Best of 2018 + My Blogging Hiatus

Hello fellow bloggers! It’s been a long time since I’ve written here (a year and four months, to be exact). A lot has happened in my life since my last post, as I’m sure it has with yours as well.

Where the Hell I’ve Been

My last post on here was from August 14th, 2017. I kind off dropped off the face of the Earth after that. It had nothing to do with the community here, but everything to do with me.

First, I was busy with planning/packing for my vacation, then starting my senior year of high school. I was missing my personal “deadlines” of certain posts for some of my series. I tried scheduling posts, but the WordPress editor was deleting posts and messing them up. As the weeks started to pass, I became uninspired to write. My time to write was dwindling with the increasing workload of my senior year. When I would actually have a few spare moments, I was too exhausted to even think in coherent sentences, nevermind write in them. The final nail in the coffin was my struggle with my mental and physical health. I feel better now, which is why I decided to give it another shot. I hope you all will welcome me back, but if not, I’ll try to earn my spot back as best I can.


Where I last left off was right after my trip to Boston in August 2017. Shortly after that, I went on a vacation to California. I started my senior year of high school, followed by applying to college, a Lady Gaga concert, and senior year homecoming. In November, I became a Legal Adult™ by turning 18 and got some new ear piercings. For Thanksgiving, I went to Florida with my family. 2017 ended with me awaiting to here about the decisions from college, looming finals, and a nice Christmas spent with family and friends. (If you’re interested, I posted pictures on my Instagram.)

Now for the big things in 2018!

January

Acceptance to Pennsylvania State University, aka Penn State

To start the year off with a bang, I received my acceptance letter from my #1 school! I was to start in the summer to major in Premedicine, which meets the prerequisite requirements of every medical school in the country. I remember being up in my room working on homework when I decided to take a quick break to check the status of my application on their website. I screamed when I saw the “You’re in!” and ran downstairs to tell my family. We went to dinner that night to celebrate. A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders after that.


May

Senior Prom

This prom was so much fun as all of my close friends were able to go! We got pictures in a really pretty place before it, then went to my friend’s house for a fun birthday party/sleepover after the dance.


June

Graduated High School

 

 

I’m finally done with high school! It went super fast. I thought once in college I’d want to go back, but I haven’t felt like that even once. It was a huge relief once I was able to walk across that stage and say, “Peace out, bitches!” Also, my graduation cap decoration was hand drawn, except for the picture of Sirius.

Vacation in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

 

I’ll probably end up doing an entire post on this vacation, but it was a much-needed break after a stressful senior year. My family and I stayed at an all-inclusive resort. While there, I was also able to tick something off my bucket list. Plus the drinking age there was 18!

Spontaneous Trip to Ocean City, New Jersey

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My friend and I decided on Monday that we wanted to go to Ocean City for a quick beach trip on Tuesday. So that’s what we did! We had a lot of fun just doing the touristy things and it was well worth the trip.

Started Summer Classes at Penn State

At the end of June, I moved into a dorm at Penn State to get acquainted before all 44,000+ people showed up to campus come fall. I took Calculus I and Public Speaking, which both sucked but were required, so it was nice to get them out of the way.


July

4th Fest + Arts Fest

 

 

For the 4th of July, a festival happens at Penn State called 4th Fest (creative name, I know). I went with my roommate to watch the fireworks from the baseball stadium. Another thing that happens about a week later is Arts Fest, where artists from all around Pennsylvania assemble in the streets of State College to showcase their art for a long weekend.

Maroon 5 Concert

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I went home for a weekend to attend a show of Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues Tour with my mom, sister, aunt, and best friend. They sounded great and played all of their best songs, including my personal favorite, “She Will Be Loved.”


August

Blake Shelton Concert

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My dad and I ventured out to New York to see him play. I apologize for the picture quality; the lights make it hard for good quality pictures. He was absolutely hilarious and sounded exactly the same as his studio-released songs.

Started Fall Semester at Penn State

I was officially starting a full workload of classes, including biology, chemistry, calculus II, and psychology. I started adjusting to dorm life and all of my free time, after already learning my way around campus. I felt like an official Nittany Lion now!


September

My First College Football Game

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College football games in the US are quite the experience. People go nuts for the weekend, rolling out full-on tailgates in the parking lots with loads of food, beer, and decked from head to toe in team gear. Being in the 3rd largest stadium in the world is insane. If you ever want a college football experience, come watch Penn State at home in Beaver Stadium. I saw four more games (including the infamous White Out game against Ohio State) throughout the semester, which were each their own level of craziness.

Kevin Hart Stand-Up Show

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This show might quite possibly be the most R-rated thing I’ve ever seen in my life, but damn funny. Through the stress of the semester, it was nice to have a weekend that allowed me to laugh until my eyes teared and my ribs hurt.

Thomas Rhett Concert

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I had been wanting to see him in concert for a long time. I had a stressful week and impulsively decided to buy the tickets during my calculus class the day of the concert. Best. Decision. Ever! It was a very fun concert, as he looked like he was more excited to be there than any one of us. I would highly recommend going to one of his concerts (that is, of course, if you like country music)!


December

New England Patriots Game

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My family are huge Patriots fans, so this was a huge treat for us! It was nice being with “our people” as we jokingly called it, since we’re constantly surrounded by fans that hate the Patriots (I think it’s jealously, personally). Going to both a college and professional football game really made this football fan smile.


Overall, I’ve had a very busy 2018. It had its ups and downs and came with a lot of adjustments, new people, new places, and many new experiences. I can’t wait to see what 2019 holds!

How was your 2018? Catch up with me in the comments!

xx, Hannah

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