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A Look Back at 2014

2014 is coming to a close. Now, it's time to tweet about how we're going to be better people because we got a new calendar and a cookbook called Love at First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook (Think I'm kidding? It's all too real...) and this year's really going to be "your year." Yeah. Ok. 

When I started thinking about what 2015 might hold for me, I couldn't help but think about what happened in 2014. If I had tried to think of all the things I was going to do this year on December 31, 2013, I wouldn't have gotten even half of them correct. So, with this nostalgic air about me, I decided to blog about what 2014 turned out to be.

North Hills High School Lip Dub - In the great scheme of things I never thought I'd do, this ranks pretty high up. By now, probably anyone who's found my blog knows about the lip dub. It's one of my proudest achievements and I'm always surprised that nearly a year later, people still tell me that they watched it and how much they enjoyed it. If there was any experience that was going to tell me whether I was on the right career path, this made me certain.

42nd Street - This year also marked my final high school theater production. We performed 42nd Street in April and it was just awesome. Truly one of the best shows I've ever been a part of. Since getting involved at the high school when I was only in 7th grade, (they needed boys for Oliver!) it's been weird this year not starting another production in the fall. The people I got to work with doing that show are truly some of the best people in the world and I really miss them.

Disney - What senior wouldn't want to take a week off school and go to Disney World? No one. That's the answer. For choir, we got to sing in Epcot and attend one of the Disney Music Workshops. That's fun and all, but let's be honest, we all went because it was Disney. Getting to spend a week with some of my best friends at a place like Disney was pretty awesome. Definitely one of the best school trips I've ever been a part of. And the first time I'd been to Disney World. So, that's pretty cool too.

Graduation - As much fun as high school might be, graduation was pretty great too... Another thing I never really thought much about doing was speaking at graduation. I was honored to be selected to give an introductory speech for our Commencement Ceremony in which I presented to my fellow graduates what I called "Life Advice You'll Soon Forget." I don't really remember what it was about...

Syracuse - As I thought about college today, I thought back even further than last year. All the way to my sophomore year of high school. At that time, I thought I wanted to stay in Pittsburgh, commute to school, and study computer science. Yeah, ok. Anyone who tells you you need to make up your mind early on is an idiot. Now, I'm majoring in something completely different and going to school almost six hours away from home. And, I couldn't be happier. Syracuse is awesome in every way and I love going to school there.

Juiced Magazine - Not too long after coming to campus, I heard about an opportunity to work on the all-freshmen magazine, Juiced. I interviewed and was offered the position of Web Developer. It's a lot of fun to put together a good looking website full of awesome content. Plus, I get to work with some of the coolest people as part of the Juiced Staff who are all pretty awesome at what they do.

CitrusTV - If you read my previous blog post about Citrus, you'll already have heard me talk at length about what it is and how cool it is. I include it here because as a freshman, I was told I wouldn't have any opportunities and would be at the bottom of the totem pole for quite some time. That didn't happen for me at Citrus. Now, that's not a pat on the back for me, but rather a commendation for Citrus that they're such a cool, welcoming, experience focused organization that they'll let even freshmen jump right in.

So that's my 2014 highlight reel. I feel like I could probably list a ton of other things in here that have been really cool to do, but I'll spare you all that reading. My point in posting all of this is that at the beginning of the year, you really have no idea how things are going to turn out. It's a little like this quote:

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.
— Steve Jobs

We have no idea where we'll be next year. Here's to 2015. Stay fresh.

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