So if you read my blog you know my favorite booktube blogger is PolandBananasBooks. And one of my favorite videos she does is her end of the year summary. Because listening to her put her year in perspective always helps me do the same for mine.
The end of the year is always such a rush and with new year’s resolutions we sometimes lose sight of everything we accomplished the previous year. So here I’d like to share some of the big mile stones of my 2016:
1. I studied abroad in New Zealand | January
I had the amazing opportunity to travel to New Zealand all winter to study Animal Science last year and it was the most amazing 5 weeks of my life. I started this blog because of that trip. There I got to see picturesque landscapes, sky dive, bungee jump, white water raft, see a world heritage site, experience a totally new culture and make so many new friends. I’ve done so many posts about it but as it is currently the 1 year anniversary of my arrival date I can’t help but reminisce all the amazing memories. Especially since my little Emiy @ Emiesnook is there right now!
2. I went home for a weekend | March
I do not live close enough to have the luxury to go home for the weekend in college. It’s a 6 hour drive on a good day and I don’t have a car. But in March my best friend Jess @ starswholisten and I took a road trip to Massachusetts so I could show her around Boston to see if she wanted to attend Law School there. Not only did we discover some of the most important Bellarke songs ever on this trip but we marched about 9 miles from Fenway, all through the Back Bay, up the Esplanade, to the Public Garden, Common, Government Center, Faneuil Hall, then all the way up to the north end for a cannoli before joining my parents in the south end for dinner. It was so much fun and I’m so glad that I helped her decided to move up here for Law School.
3. I met my little | March
I know I mention her all the time, but the truth is Emily @ EmiesNook and I haven’t even known each other for a year yet. We met in March when we went on a “girl date” for a sorority to help the new members meet people. The reason I was interested in meeting her is because she had put The 100 under things she liked and then I saw she had Sarah J Maas there as well and I knew we were meant to be friends. Since then she has been responsible for a massive increase in my neediness and I thank her for every second of it.
4. I met my favorite author | April
I have Emily @ Emiesnook to thank for this one too, but in April she invited me along to meet Sarah J Maas and it was so amazing. We drove 3 hours to a sleepy little town in Pennsylvania even though we hadn’t even known each other for a month yet. We met Sarah who was amazing. She was so funny and actually moderating for another author but she was so down to earth and hilarious. I was so grateful to get my books signed and I am counting down the days until she coms my way again.
5. I got my little | April
Big-Little week was so amazing for me. I have posts about all the days that you can go read but Emily @ Emiesnook did such an amazing job. All the days were things I loved to much. From James Frase, Jon Snow and Bellamy Blake on man crush monday, to Throne of Glass and Lord of the Rings I was so grateful to all the work she put into decorating my room. Plus after that we started spending way too much time together alone with my big Jess @ starswholisten. We watched The 100, GoT and Outlander together every week, went to the bookstore together and ate pints of ice cream together. PLUS Sarah J Maas herself liked the tweet of the paddle I made my little that said “fire breathing bitch queen” on it!
6. ACOMAF | May
In May ACOMAF came out and almost ruined my life. I still blame this book for me almost failing a class last spring because no matter how hard I tried to study I could think about nothing else. This is my favorite book last year and my favorite book of all time at the moment and I have literally been twidiling my thumbs waiting for ACOWAR to come out. No book has ever resulted in me buying so much book merch (you’ve seen the candles). Never have I saved so much fanart, or read so much fan fiction for a book. I am in love with it and so it was definitely a highlight of the year.
7. Everyone Graduated | May
This year everyone but me graduated. My brother graduated college, my sister graduated high school and my best friend and big Jess graduated from UD. The road trip to Bucknell with my mom was awesome since we always have fun together (even though it was in the middle of my finals week). Then I had Jess’s graduation at UD which I was fortunate enough to still be around for. It was bitter sweet but I was glad to be there. And then when I got home my little sister graduated from high school.
8. Wildlife Internship | June
In June I started one of the best internships of my life. I had the opportunity to work at a wildlife center and it was amazing. I got to work with geese, ducks, squirrels, song birds, skunks, owls, hawks and of course raccoons!!!
9. I turned 21!!! | July
I finally turned 21 this year. I was the last one of my friend group. And to make it even better Jess drove all the way to Massachusetts to celebrate with me. While it was low-key, just going into the city with my family plus Jess, it was just so exciting to finally be able to get a drink in the bar.
