Greatest Hits: 2014 Edition

Page 365 of 365.

The year has officially come to a close, which means it’s time to retrace our steps of the past year and plan out our next steps for the new year. While I cannot go back into the previous months and change any of the mistakes I’ve made, it’s still fun to look back and see everything I’ve been through and look at how far I’ve come. Many times in life, I may feel like I’m at a standstill, that I’m not moving or making any progress, or that I’m not accomplishing much and that I’m living an incredibly humdrum and boring life. But as I looked back at all of my Facebook posts from the year, I was instantly overcome by nostalgia, realizing just how much has happened in 12 months. Looking back on the year, I realize that life is pretty rad.


  • Winter Quarter of my 3rd year of college starts
  • 6th month mark of working for the Pomona Unified School District


  • Gave up my permanent position at my assigned school for the Pomona Unified School District
  • Did an engagement photoshoot at the Botanical Gardens and the Huntington Library


  • First act of being an official adult: filing my first set of State and Federal Taxes
  • Got to see Monterey Trail High School’s (my alma mater) production of “Guys and Dolls” – The seniors in this production were freshmen when I was a senior in high school.


  • Registered to take the CBEST and CSET to prepare for my then dream of teaching high school
  • Monterey Trail High School’s 10th Anniversary celebration
  • Helped my sister move into her new apartment in Sherman Oaks
  • Grad School Fair
  • My sister’s first half-marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in San Luis Obispo


  • Registered to take the GRE, an exam needed to apply to graduate school
  • Elected Vice President of Kappa Mu Epsilon for the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Cousin’s graduation at Dominican University
  • Elected Vice President of the Kellogg Honors Ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Officially left my job with the Pomona Unified School District. While it was a short lived experience, it was still a meaningful one, and I’ve learned a lot about myself and will take those lessons and experiences and keep them in my heart forever.


  • Finished my third year of college
  • Worked the 2014 Commencement Ceremonies for the 2nd time
  • Made the trip from Glendora to Elk Grove (and back) by myself for the first time
  • Attended VidCon in Anaheim and met Mikey Bolts and Laina
  • Started my summer pescatarian diet


  • Interviewed for and got a job at the University Test Center
  • Took the GRE
  • Started working for the Physics department to help incoming freshmen register for classes


  • Thunder Valley for my parents’ 26th wedding anniversary
  • Helped cousins move into their new apartment in Fullerton
  • Went to a special screening of Hercules at El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard
  • Saw the Pompeii and Endeavor exhibits at the California Science Center and visited the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles


  • Visited the Cal State Long Beach campus, my first choice for graduate school
  • Started my senior year of college
  • LA County Fair
  • Saw Demi Lovato live in concert at the Viejas Arena in San Diego


  • Began my journey to better my relationship with God by joining Cru, and attending weekly Bible studies
  • Celebrated my 21st birthday with some close friends and family
  • Met current high school seniors looking to apply to Cal Poly Pomona at CPP Preview Day


  • Met another favorite YouTuber, Grace Helbig
  • Hiked to the top of the Hollywood Sign
  • Prepared and passed out meals to the homeless on Skid Row with Science Council
  • Started my blogging adventures on Word Press


  • Completed my first academic quarter of my last (full) academic year of college
  • Watched a boat parade and looked at Christmas lights in Long Beach
  • Went bar hopping in Midtown Sacramento with a few close friends

And with that, I hope everyone’s year was as eventful and full of positive experiences as mine. Here’s to another great year!


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