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I’ve honestly put off this post because to be honest I’m not really sure how I am going to summarize 2015 in just one post. 2015 has to be the best year yet and although I am so sad for it to be over, I am so thankful for all the memories I made and the things God provided me with in the last 12 months!

2015 is definitely going to give 2016 a run for it’s money because I’m not sure how anything could live up to the year I just had, but I’m so excited to see what this new year has in store and what the future holds!

I’m excited to look back through this incredible year and remember some of my favorite moments.


I started off the year with a busy busy semester. It was my first time going through sorority recruitment on the other side! While the long days that recruitment entails aren’t the most fun, Bid Day always makes everything worth it. Nothing compares to seeing girls join our sisterhood and the smiles on their face that day. Definitely, one of my favorite events of the Spring Semester.


I GOT MY LITTLE. (and she’s oh so perfect). I met Mary all the way back in October before she had even gone through recruitment and it was love at first sight. She was wearing a bow in her hair and I knew she had to be mine! When she ran into my arms on Big Little Reveal day I couldn’t have been happier. Isn't she just the cutest?!


In March I headed home for my Spring Break. I needed time to catch up on sleep and home cooked food. I had a really laid back Spring Break at home and really needed that break from the high stress environment at school. Knowing how much I was going to be gone in the months following, staying home for the week was exactly what I needed.


I entered into a new decade! I turned 20 (holy cow!) on the 23rd of April! On the morning of my birthday by my best friends at school woke me up (very early) and we headed up to a spot not too far from campus called Pretty Place to watch the sunrise! It was a definitely a birthday, I’ll never ever forget.


I spent 3 weeks in May taking a class with 18 other girls from my school in Italy! Furman has short (optional) semesters in May called MayX’s and you can take 3 week classes on campus or out of the country! We traveled throughout Italy for 3 weeks and got to explore new cities while learning so much! It gave me a great taste of Italy and made me excited to spend the following semester there!

June + July

I flew straight from Italy after my 3 week class to Paris for my internship. Writing about it still seems so surreal to me. I worked 5 days a week and couldn’t have been luckier with my internship. I absolutely loved my job, learned so much about myself, and strolling around Paris everyday was a dream come true for me. Both of my parents got to come and visit me while in Paris and it was fun to show them around. I grew a lot as a person in those 2 months and learned how to live alone even in a foreign city (where I don't speak the language)!


After being gone for 3 months I was looking forward to a month at home before I headed back to Italy for my semester abroad! I spent a lot of time catching up with family, saw my friends, and unpacked (which felt like it took an entire month)!


I boarded the flight with 18 other Furman students (some I knew, some I didn’t!) to a small town Italy! It took a few weeks to get adjusted to my new surroundings and figure everything out but I knew a great adventure was just around the corner!

October + November

Finally all settled in we started to travel on the weekends! I learned a lot about how to balance my time doing school work and traveling. We made the best use of time over there and visited 8 countries and saw so many new cities! Nothing compared to jetting off to a new place every weekend. My good friend Kayla (who I met the first day of my freshman year!) came with me. She was already one of my closest fiends at school but it was so special to share this experience together. I don’t know if I could have done it without her! It still feels like a dream looking back on the pictures!


After a great semester full of adventure we headed home. While I loved every moment, nothing compares to home. I couldn’t wait to hug my family and indulge in all my American favorites (like chick fil a of course!)!


If I could summarize 2015 in one word it would probably be Adventure. I spent about half of 2015 out of the country and pushed myself out of my comfort zone so many times. I’m proud of myself for everything I accomplished and am so thankful on all the sweet memories I can look back on.

I truly can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store.

Happy New Year!






  1. I loved reading about all of your adventures in 2015 and can't wait to see all of your adventures in 2016! Happy New Year, Shannon!


  2. It looks like 2015 was a wonderful year for you! Can't wait to see where 2016 will take you!

    Tori A. from Prep For A Day

  3. It looks like you had an incredible 2015! Especially Paris and Italy, I'm swooning! Excited to read about what 2016 has in store for you!