10. Cape Vacation | July
After 2 months of working 7 days a week, I could think of nothing better than spending a week on the Cape with my family. We ended up in a cute cottage, got to borrow a friends boat and I got to partake in all the late night merriment since I was newly 21. It was so relaxing and nice since my brother had moved out after graduating so I got to see him for a whole week.
11. I’m a senior now? | August
I can’t believe it’s already here but somehow I’m on my last year of college. It feels like I just arrived at UD yesterday and now I’m getting ready to start my final semester of my undergraduate degree. It’s been nothing short of amazing. I’ve met so many amazing friends and gotten to do so many amazing things as a member of the Ag school. I have UD to thank for my opportunity to travel to New Zealand, and some of the amazing hands on experiences I’ve had.
12. I applied to vet school! | September
After doing nothing but applications all August long I finished all the essays and pieces of the application and submitted in September. Being a vet is my lifelong dream since I was 4 years old so to finally apply was so surreal after chasing this dream for all this time.
13. I got a pig! | September
This year I had the amazing opportunity to care for a sow and later her 13 piglets. I have never been so close to a pig before but I loved every second of it. It was so fun being a part of the birth of my piglets and brining my friends in to meet them. Plus it was actually so relaxing for me to have an animal to care for during the semester. I didn’t care that I had to get up early on the weekends and walk to the farm. Or that I always seemed to smell like pig. It is an experience I will remember forever and will always be grateful for.
14. Annapolis | October
In october I got to visit Annapolis with my parents and siblings. It was special that everyone was able to get down to the midatlantic at the same time and we had so much fun exploring Annapolis, a city we had never been to before. Plus it was the first time I’d seen my parents since August.
15. I joined Bookstagram | October
On top of my blog I finally had the courage to jump into the world of bookstagram. I love bookstagrams and had been playing around with the idea but I didn’t want to commit. Since joining Bookstagram I’ve had nothing but a positive experience from the community and I love being a part of bookstagram.
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16. I cosplayed for the first time | October
For halloween this year my friends Jess and Emily and I committed to being Aelin, Elide and Manon from Throne of Glass. I have never done anything that required a wig like that before but we had such a good photo shoot and it gave me an excuse to buy “the bookstagram dagger”. Plus we were low-key twitter famous for a bit (for us anyways).
17. I got accepted to vet school! | November
In November I heard back from one of the vet schools I applied to, University College Dublin with an acceptance! It came out of the blue since I was expecting to need to interview first so imagine my surprise when I was sitting in class and got a congratulatory email from the university.
18. I went to a Scottish Ball | November
After taking Scottish Country Dance with Emily the whole semester we attended the Argyle ball in our best scottish get up and danced with people who had been doing this for a long time. But it was so fun. Everyone was so welcoming, the music was amazing and it ended up being an amazing night.
19. I picked up a dog on the side of the road | December
This is something I always do. If I see a dog in the street I am always the car that pulls over to get it. I was on my way to a service project for my sorority and there was this little cocker spaniel running around on a busy street. It was running from another woman chasing it but I popped out of the car and crouched in the street until the dog came to me. She was adorable and we were able to get it to a local vets office for animal control to pick up and get home.
20. I finished my last fall semester of undergrad | December
This was my first and only 4.0 semester! I got straight As and I was not taking a light course load. Lucky for me my roommates birthday was on the last day of finals so me and my roommates were able to all be together and go out in ugly christmas sweaters before leaving the next day. I could think of no better way to end one of our last semesters together.
21. Bruins Game | December
Right when I got back from school my parents had an early christmas present for us. We were all going to a bruins game. I got to see my brother and sister and hang out with them for an entire evening (my parents had better seats) and even though the Bruins lost it was so fun.
22. The Holidays | December
This year we finished off the year right. We had a great Christmas Eve party (which I may have had a little too much wine at). Christmas was not the best (solely because I was more than hungover. I had a couple dashes to the toilet to let some of that wine back out….oops). But then my family finished off the year with an amazing ski weekend. My family loves to ski and my brother was able to come so we were all together. We went to the mountain where we basically learned to ski, Attitash, NH. There I had a great time snowboarding on fresh snow that fell the day we arrived and we had a great family New Years to finish out 2016.
2016 may have not been the best year in the world. Sure lots of terrible things happened, we lost a lot of legends and I can’t say I’m happy about our new president but it’s important to reflect on the good in your life. And I’d say I was pretty blessed this year. Hopefully 2017 is even better as the joke in our house is that it’s “the year of Maggie” since I’m the only one graduating this year.
Hopefully everyone has things to be happy about looking back on at the end of 2016 and has a good start to 2017.
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