5 Things [2017 edition]

Another year is coming to a close.  This year has been good, in my opinion anyway.  I mean, yeah, bad things happen, but you pick yourself up and move on.  For me, this year was filled with a lot of good times and memories that will stay with me.  The trials I’ve been through have only tested my faith and at times I struggled, but other times I came out strong.

As I said though, overall this year was good, so once again I will answer the following question:

What are five things that you have enjoyed the most about this year?

1.) Our vacation in Virginia and North Carolina.  Though it was my second time in North Carolina, this was the first time I really vacationed there.  I was there briefly for my cousin’s wedding a few years ago, but this time we got to stay with my cousins and really explore the state a little (and it was even in a different area than the wedding).  Virginia was a ride, there was a lot of frustration with that state, but seeing my other cousin and her family and the campus of Liberty University were worth it.

2.) Completing my first year at work.  Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m working at the library… I never hate going to work.  In the past twelve months I’ve gotten more responsibilities at work that have been interesting tasks and have allowed me to learn a little more about the inner workings what drives a library and make it work.

3.) Getting accepted to graduate school and starting classes.  Taking the step to apply to grad school was scary in itself, then I got accepted and started my first set of classes in August as a full-time student (3 classes).  It’s definitely a time filler being in classes again, but I know this is going to help me further my career in librarianship in the future.

4.) Starting off my grad school career with a 4.0 GPA.  The good news about my first semester was that I actually got all A’s in my classes!  It’s shocking to me, despite constantly calculating my average after each graded assignment.  This semester was a roller-coaster, but apparently the freaking out and stress worked out in my favor.  I’m very thankful to God because it’s only through Him that I survived (mentally) and got these grades.

5.) My best friend getting married.  Though it was a complete shock (because she got engaged on a Tuesday and married that Friday) I’m very happy for my best friend.  She really seems the happiest I’ve ever seen her, and though she moved away to Alabama, I think that the distance has only strengthened our friendship.  I’m just hoping that I’ll be able to go down and visit her sometime next year.

All great moments of my year, and I’m looking forward to the experiences that 2018 will bring!

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