Sunday, December 19, 2010


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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

oh, hey life. nice to see you too.

I am almost done with my first semester of sophomore year. Crazy. What's next? TIME TO ENTER THE REAL WORLD.

....Wait, what? Yeah, I know. Life comes at you fast. All the sudden I'm having to declare my major, figure out what I want to do with it, and apparently it's normal to be applying for goodness-knows-how-many internships for the summer. WHOA. So. I'm working on my resume, researching local businesses (even thought I'm not too sure what i want to do with my life, career-wise), and all that sort of grown up stuff.

My plans are to apply for 7 internships. Will I get any? Maybe. Hopefully. We'll see. Anything from marketing to graphic design to advertising to journalism... I'll take it. And not get paid for it. Sweet.

I'm just concerned about having "a leg up" on other applicants. Don't get me wrong, I love Wofford, but oftentimes an English major (even with a communications concentration) doesn't actually speak volumes to future employers of how capable I am at doing certain jobs, and I can't deny I won't have the experience in certain areas that a lot of students from schools with marketing and visual communications programs will.

Have I ever thought about transferring? Yeah, every once and a while. Would I want to? Yes, but that wouldn't come without a lot of sacrifice, heartache, and thought. I don't want to give up all I've got going for me here at Wofford and all the awesome people I know and love, but it's always way too easy to think about how things "could be", you know?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

You'll do.

That's our running joke for the past three years... Andrew and I always tell each other, "Ehh, you'll do". It's a joke, obviously, because I don't know how the heck I'd get by without that sweet boy. I can't believe it's been that long, but at the same time it feels like there was never a time where we didn't know each other. I'm so thankful to be dating one of my best friends... you mean the world to me and I'm glad you've put up me for all this time, Andy!

Happy three years to my favorite guy in the world!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

You forgot about Thanksgiving. PART 2.

OK so I know I just wrote a blog earlier today, but this is way relevant/embarrassing and I just had to tell someone (A.K.A the internet).

So you know how I was saying it feels like we skipped right over Thanksgiving?

WELL Lauren and I just sat outside on campus and sang "Jingle Bell Rock" wearing Wofford stuff and scarves to put in a video they send out to prospective Wofford students. We did this in public. Outside. With people walking by.

No one can say I don't love my school.


give thanks in all seasons.

I just need to stop apologizing for being so bad at blogging. I'll think of things, or something will happen, and I tell myself "oooh, I should blog about that today!"... and then it doesn't happen. So, you've got my word. I, Ryann Kroske, will try my best to be a better, more consistent blogger. You may not care what's going on in my life, or what thoughts are bouncing around in my noggin, but if you do, I will now be more dependable. So there.

ANYWAYYYYYS, today I ate in Zachs and the staff were playing Christmas music. CHRISTMAS. MUSIC. It is currently November 18. Now, I love christmas as much as the next guy, but not when it's before Thanksgiving. I feel like stores and Hallmark and everyone go straight from Halloween to Christmas, and I don't think I'm okay with that. It's like Thanksgiving is that kid lacking in coordination that's picked as an afterthought for the kickball team (welcome to my elementary years, for real). Hardy-har.

All joking put aside, I think Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate all that is good in life and to give thanks for the many blessings I have been given. Beautiful weather, good food, a break from school... what else do I need to help me appreciate life? In honor of Thanksgiving, I will tell you all 20 things I am thankful for. Some are serious, some are silly, and they are in no particular order, but hopefully if you know me you know where they lie.

