So I wanted to something to conclude the year, which I already wrote but it got deleted, so I’m currently crying. Anywho this post may be rather shitty compared to the first one where I went month by month and I think I’m just going to an overview because I’m tired and I want to edit a video before I go to bed too. I’m going to try and tell the story of my year through pictures with captions, wish me luck!
One of the major things of my year are unable to be pictured and that would be this blog. I am so glad that I started this blog, and I’m so thankful for all of you who read this. I would also like to give a special thanks to The College Misfit, and whether she knows it or not, if it wasn’t for her I don’t know if I would’ve kept up with the blog, she really inspired me. I really hope the new year brings good changes for her, she deserves it. So through the ups and downs of 2013, the downs aren’t really pictured, but trust me they were there, I can only hope that 2014 will bring great things and the guidance of what to do with my life. Once again I’d like to thank all of you followers who read every day/week/month, I never would have imagined having almost 60 followers in less than four months, so thank you so much. Enjoy the story of my year!
On New Years Eve a bunch of my friends that I made in 2012 went to Kate’s house to celebrate and ring in the New Year. I can’t imagine a better way to start of the new year. This was the only, but best Valentine’s day card I received this year. I would like to give my friend Shannon a shout-out for this. Take it as you will.
This was one of the high-lights of my year, being awarded the All-Star Award of my high school’s Quiz Bowl team. All of high school I hardly got recognized for anything and to be recognized for something that I wanted but never thought I’d get. I’d also like to apologize for the poor picture quality, but it was a shining moment of 2013.
One of my goals all of high school was to earn a medal at the regional Science Olympiad competition and finally my senior year along with my test partner Amy we earned third place in Dynamic Planet, an event based around glaciers.
In May after ten years of being in the Chorus I sat next to one of my best friends, Alex and sang in my last concert of my singing career. After my prom date canceled on me two weeks before prom, I had no time to get a refund but one of my friends was not planning on going and no one should miss prom, so I gave her his ticket and she was now my “date” and I couldn’t have asked for a better one.
Even though it wasn’t what I expected, I couldn’t have asked for a better group to go to prom with.
After what felt like an eternity I stood up in front of over a thousand some people, even more watching online, I performed my graduation speech.
After 13 years of schooling I always had the support of these two people right by my side. My mom and dad, looking rather spiffy for my special day I must add.
After graduation, orientation, some work, and a day at the beach I departed for ten days in Ireland with my grandparents and cousin Chris. This was an awesome trip with breathtaking sights.
Not more than a week after returning to Ireland my family left for Seattle Washington. These trips are what inspired the name of my blog. This is the Gum Wall, yes all of that is gum, very gross I know.
This is my family (minus my mom who’s taking the picture) standing on part of a mountain in Washington in the snow in July. One of the coolest (literally that’s why I’m wearing moose pants, I had to buy them) vacations ever.
While in Seattle, if you are a coffee snob like myself it is only natural to go to the oldest Starbucks. I am drinking a hazelnut iced coffee, my favorite drink in the summer.
Another picture from the oldest Starbucks, I’m obsessed!
Just a spectacular shot of one of the prettiest cities in the world: Seattle.
One of the many traditions my friends and I developed this past year was going to Hershey, since it’s not very far from us at all. Sometimes we would go to the park and other times we would just go to Chocolate World, it was always fun no matter what.
In July, before we departed for the beach, my friend Katie and I went to the Taylor Swift concert who had the best person ever to open for her: Ed Sheeran! So yes, behind that curtain is Taylor Swift. Now this really made me confuse because for whatever reason I thought she would really be that tall. She wasn’t.
Something my friends like to do is mini-golf, which we did at the beach and took endless amounts of selfies and drove the guys in front of us crazy!
My friends and I spent a week at the beach after all of my vacations, with Lindsay’s parents. For whatever reason we were all in mine and Katie’s bed and we took a picture but it’s super cute. I’m thinking this was probably my idea.
After all of my trips and adventures, summer was quickly coming to an end and I had to say goodbye to everyone. This is just one of the pictures, that’s my littlest cousin Chloe after a dinner out with her and my aunt. I really am learning to appreciate my family.
Here are some of my best friends and so you know who everyone is I’m naming them left to right: Katie, Lindsay, Jade, Lauren, and me! This was at Jade’s graduation party one of our last times seeing each other!
This was the last Hershey trip of the summer and I’m not exactly sure when it was, so the pictures may be slightly out of order, but who cares! Anywho this is on a rollercoaster that we went on at least twice, great memories were made this summer.
So here is a picture of my college, and at the end of August I moved in. I’m still not sure if I made the right decision, but man is it a beauty.
This girl here is one of my best friends at college, sadly she is a commuter and doesn’t hang around much. I seriously value her friendship so much and she really helped me get through orientation week, which is when this picture was taken.
I also made some other friends at college, and here they are. This is one of our first outings to Dunkin Donuts, my favorite place for coffee.
Even though I’m at college, I still like to come home and visit my friends who are still in high school. This girl here is one of my newest friends but she’s awesome and I love seeing her and catching up every time I’m home.
One of the best parts about not being very far for school is that I can come home for important things like my best friend’s homecoming. I was there for her to lay on her floor while she did her make up and got ready, isn’t she gorgeous?
Well this is a little out of order again but even though it was insanely awkward it was nice to go out to eat for my birthday with my new and old friends.
This had to be one of the best weekends of college. Katie came to visit me and we ventured into DC and had a lovely little adventure.
And just like I started the year it is only fitting to end it with my best friends.