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Hello 2018, Goodbye 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, I think it's important to reflect on the year. There are so many little moments that turn into big moments that can be easily forgotten by the time you get to the end of the year.

While there were a lot of challenges and hard times when I couldn't wait for the year to be over,  the good times in 2017 no doubt far outweighed the bad times. I want to highlight all of those good times  that 2017 one of the best years yet. 

As someone who is always focused on the future it's important for me to take a moment to remember everything I accomplished this past year. I tend to accomplish one goal and move right on to the new item on the to-do list. One of my goals for the new year is to celebrate every time I reach one of those goals instead of instantly moving onto the next. 

1. GRADUATION

It's bittersweet to be saying bye to 2017. From the moment I entered into my freshman year at Furman we were labeled as the class of 2017. For 4 years I looked forward to the moment I would walk across that stage with my diploma in hand. 2017 always seemed like such a distant thought, and then like most years, it snuck up and before any of us knew it, we were throwing our hats in the air and claiming a new title, alumni. 

While it was obviously one of my biggest (and most exciting) moments of 2017, it was bittersweet to say bye to all my friends, my tight-knit community, my little apartment, and the campus that I had called home for the past 4 years. Our time had come to an end and it was time for my class to dive into the real world and make our mark on the world!! It's exhilarating to think about all the changes and accomplishments ahead of me but it was definitely sad to be stepping out into the real world away from the comfort of Furman's campus. 

Although I don't really feel like I've made the real leap into the real world since I'm still in school full time, life is definitely different than it was in undergrad. But I'm looking forward to making the real leap in November when I finish up my graduate program!


2. 2017 Recruitment

Although I didn't talk about it super frequently much on the blog, I wrapped up my role as Panhellenic President in January/ February.* It was a huge position that I was more than hesitate to take on. There are more than 900 women who are apart of the Panhellenic community on campus and it was hard for me to wrap my head around that I had to oversee all of those girls (I even had my own office that I shared with the IFC president!!). After much trial and error, and a great team of people helping me I figured it out. After I finished up the position I realized everything I learned from the holding that position. The responsibility was huge but I learned more about myself through it than ever before! I learned how to run a meeting, juggle school and extracurriculars, how to work with different types of people, and how to plan an event!

One of my biggest responsibilities in the position was to plan and execute recruitment for 1,200 women on Furman's campus. Luckily I had an amazing recruitment chair who I never would have met if it weren't for the position! We made more than one big change to the process and it thankfully it was all executed perfectly. It was a longgggg week and half with little sleep it so exciting to see something you worked on for the last year come to life.

I also had to disaffiliate from my own sorority for an entire semester while I worked with potential new freshman so I could represent all 7 sororities equally. The picture below is on bid day with my sweet pledge class when I got to rejoin tridelt!

*Panhellenic President the position that oversees all the sororities on campus! On Furman's campus we have 7 sororities and I was in charge of providing all of them with support and aiding the president's with their role!


3. SCAD

I loved Furman so much it was hard to even think of attending a school that wasn't Furman. But after completing my first quarter I can truly say I love SCAD. While it's no doubt very very different than my undergrad experience I have loved my classes, my professors, and all the opportunities SCAD has already provided me. I have never loved school but I feel like I am finally taking classes that truly interest me. They are the perfect combination of my interests in marketing, communications, luxury, and fashion and I am so excited to see what else I learn in the upcoming year.

I plan on finishing the program in mid-November and taking classes through the summer so 2018 will definitely be a year of learning and lots of school (but it's more exciting when you actually enjoy your classes)!



4. Blogging

I made a huge commitment to myself at the beginning of the year to create a blogging schedule and to really stick to it. In past years, during the school year I really prioritized schoolwork over blogging (which is the right thing to do!) but I was committed to finding a way to doing both. I created a content calendar, set a reasonable goal of posting 3 times a week, and ultimately carved out time to do it. AND I DID IT (for the most part!). There were of course, some weeks that got way busier than others and I couldn't sit at my computer for long enough before I started to fall asleep but for the most part, I stuck to my schedule! I even upped my schedule in the summer and posted 5 days a week.

I also had my blog redesigned this year. It was kind of symbolic because I had my blog redesigned right before my freshman year and then right before I graduated. A new design for a new chapter in my life!


5. Living Alone

Moving to Savannah to start my graduate program at SCAD is the first time in my life I've ever lived alone. After an extremely hectic senior year, I was ready to see what it was like to live on my own. I was torn on whether I would love having my own place or if I would miss always having someone around to talk to. It turns out I feel both!

There are times when I miss having friends nearby all the time and miss having my boyfriend just steps away in his apartment but it has also been super exciting to make my apartment really feel like me and to be able to be on my own schedule all time. I'm kind of a homebody so I have loved having my own space! (See my apartment here!)


2018....

SO many good memories from 2017, and way too many to even reflect on. But I am so thankful for another trip around the sun and so excited to see what 2018 has in store for me. I'm looking forward to graduating from SCAD with my masters in Luxury in Fashion Managment, entering into the real world (with hopefully a job), curious to see where I'm moving to next, getting to know Savannah even more, spending time with old friends, making new friends, traveling to new places, and even more adventures with Emory!

Cheers to 2017, and here's to making 2018 even more awesome!

Remember, 

xoxo

Shannon

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