No Regrets in Rock Climbing


I have been obsessed with the idea of rock climbing, ever since I saw Anne Hathaway do it on Princess Diaries, and I have been hooked ever since. I would even test my skills at the rock wall that they had out in the children’s play area during the car shows. But this was so much different then I thought it was going to be. I got to live out my fantasy this past weekend when I went to Pine Ridge, Kentucky. And to quote Anne, “…so I can climb some real rocks.” Except I did not know there were going to be real rocks, I thought it was going to be the indoor rock wall that I was accustomed to. But to my surprise we drove the two hours, then hiked up the side of the mountain to get to the site where we would be climbing.


When we got there I can admit that I was a little scared but I bit the bullet and got harnessed in to climb. And I was so glad I did. It was completely invigorating using my entire body to climb the face of a mountain and “riding the crack” all the way up to the top! I completed the route super quickly in under 5 minutes.  Then I tried one of the hardest routes and it was even better than the last one! This one took me a lot longer to complete but it was so worth it when I made it to the top. The bottom was incredibly difficult to start because it was a completely smooth surface, but i kept trucking it to the top. The best part about it was that it was like solving a math problem! I know that sounds ridiculous but I like math problems! I was to assess the rock in front of me so i could find hand and foot holds to make my way to the top. After making it to the top, i was done; I was completely exhausted. This is one thing I regret. I regret not doing all four routes and stopping at only two. I know I can always go back next year and do all four, but in that very moment I was so sad and wished that I hadn’t been so afraid and had just gone for it. This is a lesson for everyone: live without regret! In the end it could bite you in the ass. So next time climb that 4th mountain so you won’t regret it, because trust me, it will be totally worth it!

No regrets! God’s not Dead! And everybody poops!


Sincerely Yours,

The Oreo 🙂


House of Gold

I had never heard of twenty one pilots before last Friday, which is a shame because they are from Columbus, but since attending their concert at school, I have fallen in love with them. Tyler Joseph and Josh Dunn are truly inspiring and their sound is a crazy fusion of electronic and pop music known as schizophrenic pop. Their energetic concerts make you want to get up and dance and just act silly. And what blew my mind, besides how nice they are to look at, is that Tyler is singing his poems. All of the songs are comprised of his personal poems that he writes. And that just makes him ten times hotter!!! But his words have inspired so many people, including myself, and people can find comfort in his words no matter what they are going through or feeling. And that is the point of music; to make people feel something, to remind them that they are not alone, and to let them know that they will always have someone to talk to that will listen to them.

So enjoy the many wonders that twenty one pilots has to offer. and if you are ever feeling sad, just listen and you will always find the strength to make it through tough times and smile again.

Stay golden. God’s not Dead. And everybody poops!

Sincerely Yours,

The Oreo

Making Friends in College


College is hard enough, but not having anyone to share in your daily joys and daily struggles is even harder.

I started college this past fall at Bellarmine University not knowing anyone there except what my roommate looked like. I came with no friends, since everyone stayed in Ohio for college, and no idea of what to expect next. So I stayed quiet. Then slowly and slowly, I started opening up to people, first with my roommate, then with my roommate’s friends, then with friends of my own.


Strangers think I’m quiet

My friends think I’m outgoing

My best friends know that I’m completely insane!


It is funny looking back on the past year and seeing how much I have grown and changed into an outgoing and happy person. That is all thanks to the friends I have made throughout college. Knowing how horrible I felt during the first couple of weeks of school (I literally thought of transferring and had a nervous breakdown where I questioned why I came to Bellarmine and why I did not attend Pittsburgh if their physical therapy program is ranked higher than Bellarmine’s. I cried for what felt like forever and decided that I came here for a reason and that after graduating from Bellarmine, I would then move to Pittsburgh to live out my dreams of being a physical therapist for a professional sports team) I make it my mission to make people feel included and feel like they matter so that they can do the same thing for someone else and start a tidal wave of happy thoughts and actions. If you were to meet me at the beginning of the school year, I would have said hi and then walked away, but now I have the courage to start conversations with people I barely know. I say hi to the cleaning lady every morning before I go to class and I truly hope that I am somehow making her feel better  and appreciating her life. And that makes me very happy.

My friends are always asking me how I have so many friends and how I know EVERYBODY! I just simply say that I am nice to people unless they cross me or one of my best friends. I only talk when I need to and listen the rest of the time. I like to observe and listen to what people have to say because that is how I was raised. But most importantly think happy thoughts and they will translate into your actions.

Think happy thoughts. God is not dead. And everybody poops!

Yours truly,

The Oreo ❤

Getting to know me, getting to know all about me….

In West Philadelphia born and raised,

on the playground where I spent most of my days.

Chilling out, maxing, and relaxing all cool,

and shooting some b-ball outside of the school.

Just kidding! I didn’t really grow up in West Philly but I did grow up watching Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. I was born Aliya on June 25 (in case you wanted to wish me a happy birthday in 3 months) to two loving parents. I also have a younger brother and sister that are twins. You know how that is, “we have our own secret language,” “we know what the other one is thing,” and the list goes on. Now you might be wondering why this blog is about the serendipitous life of your average oreo? Because I am one! Like an oreo, I am black on the outside and white on the inside. It’s nobody’s fault, I just grew up extremely blessed in a good suburban neighborhood and a highly rated academic school district that has produced athletes that play football and basketball for Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, and etc. Back to the oreo thing; I’m not completely white on the inside but I know how to communicate with them in their world, and vice versa. I have the best of both worlds. I forgot to mention that I love to travel. I’ve been to England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Australia!!!!! 🙂  I go to college in Kentucky. God’s not Dead. And everybody poops!!