About alliegatormu

Hey I'm Allison or otherwise known as Alligator. I am currently a senior (yay grad school!) at MU studying speech-language pathology. I love MU because it reminds me of my high school; it's a tight-knit community where people hold doors for you no matter how far away you are. My favorite time on campus is in the fall, it is absolutely gorgeous. When I'm not studying I'm either reading or watching Netflix (yes I am a junkie). I also really love food, so cooking and baking are fun too!

Packing Playlist

August. Some people think “finally”, while others think “oh no!”. Me? Well I’m in between those two thoughts. I’m really excited to be reunited with some of my favorite people but at the same time I am completely dreading the start of grad school. So I’m starting to prepare myself by slowly packing some things up and purchasing all of the requirements for a new school year. While going through the process I noticed a consistency: music. I would dread gathering stuff up, but once I started playing music I become more excited about the process. So then I thought to myself, why wouldn’t you make a playlist specifically for packing and moving (including the day of) that will keep you excited for the school year? So I did and I would like to share it with everyone because it made me look forward to another great year at Mis!

  • The Rolling Stones- Start Me Up
  • Darius Rucker- Wagon Wheel
  • Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run
  • Phillip Phillips- Home
  • Florence + The Machine- Shake It Out
  • U2- Beautiful Day
  • Dierks Bentley- Home
  • Bon Jovi- Who Says You Can’t Go Home
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd- Sweet Home Alabama
  • Joe Cocker- With a Little Help From My Friends
  • Green Day- Welcome to Paradise
  • Sleeping At Last- I’m Gonna Be
  • Dave Matthews Band- Where Are You Going
  • Tim McGraw- Where the Green Grass Grows
  • Reel 2 Real- I Like To Move It
  • All American Rejects- Move Along
  • Jay-Z- On to the Next One
  • Beatles- Here Comes the Sun
  • Fleetwood Mac- Go Your Own Way
  • Beach Boys- I Get Around
  • Flo Rida- Let It Roll
  • Blink 182- Going Away To College
  • The Eagles- Already Gone
  • Gladys Night- Midnight Train to Georgia
  • Young MC- Bust a Move

Advice for First Years

School starts back up in a little over one month. For the first year students starting at MU it’s 4 days less than that. These students get an extra four days at MU to prepare themselves for their next 4 (or 5 or 6) years there. This has me thinking about my first year and what I would tell myself within that first month of the new school, at a new place, with new people. Here’s 5 good pieces of advice I want you first years to know because I needed to know it myself.

1. Get along with your Roomate
This one was fortunately very easy for me because I was blessed with two wonderful and respectful roommates that I’m still friends with now. It can be hard to get along with someone 24/7 in that tiny of a space but as long as you respect them and their space they should do the same back. At the same time though don’t cling to just your roommate, go out and meet new people, make friends with people you normally wouldn’t. You’d be surprised at who you’ll end up making lasting relationships with.

2. Eating in the Dining Hall
Yes no more parents around to tell you to eat your vegetables!Just because your mom isn’t looking over your shoulder to make sure you took your appropriate amount of broccoli doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. You need to keep yourself healthy and that starts with eating right. The freshmen 15 can be a real thing!

3. Use the facilities/services
There’s a gym! At MU we are lucky enough not to have to pay a membership for the gym! That means you can go whenever and however often you want to! The same goes for the computers! Also our campus offers group physical classes like yoga, kickboxing or even clay making that don’t cost that much at all! Included in these “services” are things like peer-tutoring that would be foolish not to take advantage of!

4. Academics
I was not academically prepared for college at all, high school was a breeze (okay a joke) for me. Once I got to college I got a HUGE wake up call. There is this thing called studying that actually needs to be done. If your prof tells you to read the book guess what you need to read the book because Sparknotes can’t write the in-class essay for you! Please take this one piece of advice seriously and follow through with it. You are not putting all this time, money, and effort for four years (or 5 or 6) of socializing!

5. Be you
This is the time that most people discover who they, who they want to be, what they want to, who they want to meet and where they want to go in life. The most important thing to remember through the next four years (or 5 or 6) is to be you, whoever that may be, unapologetically.

S’more Fun

It’s summer time so that means it’s time for camping, campfires and everyone’s favorite, S’mores! I’m going camping this weekend, so it got me to thinking. I think most everyone’s immediate thought when they hear the word camping is s’mores. How could you not think of s’mores?! They’re a staple at every good fire or camping trip! Just thinking about their ooey-gooey warmness makes me crave one! So this has inspired me to find some of the best s’mores recipes, some of which don’t require a campfire! There’s some classic s’mores recipes with a kick or a whole new twist on s’mores!

