Well folks, it’s about that time of year when I grace you with my “end of the year blog post.” I must say that this has been quite a year. I’ve done surprisingly well in my job as a Resident Assistant, I have good grades, and I’ve learned a lot more about myself and how I operate independently as a person. This year I turned 20 (YAY! I beat teenage pregnancy!) and I’ve realized how much I hate anything strawberry flavored. There were some big victory moments and some hard defeats. At risk of sounding super corny I’d like to say that my defeats here have taught me infinitely more than any of my victories. Honestly, a defeat is only a defeat if you learned nothing from the experience and did nothing to fix the mistakes you made. One of my biggest goals here at BW is to leave with no regrets. It’s ok to make mistakes, especially when you’re young. I have no intention of being one of those grumpy senile old people full of regret and always wondering “what if?”
After this year I can now say that I have broken my ankle and was able to take care of myself (with a little help from my friends). Being away from one of my best friends in the world was also difficult. She was studying abroad in Thailand and got into a pretty bad accident. Hearing about her experience and the stress that followed for me made me realize how extremely vulnerable I am when it comes to the safety of my family and friends. I may seem put together and relaxed on the outside, but when something happens that is completely out of my control to someone I love my weakness shines through. Is it really a weakness, though? My mom says that having that kind of love for someone is power rather than weakness and can make someone do things they didn’t think were possible. I guess I’ll understand more if I have children of my own.
But I digress. I hope you have all had a rewarding year at BW and I look forward to seeing everyone next year!