1. My family. Not just my mom and dad (even though they have to put up with me all the time), but my hugeee extended family of a bajillion cousins, aunts uncles, grandparents, etc.
2. Starbucks coffee. Especially vanilla cremes and white chocolate mochas. Nothing can make your day like 400 sweet calories worth of milk, coffee, and syrup.
3. My best friends. You know how you are. the 2/3rd of the Trio, my Wofford girls, boyfriend, and my best fwiend. :)
4. Wofford College. I love this place so much. I am so lucky to be able to go to school at such a wonderful institution and learn from such awesome professors and peers and experience so many new things I wouldn't otherwise.
5. My phone. I swear it's connected to my body. I don't go anywhere without it.
6. Good music. Thank you, John Mayer, Coldplay, Matt Wertz, Owl City, DMB, and Justin Bieber (that is not a joke) for providing me with endless hours of entertainment and serenity.
7. Taco Casa. My favorite restaurant, grease and all.
8. My dogs. My sweet, blind, diabetic, deaf, Scout (poor buddy) and my little spunky Roxi. And I will always love and miss silly and fluffy Babe.
9. My SLR camera. It's my pride and joy and I love playing with it, even if I'm not a photo pro yet. YET.
10. My church. I am so lucky to have grown up in such a supportive church family with a youth group and leaders that care so much for me and love me for who I am.
11. T-shirts. Nothing says "today is not my day" like throwing on a t-shirt and jeans. But a brightly colored one makes my day a bit better.
12. My role models. Especially young women in my life who have impacted me in ways I can't even express to them. Claire Carlton, Charlotte Perrow, Jessica Walker, Emilie Land, and Cameron McCraw... that's you.
13. My Mac laptop. I use it everyday for class, communication, and entertainment. It's essential.
14. The opportunity to travel. Not only with my family to places, but roadtrips with friends, and especially to Peru over Interim and other places abroad I am planning on going.
15. My cozy bed. At home and at school. Sleep is good.
16. ZTA. Sometimes I love it, other times not so much. But I would not trade my sisters or the experiences it has given me here at Wofford.
17. Good health. I always want to improve myself, but I am thankful to be overall physically and mentally healthy. That is invaluable. I am also thankful for the good health of my loved ones around me.
18. Food to eat and clothes to wear. Basics, but I take them for granted every single day.
19. Good books. I'm an English major, duh. But I also appreciate cozying up with a girlie novel and reading the afternoon away.
20. Good memories. They never go away. Even if they involve someone I'm not close with anymore, looking at pictures and yearbooks always make me smile.

The list goes on and on, but the point is don't forget to give thanks. It's easy to forget how lucky we are and turn to God only when things aren't going our way, but now is the time when I remind myself that I need to thank Him for all He has given me.

Monday, October 25, 2010

we are family.

So last week, I got a little sister! No, not in the way you may think. I always asked my mom for a little brother or sister, but my mother always insisted that she and my dad did just fine with me so why have another kid around? So, Lauren Dougherty, thank you for being the little sister my parents would never give me!

Confused yet? Last week was Big/Little week for ZTA here at Wofford, and I had the BEST time doing stuff for my new ZTA Little sister, Lauren. Since spring break of last year, I have been buying stuff to put in baskets to give to my nameless Little for three days. After bid day, I felt like I knew a ton of the fabulous new freshmen we got, but I hadn't bonded on a serious level with any girls until a certain point when Lauren and I just clicked. I don't know what happened, but I love that my Little would travel to Italy with me just to eat pasta everyday, will hang out on the weekends and watch TLC instead of going to the Row, loves Jesus, and has a sweet boyfriend back home she loves but also knows how to have fun with her friends. I loved surprising her with amazing gifts and am kind of kicking myself for not taking pictures of my baskets, but whatever.

Getting a Little I love is really special to me for quite a few reasons. My ZTA family is a little crazy, and I will try to explain. My Big, Emily, had to transfer for health reasons, and even before that she had to temporarily withdraw from Wofford for those same reasons. My GrandBig went abroad and I found out this year she transferred to her school in Australia, and my Great GrandBig, Jessica, graduated last year! Jessica really took me under her wing when the rest of our family went their separate ways and I bonded with her so much and miss her daily. That being said, this whole semester I have been "alone" ZTA family wise and never really got the experience of spending lots of time with my Big since she wasn't well (not to say we're not super close still!) but it will be so nice to spend time with Lauren all the time. My Big's roommate and my friend Allie M. agreed to adopt me, and I became a "twin" with my friend Julie! Julie and I anxiously awaited the new additions to our great family.