S’mores Sliders
Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake

S’mores Trail Mix

S’mores Cookie
Peanut Butter S’mores Bars
Pretzel S’mores
S’mores Bars
S’mores Dip
S’mores Popcorn

S’mores Campfire Cones

The Nutty Buddy
National S'more Day is August 10 | Reese's Peanut Butter Cup S'more

Salted Carmel

Gourmet S’more
S'more - Peaches

Samoa S’more
#Samoas Inspired #Ghirardelli S'mores from www.somethingswan... | Simple and gourmet all in one perfect classic #smore .

Grasshopper S’more
12 Creative S'mores for a Party

Summer Adventures

I  just recently celebrated my birthday and I had quite the adventure when I did. I went to Camelback Mountain Adventures over the weekend. Everyone knows Camelback for their skiing or waterpark but their Mountain Adventures area is fairly new. I’m telling you all of this because all of their parks are so close to Mis and there is something to do for every season.

I went on their 4000′ zip line, which no big deal, is the tallest in North America! Even on a cloudy day it was still breathtakingly beautiful. You can reach speeds up to 60 mph, which did create a few tears to roll down my face. You take the ski lift up to the top of the mountain which gives you enough time to calm down your nerves, but as soon as you get to the platform where you take off, all of the nerves come rushing back! It’s all worth it though once you feel like a bird soaring over literally everything! You might be shaking after you get off, but I’m pretty sure that’s normal since you just flew for almost a mile!

After that rush I went to do their treetops adventure course. Because of a time constraint I did their half course, which allows you to do 3 out of the 5 courses. They harness you up and send you to a demo course where you get to practice each of the obstacles you’ll be facing. The best part of all of this is you do it all on your own. You attach and reattach yourself to the wires and hook up the zip line all by yourself. There are guides there that will help you when you need it (and warn you when you’re not doing something safely). There’s plenty of zip lines throughout it and they get longer and higher as you continue through the courses. There’s obstacles like moving bridges, nets, and Tarzan ropes that you have to conquer. You get such a strong sense of independence from doing all of this and it really makes you feel great! It was one of the best experiences/adventures I’ve ever had and I strongly recommend doing it to anyone!

Being Proud

Summer has finally arrived, which means for the most part everyone returned home for the next three months. I myself have returned home for possibly the last summer (I have grad school next summer and after graduation I’m sure I will be moved out of my parents house). So the subject of today is home. My home. I absolutely love it here in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. The reason I chose Misericordia is because it reflected the same environment I had grown up with. A small tight-knit school that has open areas and kind people. When most people talk about home they refer to the town they live in, I refer to the whole county, because it’s that small. The whole county attended one elementary school and one high school, a total of 300 some kids attended the high school alone. That’s why I chose Misericordia, because it was a small school and that’s what I wanted.

There was a trend recently that involved  #misericordiaproud, I really enjoyed seeing people’s posts about why they love MU and what made them choose MU.

It reminded me of why you should always be proud of who you are and where you come from. I’m extremely proud of being a student at MU but I’m also proud of coming from Sullivan County(SC). I think telling you why would be enough, but if you’re still not convinced then the pictures should say it all. The best part about this is it’s all within 2 hours of MU’s campus so you can visit any of these places during the school year!

The Places
Worlds End State Park
Shrouded by clouds, mountains march to the horizon in this photo of the Worlds End Vista at Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania.
It’s a state park that spans over 750 acres of hiking, swimming, camping, fishing, and any other outdoor activity you can think of.

Ricketts Glen State Park
A hiking trail climbs near the waterfall Ozone at Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania.
Another state park that has over 20 waterfalls including a 94-foot one. They also have a lake that you can swim, kayak, and fish at.

High Knob Overlook

It has one of the most amazing views in the whole county, especially during the fall, with an elevation of almost 2,000 feet .

The Events
Dushore’s Founders Day
Dushore Founders Day and Outhouse Races
One of the most notable events the county has is the Dushore Founders Day. It has events throughout one day that include a toilet painting seat contest, a pet parade and an outhouse race. I know all of this sounds absurd but check out the youtube link of the outhouse races to get a better understanding as to why hundreds of people come from all over to watch the event once a year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO2554wavno Fun fact: I’m the driver of the silver outhouse!


An event that takes place in february that involves people jumping into a frozen lake in order for a chance to receive a prize (yes we acknowledge that we do some crazy things in this county!). There’s also an ice fishing competition.

