2014: A Year In Review

2014 was a big year. Not only was it a year to remember for myself, but so much happened in our nation and in our world, making it a year hard to forget! I’m sure when I mention some of these events, you’re going to say, “That happened forever ago!” Well, believe it or not, that happened this year! So, I just want to share some big highlights with you that happened in 2014 that made my year!

1. SNOWPOCALYPSE 2K14

Yep. Believe it or not, this happened LAST YEAR. Hah, its fun to say that now. Anyway, Mother Nature was unrelenting. She dumped snow on us and didn’t stop, and gave us consistent arctic winds. What was so memorable about this? Well the crazy amount of snow days we had. Since Hope is a residential college and the campus closed due to weather, that’s surely saying something.

Snowpocalypse 2K14
Snowpocalypse 2K14

2. Sochi Winter Olympics

Believe it or not, we had a Winter Olympic Games this year. And it was in Russia, how exciting (and controversial!). For those of you who don’t remember, Russia won the most medals, but this was merely because of the “home country” advantage (Source: ESPN). The USA will be, and always be number 1. Despite the controversy that loomed over this particular Olympics, it still brought the world together as the Olympics usually do. Up next is the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016!

The Olympic Rings
The Olympic Rings

3. Europe Adventures

From Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Vatican City, Slovakia, and Hungary, my life has been changed with the two months I spent in Europe. I fulfilled two gen ed requirements (WOO!) but also ventured into uncharted waters. My outlook and view on my life completely changed, I made new friendships and deepened existing ones, and hiked mountains that taught me so much. If you have an opportunity to go abroad, take it and run. It will change your life.

Me on top of the world (in Austria, at least).
Me on top of the world (in Austria, at least).

4. Canadia

After Europe, I also had the opportunity to visit some family in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Let me tell you, Canada is definitely God’s country. It endless amounts of jaw-dropping, picturesque scenery is amazing. It’s definitely a, “You had to be there” deal. I enjoy trips that allow you to vacation but learn something. It merely provides a larger outlook on life and it makes one appreciate life more.

On top of the world again, but in Canada this time!
On top of the world again, but in Canada this time!

5. APPARENTLY KID!

Just watch this YouTube video and let it make your day.

6. Emma Watson’s Speech

Yeah, watching and listening to her speech says it all.

7. All Things SAC

This year, I have been honored to co-direct a very influential student organization on Hope’s campus, SAC! From our events, meetings, and team bonding activities, they are my family at school. Each team member has contributed so much to the organization which in turn affects our campus as a whole. And for that I am forever grateful! It’s great to be their leader, but it’s so great to have their friendship as well. Without them, this year would merely be different. Thank you, SAC members for all you do and what you will continue to do!

My family at Hope.
My family at Hope.

Like I mentioned earlier, so many events happened this year. Some huge, some small. These were just some of my year highlights. Yes, apparently kid was a little thing, but it made me laugh so much. Anyway, thanks for reading and look for more posts to come out soon!

It Feels Like Fall Semester (Finally)

One thing I noticed since I started blogging for this school year was that I haven’t talked about my first three weeks. Wow, that shows you that I’m still in summer mode. It’s definitely a hard transition, but it happens every year. Crazy to think that my next big “adjustment” will be from college to work! But now that the weather is cooling down, it finally feels like Fall Semester. Hopefully, the weather can push me to get things rolling because I won’t be thinking about summer. As weird as it may sound, I definitely associate cool/cold weather with school.

First Week:

The first week of school was great! It was so fun to see my friends again, and I am beyond excited to have the same professors I had previously. My course load this semester is very light compared to my other semesters, but I did that with intent. I am now just finishing up graduation requirements. Again, crazy how I have to think about that. During this week, I had my first SAC meeting, and had “syllabus week” with my classes to just get oriented and go through a brief overview of the semester. That weekend, (yeah, the first weekend of the school year), my best friend Joey and I ventured to Ann Arbor to watch the University of Michigan play their first football game of the season. Boy was that a blast! Life really did hit me until the second week though.

Second Week:

LIFE. It struck, but I should have seen it coming. Because my schedule is sparse, it’s hard to structure my days because they vary. Some days, I will just do a bunch of work, but on other days, I just try to relax. I had more SAC meetings, we had our SAC retreat, and school is finally picking up its momentum.

Third Week:

3 weeks in already, and I can’t believe it. After this week, it has been 1 month already. Time really flies, whether you want it to or not. Again, more assignments due, lots of reading, errands, and using those time management skills. But after a long and hectic week, my roommate and I headed to Ann Arbor to watch University of Michigan’s second home game. I guess you could say I’m a big fan, but HOPE is truly where it’s at.

Check out my slideshow with some of the greatest moments during the first week of school! I have yet to post blogs regarding my Europe adventure this past summer, and look forward to a new vlog! Anyways, thanks for reading and until next time!

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