“2016 was crap.” That’s what I’m getting from all the internet memes and Facebook posts.
And for the most part, I agree…2016 has some tough moments for me. BUT I’m an optimist so I’m choosing to see the good in 2016. Every year has it’s highs & lows, and 2016 did have a good amount of good things happen.
If there is one thing I love more than anything, it would probably be music. This year I was blessed enough to attend not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR concerts! The first concert was in April. Panic! at the Disco held a concert on my campus, and I even got to meet the band. In August, I took my Dad to a KISS concert as a Father’s Day gift. (KISS is his absolute favorite band). In October, I got to experience Kanye (because why not) and I went to a The 1975 concert on Halloween. The 1975 concert was probably one of my absolute favorite concerts I’ve ever been to.
I didn’t do too much traveling in 2016, but I did get to explore a new place. In June, I went to Jacksonville, Florida for Alpha Sigma Tau’s convention. It wasn’t what I expected for Florida, but it was still fun to go to a new place. And I got to experience the trip with my best friend which was an added bonus!
This year I completed my first 5k! Story time: I used to be very overweight. The summer after my freshman year of college I decided to take up running with a goal of running a 5k by the end of summer. I lost quite a bit of weight from running, but unfortunately got very, very sick the day before the 5k. I spent my last week of summer in the hospital. This summer, I decided to try again and I actually was able to complete it!
I also had a pretty big birthday this year. TWENTY ONE! My best friends all surprised me and took me out that night. My sister in law made me the cutest cake and then I went out the following weekend with friends from school, too. One of my favorite birthdays.
Some of my funnest memories include when my sorority won Greek Week. It sounds dumb, but we honestly have never been close to winning. It was a good moment for us as friends because we all stuck together and had one hell of a week. (Check out the Greek Sing performance dedicated to women empowerment here:Alpha Sigma Tau Greek Sing )
I also had a pretty good summer. My best friend from high school finally came back from studying abroad in Australia and my best friend from college and I were able to hang out quite a bit. A lot of the time was spent lounging at Presque Isle and eating ice cream, but I think one of the more memorable weekends was when she came to Warren. We went hiking and had a nice dinner together. It was probably my favorite weekend of the entire summer.
I conquered Conneaut Lake’s 13 Levels of Hell (which I did not think I would do). I got to tailgate at a Penn State game AND…WE ARE B1G CHAMPS! I made new friends, and I started my senior year of college.
Thanks 2016. Let’s see what 2017 brings!