For this Year In Review, I have continued the trend from last year and included a gallery of some of my favorite pictures from this year. The difference is that these are all photos that I took, because this year I got my very own DSLR camera and started paying more attention to my photography. All of the pictures are from the trip to Europe I went on at the end of the year, as I they are some of the pictures I am most proud of, and some of the most recent I've taken to compare to last year's.
My second year was absolutely fantastic. I was settled into my major going into the school year, and got to start taking more media based classes that let me actually practice the film techniques I was learning. I got a fantastic new job doing Media and Design for the University Honors Program, which has improved my multimedia skills tenfold. I learned many of the applications I will be using in future film and media projects through projects at work. I also got to try my hand at living off campus and being forced to do my own grocery shopping without a meal plan to fall back on. It was a little harder than I expected, but it was a lot of fun to live with four of my theatre friends.
This year did bring some hardships. In the fall, I got overwhelmed with classes and the (brief) period of time when I was working two jobs. I took a week off school and went to Louisville to spend time with my family. I also had to take a bit of time off in the spring, and ended up withdrawing from a class to ease the pressure. Despite all this, I feel that I learned a lot about myself and where my limits are, which will help me know what I can handle when taking jobs and classes on in the future. In April I got my very first tattoo in honor of the years I've spent fighting mental illness and to remind myself to Always Keep Fighting.
In November of 2015, I was able to further my love of helping others through a charity based mission trip. I spent Thanksgiving break in Nicaragua and made some of the best friends I could have ever asked for, one of whom I'm planning on moving in with after I graduate from UC. During this trip, I got to spend time in rural San Juan del Sur and assist in the construction of the Free High School to provide higher education for people living in the area. This trip made me appreciate the opportunities I've had and the education I've been able to receive. Though I will not be returning to Nicaragua this summer, I know there will be many more opportunities for me to give back around the world.
As this year has come to a close, I cannot believe I am already halfway through college. I watched my little brother graduate from high school at the end of May, and it seems like that was me just a couple months ago. There are still so many things I want to do, so many classes I want to take, and so many places I want to go. I have about a dozen plans in my head for how the next two years could go, but I know that whatever happens will likely be something I haven't thought of.
Starting at the beginning of 2016, I have really embraced my love of travel while dealing with my fear of flying and ever dwindling bank account. So far this year I've been to Florida, Seattle, the UK, and France. In July I will be going to Las Vegas and then San Diego for the international comic con. In the fall, I'm taking an honors seminar that will send me to Montreal, Canada for four days to learn about social entrepreneurship. Basically, since 2016 started, my wallet has not been my biggest fan.
I cannot wait to see where life takes me in the next couple years. I'm counting on it being somewhere amazing.