75 degrees, and everyone was out even though it was a Monday. This is definitely one of the benefits of a COVID world- being able to work remotely. For the …

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day! This weekend I got to experience one of Chicago’s traditional events- dyeing the Chicago river and the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. I had never heard of this tradition before, and this was the first year that Chicago was able to do this again since COVID began. Unfortunately for us …

Home

And so here we are on another Sunday. This week absolutely flew by, and I think that is due to how busy I have been the past few days. I typically only go into my internship once a week, but this week I was able to get out of my room three out of the …

Graduation and Beyond!

Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn’t want to live there. I wouldn’t wanna live there. These words penned by Owl City (or to the true OC fans, Adam Young) have been a sort of mantra for this gal for many years. As an idealist and a *bit* of a perfectionist, I love sitting …

Final Moments in the City

Three days! Three weeks have quickly become three days until the end of the semester. The end of my experience in the city. The end of nursing school. The beginning of my *official* adult life. The beginning of a new start. The beginning of finally contributing to society in a larger way. Don’t get me …

W*ndering

  I have been wondering, I mean wandering, through the new-to-me neighborhoods of Bridgeport, Hyde Park, Bronzeville, Old Town, River North, and Westloop. Amidst the bustle of the friendly city, I have been finding myself struggling internally with my observations. Earlier this week, I saw a homeless man in a wheelchair on the train. You …

Episode 3 of Annie Explores Chicago

Hello, friends! Following along the journey of a nursing student continues. On today’s episode of Annie survives Chicago, we will see a short, Asian young lady attempting to blot away her worries with beautiful conservatories, visits by her best friend, lunar new year celebrations, and bubble tea. Don’t be fooled by her long work days; …