How 2016 Affected Me

How 2016 Affected Me

Here is a list of everything I experienced this year.

The year 2016 is definitely one to go down in the history books. Here are some things that affected me in positive and negative ways throughout this...interesting year.

10. I graduated from high school.

High school seemed endless especially when you start in the 7th grade because your school was so small there was no room for a middle school. Endless days of waking up at 5:30 every morning finally paid off when I was able to sleep in past that time in college.

9. I became an adult (at least legally.)

In the lovely and freezing month of February I had my 18th birthday and became a "certified adult." I was finally able to buy my own lottery tickets and pay taxes(yay?!)

8. I went to college.

In the end of August, I arrived at Washington and Jefferson college as a college freshman. Everything happened so fast since I was going from a highly regarded senior to a newby freshman once again in my life.

7. I made friends that changed my life.

I adore my best friends from high school, but they're not the ones I spend every day with anymore like in high school. I've made different kinds of new life experiences with the best friends I've made in college that I couldn't have back in high school. I have the best of both worlds. My best friends at home have helped me grow from childhood and my best friends in college have helped me figure out who I am as an adult in this crazy world. With our shared music tastes in The Doors, Lana Del Ray, and plenty of other alternative, rap and even country artists, plus our same political and social views, my college friends have only helped me prosper from where I left off with my hometown friends.

6. I discovered veggie food.

I never thought about being a vegetarian until I came to college. With the small amount of time I have to catch a meal, it wasn't hard for me to want to convert to someone who doesn't eat beef or pork. Thanks to my pescatarian friend, I found a whole range of amazing food that is also healthy and delicious.

5. I mourned... a lot.

To begin with, the horrific terrorist attacks that happened around the world were absolutely devastating to see on the news more than once. The hatred towards refugees and foreigners was enough to make any compassionate person feel guilty about the attitudes they've grown up to know of this nation. Next, the death of the beloved Harambe was a sad and tragic incident that just didn't need to happen. And finally, a reality TV star was elected to presidency A REALITY TV STAR with no political background who purposely ran for a party(Republican) that he switched to. He knew and ultimately proved that he could trick more people into voting for him that way while a good number of his actual views remain true to ideas of what a liberal believes should be done with the US economy. (Maybe this orange-tinted man isn't such a moron after all?

4. I was on my own for the first time.

Being someone with bad anxiety, I never thought I'd be able to make it by myself. In the first couple of months at college, I was able to adjust so well that I became used to being independent and that is truly an amazing feeling. I was finally okay to walk by myself to class and study sessions. I was so afraid to be without my parents at first, but now I'm pretty alright.

3. I now feel more comfortable in my own skin.

I no longer feel so anxiety and stress ridden as I did when I left high school. I no longer have moments of panic and I've become more accepting of situations I cannot change.

2. I found a greater appreciation for wildlife.

Spending so much time stuck in classroom made me yearn to just go outside in high school, but going outside only ever meant gym class. In college, I'm outside for a good amount of the day waking from building to building to my different classes. I'm happy to see plenty of little squirrel friends all around that are running around the campus. I'm able to sit outside if I want to just admire the nature around me and not worry about finishing running a mile before I need to go back inside.

1. My whole life changed in a matter of months.

From being the shy kid who was often mute in class to being a person able to answer a professor's question willingly on my own, I am beyond grateful due to all of the changes I was afraid to endure. I forced myself to deal with issues that I was used to running away from and I don't regret that. I grew not only in a mature sense, but my mental state reached a healthy level.

In conclusion, take risks, don't be afraid to leave home, make new friends, and know that you have the willpower to express whatever it is that you are vehement about in this life.

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Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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Doing Nothing All Summer Is Okay Too

It's okay to have no plans this summer.


Summer seems to roll around faster and faster every year and the question that's always asked is"what are you doing this summer?" Some people love to answer this question, maybe they have a trip planned to backpack across Europe or have a 2-week vacation in the Bahamas. My point is, everyone seems to have these big summer plans. Some people spend the whole summer traveling and are never even home, but there are always gonna be some people who, like me, have absolutely no plans this summer.

Do I wish I was traveling across Europe or spending a few weeks in the Bahamas? Sure. But in reality, my summer plans include working 5 or 6 days a week. I'm not ashamed of this and I wouldn't say I'm jealous of those traveling because I'm still determined to make the best of my summer.

There is so much pressure everywhere on Instagram and Snapchat to post all the fun things you're doing and to capture the moment. This creates the pressure that you always have to be doing something fun or spontaneous.

Summer should be whatever you want it to be. If you want to spend every day at the beach, do it. If you want to spend every day in bed or at home, that's good too. We all have different definitions of fun.

Summer has just started and everyone should make the most of their summer in their own way. My friends and I always make a bucket list of all the things we want to do by the end of the summer. None of it involves traveling or much planning, it's just little things we can do when we get bored.

Don't feel jealous when you see other people traveling this summer. Make your own fun plans, make a bucket list, and make the most of every day this summer.

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