I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but I’ve been busy. I thought it would be a cool time to take a minute at the end of the year and reflect, make observations, and make some goals and predictions. So here’s the first ever Pho year in review:
This has been a milestone year since 2006 marked the end of my undergraduate studies. The end of college resulted in me living outside of Massachusetts with an internship in Washington DC. I did have some good FSC moments. I got to live a few more days at Townhouse 404 over the winter and celebrated New Years (and Lindsay’s birthday) in the townhouses with my college pals.
Graduation led to a visit back to campus and an interesting trip to Atlantic City. Graduation was fast and furious, I already felt like an outsider and I returned soon to DC for a beach trip with my DC friends before work started. However it was quality time well spent with my FSC friends and I managed to sneak in one graduation party (yay Amanda!)
What’s next? Grad school is going to happen, just not now. I see myself settling down to work life for a year or two then maybe studying Public Relations or more Film/Video here in the district. Of course I’d love to keep on learning in the mean time, maybe a class in learning how to actually cook decently for myself.
Again another milestone year for that, 2006 brought me my first real job complete with salary, benefits, and the corporate environment. I said goodbye to my part-time gig at BATV. My days there ended well with me growing closer to my coworkers Nancy and Alex. They rock. The McGinn Group brought new adventures, new challenges, and new friends to experience life with. Ever since I started my internship there back in January, every day there has been enjoyable. I’m really thankful to find a job that I enjoy and co-workers I really like right after college. Work has had some great days and definitely some tougher days but I think it’s opened my eyes to a whole field and industry that I’ve only thought about briefly in college. I think it’s a great start to my career, a career in what however is I’m just starting to figure out.
Starting 2006 in a new place meant leaving old friends behind. I’m glad I’ve been able to keep and touch, proving that friends are forever and that makes me happy. What also makes me happy was being able to make friends down here as well. I know people who left Massachusetts and really struggled socially without college to serve as that facilitator in making friends. I didn’t want to be one of those people.
I’ve become friends with a great group of people at work. Chanelle, Krissy, Mallory, and Margaret gave me another reason to get up and go to work everyday. They prove that work doesn’t have to be boring, dull, and corporate. Each of them brings variety to the office.
Of course you have to meet friends in places other than work. I’ve found a circle of friends that are truly awesome. Diana, Sarah, Emily, Laura, Lindsay, Ben, Doug, Evan, and even others like Falkor made my year. They really did. I think I can boiled the camaraderie in one moment: a trip to Hershey Park where we occupied an entire Storm Runner train car. We were “that” group of people. That’s when I realized I was a part of something special.
I’ve also been able to reconnect with some old friends who happened to be down here. It was great to reconnect with Rebecca, my High School class President, and her Australian boyfriend Adam. I loved introducing Adam to all the American pastimes we have in this part of the world.
Looking back I think I did really well for someone who moved down here knowing nobody else. I can only hope to meet even more great people in 2007.
2006 saw both of my sisters busy at college and my brother now in high school, more proof I’m getting old. Kim is continuing the family legacy at Fitchburg State and Diana is completing her studies at Mt. Holyoke. I don’t know what legacy Danny is starting/continuing at CHS. I also got to spend time with Jackie and Young as I lived with them for a few months. It was really great to spend time with my favorite aunt.
Travel and Special Events
A trip to the outer banks was really cool, the start of an annual tradition. I went to some Dave Matthews Band concerts in some new venues including Bristow and Charlottesville. Flying to Detroit for work resulted in a really fun week in October. I celebrated my 23rd birthday in style in Baltimore, one of the more memorable times celebrating my birthday. The holidays were only ok since I got sick, but I did get to see a lot of my favorites.
One travel goal I have is to go on a cruise. I know that’s prolly not going to happen in 2007. Maybe 2008? I also want to celebrate spring break. I never really did it in college. Maybe in 2008 I’ll go on a Spring Break cruise.
People I know are going to get married in 2007. I know that means some awesome weekends this spring and summer. Even more people got engaged in 2006, so that can only mean more weddings down the line as well.
I hope to tackle a number of projects including finishing my home movies, redesigning my site, and maybe even taking up a hobby or two. Overall I think 2006 was a great start in settling into life down here, now I want to build on that and really create an enriching experience in 2007.