You thought this was over, didn’t you?
To be honest, so did I. But here I am, ready to recap my year in what is becoming my annual blog post.
-Won a statewide journalism award. OK, so I didn’t technically find out about this until February due to a snow issue, but I would have gotten it in January. But seriously – I won first place for college investigative journalism in the Kentucky Press Association contest. Considering that’s my major, big deal.
(Considering that didn’t happen in January, I’m not sure what I spent my month doing.)
-Really hit my peak. And when I mean peak, I mean I made a House of Cards-themed cover. And that’s about all I did in February.
-Went to a Donald Trump rally. It was, uh, wild.
-Interviewed the lead singer of AWOLNATION. I initially thought I was going to interview Fall Out Boy, but this was slightly less anxiety-provoking.
-Went to Gatlinburg. And it wasn’t for a fraternity formal! How revolutionary.
-Finished my time as EIC. After running the Cardinal for three semesters, I was finally told I had to give someone else a chance. Instead of talking about what I learned, I’ll let you read the column here.
-…but not without being salty AF at the end of semester dinner. Using my own money, I gave all editors a parting gift. The gifts were typically books on how to fix their flaws, including this one for the adviser.
-Somehow survived finals week. I’m not one to complain about finals, but this was a bad one. A look:
-Went to Derby. Well, I technically covered Derby for The Cardinal, as proven by this photo of me praising my Macbook in Derby attire and a press pass.
-Started a big kid internship. They only sent me to get coffee once!
-Joined a gym. And I was doing really well at the whole working out thing for a whole three weeks.
-Also joined a softball team. Somehow joined a rec league softball team of life insurance agents I mainly didn’t know about midway through the season. I hit the ball once. Go team.
-Turned 21. I got some balloons.
-Won a lot of awards. The Cardinal won almost triple the number of awards it won in 2015 in the Society of Professional Journalists Metro Louisville contest.
-Started working at Chipotle. #Chipotlife.
-Revenge of the chip. One of my front teeth was whittled down to a fang so I could get a replacement veneer. I had to wear a fake tooth for three weeks and it was definitely the most traumatic experience on this list.
-Dog in my storage unit. Someone abandoned a dog in my apartment’s storage unit, which I didn’t know I had.
-Jenny moved in. Not in front of our apartment, but the party is always here.
-Survived recruitment; had this photo taken of me. #Senya
-Published a story I spent two years working on. Partially because investigative stuff takes time, partially because I can be easily distracted/lazy, partially because I wanted to submit it for an award and needed to publish it before the end of September. You can read it here.
-Won an intramural contest. Yo, I’m a reigning tug-of-war intramural champion for the next calendar year. Doing big things.
-I dressed as a ceiling fan for Halloween. Sometimes, I hate myself. This was one of those times.
-Voted in a presidential election. Also wore a shirt with Mitch McConnell’s face on it that I accidentally bought from the Republican National Committee.
-Praise Yeezus. I wrote around 3,000 words on Kanye West’s spiritual journey in his music, as well as a mixtape called…”Praise Yeezus.” Later, it was named one of the top six “dopest” mixtapes of the class.
-Got accepted to Teach for America. After a delayed interview and a couple of crash courses on how to do any form of public speaking, I made it.
-Gave a 45-minute class presentation. Y’all, I write. I don’t speak. I’m not sure how I did it, but I did it. If you want to know anything about death in the Roman Empire, I got you.
-Flew in an airplane. It took me 21 years to finally get in an airplane. 21.
-Went to Italy. For those continuing to ask: Yes, Rome was great – how did you think I was going to respond?
-Saw a Star Wars movie for the first time. It also took me 21 years to see any part of the Star Wars franchise. Because of this, “Rogue One” was pretty confusing for me.
-Rejected Teach for America. I can’t tell you why I did it yet, but, uhh, surprise. Big announcement in the coming weeks.