Happy end of hiatus!  As this post is going live, I am driving home after my first exam and reveling in the fact that it’s summer!  Odds are I have the windows rolled down and I’m singing (poorly) at the top of my lungs, and I wish you the same level of happiness and carefreeness.  (Is that a word??)

Thank you for sticking with me through this hiatus; I needed to focus on finals and wrapping up my freshman year, but am back and better than ever!  I’ve got some lovely things planned for this summer and can’t wait to share ALL of them with you over the next few weeks.

I’ve spent this past semester contemplating how I wanted to spend my summer vacation.  I’ve always thought of this time as a gift: it’s a nice, easy break from the excitement and monotony of school, and I’ve always felt compelled to use this time to develop as a learner, blogger, and human individual.

So I created a lovely little sheet of my goals, specifically my goals for the various platforms I’ve established, specifically this blog, as well as ways I could establish new platforms and engage with new audiences.  So I’m going to do just that: expand on the preexisting, establish new adventures, and try to find joy in the connections I make with lovely souls like yourself.

I have NUMBER announcements regarding my platforms that I’ll be announcing over the next two weeks, so definitely watch my Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date with what’s happening when.  I’ve poured myself into planning these wonderful things and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

The first announcement is this: this summer, I’m creating my first series of posts, called Freshman Files.

This series is a conglomeration of all the things I wish I’d known the summer before college: the silly, the serious, the absurd and the helpful.  I’ll be sharing everything from my Holy Grail college packing list to how to pick good shoes for walking and plenty of lovely content in between.  I’ll discuss an introvert’s guide to navigating college party culture, how to talk to your roommate for the first time, and why it’s okay to change your mind about college.

This series will be a candid look at the past nine months of my life and what I’ve learned from this trying but beautiful experience in hopes that your experience is less trying and more beautiful.

Freshman File #1 goes live this Friday.  I’ll be talking about the terrifying realization I had a few weeks ago: I realized that I wasn’t in love with my university anymore.  I’ll be posting a new Freshman File every Friday, so watch this space every week to read more about my college experience and catch my tips for a smooth transition to university.

I’ll also be sharing the next major announcement on Friday, so be sure to check back and learn how Annie Likes Words is expanding on Friday!

Again, thank you for embarking on this journey with me.  I’m so excited to witness this summer of growth and inspiration with you!

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