The End of an Era

Courtesy of Devon Haddock
Beautiful last day of class at UNC… Not sure if anyone actually went to class?

As the first half of my undergraduate career comes frighteningly close to an end – aka I’m definitely procrastinating studying right now – I am reminded of my imminent 20th birthday right after finals. (I didn’t have a summer birthday until college because of how early UNC starts and ends… At least I always got to bring cupcakes into class on my birthday growing up!) Leaving the teenage years behind isn’t usually a significant event for college kids because we are still essentially fake adults. For someone who runs a blog called “Diary of a Teenage Baker”, though, I suppose I should acknowledge it.

Ever since I debuted this website about three years ago, people have asked me what would happen once I turned 20. After wrestling with the idea of changing the name, I’ve decided that it wouldn’t make sense for me to change my blog for every life stage I go through – Diary of a Broke College Student… Diary of a Law Student… Diary of a Real-Person-with-a-Job… etc. My love for cooking and baking will always be with me no matter where I am in life, so Diary of a Teenage Baker is here to stay. I’m even going to have a real kitchen in my apartment when I move off campus next year, so you can expect more regular updates next semester… after my my summer abroad!

My home for the summer
I’ll be living here for part of this summer! (Not the castle though, I wish…)

I am excited beyond words to have the opportunity to study International Conflict Resolution in Geneva, Switzerland and London, UK for a total of eight weeks. I will eat and travel my way through Europe both during and after the program, and I’ll be sure to document accordingly. That said, I feel like I am due for a camera upgrade after five years of using a mediocre Nikon point-and-shoot for food photography. My best shots have been taken with my friends’ DSLRs. I figured that my once-in-a-lifetime trip warrants the investment to properly preserve those memories, as well as for future food shoots on the blog. After much research and consideration, I’ve decided to spring for a mirrorless digital camera system that fits my travel and food photography needs. I’m super excited to learn how to use it and improve as a photographer! Hopefully you will see the fruits of that gift on this blog!

I may or may not have a paper due in five hours that I should return to now, but thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you for supporting Diary of a Teenage Baker – especially those who have been following since its inception! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and for this blog.

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