2017 in Review

Wow, I’m not even sure where to start on a post like this. Most of you have kept up on my life through the latter part of the year, but I feel like a cumulative post is necessary, partly to catch everyone up, and partly to remind myself of all that I’ve been through this year. You might want to buckle up, because it has been a wild ride.

I started the year as a stressed out senior in high school. I was in a relationship that was completely wrong for me. My mind was completely wrapped up in the worst part of the college application process: waiting for responses. And, being someone that suffers from seasonal anxiety and depression, I was not in the best place mentally. Things really began to look up around the time of my tour of Tulane. I ended my relationship, found the college of my dreams, went to my senior prom, and traveled across the country for my senior class trip. The class trip was quite the collection of ups and downs, starting with a flat tire on the way to Colorado, and ending with some bickering among our class (what else would you expect? We’ve been together since kindergarten. We’re basically family). Overall, it was a great experience; this was the best way to end my high school career.

Shortly after the trip was graduation, which brought a whole new world of stress, but a world of happiness and opportunity along with it. I worked through most of the summer, leaving my mark on the little coffee shop in Fairmont, Minnesota. At least, I like to think I left my mark. Summer brought me closer to some old friends and some new ones as well. Easily the best part of my summer was my trip to Italy with my older sister Emily. We spent 16 days exploring Italy with our former exchange student and her father. I’m constantly awaiting my next opportunity for a trip like this one. Not only was this a great way to ignite my wanderlust, this trip brought me closer to my sister than ever before.

August brought some tearful goodbyes, and opened up about a million doors for me. I met my second family that is my suite (+ honorary suitemate). Didi, Gabby, Hannah, Lauren, I want to personally thank all of you for being there for me during some of the most difficult times of my life. I truly cannot fathom where I would be without your love and support, and I can’t wait to be back living with all of you again. I hit a bit of a low during my fall semester. I found out my parents would be divorcing, and I realized that the career path I had planned was absolutely NOT for me. Luckily, I was able to re-realize a passion for writing, and I had the best support system for my emotional troubles. If you’ve read my first post, Big Changes, you know all about my identity crisis. If not, go check it out for some enlightenment.

Once passing my minor emotional breakdown, I had the best semester of college I could’ve ever imagined. I went to my first music festival, I got a great job, I met some amazing new friends, lost a few old ones on the way, and ended the semester with a 3.9 GPA (how, I’ll never know). Overall it was an amazing year. Sure, there are some things I wish I could’ve changed, but no use dwelling on the past.

So, here’s to 2018. To taking classes that I’m actually excited about, to meeting even more new friends and getting closer with the old ones, to wearing more lipstick, to (probably) more drastic hair changes, to more coffee, to more writing, to more reading, to becoming even more unapologetically me. To 2018, and more of what makes me happy. Thanks for joining me on this crazy ride.

Stay tuned for more updates!

xoxo, second sister suzie

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