JANUARY

I didn’t wait two months to write this, shocking, I know.

January was an interesting month. I kicked it (and 2017) off with a very quiet New Year’s Eve featuring Planet Earth. It really was the best NYE I could have asked for.

The rest of my time in Texas was, busy, to say the least. It’s always a rush to get all the socializing in before leaving. This was also the first time my parents didn’t take me to the airport, as my flight was out of Houston so Morgan and I left the day before. It was interesting. One of the strange things is how different leaving feels every time. It’s not exactly easier, but it’s not harder. It’s a difficult thing to describe.

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The difficult thing about second semester (or term) is that there is no slow build up to life. It’s a head first dive into a very deep pool of work. Which, in short, is what my January back at uni felt like. While I ended my time at Enactus last term, I also became Women+ Officer for the university. It’s a job that I love, but is also a bit life-consuming. January had a steep learning curve adjusting to the meetings and committees I now sit on, as well as planning campaigns.

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Highlights of January included some really lovely friend and family time back in Texas, my first academic research trip, and University Court, which wouldn’t have been exciting except I was able to question the Vice Chancellor about his commitment to diversifying the top levels of university administration in public when he had to admit he hadn’t done what he had promised. Wild times in the life of a Student Politics nerd! I also attended a Women’s March on Lancaster, which was a wonderful time of protest but also positivity. There were also great dogs.

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I’ve also decided to try something a little fun and new, and make a monthly playlist of what I listened to, loved, and really summed up my month. So enjoy January!

Alex

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2016 – in review

In 2016 I (in no particular order)..

  • saw “Gardens That Speak”, a piece of theatre that still has me thinking a year later
  • performed in my first Vagina Monologues
  • went to Romania
  • taught art to small children
  • planned a conference
  • went to Edinburg
  • spent my birthday in Portugal
  • had a phone interview in an art museum
  • went to Madrid, and spent a day in museums
  • then 24 hours later went to London for a conference
  • then Brighton a week later for another conference
  • and a week later spent 24 hours in Brussels for yet another conference
  • attempted to write about sports at Roses
  • celebrated orthodox easter at a Romanian Orthodox church
  • taught children to dance like bees
  • passed my first year of uni
  • got my first job connected to my degree
  • went on a sister roadtrip 
  • took another trip to Dallas
  • went to a lot of doctors appointments
  • flew back to England
  • missed a lecture on the first week for another conference and a trip to London
  • cast a show, while knowing nothing about theatre
  • did a lot of interviews for SCAN
  • took a weekend off in Scotland 
  • watched, liveblogged, and spoke on radio for 7 hours for the US election
  • did not process the US election, and stayed awake for 40+ hours
  • saw more great theatre
  • went to a political party conference as a media delegate
  • ran for a student government officer position (in an avocado sweater)
  • quit Enactus
  • got 2 jobs
  • got the officer position
  • raised a lot of money for domestic violence charity
  • saw my sister graduate
  • made it another year around the sun

DECEMBER

I should write these on time.

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The beginning of December flew by in a whirlwind of essays, cold, and stress. I turned in around 12,000 words in essays before flying home a few days before term ended to catch Morgan’s graduation from nursing school.

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She is officially old. And brilliant, and responsible, and the coolest sister I could ask for. But the only new part is old.

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When you live far away, you have to cram the coming 6 months of being away into a month of time with friends

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And family.

December was good. The time off was very needed, as was the time with people. The food was a nice addition as well.

Alex