2016 was by far the best year yet. From changing my major to adventuring through New York City, this year brought some of the craziest changes to my life!
I started out this year skiing Mammoth Mountain, hanging out with my best friend, Chelsea, and trying to remember the difference between ‘pizza’ and ‘french fries’ on the slopes. I then went back to LA and finished up what was a struggle, academically, of a sophomore year. I went to the People’s Choice Awards, celebrated my 19th birthday, and went to Palm Springs for a crazy Spring Break. But I also made some major decisions which included me changing my major, trying to figure out what I want to do after college, and realizing that I am not superwoman and cannot do any and all things. However, from searching for burritos late at night to cramming for exams in the library until 3am, by the time summer rolled around, I had so much to look forward to.
Over summer, I got to see my friends graduate high school and pick their colleges, I worked Mammoth Motocross and got to enjoy some up-close moto-action, I went boating on the lake and met some crazy party-boat friends, and then I got to go to my favorite city with my favorite people. New York City was the highlight of my year. In just one week, Chelsea, her family, and I did just about everything you could do in NYC. We slayed that place.
We stayed in Times Square, went to the Empire State Building, basically cried because of the view from Top of the Rock, went to Ellis Island, stood by the Statue of Liberty, went on a boat tour around Manhattan (and reenacted Titanic at the front of the boat), and ate at Lombardi’s – America’s first Pizzeria. We rode on the subway – even to Coney Island, pretended to be students at NYU for the day (my dream), played with dogs that weren’t ours at the Washington Square Park dog park, and tried to connect with our inner Blaire Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodson on the steps of the MET. We walked through Central Park, Battery Park, and Bryant Park, visited the Rockefeller Center, walked the One World Trade Center Museum, and rode in taxis from A to B. We took a tour through Harlem, the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side, and walked cobblestone streets in search of a Banksy. It was the best week of my life and I am determined to go back – but next time, to move.
I then came home to Maui for the rest of the summer and did yoga daily, fell in love with runs along the beach, worked at a gelato store on the beach for some extra cash, swam with turtles, laid in hammocks, and went to the movies with my dad regularly. Then, as summer came to an end, I went back to LA to begin my junior year of college.
I lived with some of my best friends, met lots of new friends, went to football games, saw Ty Dolla $ign for the beginning of the year kick off, met my little, went to Disneyland on Dapper Day, camped in Big Sur, got an amazing internship working for a magazine, got to meet and talk with several of my favorite celebrities, saw Maroon 5, Best Coast, and Lady Gaga perform, wrote my first clip, and got my first byline. I got to go to Jingle Ball, I’ve made some amazing connections, and at the end of my fall quarter, achieved my first 4.0.
This year I’ve had some of the hardest and some of the most enjoyable moments of my life. And as it comes to a close, I wouldn’t have wished any of it differently. I will forever cherish eating pints of ice cream in my bed with my roommates while watching TV shows from the early 2000’s, spending an hour trying to learn how to “hit the quan” because my roommate was obsessed with it, setting up a baby rail on my roomies top bunk because she was afraid of falling off, seeing every movie in theaters with my dad, and even laying in a hotel room at 2am having a quarter-life crisis with my bestie.
I truly believe and hope that 2017 is going to be incredible – mainly because 2016 set the stage for it to be – but it has quite a year to live up to.