Even though I knew the world wasn't going to end on December 21st, I'm still glad that we get to live to see another year. Speaking of years, 2012 has been a crazy one for me, but I am thankful for all the things that it has given me. I hope everyone has had a great year, and if you have a 2012 recap posted on your blog, please post a link in the comments.

April 17th
I turned down a $70,000 scholarship from a private university and decided that I wanted to spend the next four years of my life at the Pennsylvania State University. There are three other people in my family who went to Penn State, but that isn't the reason why I decided that Penn State was the school for me. People can say what they want about PSU and trust me when I say I've heard some pretty mean things said due to all the controversy surrounding the school, but unless you're a student or faculty member there you don't know what it's like to be a Nittany Lion.
There's a quote from the school's Alma Mater hanging on the wall in the dorm lobby that goes "...May no act of ours bring shame, to one heart that loves thy name." I can't begin to tell you how much I love my school. I can't begin to explain all of the things Penn State has given me. And despite all the negativity surrounding the school, nothing can change the fact that a Penn State degree will take you anywhere. I will always and forever be proud of my choice.

May 24th
I didn't have a date and for a while I didn't have a dress, but I eventually got  a dress and I went to prom and had a blast. I danced the night away, got called Cinderella a few times, and some people didn't even recognize me. It was a pain having to hold that dress up the entire night, but I felt like a princess, and that's always a good thing.
June 9th
I graduated from high school. It had been a tough year for me. For one, my original school closed so I had to spend my senior year with complete strangers. I didn't make any friends until the last couple months of school, and let me just say that my senior year was the worst year of my life, but it was also the year that I learned something about me: I am strong. Despite being in an unfamiliar place, and being in a school where people didn't think I could keep up academically because of the school I came from, I kept up and graduated with high honors.
June 21st
I turned 18.
July 3rd
After months of falling in and out of love with it, I finished my novel Things Left Unsaid. It probably will never see the light of day, and I have yet to let anyone read it because plotwise it's not good, but the writing is solid (at least I think so) and the book as a whole is proof that I can finish writing something. I look at TLU every time I have doubts about writing and it reminds me that I have words inside of me, I just have to be strong enough to let them out.

July 5th
I went to go hear President Obama talk at Carnegie Mellon University. It was an extremely hot day, and I was in Oakland for what felt like an eternity waiting for the President to arrive, but after hearing him talk, I knew the wait was worth it.
August - September
August 23rd
I left home and this became my new home-away-from-home.
Not sure of the dates but from the end of August to the beginning of September is when I met my friends.
I have more pictures of us together, but this is my favorite.
November 6th
I voted for the first time!!!!
After tuning in to all of the Presidential Debates and watching CNN to form my own opinions on both candidates, I knew who I wanted to run my country. I am happy that President Obama is still in office and that I help keep him there.
Not sure of the date (haha, I really have a bad memory when it comes to dates) but...I went canning for Thon. If you're not sure what Thon is, well, Thon is a Penn State organization that helps raise money for kids with pediatric cancer. We do a lot of different events and take to the streets to help raise money. I'm not sure how much we raised this year, but Thon is another reason why I'm in love with my school.
December 18th
Done with finals and my first semester of college. I did okay grade-wise, but next semester, I'm going to try my hardest to get a 4.0.
December 25th
I didn't do anything spectacular. My family isn't big on getting together for the holidays, but my mom did cook dinner and we exchanged gifts. I bought her a Kindle Fire and she got me a guitar and a flat screen for my dorm room. Best. Gifts. EVERRRR.
And there we have it: my year in review. Tomorrow I'm going to (hopefully) be doing a colossal post on books/tv shows/music I've read/watched/listened to this year. This has been a great year for me, as you can see, and so I hope 2013 is even better.
Thanks for reading!


Seems like you had a great year! Here's to another good one :)


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