So I was on Facebook today (shocking), and I was looking at the “On This Day” feature, and realized that last year I posted my annual “year in review” blog post, and promptly realized that 2016 had gotten away from me and I hadn’t done that yet!
What. A. Year.
Let’s break it down.
In January I turned the big 2-0. Wow. My parents came up to Waco, and we ate lunch at George’s. And then I went out to Olive Garden (breadsticks, yummy) that night with my friends!
I spent the day with these two, and had an overall fabulous time. Twenty was good to me. (Less than a month until 21, ain’t it fun?!)
My birthday was the day before school started back up for the spring semester, and coincidentally the day before Rush Week started for KXA! (whooo! #rushKXA) KXA stands for Kappa Chi Alpha, and it’s a Christian sorority on Baylor’s campus. It’s been loads of fun to be involved in, and I’ve really found an awesome community with the girls there!
On the left is the first time I hung out with my Big, Grace, during Rush Week. Of course I didn’t know she would be my Big then. But she’s fabulous and I love her a lot. Basket Week was one of the most nerve-wracking weeks of my life because I was afraid Grace wasn’t going to be my Big! It’s all so funny to look back on. The picture on the right is of me and my friend Kelsey on Bid Day! It was the first taste I got of the amazing sisterhood that KXA would bring!
My birthday, school, and rushing KXA took up most of January. But in February came much excitement! Basket Week! For those of you who aren’t familiar with all aspects of Greek life – Basket Week is a week full of nerves and excitement. The Big spends the week giving the Little a bunch of baskets filled with goodies, and clues. And then at the end of the week, there’s the Big/Little Reveal!
This is Grace and I at the Big/Little Reveal! It was a big tangled mess – literally – to find her, but I’m so glad that I did! Grace is the best Big that I ever could’ve hoped for!
February was also filled with some unpleasantness as well. As a rule, I try not to show just my “highlight reel” to the world. Life is hard, and it’s messy – for everyone. So in February, after a semester and a half of complications and arguments, one of my roommates moved out. It was a hard situation, but ultimately ended in the way that it needed to.
After the chaos that was February, Spring Break came at the best time possible. I spent it with my (other) roommate, Kristyn! (Y’all are all super familiar with Kristyn. She gets mentioned a lot.)
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A couple of Kristyn and I’s shenanigans over Spring Break! We started off the week by traveling to Houston for the Rodeo and to see Shawn Mendes! Later in the week we made the drive up to Austin for my Pawpaw’s birthday, and you can’t make a trip to Austin without taking a picture next to the iconic wall!
Spring Break also brings about one of my favorite things of the year – #TheHunt. #TheHunt is a photo scavenger hunt that takes place over Spring Break. You can participate from literally anywhere. The club I’m involved with at Baylor, The Whatever, puts it on every year and it’s a blast! Here are some of the challenges…
Coming off of the excitement that was #TheHunt, but not quite the end of the school year – April was kind of a drag. But there’s a special holiday in the month of April that makes all the Baylor students happy – Dia! Diadeloso (or Day of the Bear) is a Tuesday in the month of April that we don’t have class! There are a bunch of fun activities on campus for students to participate in. The big pull for Dia this year was that there was a SLOTH!
Sloths are Kristyn’s favorite animal. Needless to say she was over the moon. So Baylor, bring an elephant in 2017 okay?!
May brought about the completion of my sophomore year of college! I couldn’t believe I was halfway done (and now I can’t believe that I only have THREE SEMESTERS LEFT). I can’t say I was too sad about seeing sophomore year go – it was a rough one, but it was one of a lot of growth. Which is always necessary, just not always fun to go through! Another bright spot in the month of May was that I was elected as an officer for The Whatever! I’m the Chair of Internal Care (we had elections again this December, and I’ll be serving as Chair yet again for the 2017 year – I’m stoked!). As Chair of Internal Care, I am a source of encouragement for our members and make sure they’re feeling included and accepted in our organization!
As the calendar says, next comes June! June was fun. Oh so fun. And let me tell you why.
It was Kristyn’s birthday!
Kristyn turned 21 in June, and for part of her present I may or may not have definitely planned a scavenger hunt for her birthday. IT WAS SO FUN. I had kept it a secret from her for almost two months, and I think that was the hardest part. I had clued her mom and sister in on my master plan, and all three of us managed not to slip up and tell Kristyn that I was planning something for her birthday. It was a good time, and definitely worth all the nerves and the stress to see the smile on her face.
After the craziness that was June, July was a pretty chill month. Lots of babysitting, and housesitting, but what’s a college kid to do? I obviously didn’t have enough excitement in my life so one weekend Kristyn and I drove down to see our friends David and Justin at Camp Allen in Navasota! We ended up at Chuy’s because when you’ve eaten summer camp food for the past six weeks – Mexican food is food of the gods. (But let’s face it, Mexican food is always food of the gods.)
Always so much fun with these friends!
And back to school I went in August! Kristyn and I moved into a new apartment, and started our junior year!
Kristyn and I hosted a first day of school breakfast at our apartment!
In September school started moving in full swing. Life was just chugging right along. To be honest, without the help of Facebook and Instagram I don’t think I would’ve remembered anything that happened in September. This was my shining Instagram post in September…
This is my friend David. We are wearing matching shirts. If you have not seen the “Hump Day” commercials you won’t understand our shirts. I had wanted to get a picture of us in our shirts since the previous semester, but we never managed to wear them at the same time. However, this was my lucky day! (And David looks so excited to take a picture with me, doesn’t he y’all?)
October was full of excitement! I got the chance to see Ben Rector yet again. I’ve seen him every year I’ve been in college, and if he doesn’t come back to Waco during my senior year I’m going to be very upset. (Looking at you, Ben. Make it happen.) Kristyn and I also celebrated our 2 year friendaversary! Look at that. It’s crazy to think that one night at Cane’s made my current life possible. God is good y’all.
During the month of November my ASL (American Sign Language) class took a trip down to Austin to the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD). It was so cool! I’ll be entering my fourth semester of ASL in the Spring, and I’ve so thoroughly enjoyed getting to learn this language. It was an amazing experience to be able to interact with those kids, and one I’ll never forget.
Back to the world of Greek life, November brought about Formal! I ended up going to formal with my friend Colton. I’ve known Colton since I was four years old – we went to preschool together (cue the collective “aw”). Formal was a blast with him! (Even though I complained about my heels as soon as I put them on, and didn’t stop until I took them off that night).
December brought all of the end of semester shenanigans that I hate (finals), but also the ones I love (Christmas on 5th, Winter Glitter…all the fun things that I get to dress up for!)
And last, but definitely not least, I’m going to toot my own horn here for a bit. I took 18 hours this semester, and ended with all A’s and one pesky A-. I worked hard this semester!
Above all, I would not have made it through this year without God’s grace and provision. I serve an amazing God who continually reminds me that my contributions are necessary to the kingdom, and He loves me unconditionally even on my worst days. God is good, even when we are not. And His love is not based on us, it is simply placed on us. And that is the best news in the world.
I don’t know about you, but I’m clinging tightly to those truths as I enter into 2017.
2017 is bringing my 21st birthday (woop!), the start of my senior year (and the start of applications to grad school), and only God knows what else! I wish you the very best of times, the strength to get through the inevitable rough times, and the constant reminder that God is still good.
Have a blessed 2017 y’all – can’t wait to see what’s in store!