Big/Little reveal wasn't a huge surprise to us since we both knew what was coming, but it was still fun to make it official. Our huge family (with two new Littles!) went out to eat and bonded. So Lauren, if you're reading this, I love you lots and I'm so happy you're a new addition to the best ZTA family ever!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


As I write this, one of my best friends is no longer a teenager. It's crazy how time flies. I apologize for being so slack, but because of this momentous occasion, I HAD to update my blog in honor of Natalie's 20th!

Anyone who knows me well knows that my absolute best friends are Natalie Sholtis and Parkes Burnette. Obviously, the things I talk about will apply to both amazing girls, but for today, it's all about Natalie! (You'll have your turn in March, I promise Parkes!)

We've been friends since freshman year, but it was junior year when we reached BFF status. I don't know how it happened, but I am so happy I call these two girls my best friends. We've made it through tough times where we have doubted ourselves and each other, but good things last and we're in our sophomore year, each at different colleges, and just as close as ever. I sadly cannot come to Natalie's birthday celebration this weekend, so I wanted to let EVERYONE know how great she is via the internet :)

Natalie. What can I even say? No words can describe our relationship. You are not only my best friend, but one of the sisters I never had. You are my confidant, advice-giver, fellow boy-basher, someone I can be silly with, someone I can cry to, my breath of fresh air, and you will be my maid of honor (one of them at least... :) )... Long story short, you are AMAZING. You are beautiful inside and out, and we have both grown so much these past few years, especially our first year at college. I admire you for so many reasons. Your faith is so strong, and despite the fact you have gone through some things this past year I would never wish for anyone to experience, your head is always held high and you are level-headed but at the same time sympathetic. I am so proud of you, and you know why. You are an amazing big sister and a daughter to your family. You are an awesome friend to anyone that needs you, and I bet you could make friends with a brick wall. Just sayin'. I am so lucky to have you around only a text or a Skype call away. Who else can I eat Spill the Beans with and talk in silly accents with and have them not judge me? (Other than Parkes... haha.) You deserve to have the best birthday ever, and I hope this contributes to it. If you don't get the picture yet, I love you SO, SO much! You deserve only the best :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

the motions.

So today I sat down to do my reading for my sophomore Bible study I'm in, and I turned on my iTunes on my computer to listen to some music during my "God and me" time. I usually switch it up between Christian artists, and today I picked Matthew West. His song "The Motions" came on, and it is one of my favorites. Just read the lyrics:

This might hurt, it's not safe
But I know that I've gotta make a change
I don't care if I break,
At least I'll be feeling something
'Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of life

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

No regrets, not this time
I'm gonna let my heart defeat my mind
Let Your love make me whole
I think I'm finally feeling something
'Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of this life

'Cause I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

take me all the way (take me all the way)
take me all the way ('cause I don't wanna go through the motions)
take me all the way (I know I'm finally feeling something real)
take me all the way

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

take me all the way (take me all the way)
take me all the way (I don't wanna go, I don't wanna go)
take me all the way (through the motions)
take me all the way

I don't wanna go through the motions ...

Story of my life. Everyday. Seriously. I decided to look up the video on YouTube to put on this blog, then I saw the story about Matthew West, which makes this song even more important to me. Watch this and see.

The LAST thing I want to do is have regrets in life. Just something to think about for a while.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

slack. but not for long.

First of all, please excuse me for being so slack lately with my blog updates, I know, I know. As I write this I am sitting in the "cube" of my dorm room, which I actually love. It's literally a 7x7 room that has only enough room for my bed, desk, and walking room, but it is just so cozy and I have slept so well these past few nights.

My common room area is pretty empty except for the rug, TV and TV stand I brought, since my roomie Sallie (who is coming on Saturday) is bringing most of the stuff. I'm pretty excited to piece the room together and I think it will turn out really great.

That being said, I am now sitting in my cube trying to occupy my time. I came early because I'm on Orientation Staff at Wofford, which I like so far, but the freshmen don't come until tomorrow so these past few days have been just a lot of meetings and downtime (which I should value since that won't happen again for a looooong time). And despite this fact, I really do hate sitting here and being bored. I almost wish I had schoolwork or reading that I could get ahead on so I can at least make myself useful... maybe.

