Stealing this from Maya because frankly I’m too lazy to do a photo year-in-review again this year! (Maybe tomorrow?)

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

I went to Seattle? I can’t think of anything more exciting… It was a year of minor firsts, but nothing that stands out. I guess living completely on my own for the first time was kind of a big deal. I’ve obviously lived away from home for the last 4 years, but living on my own without roommates or an RA or something was a completely different experience.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t really make new years resolutions, so I suppose I kept them! I don’t really plan to make any for next year either. (haha ACTUALLY – while I was previewing this post, the related posts pointed me to New Years Resolutions 2008, so I suppose I did make them…)

Dematerialize: I actually did a decent job with this one. After I came back from California this summer I went through all of my clothes and got rid of at least 2/3 of it. Some of it I’d held on to since 5th, 6th, 7th grade. It was time to let go.

Focus: Another one I think I did a good job of accomplishing. I don’t think I’ve ever been more focused, actually.

Explore: I think most of this came in the form of socializing. I actually developed a hint of a social life this year and I’m not completely afraid to go into bars or to be in large crowds or go to unfamiliar places. I think things really changed for me around March and then really picked up steam over the summer when I didn’t have the crutch of a roommate to go out and do things with.

Improve: This is probably the one area where I haven’t really put a lot of attention. While I did manage to “get reacquainted with pencil and paper,” most of the other things fell by the wayside as I buckled down school-wise. Hopefully this coming semester will allow me the time to become reacquainted with my non-school interests.

Not bad overall, I suppose. I guess I’ll have to make some resolutions for next year now?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Hmm…I don’t think so. A lot of acquaintances, but no one close that I can recall.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit? Does California count?

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? love, travel, more new experiences

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

02.10 – the day Erin and I went to see the Spice Girls

03.01 – the day I was election Photo Editor and also the day of the Harvard/Cornell Hockey game and the day the Men’s Basketball Team won the Ivy Championship. That was an intense day to say the least.

11.04 – Election day. Not necessarily because of the results of the election, but because of the crazy day I had working on The Sun.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I think this year was great – I accomplished a lot of what I set out to do and more. I would say surviving this last semester was a huge achievement though. It was definitely one of the greatest challenges I’ve had to date. There is another less major, but still cool one in the works – technically it’s from 2008 but won’t be public until 2009.

9. What was your biggest failure? I really didn’t accomplish as much with the photo department as I would have liked to. We’ve made huge strides forward, but still have a long way to go.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Just getting my wisdom teeth out.

11. What was the best thing you bought? MacBook Pro. Best computer I’ve ever had.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Natalie’s – that girl has done incredible things in her college career and still manages to get everything done to perfection.

Shannon’s – it’s amazing to see how much she’s changed since this time last year. She’s become so much more confident and mature but she’s still managed to stay the bubbly and goofy person that I met 2 years ago. I’m really proud of her.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? haha…intense… I try not to let other people’s poor/annoying behavior irk me that much anymore.

14. Where did most of your money go? Living expenses – rent, parking, bills, etc.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Being elected Photo Editor! Interning at Flickr! Getting a job! And the Spice Girls concert, of course!

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? I think I’m going to have to go with Tighten Up – Archie Bell and the Drells

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? Happier, definitely.

b) thinner or fatter? I think I’m around the same.

c) richer or poorer? Hmm..well, I think there’s more money in my bank account than this time last year, but I’ve added on another year of loans, so probably poorer overall.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Traveling. Keeping in touch with old friends. Reading. Blogging.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Losing hours in front of the computer. Getting caught up in petty nonsense.

20. How did you spend Christmas? Mom, Gram, and Buddy. Presents, food, naps, TV marathons.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? unfortunately not.

22. What was your favorite TV program? hmm… Grey’s Anatomy, House, How I Met Your Mother, Dancing With The Stars, Big Bang Theory, Law & Order. I watch more TV than I probably should.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? no. I don’t hate.

24. What was the best book you read? ha, I wish I could say. I honestly can’t think of a single book I read cover-to-cover this year. Actually I just put away about 6 books that I started but never finished. Oh, actually I read some books over winter break last year. Born on a Blue Day is the only one I can remember at the moment though.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? The soundtrack to August Rush. I made one of the songs into my ringtone. It’s that good.

26. What did you want and get? To pass CS211 and a job!

27. What did you want and not get? A Canon 1D?? Haha, I can’t really think of anything. It’s been a good year. I suppose I kind of wanted to graduate early, but I’m OK with sticking around I guess. Actually there is one thing that I wanted, but it’s lame and kind of superficial so I’ll just keep it to myself.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? Ohhh tough one. Wall-E for an in-theater movie since it’s really the only one I remember seeing in theaters. I watched a lot of really great movies this year thanks to Netflix though.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 22. I had an exam in Econ that day so I just studied and took the test. Much later in the evening Meghan, her roommate and I went out for drinks since it was her 21st and we didn’t want to be complete losers on our birthday.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not having to take a lot of the classes I did.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? ha! well 2008 was the year of “no more sweatpants to class” and I managed that. Slowly working running sneakers out of the wardrobe, but I need new shoes. I also toned down the colors of my wardrobe overall, but mostly it’s still the same. Jeans and a comfy shirt typically paired with a hoodie of some sort. The “college look”.

32. What kept you sane? Photography. Writing.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Ehh…not really into celebs.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? Education always gets me.

35. Who did you miss? I miss a lot of people who have graduated over the last few years. I miss having Margot as my roommate – even though she’s still on campus it’s not the same. I miss Shannon who’s busy being awesome out there in Portland. I miss a lot of the great people I met over the summer.

36. Who was the best new person you met? Tilly! She was my partner in crime for most of the summer.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Don’t overcommit. I learn that lesson every year, but I still manage to get myself into that hole.

Don’t overthink. I tend to talk myself out of doing things that make me a little nervous.

Don’t be ashamed to ask for help and to actually have to work hard at something. School things always came easily to me and I never really had to work hard as a student until this semester and I found that I was often ashamed to have to go to office hours or to actually have to study for days instead of a quick read before the exam. I learned it the hard way after the first set of prelims, but managed to dig myself out of that hole by the end of the semester.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. I think it’s a combination of two: “California dreaming on such a winter’s day” and “I should concentrate on slowing down / Cause all I wanna do is drive fast”