On Sunday my sister Alyssa and I departed for NC and stayed the night in Raleigh with some friends. We woke up early on Monday to go and tour NC State which is in her list of possible schools for next year. I introduced her to Bojangles for breakfast and was happy that she approved.
We went to a little info session and then did a lot and hot tour around campus. I'd have to say I was rather impressed by their info session and a lot of the information they presented and Alyssa even won a t-shirt from a little trivia game at the end! She took a cute picture with the wolf statue in the visitor center but right now I'm way too lazy to get up and get my camera to put it up on here. As I've had quite a few friends that went to NCSU and only really ever drove by it, it was nice to finally see some of it.
While I am spoiled by the gorgeous brick, Georgian column's, and landscaping of UNCW, it was a pretty nice campus. Personally I think the buildings have a more industrial feel, but the landscaping was nice--it's such a big campus! Unlike the info session our tour guide was...interesting. No I was never a tour guide but I saw at least two on campus per week during undergrad. All UNCW Ambassadors were always walking backwards, talking very loudly and making sure to engage visitors in the back of our group. This was not the case. However, the tour was still nice and had some fun information despite the use of the words "y'alls" "freshmens" and "libary."
I didn't know that State has a creamery on campus with ice cream from their own campus cows, reminded me of my amazing two weeks at Penn State and the world famous creamery they have there. After the tour we had lunch, did some browsing on Hillsborough St. and then went to an Engineering info session as this is the prospective major. They're a great school for this major...but I'll be honest that I zoned out for this hour. I did learn that they have a nuclear reactor on campus (and were the first to do so!) which I thought was a neat fact.
Afterwards (and after also introducing Alyssa to Cook Out milkshakes!) we got back in the car for a good eight hours to make the rest of the way to Florida to meet my parents. We began with the license plate game, finding at least 23 states and D.C. We actually got really into it and I think I pissed off a lot of drivers with slowing down/speeding up to view plates of the cars we passed...whoops! We saw 36 billboards advertising South of the Border between Raleigh and actually passing SOTB at the NC/SC border of I-95.
I'd have to say the most entertaining point came at dinner. After eating fast food crap all day I really wanted a salad. We found Zaxby's (score!) and I was super excited to get a "zalad" for dinner, however I didn't feel like actually stopping to eat and further delaying our arrival time. As my car is manual and my sister can't drive it yet this was interesting. The plan was for my sister to practically feed me while I drove through Georgia. After getting settled and back on the road we realized we were not given any silverware, fml. Stopped again at a gas station and could only find a spork. For a good half hour my sister passed me "spork-fulls" of salad as I drove. This was probably very dangerous considering the combination of sporadic rain showers, the licenses plate game and my lead foot. Luckily, we made it to FL.
The first day at the beach was lovely and I already read one whole book today and started another by Candace Bushnell. I'm working on a "Beach Reads" post to let you know about all of these great reads I've encountered, keep your eyes peeled. Tomorrow we're venturing to Orlando to go to Islands of Adventure for Harry Potter world. Also expect a post from that as I'm so excited I probably won't be able to sleep and get so hyped when I think about getting to taste butterbeer and play in Olivander's wand shop. Yes, I LOVE Harry Potter and am proud of it!
For now it's time to read and get to bed as it's going to be an early morning but I'm excited to share these adventures with y'all later this week!