With just seven days left until graduation, the nervousness of the unknown, the anxiety of finals and the stress of moving home just to turn around and move to a new city, are hard feelings to ignore. However, with the encouragement of good friends and family, I’ve been trying my hardest to focus on the positives that surround me and embrace the last moments of college that I (am repeatedly reminded by everyone I talk to who’s out of school) have left on campus. Because I’ve been spending a lot of time in (the oasis that is) my apartment doing phone interviews and studying for upcoming finals, I decided to capture some of the small details in my apartment that have honestly made it feel like home this past year. My roommate and I frequently share our excitement for moving forward with our post-grad plans but always stop to appreciate how lucky we feel to have lived in this large yet cozy loft for the short time we did. (She’s moving to Milwaukee with the Teach For America program, after which she’ll be attending medical school to become a surgeon! Ya, I know right? Who can follow that. . . but seriously, she is that awesome.)
I’m still interviewing and taking things day by day, but I’m hopeful and can’t wait to move to a city where new friends and new adventures await!
The reading corner complete with my idol, Audrey Hepburn, and the most recent issue of the on-campus publication I’ve been privileged to work on the past four years, Up Magazine.
The nook overlooking High St! This will be by far my most missed feature of our apartment. The large pillows and cases on the outside both came from Ikea and the striped pillows on the inside are from Target!
The large dresser in our room has a vintage charm I intend to re-create wherever I end up living. The vintage cut-out Reader’s Digest (the ‘C’ is currently on order!) letter books were a cool find at one of the uptown gift shops in Oxford, Paisley (formerly Ball of Oxford). The sun-flower mirror was a steal from One Kings Lane. I found the over-sized mason jar in my basement a couple years ago and filled it with green-glass marbles and fabric flowers from Ikea.
The prints over our (boarded up) fireplace were a (surprisingly) successful DIY project completed over a long weekend at home last fall. The project in total (all supplies—paint, canvases, brushes, painters tape) cost right around $14 at Hobby Lobby. The gold ‘K’ (conveniently) represents the first initial of both of our names and is also a Hobby Lobby purchase. I rescued the old books from our ‘donation pile’ in the garage several months ago. The large lamps were a vintage/ yard sale find from my roommate!
Definitely the most sentimental piece in my room is the vintage frame and photograph of my Nana in front of McGuffey Hall (an academic building on my campus) her sophomore year of college in 1940. Let’s just say that between my Nana (class of ’42), my mother (class of ’79) and me, the tears will be flowing next Sunday as I walk across the stage with the class of ’13 to become the third generation of Hirsch women to graduate from Miami University.