PA Bowhunter’s Festival

Once a year our county gets the honor of holding the bowhunter’s festival for the whole state (probably because we have a large quantity of hunters). It is the world’s largest archery event.

There is so much more to see and do in my favorite little place in the world, just visiting and seeing the sights is an experience within itself! I’m proud of where I came from and #misericordiaproud of where I am!

Graduation Inspiration

Finals are just around the river bend! So that means graduation will be shortly after! Although I’m not graduating this year I have a habit of constantly thinking about the day that I do (who doesn’t?!). When I think about my graduation day I think about who I’ll be giving those precious tickets to and what I’ll be wearing, but the one thing I always ponder (and pin) about is how I’ll decorate my graduation cap. While it is not a requirement by any means to decorate it, why wouldn’t you want to decorate it?! It’s a way to show how you’re feeling on this important day. You can be funny or philosophical or grateful, whatever you want to say or put on your cap is acceptable! In case you need some ideas here are some for every “type a way” you’ll be feeling that day!

Disney Lovers
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Disney Graduation cap

Graduation cap decorations athletic volleyball track&field
Just Did It #Graduation Cap

Movie Lovers
I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. 
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This Means Girls-inspired cap sums it up nicely. 
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Bilbo was always ready for another adventure. Are you?
Inspired by the wonderful Wizard of Oz.
And this Harry Potter fan’s. | 31 Graduation Caps That Absolutely Nailed It
There is nothing more amazing than graduating!
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The perfect Star Wars cap!
Yet another Frozen grad cap.
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All right, Captain!
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Future graduation cap
Artwork my designs artists grad cap ideas
Such 2014! Very wow.
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Artist skull cap.

So inspirational. 
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This cap will have you feeling really patriotic. 
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Stay positive! 
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"Free to fly!"
A world of possibilities awaits!
We love this particular rendition of Gandhi's quote. 
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Being different is cool.
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?size=l?size=lThis user gave a shout-out to every grad's support team — mom, dad, and coffee. 
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This grad is putting things into perspective.
Really, how does one get through school without Google? 
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How clever is this punny cap? 
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Now hotter by one degree. 
World domination begins today. 
Work it like a boss. 
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Time to wine even more!
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Every Day is a Day to Celebrate

Today is Earth Day! So normally I would blog about Earth Day and how we should all go green (which we should)! But upon searching about Earth Day I was reminded of all of the other “holidays” of the year, yes this includes the major holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Halloween. Did you know though that there is a High Five Day or what about a Rubber Duckie Day? I know it’s crazy right?! So this is just a reminder that even though the next few weeks are going to bum you out a bit, every day has a reason to celebrate! So I’m compiling a list of days for each week of the year that will give you a reason to celebrate!

January– Creativity Month
4th- Spaghetti Day
6th- Cuddle Up Day
11th-Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
15th- Hat Day
20th- Cheese Lovers Day
26th- Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (what better way to relieve some stress!)
30th- International Fun at Work Day

February-Heart Month
2nd- Hedgehog Day (reminder that Hedgehogs are illegal to keep in PA)
5th- World Nutella Day
7th- Send a Card to a Friend Day
9th- Stop Bullying Day
13th- Get a Different Name Day
16th- Innovation Day
17th- World Human Spirit Day
21st- Sticky Bun Day
26th- Tell a Fairy Tale Day
28th- World Sword Swallower’s Day

March– Women’s History Month
1st- Pig Day
4th- Grammar Day
5th- Cheese Doodle Day
7th- Cereal Day
8th- Women’s Day
11th- World Plumbing Day (thank your plumber please!)
13th- Ken Day (yes there is a day dedicated to Barbie’s husband)
16th- Lips Appreciation Day
21st- Memory Day
24th- Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
26th- Purple Day
30th- Pencil Day

April– Couple Appreciation Month
2nd- Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
5th- Go For Broke Day (that one should be pretty easy for most of us)
8th- Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
12th- Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
14th- Dolphin Day
15th- That Sucks Day
16th- High Five Day
19th- Bicycle Day
22nd- Earth Day
25th- International Astronomy Day
27th- Prime Rib Day
29th- International Guide Dogs Day

May– Photo Month
2nd- Baby Day
4th- Star Wars Day
5th- Cartoonists Day
8th- Military Spouse Appreciation Day
11th- Twilight Zone Day
13th- Leprechaun Day (Why is Leprechaun Day in May and St. Patrick’s Day in March?)
17th- Pack Rat Day
20th- Be a Millionaire Day
24th- Brother’s Day
27th- Cellophane Tape Day
29th- Put a Pillow on your Fridge Day

