Ben, Kristen and Melanie

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While our photo is clearly more spirited than the original, it is clear that Governor Snyder’s monument in Selinsgrove hasn’t changed much. The monument is in honour of Governor Simon Snyder, a man for whom Snyder County is named for. He was not born to a rich family, but came to serve as Governor for 3 terms from 1808-1817. His original home on Market Street is now host to Selinsgrove Brewing Pub. The spot was little tricky to find, and also sort of isolated. We, of course, had not come prepared with a selfie stick, and had to chase down the only person we saw in the deserted quad.

We chose this monument because of how much it represents the local community. Clearly, not much if at all has changed in these last couple decades since the monument was erected. Even the fact that Governor Snyder’s house is still standing but has simply evolved into a different use is telling of this town. Perhaps this is because the residents of Selinsgrove feel little need to change. They are content with their town. It is not the fast paced environment of a large city, where change is required to keep up with the latest and greatest. Here, change is not necessary, and that is reflected in the town.

Favourite Place at Home- Kristen

Optimized-PhotoGrid_1447697271482So the above picture is what occurs when you want to take a picture of your room, but it’s a mess so you crop out the floor. I’d like to say my favourite place in the good old 845 is some beautiful outdoor location that might make me look less like a shut in, but my room is where I feel most comfortable. The walls are my favourite colours and are covered in my favourite things. I’ve been having my friends sign my walls uniquely for the past couple of years, and I’ve amassed some interesting signatures and designs. I don’t know anyone else who goes to bed looking up at a devils trap from supernatural, or at an abstract avatar like character that glows in the dark. There’s also a customized TARDIS with a rose exploding out of it and of course, Olaf, the world’s cutest snowman. It’s a nice thing to be able to go to sleep every night surrounded by reminders of people who love you, which is why I love and miss sleeping in my room at home.

Optimized-20150920_215143Here t Susquehanna, I’ve done my level best to make my bedroom a kind of home away from home. There are abundant amounts of purple because it’s my favourite colour. I hate dim lighting, so I made sure the area around my bed was lit up at all times. And hanging from those lights are pictures of not only my friends from home, but the new friends I make here. My dorm is my favourite place to decompress after a long day, and it exemplifies my personality on a whole. And again, this doesn’t make me seem any less like a shut in, but my favourite thing is often to just be alone and start a new Netflix series. My dorm is the best and coziest place to do just that.