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

32 responses to “Looking Back on 2017”

  1. Looks like 2017 has been a very eventful year for you! Welcome to England- it’s always nice to see you post photos of Oxford and especially the Radcliffe Camera 🙂

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    1. Thanks! The Rad Cam is one of my favorite places in Oxford ❤ Happy New Year!

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  2. 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 😀

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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! 🙂

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  3. This is such a beautiful post, Holly, you have done so much in the past year! ❤ I am slightly jealous you got to see John and Hank Green, haha. All the best for 2018!! ❤ ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Marie! I hope you have a fantastic 2018! ❤

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  4. HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2018 brings you lots of of bookish fun! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, and happy new year to you as well! ❤ Happy reading!

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  5. It sounds like you had a very exciting year! I hope your 2018 is amazing! 💖

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    1. Thanks, Kyra! Happy New Year! 🙂

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  6. a lovely post for what sounds like a lovely year! 2017 was rough but also amazing for me. hope your 2018 is even better 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Emma! I hope you have a lovely 2018! ❤

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  7. I’m glad you had such an incredible 2017, Holly! I have adored reading your posts about going to school abroad and I can’t wait to follow your adventures in 2018!

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    1. Thanks so much, Cristina! I hope you have a wonderful and bookish 2018! ❤

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  8. Hi Holly, I love following your blog and really enjoyed this post in particular! All the best for 2018. Sam

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    1. Thanks so much, Sam! I hope you have a lovely 2018! 🙂

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      1. Thanks, Holly! So far, so good 😀

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  9. Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will be another good one for you. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much!! Happy New Year! 🙂

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  10. Happy New Year Holly!I wish you all the very best for the year ahead.I appreciate and admire your blogging.Have a lovely year ahead.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I hope you have a great new year as well! ❤

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  11. I am really happy to hear that you had such a good year. I hope 2018 will be awesome! 😀

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    1. Thanks!! I hope you have a great 2018 as well! 🙂

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  12. 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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    1. That’s so much all packed into one year! I’m glad it was a great year for you despite all those changes. I hope you have an even better 2018! ❤ ❤

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  13. 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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    1. Thanks!! I agree: a great year for me personally, bad year in general (US politics, etc.)….

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  14. 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. 🙂

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    1. Glad you had a great year! 🙂

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