June– Great Outdoors Month
1st- Go Barefoot Day
3rd- Running Day
5th- World Environment Day
7th- Cancer Survivor’s Day
9th- Donald Duck Day
10th- Iced Tea Day
12th- Red Rose Day
15th- Nature Photography Day
16th- Fudge Day
18th- International Picnic Day
20th- American Eagle Day (AMERICA!)
22nd- Onion Rings Day (so my birthday cake should be made out of onion rings?)
25th- Strawberry Parfait Day
27th- Sunglasses Day
29th- Waffle Iron Day
30th- Meteor Watch Day

July– Picnic Month
1st- Canada Day
3rd- Stay Out of the Sun Day
6th- Fried Chicken Day
9th- Sugar Cookie Day
10th- Don’t Step on a Bee Day
13th- Etch-A-Sketch Day
14th- Shark Awareness Day
15th- Gummi Worm Day
18th- Caviar Day
21st- Junk Food Day
23rd- Gorgeous Grandma Day (appreciate that woman!)
24th- Cousins Day
26th- All or Nothing Day (go big or go home)
28th- Milk Chocolate Day
31st- System Administrator Appreciation Day

August– Golf Month
2nd- Psychic Day
3rd- Watermelon Day
5th- Work Like a Dog Day
8th- Happiness Happens Day
10th- S’mores Day
12th- International Youth Day
13th- International Lefthanders Day (finally we get some appreciation!)
15th- Corn on the Cob Day
19th- Photography Day
20th- World Mosquito Day (why are we appreciating those pests?)
23rd- Ride the Wind Day
26th- Women’s Equality Day
28th- Radio Commercials Day
30th- Pony Express Day
31st- Trail Mix Day

September– Piano Month
1st- Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day
3rd- Skyscraper Day
5th- Cheese Pizza Day
7th- Boss/Employee Exchange Day
8th- Pardon Day
9th- Wonderful Weirdos Day (this is a pretty cool day)
10th- Swap Ideas Day
11th- Stand Up to Cancer Day
14th- Eat a Hoagie Day (also known as a sub to some people)
17th- Apple Dumpling Day
20th- Wife Appreciation Day
23rd- Restless Legs Appreciation Day
26th- World Dream Day
29th- World Heart Day

October– Breast Cancer Awareness Month
1st- World Vegetarian Day
3rd- Techies Day
4th- Taco Day
6th- Physician Assistant Day
7th- Frappe Day (an excuse to go to Starbucks!)
10th- Hug a Drummer Day
12th- Old Farmers Day (thank your local farmer)
14th- World Maths Day
16th- Dictionary Day (hey an excuse to use your word of the day)
17th- Sweetest Day
19th- Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
22nd- Nut Day
23rd- TV Talk Show Host Day
25th- Mother In Law Day
28th- Animation Day
31st- Magic Day

November– World Vegan Month
2nd- Deviled Egg Day
3rd- Cliche Day
5th- Men Make Dinner Day
6th- National Nachos Day
8th- X-Ray Day (thank your x-ray tech!)
9th- World Orphans Day
10th- Sesame Street Day
12th- Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day
13th- World Kindness Day
15th- Guinness World Record Day
17th- Take a Hike Day
19th- Have a Bad Day Day
22nd- International Aura Awareness Day
24th- Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
26th- Cake Day
29th- Square Dancing Day
30th- Computer Security Day

December– Human Rights Month
1st- Eat a Red Apple Day
3rd- Make a Gift Day
4th- Bartender Appreciation Day
5th- International Ninja Day
7th- Letter Writing Day
8th- Pretend To Be a Time Traveler Day (who needs to pretend?!)
10th- Human Rights Day
11th- International Mountain Day
13th- Violin Day
16th- Chocolate Covered Anything Day
17th- Maple Syrup Day
18th- Bake Cookies Day (another great excuse to eat cookies!)22nd- Forefathers’ Day
23rd- Roots Day
25th- Pumpkin Pie Day
26th- Candy Cane Day
27th- Cut-Out Snowflakes Day
28th- Card Playing Day
30th- Bacon Day
31st- Make Up Your Mind Day (Assuming they’re talking about your new years resolutions)

See, now there is a reason to celebrate every day, because these aren’t even all of the appreciation days! Look the other ones up on your own so you really do have a reason to celebrate every day!