It's kind of odd being back at Wofford for a few reasons.
1. My room is pretty bare/lonely... not what I'm used to.
2. I don't get to see my best friends and boyfriend every other day like usual over the summer.
3. My best friends don't come until Saturday
4. I was home all this summer so I feel like I'm a freshman all over again, except I would NEVER want to do the whole "new to college" thing again
5. I'm at Wofford, but not going to classes
6. I'm not the youngest here anymore. That part I can't believe. It's crazy to think that there's a class at my high school that has graduated after I have.

I'm going to wait and add pictures later. My cube is basically decorated and organized, but I'd rather do all the pics at the same time. So, until I meet some girls for lunch at Panera in 30 minutes, I'm going through random CDs I found and Googling lyrics that I don't know to figure out what they are and expanding my iTunes collection.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010


If you've been following my blog, (1. I love you, and 2. thank you!) then you have noticed I did a little re-vamping and re-decorating. I wanted it to be a little more real and an insight into my life. That's why I renamed it and have decided to define my blog a little more. I hope to include more of my photography (my new passion!) for people to enjoy, and give a peek into what's going on in this head of mine and my day-to-day life.

On the subject of re-creation, (and I don't mean fun and games...) with the approach of a new school year comes a new beginning. It's not like I'm going to a new school, having to make new friends, and getting used to a new way of life, but every beginning gets me a little giddy. As I peruse websites of my favorite stores with new fall fashions, revisit pictures from my freshman year, and order my textbooks, I can't help but get excited about a new school year. Who wouldn't?

I was talking with a close friend about college and the personal growth that one experiences over its expanse. This particular friend had a rough freshman year and basically re-invented herself (in a good sense) as she approached her sophomore year over the summer. Now, I'm not looking for a extreme makeover or a new group of friends, but a little change and growth would do me good. I am looking forward this year to finding my niche in my studies, and putting myself out there to meet people I wouldn't have otherwise.

This is the year that I really need to decide what I want to do with my life. Okay, that's a little extreme, but this is the year I need to evaluate my strengths and weakness and sit down with someone who knows what they're talking about and just talk about how to move in the right direction. Do I want to travel junior year? Get an internship this summer?

Lots of questions that can't be answered at the moment.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


So a few days ago I came back from a lovely vacation in Maui, Hawaii (GO if you can!) and despite being jam-packed with activities, it was relaxing. But now that I'm home, with just over 2 weeks before move in, I am stressed. Here is my to-do list that I swear is growing and not shrinking...
(In no particular order)

-Get my car detailed
-Fill out the warranty form for my camera
-Buy shower curtain
-Make some crafty decorations for my ZTA little
-Buy "apartment warming" gifts for my boyfriend and friends moving in this week
-Choose, print, and arrange photos for the dorm
-Drop off portrait photoshoot pictures to the girl I made them for
-Pick out fabric for our curtains
-buy pillows for the futon
-organize clothes

Most of this can be accomplished in a few trips to Target, but still this list is legit overwhelming. I can't be alone though, so far I've had quite a few "likes" on my status expressing my frustration, haha.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Just keep me where the light is..."

I am a huge concert fan, and have been to some great ones- Rascal Flatts, FF5, and Coldplay just to name a few. But yesterday I got to go see John Mayer in Charlotte and I just want to GOOOO BAAAAAAACK!

(A week or so later)... soooo I started writing this blog the day after and even in my super John Mayer crunk-ness couldn't finish it. But that was legit the best concert eva. Being silly and singing and dancing with some of my favorite girls was a great way to spend the night.

Despite the freakin' monsoon we had to endure, we got to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre early enough to get the closest seats on the lawn to regular seating. We stood the whole time, needless to say.

THEN came time for the encore. Little did we know John was going to make his way out to a small stage on the lawn for an acoustic serenade of "Why Georgia" and "Stop This Train". Like the crazed fans we are, I ran over with Sam and Valerie and got pretty darn close to him. I was literally freaking and took tons of pictures and videos.

It definitely made for a memorable night, and I cannot wait for summer concert 2k11 with my girls. Coldplay last summer, John Mayer this summer... how can we even top that?!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


I am so excited.

