Thank you so much for visiting Misadventures in the Mitten! This website is now archived and is no longer being updated.

My name is Cassandra Bondie-Lybrink. I’m a Michigan State University graduate.

I started my college education at New York University in New York City. At the time of my official acceptance, I had never set foot in the Big Apple. So, by request of my family and friends, I decided to use my web design and writing backgrounds to create a blog that would help me share my many “misadventures” with the world.

I began Misadventures in the Big Apple the summer before I left for school. My first post (My Aha Moment), got two views. One was my grandma. The other was my mother.

On August 22, 2014, I packed up and left my small hometown of twelve years (Howell, Michigan), and headed off to Manhattan.

Fate didn’t follow my lead. In April of 2015, NYU raised its estimated costs by nearly $15,000. Angered by how the university was taking advantage of their student body, I made my official decision to withdraw from NYU. I finished out the year and moved back home.

You’ll meet a series of characters as you follow along. I have two wonderful parents, an older sister, a younger brother, and a best friend Dawn. My husband Austin and I were married on September 30, 2017. These people are my life. I hope you learn to love them as much as I do.

Since it’s beginning, Misadventures has seen over 60,000 views and has earned over 500 followers. Every view goes toward supporting the dreams of a girl who never imagined she could make it this far, and every response, email, and comment (no matter how short) means everything – even now.

My professional life revolves around writing and organizing articles, essays, plays, books, short stories, editorials, and requires no small amount of luck and shameless advertising. You can find stories anywhere and everywhere you look. And that is, in essence, what I spend my time doing. You can visit my professional website here.

You can also read The Realistic Freelancer, a second archived weekly blog about my career, here.

Thanks again for visiting,



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