College, My Life

A Recap of 2016

2016 has been crazy, to say the least. Sometimes I thought it would never end, sometimes I wanted time to stop so I could just live in the moment for a while. But I can’t deny that my life has changed a LOT since 2015. I’m still amazed at some of the things that have happened, and I can’t believe how much I’ve grown since January. Here’s a recap of my life in the past 12 months.


I went on a cruise with my parents to the Bahamas. I moved into Ordway officially and became friends with my new roommates. I also tried sushi for the first time and loved it!

Me going crazy over ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ is an accurate representation.


I turned 20. I got my first record player, as well as many new records and it kickstarted my vinyl addiction. This was a tough month for me because my entire family was on vacation in Florida and I was super homesick. 

Happy birthday Ranie 😉 


Oh man, this was a busy month. For spring break, I traveled to Pennsylvania by myself for the first time to visit my best friend Kaitlyn, who I had not seen in four years. It was a journey and I was very happy to have done it. I also saw Rock of Ages (the musical) back in NH over break with my friend Hannah. Then, I attended three concerts. I saw Rivers and Rust with my aunt, then We The Kings with Cassie, and then Delta Deep, where I ended up meeting Phil Collen of Def Leppard. Oh, and it was Easter so I went home like three weekends in a row.


I experienced one of the busiest weeks of my life, found out I can fit into a dryer, and celebrated Marathon Monday with Cassie and Catherine. I had a million and one assignments I needed to do and was going crazy. I also declared my second concentration in Public Relations this month!



I finished out my sophomore year of college with straight A’s again. I moved back home and immediately began to work as a waitress so I could somehow afford college. Other than that, not much else happened.



I worked. I finally switched medicine for my GERD and instantly started feeling better with less heartburn. Then I attended three more concerts, all within a week. Def Leppard was first, and we got upgraded from lawn seats to second section for free (even better: we got the tickets for $20 from Groupon lol). Whitesnake was the day after, so I got to see David Coverdale up close. Then I rounded out the month with Weezer and Panic! At the Disco with my coworker Josh.

(Rick Allen follows me on Twitter; I had to wear this shirt.)


Good god, this month was insane. First, I finally decided to go on anxiety medication. I of course worked, but then I had two nonstop weeks of fun. My mom and I went to three concerts in a row: Journey, then Guns N’ Roses, then Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas. Then I traveled down to Cape Cod with Catherine and Mariah to visit Cassie for an amazing weekend (I’d never been to the Cape before). Then finally, my family and I saw Foreigner.


I made the switch from PC to Mac and I’ve never been happier. My parents and I went to Montreal for a long weekend, which was my first time in at least 10 years being in Canada (if I could speak French, I would totally live there). I also photographed engagment pictures for my sister Brittany and her fiance Topher. And, best of all, I finally got to go to Lake Winnipesaukee for a few boat rides, and even rode on a jet ski for the first time!


I moved back to Lasell into a double with Catherine, super weird since we were in a quad. I started classes and my new job at the library. Catherine, Cassie and I had an amazing day at College Fest and College Fashion Week in Boston (where we got TONS of free stuff). Lastly, I went home to see Daughtry with my family.



To kick off Spooky Month, I literally worked at the library all Columbus Day weekend so other people could go home. My favorite part of this month was visiting New York City for the day with the fashion program. It was absolutely amazing. The next day, I helped my sister say yes to the dress. And of course, my four Halloween costumes this year were Stevie Nicks, 3 Blind Mice, Penny Lane, and the mouse from ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.’



I had no plan but attempted NaNoWriMo. That was unsuccessful. Instead, the month was filled with adventures. I: saw Stevie Nicks in concert (my fairy godmother), visited Harvard for the cookies, went with a group of friends to the Faneuil Hall treelighting ceremony, celebrated Thanksgiving, drove to Worcester and back for the first time with Hannah to see Sixx A.M., Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch, AND the best part; I officially became Editor-In-Chief over at Her Campus Lasell.



Okay, December’s only half over. BUT I did finish my first semester of junior year and also went to Boston’s Jingle Ball. And in the last 16 days of 2016, I will be going home for Christmas, seeing the play Hannah is in, and enjoying my time with family. And I can’t wait.


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  1. I loved this. Congrats on a busy fun filled year!

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