As you may know, I am a member of the Theta Zeta chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha at Wofford College. I was invited to go to the national convention in New Orleans, but sadly I couldn't go... but I got continual updates and here is the final count on all our awards!!

Founder's Club Award
Quota Total Award
Highly Commendable Academic Achievement Award
Crown Chapter

Woot woot! So that means ZTA at Wofford, our little 90(-ish) person chapter, is the #2 ranked chapter IN THE NATION. Better than USC, Clemson, and other huge schools. SO COOL. This is based on our high academic standards, retention of girls we have recruited, and massive amounts of money given to our philanthropy.

I know that people have their opinions about sororities, and the stereotypes do reign true for some, but not in my experience. I am so proud of my sisters for all their hard work and I can only hope we keep up the good work!

Monday, June 28, 2010

life is fleeting. only He is constant and unfailing.

This whole relation I am about to explain may seem confusing to you, but today we got word of the death of my step-grandfather's son. So, not really my uncle at all, but still someone close to my family. He was only 53, and died in the hospital in his hometown of Juneau, Alaska. He lost his father (my step-grandfather) this past summer, and has had severe diabetes all his life, among other health concerns. He was not married and worked as the maintenance worker for an apartment, which surely did not help his many health problems. If anyone had reason to complain, it was him. Despite this fact I distinctly remember him for his humor and silly self-depricating manner. He was always poking fun at himself and making the best of whatever situation he was in.

Even though he lived far away and I rarely saw him, hearing this news really got me to thinking about the future. Yes, Randy had health concerns, but no one saw this coming. I can't help but get scared knowing that I can't even count on being alive tomorrow. Our society is built on the idea that we must constantly plan things, map out our future... our schooling, our career, preparing for our future financial situation... but none of it is guaranteed. NONE of it.

These verses from James hit me like a ton of bricks: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” Wow.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am reading "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan. Chapter 2 is called You Might Not Finish This Chapter. Chan emphasizes the point in this verse that we legitimately ARE vapors. We may not believe it, but we really could vanish any second, and be gone. That's it. Poof. Dunzo on Earth. Which, if you are going to the right place, won't be an issue, but since life is fleeting it is absolutely necessary to, in every second of our lives, glorify Him in all we do.

I'll be honest. From day to day, I don't think about dying. I go on living my life as if I had the rest of it to live. I think about what I'm doing this weekend, and worry about what job I will get. Who am I to say I will be fortunate enough to live that long? I'm not anyone. You hear about things that happen on the news, or to acquaintances and it seems like nothing, it doesn't affect you. It is only once you have a personal experience that it hits you.

I can only hope that with this realization I will begin to live my life in a way that is pleasing to Him every single day. There's no "I'll do it tomorrow" when it comes to serving Him. Chan's book is EXCELLENT. As I have said, it is difficult to read but I highly recommend it. I feel like it will help me in my journey with Christ and help me to truly love Him like I should.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Crazy Love, Part I

Just started reading an amazing book by Francis Chan called "Crazy Love". I bought it a few weeks ago but just got around to reading it, ironically it talks a good bit about the love that God has for his children that I was thinking about after the wedding.

This book is one of the hardest books to read. Ever. Since I have begun reading it, I have doubted my faith in God. Not my faith in itself, but the amount of faith in Him and the degree of my love and commitment to him. My world is being rocked right now. I don't like what I'm reading, because it reveals so much about my inherent attitude towards God, but I am so glad I'm reading it, if that makes any sense. More updates to come later when I'm done reading. Pick it up. Read it. Take it seriously. You will be challenged, for sure.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

"he liked it, and he put a ring on it."

Today, I attended an absolutely amazing wedding in St. Simon's Island, Georgia. One of my Young Life leaders from high school, Claire Carlton, got married to Patrick Gibson, also a former YL leader. I am so incredibly happy for her. Having known her for years, her YL girls have seen her relationships and I am so happy she has found someone who loves God as much as she does, and will take care of her. The ceremony was small and absolutely beautiful. The couple didn't exactly write their own vows, but the pastor (our YL area director!) read their responses to the question "Why do you think God intended you to marry this man/woman?" and hearing their personal responses was so sweet. All this talk about love got me to thinking a little bit.

