I wish I could tell you how many people I’ve seen shitting on 2017. Yes, I do understand it’s been a pretty rough year. Right now, I’m pretty concerned for the future of the United States and the world, and I can only hope 2018 will get better.
Yet, when I look back at the past 12 months, I think I did pretty damn good. Here’s why.
1. I began my career at Her Campus.
I’ve been a writer and editor of Her Campus Lasell since 2015, but this year I finally started to branch out within the company. I worked as a Community Development intern for Her Campus, and will continue my internship next semester in a higher position. I also was offered a spot as a National Feature Writer, so instead of writing strictly for Her Campus Lasell, I write on the national level too! Working for this company is honestly a dream come true, and I am so beyond thankful for these opportunities.
2. I worked at my favorite concert venue.
I’ve been attending shows at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook for years, and I’ve also applied to work there ever since I turned 16. This year, I finally got a call back and I worked selling the concert merchandise. The experience was absolutely amazing and I’ll never regret this past summer.
3. I attended the Forbes Under 30 Summit.
When I saw that WayUp (my favorite job search site) was giving away tickets to the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, where there would be tons of amazing speakers, I had to apply. Surprised I got it? Yep. But on the day I went, I got to hear people like Zedd, Tyler Oakley, and Evan Rachel Wood speak about creativity and success. And it was so inspiring!
4. I bought my first car.
My red 2001 Ford Escape named Penelope no longer ran. It was in our family for 13 years. I had no car, and living in New Hampshire, it’s kind of a necessity. So I purchased my first car, a 2010 Ford Focus who I named Peppermint Patty. While I miss my SUV, I’m no longer afraid of the car breaking down, accelerating by itself, or losing its muffler.
5. Lastly, I became a ‘real adult.’
On my 21st birthday, I watched the Patriots make the greatest comeback in history and win the Super Bowl. Today, I feel like more of an adult. I have a car payment. I can drink and buy alcohol. I gained the courage to talk to people and speak in front of others, something I never thought I could do before. I was the maid of honor for my sister’s wedding in August. I bought professional clothes. And I applied for graduation in the spring, which means soon I’ll also be done with college.
In all honesty, this year was crazy. It was weird at times. At some points in my life, I thought “when will it be my turn?” When you see others getting their work published, finding amazing jobs in their field, and having the ability to afford those big purchases, you can feel left out.
But I see now how much I’ve grown in this past year, and I can’t wait for what’s ahead. Happy holidays everyone, and cheers to 2018 almost being here!