Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in Review

This year has been a whirlwind adventure for me. I've learned so much from people, experiences and school. I can't even begin to say how much has happened to me a person, so I'm breaking it down into sections of my life.

Academically, I've done the best this semester that I've done at school (compared to my freshman year) and I'm so so excited that my lowest grade this semester was a B- (awesome!) Even my semester compared first semester sophomore year is a whirlwind better. I'm really really proud of myself in that respect. My greatest revelation was realizing that study guides are the best way for me to study. I make them religiously for every exam and I pretty much always at least an 85%. :)))

Clubs at school also went well for me. I am treasurer in the National Society of Black Engineers Penn State Chapter and absolutely love it! It's a great job for me and I'm learning a lot about money and dealing with hotels, planning conferences and dealing with companies. Even though my chapter voted in a new conference planning chair for next year, there is somebody under me, shadowing me, who will help me plan conference. I'm really excited to finish up this school year planning a conference in Tennessee and just seeing how big and how well my chapter can grow. As per my 101 in 1001 list, I am possibly running for a regional position and I'm really really excited about too! 

Within Society of Women Engineers, I am also actively involved. I really love the club and I am really excited about Mr. Engineer next semester and I'll definitely be writing a post about that! It's kind of my baby and I've done it every single year since being at Penn State. I'm really excited because one of the contestants is one of my good friends so I'm really hoping he brings something crazy to the competition. 

As a person, I feel like I've grown into a much more positive and independent person. I think that it was really good having some of my good friends away for me this first semester because I got to meet a lot of new people and sort of broaden my horizons as to what I need to be happy. I've really been on the streak about improving myself and also trying make sure that in the process I enrich the lives of the people around me instead of just taking from their strength and love. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I'm all about the positive quote and I think it's really helpful to my daily life. 

Romantically, I am seeing someone and I'm really really happy with him. He definitely makes part of my day with his idiocy and his hilarity. I really do enjoy spending time with him and his friends and getting to know all the little things to make him tick as well as sharing parts of myself that I'm not always comfortable sharing with people like feelings and deep thoughts. 

Family wise, I feel like every year my love for my family grows and grows and grows. I love spending time with my mom shopping and just chatting about life and even now talking about boys (still kind of weird). I really love spending time with my little cousins. They are so adorable and they're so funny! I also really love spending time with my Irish family. I don't get a lot of time with them it's so good to see them on breaks from school. Family life is very important to me and so I always make it effort to visit or just keep up with what goes on my family's life :) 

My hope for 2014 is that it's full of love and laughter and just silliness! I really want to get a lot accomplished off my list as well as just trying to do new things and enjoy the time that I have with people while they're here. Living in the moment is not the easiest thing for me and something that I really want to work in 2014. Just letting myself live and enjoy life, still worrying about consequences of actions, but enjoy more time doing things I love like blogging and exercising and cooking! 

Hope that you all a wonderful New Year's Eve! Please be safe and call AAA if you need a Tipsy Tow! Make sure you're spending time people you care about and not going out for NYE because somebody invited you and you can't say no! The worst thing is to start a year doing something you don't love because that'll set up the way the rest of your year goes. 

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