We're on the Right Track

12.26.2011

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The days after Christmas always bring about the same things: the garbage disposals are overflowing with empty cardboard boxes; Sunny 99.1 reverts back to its usual music fare, storing away the Christmas carols until next November; the lights and trees slowly make their way back into the attics of each home; and extended family travels back to their main stomping grounds.

I remember December 26th, in particular, was once my most dreaded day of the year. 364 days until Christmas? The thought was utterly horrifying. But, it's not all gloom and doom these days. Now that I have more than half of my break remaining and much to look forward to, December 26th has become just another day, with just a bit more cleaning and detoxing from food overload. Though we might not all be spoiled with the luxury of a five week holiday, there is one thing we can all find some joy in--the dawn of a new year.

As we turn the page from 2011 to 2012, most of us feel some sort of rejuvenation as we reflect on all the has happened in the past twelve months and look forward to what's ahead for the next twelve. Though 2011 seemed to go by in the blink of an eye, I can't fathom how much has occurred in between second semester senior, this past summer, and my first semester of college. As I stood in Times Square ringing in 2011, I knew this would be a year for the books, and it most certainly lived up to my expectations in every way.

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I spent the first days of 2011 in my favorite city--New York before heading back to school for the so anticipated second semester senior year.

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We started out strong with Senior Girls

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and one of the more interesting experiences I've ever had at the Slim Thug concert.

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Slacking off became second nature as the semester progressed and I found plenty of things to distract myself with like the annual powder puff football game and

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my many 18th birthday celebrations.

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The 49th edition of the Reata slowly but surely (and stressfully) came to life.

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The cheer squad became seasoned pros at pep rallies by the time basketball season arrived.

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Many months of preparation and anticipation finally brought us to Ixtapa, Mexico where we spent our senior spring break trip.

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Round Up got my nerves and excitement churning for the next chapter of my life. Little did I know the degree to which I would fall in love with UT. As my cousin fairly accurately stated at our Christmas gathering, I'm "pretty much livin' the American dream."

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Our final two high school formals took place on back to back weekends.

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And the remainder of the weekends were packed with graduation parties galore, all of course leading up to

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the big day.

And summer provided a nice buffer between what may be my favorite two semesters of my academic career to date.

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I tried my hand at the workforce with my PR internship, which allowed me to spend time with my newest bestie, Mollie...

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in the best city in the world.

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And all this before I moved away from home,

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found my new home at Kappa Kappa Gamma,

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threw my horns up at every home football game,

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became best friends with my roommates,

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and began to build friendships that I know will make these next three and a half years some of the best of my life, with many of them undoubtedly being friendships that will last a lifetime.

Meanwhile, my family has expanded and my sister will be stateside in the coming year. I guess it's hard to expect a lot from 2012 when I had such a jam-packed exciting 2011; but, I will not hesitate to believe that 2012 will be great in its own rite. I also can't help but count all my blessings as I reflect back on this year. When your biggest concern becomes which friends to celebrate New Years with, you know you have a lot to be thankful for, and that I do. Tomorrow, I make my way to Dallas to visit family and college friends, so here's your fair warning for a brief blogging break and wishes for a very happy, sparkly, not-too-built up New Years in advance. I have enjoyed sharing the little tidbits of my life with all 170 posts with you this year. It's been quite the ride. Onto the next one!

2 comments:

With Glitter On Top said...

Love all of your pictures, your blog is too cute, and I look forward to keeping up with it :) you are also such a gorgeous girl, enjoy your college years! :D

Julianne said...

Definitely a year for the ages! Love this post so much best friend!