Arizona

I love Arizona. I’ve been here twice with my family and twice for work conferences. Each time has been a new and exciting experience… all very WARM experiences since I have always gone in the Spring / Summer. I remember it being over 110 degrees multiple times.

Scottsdale
-2003: The first time I went to Arizona, my parents took my brother and I to The Phoenician resort, which is a AAA Five-Diamond resort. This is probably one of the nicest hotels I have ever been to, and I am sure it was very expensive for my parents as well. The décor was exquisite and unlike anything I had ever seen before. I loved seeing the cacti for the first time, and was amazed with the scenery. The resort had seven pools, and two water slides. My brother and I had a competition for who could go down the water slides the most times. I will never forget this resort.

-2006: My sophomore year of high school, My parents, brother, and my friend Chelsea and I came here for spring break. We stayed at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort, and it was truly a 5 star resort with lagoons, fountains, fire pits, colorful desert plants and expansive green spaces, multiple swimming pools, a basketball court, and delicious food. I’ll never forget how hot it was there, it was 100 degrees’, but it was a dry heat; that meant we hung out in the water a LOT! Chelsea, Nick, and I probably went down the water slides 100 times each. We also enjoyed the lazy river, and just lounged around in it all day.

-2010:
In 2010, I was one of 5 accounting students from Michigan State University selected to attend the Deloitte National Leadership Conference (DNLC) in Scottsdale, AZ. It was an honor to be selected to attend this conference, and this conference ultimately is the reason I choose to work for Deloitte once I graduated from college.

Over 500 college freshman and sophomore from around the country were selected to attend the DNLC to learn about Deloitte’s culture, as well as the different service lines (Tax, Audit, and Advisory). We stayed at the Scottsdale Conference Center, and we had plenty of time in the class rooms listening to keynote speakers, performing team building activities, working on our personal branding, and attending fun networking events.

-2011:
I was on the 1st place team of the 2010 MSU Deloitte Case Competition, and we were selected to attend the Deloitte National Case Competition in Scottsdale, AZ. Each student was awarded a $500 scholarship for attending from the Deloitte Foundation. We stayed at the Scottsdale Conference Center.

Tempe
Tempe was the first college town I have been to, home of Arizona State University. It was so hot there, they had misters everywhere, which I thought was so cool at the time since that is a rare occurrence to see in Michigan. Growing up after that, I always thought maybe I would go there, if I didn’t go to Michigan State.

Grand Canyon
First Thoughts
My first thoughts when seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time was that it looks fake. It is so hard to comprehend and gain an understanding of what you are looking at. It is so massive, and so beautiful, your brain does not want to believe that it is real. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide, with the Colorado River winding through the middle of it.

Grand Canyon Railway
The Grand Canyon Railway is a train we took to the Grand Canyon. As a child, it was really cool because they had two Cowboys on horses ride along side the train, trying to pull the train over. I’ll never forget that.

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