los angeles recap

Hello hello!

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty relaxing because I was just trying to catch up on sleep and homework. My sorority had our initiation, but that was the only big thing this weekend.

This past Thursday and Friday, I was in Los Angeles! I had to miss some school and I was pretty sick the entire time (thank goodness for DayQuil), but I had the most fun time. I was in LA because of a case challenge that was hosted by Deloitte. My team and I have been working on the case for a month and finally flew down to Deloitte’s office in southern LA to present it.

On Thursday morning, me and three other teammates drove down to the airport at 5am and got Qdoba’s breakfast burritos – it was my first time eating one and it’s actually life-changing. We hopped on our flight at 8am and got to LA at about 11am. Y’all, I love flying.

When we got there, it was around 75 degrees and sunny! I hopped off the plane at LAX with my dream and my cardigan; we checked into our hotel and y’all. The hotel booking was through Deloitte and I got my own room on the topmost floor. I was quite pleased!!

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Then we all headed out to lunch at Little Sister, which I highly recommend. I got a rice paper wrap, but we all shared food among each other.

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We had a few hours to kill before our networking dinner, so we walked around south LA. We stopped by The Last Bookstore (!!!!!), Gelateria Uli, the Grand Central Market and an ice-skating rink. Lots of good laughs and eats.

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We got back to the hotel and all napped a little bit since we were all exhausted. Then, I got ready with the girls for our networking dinner at Perch, which is a rooftop bar and venue space. It was so cool getting to mingle with other Deloitte professionals and the students from other schools! After the event, we all headed up to the rooftop to enjoy the LA skyline.

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The next day was competition day! We got up bright and early and ate breakfast and sat through a couple of presentations, and then we presented near 11am. We got an office tour and then found out that we made it to the final round! We presented again, this time with a much more challenging Q&A section. At 2:30pm, the two winners were announced – unfortunately, not my school – but honestly, we all let out a sigh of relief.

We gathered our belongings and drove to LAX immediately after the awards ceremony. Dinner was at LAX, and then after we found out our flight got delayed, we boarded, flew, and got home to SEA at about 11:30pm. Needless to say, I felt miserable and exhausted – I felt like I could sleep for days. I did get to watch Wonder Woman on the plane though, so I’m not complaining!

Overall, my experience in LA was incredibly memorable and fun; I feel so grateful to have had this opportunity and the people I got to meet and know are people that I’ll cherish forever. It’s going to be so weird to not meet three times a week to research or work on the Powerpoint slides. I learned a crazy amount in this month that I worked together with them though, and knowing that I’ll be going through recruiting with these crazy kids is so comforting. I couldn’t have asked for a better team!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jen x

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europe travel summary – snapchat edition

Hello!

This might be last Europe travel post, finally. I thought it’d be fun to share a Europe travel summary through my Snapchat stories. My Snapchat isn’t public, so no one but my friends see my stories. However, there are some cute ones from this summer with fantastic geo-tags. Here they are!

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Looking at these photos legitimately make me so nostalgic, but which one is your favorite geo-tag? I think they’re all so adorable!

Thanks for reading,

Jen

dear london | week three

Happy Monday & happy October!!

This is my last London-specific post, can y’all believe it?! London was packed with so many fun adventures, and so I present to you my last photo diary. Heads up for a LOT of pink – I’m not sure why I visited so many places with a pink aesthetic (I’m definitely not complaining).

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The Platform 9 and 3/4 at King’s Cross Station!

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Beautiful houses in Notting Hill. My life flashed before my eyes on this day when I almost got hit by a motorcycle 😳

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Farm Girl Cafe in Notting Hill – so basic, but so good! I’ll definitely be adding pomegranate seeds to my avo toast from now on!

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Couldn’t say no to a photo opp in front of more adorable houses in Notting Hill!

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Booked a reservation at Sketch! It was really stressful because if you cancel your reservation, you get charged 30 pounds. This dish alone was 18 pounds! Very unique though – orange and carrot sauce.

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I recommend going during the day since the lighting is better, but it was still so! aesthetic!!

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Y’all, the bathrooms. ‘Nough said.

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DDF – daily dose of fro-yo.

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The most stunning cafe I’ve ever been to! Peggy Porschen Cakes. The line was so long.

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I hit up the Camden Market and stopped by the Pasta Hand Rolled tent. It was so freaking delicious.

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The professionals over at F5 recommended Wolseley, a high tea place. I went with 5 other girls and it was simply amazing.

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Some Harry Potter Studio Tour photos!

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Aaand that’s it!! I hope you enjoyed following my journey in London – looking back at these photos have me feeling some type of way 😭

Look out for my general Europe wrap-up and reflection soon!

Thanks for reading,

Jen

britain – week four cultural visits // 09

Hello hello!

Who’s ready for the weekend?! I actually have classes on Fridays this quarter so it’s a little rough, but it’s only an hour in the morning so I think I’ll be okay. Today, I wanted to go over possibly my favorite event from my trip – the Harry Potter Studio Tour! I had been looking forward to this trip ever since I applied to the program. Y’all, it was a dream come true.

I think a lot of people expected the studio to be part amusement-park as well like the Universal Studios in LA and Orlando, but it’s not. It’s basically a Harry Potter museum that displays actual sets and props that they used while filming. We were led to an auditorium to watch a short video about the studio tour itself, and they opened the doors to the Great Hall. The Great Hall led into the main studio – they had things like the costumes of the characters, wigs, and makeup. Literally anything you could think of was there. My favorite costume that was there was probably Hermione Granger’s Yule Ball gown. It was gorgeous in person! I also remember seeing a lot of the paintings that were used in the films; all the paintings were painted specifically for the movie, which blows my mind.

I wasn’t expecting to see the Forbidden Forest set but there was fog and a mobile Buckbeak figure. There was a lever you could pull so that the spiders and Aragog could drop down from the ceiling – freaky, right?

Another favorite set of mine was the Gryffindor Common Room; it was so cozy, warm, and mind-blowing to see it in-person. Following that, I was able to walk to “Platform 9 ¾”, where the Hogwarts Express sits. Each compartment held the set for each movie in chronological order, which was incredibly fascinating. We couldn’t sit in the compartments though.

After that, I tried Butterbeer for the first time! It’s a very sweet, non-alcoholic drink that I paid way too much for – but definitely worth trying. That was the halfway point of the tour, and after that was mostly Diagon Alley and a lot of architectural displays of the set design process. My favorite room was the model of the entire Hogwarts Castle. The lights were dimmed and jewel-toned, giving it an incredibly magical atmosphere. I’m not even going to lie – I got pretty emotional and teared up a bit, it was just so stunning!

The last stop was of course, the giftshop. I left the studio with some Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans and a Chocolate Frog, and then some gifts for friends and family. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from the Harry Potter Studio Tour. It was so detailed and the breadth of what they showed was almost shocking. It’s definitely a full-day activity for true Harry Potter fans. Next stop – the Harry Potter world in Universal!