2017: My Year In Review

2017: My Year In Review

A year full of ups and downs, but plenty of lessons learned in the process.
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As another year comes to a close yet again, I only thought it would be acceptable to write about what has happened in my life during the last 12 months. I know everyone says this, but I cannot believe how fast this past year has gone. It seems like yesterday it was just beginning, and now as I am writing this it is one week away from Christmas. It's not a joke when your parents say that time flies, so make sure to take in life every single day and appreciate every second of it while you can.

Let's take it all the way back to January, I was starting my last semester of undergrad at FGCU. It still amazes me that I graduated back in May with my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, but I am very proud of myself for never giving up and pushing through even when I was drowning in school work. Hard work definitely pays off in the end and now I am extremely excited to begin my graduate program in the fall of 2018.

I also did a lot of traveling and exploring this past year which was very beautiful and breathtaking. In June, I was thankful enough to travel across the pond with my mom and grandma to France! I had been dreaming of going to the city of Paris ever since I was a little kid and my dreams finally came true. I was lucky enough to spend 10 days overseas embracing the new culture of northern and southern France and it was one of, if not the best, experiences of my life. I can't wait to go back to Paris again to spend even more time there in the future.

I took this past year off of school since I just graduated I felt as though I needed a break to relax my brain since I have always been enrolled in classes since I can remember. So, I was way more focused on my job and my volunteering opportunity with Crisis Text Line. Back in October, I traveled by myself for the first time ever and flew to Atlanta for one of the best weekends to have a meet up with my Crisis Text Line family. Although I was quite anxious about it at first, it ended up turning out to be an amazing time and I made friends with fellow crisis counselors from all over the United States. It was great to finally be able to put faces to the names of those I converse with regularly on our platform when we are helping others. I can't wait for next years palooza!

I know there are probably WAY more things that took place over the last 12 months, but those are just a few of the top ones I felt were worth sharing since sometimes I feel like I am not doing enough, but I think that's normal amongst everyone. Maybe this will inspire some of you to take time to recognize what you accomplished this past year, you may even be surprised with what you discover.

2017 was full of many ups and downs, but I would never trade any of those experiences because they have all made me stronger as a result. I think I was able to fully acknowledge what I want from my life and what I don't. Whether it has to do with my friendships, relationships, education, or career and I am very proud of myself for putting my feelings first and taking care of my own needs more so than worrying about everyone else's. My hope is that this continues throughout the new year and I wish you all for a great, happy and healthy new year. Cheers!

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

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3. Animal house poster 

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4. The American Fraternity book

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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Reality Check: Snowy Winters Are Not As Magical As You Think They Are

Yes, it's white but no, you don't want to move to the north and shovel it alone.

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If you're from the North where you get hit by inches upon inches of snowfall every year your most had at one time enjoyed it due to the fact you could have a snowball fight, make angels or even attempt to make an igloo (If you ever successfully done that please teach me how) or most of all when school was canceled, delayed or dismissed early because the street where not in great condition.

If you are from a state that receives little to no snow every year you most likely have a different picture of what it like. Which may be like not being able to see the grass and having your version of Frosty the Snowman on your front yard where you dug up rocks and sticks and grabbed someone in your family scarves and hat because you didn't want the snowman to be cold. That when that is all done and your cheeks are rosy red and you just now starting to lose a little feeling in your fingers you finally head inside and enjoy a hot cocoa which may have some mini marshmallow or a candy cane while sitting near the fire under a fuzzy blanket to become warm once again before going out and doing it all again until your school decides to open up again.

I'm sorry to break it to you but most of the time it's not going to be anything like it. Most of us wish it would be but it sadly can`t.

What really happens when its snow is sometimes it is too cold to even go outside and do anything. Or it is not the right type of snow where you cannot build anything as it will not stay how you wanted it. The snow doesn't magically move, so you are probably going to be the one shoveling its meaning after a while your back will probably going to hurt from the repetitive motion and picking up something heavy and throwing it.

Yes, snow can be heavy especially after lifting up a lot at one time. After shoveling it once you may have to go out at least three more times during the day and repeat it depending on how hard the snow coming down. And after that, you will need to throw down either rock salt or cat litter to help melt the ice underneath or give you some traction when walking so you don't fall. Yes, those videos of people falling from ice are hilarious to watch but if you're the one who fell you probably won't be laughing. And those days off of school you will either make up during your spring break, other days off the school was going to give you or your last day will be pushed back until you reach 180 days.

So, before you go your so lucky to have snow and it must be so fun to play in or you probably get great photos because it looks so pretty. (I will agree to get great photos).

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