Hey friends! It has been too long since I have last blogged. Exams, moving and transitioning into my internship have been all consuming. I have been in Asheville for two weeks now, feel comfortable in my internship and now have come to a place where I am ready to blog.
As many of you know, or may not know I am doing my internship at Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore is America’s largest home that was built by George Vanderbuilt and finished in 1895. It now sits on 8,000 acres of land. I work in the Outdoor Adventure Center which offers adventure activities to further explore the 8,000 of natural land, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The landscape is stunning and my drive into work has yet to get old. After work I went on a run through one of the estates paved trails. It really hit me that I was running and working on a piece of treasured land that was designed and developed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, a man I had only learning about in the classroom.
I have spent the past two weeks exploring Asheville. I am still no expert on the city but I am enjoying being immersed in the Asheville culture and have a sense of pride to be able to say that I work at Biltmore. Something about moving to a city where I know no one, not even my roommates, makes me feel like a real adult. Working full time, I can slowly see myself turning into my parents, going to bed at 9:30pm and waking up at sunrise even on my days off. Coming from two summers of being surrounded my hundreds of campers and camp counselors, having alone time is a challenge for me, but I am embracing this challenge and looking forward to the growth and opportunities that this summer will provide.