A window inside life at Augustana College

Top 12 Moments of 2012

While there is still 15 more days till 2012 is over (if the world doesn’t end on the 21st of course), I decided to write what my top 10 moments of 2012 were, listed below in no particular order. If I blogged about the experience, I’ve included the link to the blog post in the header. Hopefully 2013 will be just as eventful as this year was!

#1) Visiting Hogwarts. This was probably the best way I could have started off the year. With my family, I was able to go to Disney World and Universal for about a week. When I was younger, I got every single Harry Potter book the day it came out. Seeing Hogwarts and drinking butterbeer was probably the most magical experience I’ve ever had. While at Disney World, I actually went to Hollywood Studies by myself and I got to see this incredible Christmas light show. They even had fake snow. Let me tell you, Christmas at Disney World is definitely an experience.

#2) Conference at the U.S. Air Force Academy. I spent half of my spring break at the U.S. Air Force Academy for a leadership conference. I learned so much about the military in the few days I was there. I can honestly say this is an experience I will remember for the rest of my life. I got to see a metal of honor recipient, Aron Ralston who the movie 127 Hours is based on, and a lot of other incredible people.

#3) Vacation to D.C. & Pennsylvania. To start off my summer, I went to D.C. and Pennsylvania with three friends I made last summer when I interned in Washington, D.C. I got to see the new $100 bill be printed, Gettysburg, and I finally saw Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell! I’m so glad I was able to go on this trip. I missed these three so much and seeing D.C. again made me want to live there so much more. And I finally got to eat a Philly cheesesteak in Philly, which was on my life goal list. Check!

#4) Participated in the Color Run. This was the first 5K I’ve ever run and I can tell you that I actually enjoyed every minute of it! The Color Run is essentially a fun run where you wear all white and color gets thrown at you. I’ve never actually run a race before, so I think this was the perfect way to start out.

#5) Internship at WGN Radio. Over the summer I completed my MJMC major Senior Inquiry with an internship at WGN Radio. I learned so much there about radio and news! I also got to help shape what became news. I had thought nothing could match last summer interning in D.C., but I was wrong.

#6) Went to Warped Tour. After years of wanting to go to Warped Tour, I finally got to this year. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I got to see Mayday Parade (my favorite band!), All Time Low, We the Kings, Breathe Carolina, Yellowcard, and a few other bands. Best music fest ever!

#7) Sigma Alpha Iota Alumnae Tea. Since I am the corresponding secretary of Sigma Alpha Iota, it is part of my job to plan the Alumnae Tea. I was so proud that I was able to pull it off with the help of my fellow sisters. I love this organization and it was great seeing so many of the alumnae.

#8) Elected SGA parliamentarian. Had you told me three years ago that I was going to be on the exec board of Student Government Assocation (SGA), I would have laughed. However, being elected SGA parliamentarian has definitely impacted the person I am today. I now know parliamentary procedure and Robert’s Rules. I can plan meetings and events. Sure, I still can’t remember every senator’s name, but I’m getting there!

#9) Seeing Obama. Twice. In regards to politics, this year has ruled. I was elected president of College Democrats and have met a lot of major political players in the QCA. Best of all, I saw the President of the United States and the First Lady, shook both of their hands, and got to be on TV! Unless I become President of the United States or like get to have a discussion with the President, I don’t think anything in my life will top these two moments.

 #10) Living with my best friends. One of the best parts of being a senior is definitely living off campus. But the best part of living off campus is living with your best friends. I’ve known these ladies since my first year at Augustana and we’ve been through so much these past four years. I’m glad I met these three (plus the other three roommates not in this picture!). My life would be so different without them.
#11) Saw an engagement. My family and I went to a Five for Fighting concert near our house and unexpectedly saw an engagement! It was super cute that I was able to share this special moment with this couple. I may not be able to remember their names but I can tell you this was adorable and totally movie worthy. It felt kind of awesome being “involved” with their engagement.
#12) Won a major award. Major props if you can name the movie this title is from! (Hint: You’ll shoot your eye out). Anyways, for the Observer banquet awards, I won the Overall Excellence in Journalism Award. It was quite an honor to be awarded this since I was afraid I was going to receive nothing. It’s nice to have all your hard work recognized.
2013 is going to be a big year – I have no idea where I will be at directly a year from now. This year I potentially have grad school, a real job, Rome, awesome internships, and who knows what else could happening. And of course 2013 is the year of graduation (given I survive my two senior inquiry papers). Although I have absolutely no idea what my future will entail, I can tell you that I plan on making 2013 the best year I can!

2 Responses to “Top 12 Moments of 2012”

  1. Wow, you did have a great year. If you’ve done it once, you can do it again! Maybe not the same events (saw Obama twice?), but with the same sense of excitement and accomplishment. I want to know what butterbeer tastes like. I always thought of it as a combination of cream soda and spiked egg nog.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Butterbeer tastes like cream soda and butterscotch. It’s super yummy. Happy New Year to you as well!

Leave a Reply