Category Adventure & Misc.

Dorm Sweet Dorm

First things first, it is time to get excited: not only are second semester classes just beginning, but also my mom and I have reserved our tickets to fly to the UK in August! My anglophiliac heart is glowing with joy. We found an incredible deal on flights flying from Toronto to London, so we […]

The Snows of Ohio

Okay, I haven’t actually read Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” but when the pun fit so well how could I resist? January has seen our yard whitened with some grand snow flakes. To experiment with the camera my dad gave me for Christmas, I went on a photo expedition around the field just behind our […]

A Pilgrim’s Progress Far From the Madding Crowd: A Grand Review of British Literature II

It is the first day of exams week, so what has possessed me to spend my study time blogging? That is a very good question, for which I wish I had a real answer. I think the best explanation is that, since William and Mary ends all classes before the start of exam week, I […]

Ham and Cheese Pastry Pockets

With Thanksgiving behind us, now is the time to prepare for Christmas (and finals, but I prefer to look ahead to Christmas at the moment). Thanksgiving break was marvelous. I spent several days lounging around my grandmother’s house watching movies with my family, enjoying scrumptious food, and knitting, a lot. Per tradition, my family watches […]

Williamsburg Vignettes: Another Photo Expedition

Last Sunday, I took another absurdly long walk around Colonial Williamsburg. There are so many hidden gardens and side streets to explore, so it seems that no matter how many times you go you always find yourself somewhere new. I spent quite awhile meandering about the Governor’s Palace Gardens, which seemed as if they could […]

A Collegiate Thanksgiving

The time has come to put cranberries in absolutely every dish you can think of and to give some extra attention to the best orange foods that never get enough love, pumpkins and sweet potatoes: it is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, apart from being a dream come true for foodies like myself, is also, of course, a […]

Rainy Colonial Mornings

Ah! It took me so long to get these photos posted! Now, all of those lovely leaves are gone, mercilessly blown away by November gusts and men with leaf-blowers. At least I have the photos to enjoy. Williamsburg is beautiful all day, everyday, but on a drizzly fall morning it can look simply magical. Rain […]

Greetings and Hello!

O the daunting first post! Well, it’s best to start with a cordial welcome. Hi! I’m Colleen, The Unconventional Collegiate. My collegiate status is pretty self-explanatory: I am currently in my first year at the College of William and Mary. Being unconventional is not so straightforward. I am unconventional in a lot of ways, but […]