Looking Back on 2017

For the past few years I’ve made one of these posts reflecting on the concluding year. After reading what I wrote at the end of 2015 and 2016, it hit me just how much has happened in 2017.

I got accepted to study abroad for an academic year at Oxford University. My friends and I went to NerdCon in Boston on that same weekend, where I saw John and Hank Green speak and actually had a conversation with Watsky (honestly, amazing weekend). I wrote and performed my own monologue in the annual Wheaton Words production at my college. I visited the Met in New York City for the first time. I visited Willa Cather’s grave in Jeffrey, New Hampshire and took some very rainy photos (thanks, mom!). I watched my brother graduate from high school and start college in the fall. I said far too many goodbyes in September before traveling outside of the United States for the first time to begin my first term at Mansfield College in England. I visited so many incredible places, met even more incredible friends, and did things I never thought I would do (join my college’s soccer team at Oxford!). I ate in a chapel every day that was fit to be the Great Hall at Hogwarts, wore a gowns (short wizard capes) to formal dinners, and danced for hours at bops. I spent hours and hours in libraries and lecture halls studying my favorite subject in the world. I turned 21. I flew on a plane by myself for the first time. I said goodbyes to new friends and hello to so many old ones. I marveled at how much I did that I never, ever expected to achieve.

As always, I am grateful to everyone who made 2017 one of my best years yet despite the tumultuous world we live in. {And thank YOU for sticking with this little blog of mine!} Happy New Year!!

How was 2017 for you? Highlights? Things you’re looking forward to in 2018? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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30 thoughts on “Looking Back on 2017

  1. There were some highlights in my year, such as turning 18, graduating high school and getting into college. Meeting new people was also a favorite of mine! Your year was amazing! I loved all your posts about feminism and studying abroad (which is something I’d like to do as well) and I can’t wait to see what you’ll bring in 2018! Happy New Year, Holly šŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks so much, Marta! It sounds like you had a really exciting year as well. And if you get the chance to study abroad you definitely should– it’s amazing! Happy New Year! šŸ™‚

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  2. I had a good 2017. I guess the whole year was tinged by the inevitability ofoving which I think impacted me quite a bit, so it was an unsettling year in many ways. But I finished high school and read so many books and tried a lot of new things, like travelling on my own and living onmy own and volunteering I. different places and writing novels. I hope that despite all the changes 2018 will have more if the same and that I’ll be able to embrace the new stuff

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  3. I’m glad you had such a good year! You’ve made me really think about my year, which was confusing in a way because it was quite good for me (good job, good health, great husband) and so horrible for so many people. Have a happy 2018!

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  4. You did have a great 2017. Mine was pretty spectacular as well, even with all the not so great things that happened. I’ll be doing my 2017 retrospective on the blog very soon where I will talk about some wonderful end of year events, so I don’t want to spoil my post in the comments here. šŸ™‚

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