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A 2018 Re-Cap

photo-1482329833197-916d32bdae74Happy new year everyone! I know we all say it every year, but I really can’t believe 2018 has already been and gone. So much happened throughout the year, both for me personally and across the world, but at the same time, it also feels like it has absolutely flown in.

2018 saw me start my fourth and final year at university. I definitely don’t feel ready to (hopefully) graduate in a few months time – I should still be that little fresh-faced eager first year who hasn’t a clue what is going on around me! My flatmate for the past three years also went off on her year abroad to Spain, so it has been a very different few months living with my school friend who took her place in the flat. I also started a new part-time job in September working behind the bar in my student Union, a job I absolutely adore. It is a surprising amount of fun working with only other students, serving students. Working nights doesn’t bother me in the slightest either, probably because I am a night owl anyway.

My sister, her husband, and their three young children also visited in the summer. They live in America so it was an absolute delight to catch up with them properly and hear “Aunt Holly” coming out of their little mouths. At Easter, I spent two weeks on the east coast of Spain in a small town called Los Alcazares, which is the third time I have visited there now. I really love it there. It isn’t super busy, and everyone seems to know each other. Our favourite bar owner remembered us, and we would sit and drink the ridiculously large measures of gin into the small hours of the morning, chatting to the staff and the ex-pats who frequented it too.

I also turned 21 just last week. I am officially an adult. To be honest, I was always kind of forgetting that I wasn’t already 21 because my friends’ birthdays are all earlier in the year so they have been that age for a little while. But still, it is pretty exciting, even if I do feel like I have to get my shit together now. And I can legally drink in America!! As if I haven’t been drinking in Scotland for years… Speaking of which, wow hangovers are a BITCH now that I am old.

All in all, it was a pretty damn great year. There were many lows as well of course, many moments of self-doubt, lack of motivation, and generally feeling like shit. But, I am looking forward to 2019, and everything that it is set to bring. I hope to look at myself in the mirror and think, ‘actually, you’re not too bad.’ I hope to put in my best effort possible into my final semester, so I don’t come out the other end wishing I had done more, or tried just that little bit harder. I hope to graduate from university with a grade that I am proud of. I hope to plan what I am going to do next, which may include applying to study for my masters. I hope to do so some solo travelling, most likely to visit my best friend on her year abroad. I hope to be adventurous in the summer too, and maybe even work in that little part of Spain that I love so much. I hope to continue to write for fun, whether that is here on my blog, or articles for The National Student. I hope to read for fun, and not just because I have to attend a class on that book or topic.

Here’s to all of us having another great year.



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  • Reply Tabs

    What a lovely post! It looks like you had a great 2018. I’m also in my final year of university so most of my goals are similar to yours. To leave university with a goal I’m proud of. Can’t wait to read more of your posts!
    Tabs πŸ’™ | Late Nights & Lattes β˜•

    January 4, 2019 at 9:40 AM
    • Reply thewritingfinch

      So glad you enjoyed reading it! It was more a ramble than anything else, but was quite therapeutic to write, in a way. Good luck in your final months of university too!! We can do this πŸ’ͺ🏼

      January 6, 2019 at 11:39 PM
  • Reply Amanda

    Here’s to a great 2019! I remember that the most difficult part of my final year of university was that everyone expected me to have my life all figured out when I actually didn’t have a clue!

    January 8, 2019 at 10:56 AM
    • Reply thewritingfinch

      Exactly! I’m definitely at the stage of my degree where everyone wants to know what I am going to do next and it is getting more and more stressful each time!!

      January 8, 2019 at 12:48 PM
  • Reply CG @ Paper Fury

    Ahh good luck with the final semester of uni there!! And I hope you figure out all the epic and marvellous things you’re going to do next!! GOOD LUCK. Sounds like an intense and exciting year ahead.πŸ’›

    January 8, 2019 at 12:40 PM
    • Reply thewritingfinch

      Thank you so much! Trying to take each day and each opportunity as it comes, and hopefully it all works out okay πŸ’•

      January 8, 2019 at 12:50 PM

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