*Inhales deeply* Ahhh….
I made it, no, better yet we made it. This has been one crazy year and it all seemed to happen so fast.
This post was originally supposed to be about the past semester in school, but life happened and this has now turned into a reflection on the year in its entirety.
I think I speak for the general public when I say that this year will go down as one of the craziest years in history. I mean the election in itself was enough to make people crazy, no matter who you wanted to win. I am proud to say that I was able to exercise my 19th amendment right.
Now that’s all I’ll say about politics. Let’s talk about me now.
This year consisted of me finishing up my sophomore year, and beginning the first half of my junior year. It is still crazy to think that I only have 3 semesters (and a few summer classes) left until I’m kicked out into the real world.
This past semester was one of my more challenging semesters. I am starting to get into the bulk of major and minor classes and the work is tough, but I couldn’t imagine going to school for anything else. Public Relations is where I belong.
I served as the social media manager for the University of Central Arkansas’ PRSSA chapter this semester and will hold the position again this spring. It has been a great experience, and I can’t wait to do more with it this spring.
Even though this semester was very challenging, I finished with my highest GPA yet. I was so close to a 3.0, but I ended with a 2.8. This coming semester I am challenging myself to finish with a 3.0 or higher.
I have the best roommate this year. Skylar and I hit it off from the day we moved in. We have shared countless late night laughs and food runs, as well as late night vent sessions and dance parties.
I am truly thankful for my friends and family, they helped me get through the rough spots this year, and helped celebrate the highs too. Without them, I would not be where I am, or who I am today.
Over the summer I moved back home to Rogers, AR and lived at home with my mom, Willie, and Marcus. Of course, I would’ve much rather stayed in Central Arkansas and maintained my “independent” lifestyle, but situations came up to where moving home was the best option.
Now, being home was not awful in any way. I truly enjoyed being able to spend time with my family and brothers, because we are all getting older and moments like that are going to become harder to coordinate. But I was very happy when August finally came around and it was time for me to move back to Conway.
A few months ago my boyfriend and I decided that it was time to go our separate ways. At the time it seemed like my world was ending, but I quickly made it to the other side.
Since then I have grown and learned more about myself and what I want in that aspect of life. With all lows that life brings, this one taught me many lessons. I am thankful for all the lessons this year has taught me, and I can confidently say that I have grown a lot during these past twelve months.
As 2016 comes to an end and 2017 approaches, I have decided to make a few New Years resolutions:
- I plan on reading one book per month for the entire year, I want to expand my knowledge past what I learn in the classroom.
- Becoming more mindful of my actions, meaning that everything I do has a purpose to either better myself or the people around me
- Not to hold on to the things that hold me back. I have big dreams for my future and I want to surround myself with people who have a similar mindset so that they propel me forward, not backward
- Continue to break out of my comfort zone. I’m not sure if many of you know this, but I am a very shy and introverted person. I don’t want to turn myself into an extrovert by any means, but I want to challenge myself each day to do something that makes me a little uncomfortable.
I hope that all of you had a great 2016 too, I know at times it seemed like the world was ending and far too many legends were taken away from us, but, we made it to the end. My prayer for all of you is that 2017 brings nothing but blessings and good fortune.
Like Miley Cyrus said.. “it’s the climb” and I plan to continue climbing until I reach my peak.
Now let’s all buckle in and enjoy the ride because come January 20, we will all enter a new and unprecedented era.