Yup, it’s that time of year. Last day of the last month, i.e. New Year’s Eve. It’s time to have a look back at what I’ve done over the last 12 months and have a little think about what I’d like to achieve in the next 12.
I’d do it month by month, but I don’t think I have an interesting enough life for that, so I’ll just take a general look at things.
In 2011 I…
- Earned a bachelors degree. The same degree I started way back in 2008 finally came to fruition and I am the proud owner of a 2nd Class Honours Grade I Bachelor of Civil Law (Law and French). I’m not gonna lie and say I slogged my butt off to earn my degree, but I did work for it, and I’m proud of what I got. Especially considering how much I struggled through the middle of the degree, I’m proud to be able to say that I got there, and in the recommended amount of time.
- Started a Masters degree. The LLM (International) International Business Law offered by NUI Maynooth and the Catholic University of Lyon. This was, perhaps, not my smartest move. I’m not saying I’m not enjoying the degree (I’m only halfway through it) (and I am enjoying it) but choosing this particular degree, given that it’s an LLM (International) meant that
- I moved to France and lived there for three months. I’m not gonna lie. It was tough. I struggled with language barriers, loneliness, motivation, grocery shopping, paying bills and occasionally just getting out of bed in the mornings. But I did the whole three months, I didn’t go bankrupt, I went to every single class, I travelled around the South of France and saw lots of it, I went to Geneva to visit my dad, I sat all seven exams and (hopefully) did pretty well in them, and in all, I think I pretty much kicked France’s butt.
- I struggled with a long-distance relationship. Alex was in Limerick for six months (March-September) and I was in France for three months (September-December). It wasn’t fun. We made it, but not without a lot of tears, a lot of fights and a lot of struggles. Still, we’re back in the same place now. He’s sitting next to me now, and the sheer fact of being able to see him whenever I want makes me way happier than it should.
- I reviewed a few books. Not as many as I’d like to, though. We shall see if it continues into next year. I’ve read a couple of books over the course of the holidays, so I might review them if I think about it
- I missed the crap out of music. Having quit both the band and the orchestra, I needed some sort of outlet for musical creativity, so I joined the Gospel Choir in the college, as treasurer, and sang my heart out. I couldn’t, obviously, go back to band and orchestra when I was in France, but I went to the first orchestra rehearsal back in September and I played the carol service with the band on Christmas Eve, so come the second half of the year, I’ll be back in the swing of things. Now I just need to work out how to improve my embouchre, which has become beyond terrible.
- I quit my job. I had to, because I moved to France, but I regret it. I miss my job, I miss the people in my job and I definitely miss the money. I need a job, so from next week I’ll be looking for someone to employ me. I’m friendly and hard-working, do you want to give me a job??
- I ran for Students’ Union Vice-President – but failed miserably. The less said about that the better
- I beat depression. After several years of misery, tears and general low mood, I’m finally able to say that I am 100% depression free, with no pills, no nothing to help me.
- In conclusion, I had a good year. Bits of it were sad, bits were brilliant, but looking back, I’m pretty pleased with it. So I’m looking forward to a 2012 which is as good as, if not better than, 2011.
- Screw Flanders