I feel like the term "love" is WAY overused in today's society. I "love" a cute dress, or Mellow Mushroom pizza, or something, and actually the use of that word is an exaggeration of my affections for the object (and sometimes even person). I understand that people love their family, boyfriends, husbands, wives, girlfriends, etc., but I got to thinking, yes, love is a really important and heavy thing, but is SOOOO miniscule in the whole grand scheme of what true love is.

The Bible is the ultimate love story. Period. God knew us before we were done, formed us in our wombs, gave us purpose. He sent his son to teach us, suffer for us, and then die. And he promises that Jesus will come back, one day. God's love is the ultimate form of love. No earthly love can even compare to his affection and devotion towards His children, and this love is unfathomable. I don't know WHY God would want to love someone like me, when He is how He is. But he does anyway.

I was talking with my friend Valerie about how amazing God's love is. It shouldn't even be called love, since it is on a whole other level than this earthly love I mentioned. There is no way we can love a person the way God loves us. It is human nature to point out flaws in others, and notice imperfections. We are wonderful in God's eyes, and though we are not perfect, he overlooks this fact and forgives us every single day if we choose to have Him in our hearts to do so. I cannot fathom it.

That was my little thought blurb. I am obsessed with weddings. I cannot wait until mine, whenever it comes, whoever it is to. Marriage is something that is so sacred, and I can only hope that in and through my love to my husband I can express and understand God's love for me.

Monday, June 14, 2010


So, I remember my sports-crazed friends (and even those who aren't sports-crazed) constantly talking about the World Cup months and months before it started a week or so ago. I have honestly never had any interest in watching soccer. Or soccer period. My career consisted of maybe 3 years playing in elementary and middle school PRAYING the ball would never come my way and only holding out for the trophy at the end. No lie.

So, this weekend I went to the lake with my dear best friends Parkes and Natalie. I have made fun of Natalie for the past few weeks about her strange new obsession over the World Cup and was reluctant and whiny when we watched part of the USA vs. England game (Sorry I'm not super patriotic :/ ) but I ended up getting really interested in it. So, gooooooo Natalie!

So now that I'm interested, I watched the Denmark vs. Netherlands game with the little boys I babysit before we left for VBS, then today at the gym I stayed on the elliptical for longer than usual (WHOA there, Ryann) just to watch the end of Paraguay vs. Italy to end in a tie. I have scheduled my whole durn day around these games. So with that... GO USA!

Monday, June 7, 2010

artsy fartsy.

So it may be this summer boredom, but I am feeling super-artsy lately. Is that dumb? Not really. As I sit at my computer, wasting my time, I realize how much time I waste seeing how others express themselves through technology without ever really doing it myself.

When I was in elementary school and middle school, I used to do oil paintings. One is in my parent's bathroom and I went in there the other day and noticed it. How the HECK was I able to do that? I had some instruction, but there is no way they were able to show me how to do all of that. Seeing what I can do then and remembering lately how friends have told me how good I am at designing t-shirts, posters, drawing, etc., I kind of want to get back into it. That being said, no way am I going to break out the canvases, turpentine, and oil paints, but I want to maybe use acrylic paints on canvases to make decorations for my dorm room next year. Eventually, when I have more time (like THAT will ever happen), maybe I can fully take up my old hobby once again.

Another artistic whim I have had recently is a yearning to learn more about photography. I always attempt to take artistic pictures with my measly point-and-shoot, but to no avail I fail most of the time. With my upcoming trips to Hawaii this summer and Peru next January, I think it would be awesome to have a good, quality digital SLR camera. I have gotten advice from multiple friends with such cameras as to what brand and model to get, I've heard Nikons and Canons are the best, and as of now I'm leaning towards a Canon. Obviously, price is a big issue, my cheapest option is probably around $500, sadly. I really think it would be worth it though, and though I need to research for a few more weeks, I am super excited to eventually get one and experiment with it.