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2017 review: pictures, reflections, resolutions for the new year

Elena Sandu
Elena Sandu | Language, Culture and Communication Contact Elena

There are only 2 weeks before the end of another year of our lives. And what an amazing and fruitful year. I will try to include the highlights of this year in this blog post, as well as to reflect on both positive and negative aspects to see how I can improve and prosper in 2018.

Even if the first half of 2017 has been quite dull(essay submissions, 2nd-year revision for June exams) from June onwards things have changed drastically. I returned to Romania after the end of 3rd term with the aim of securing an internship in Bucharest, which I am so glad I accomplished. It meant that I could also be close to my hometown and the seaside, hence I could visit my friends and family during the weekends, as well as going to the beach and taking a break from the hot, almost unbearable Bucharest weather. July, August, and September have been full months for my professional and personal development: moving to a new city, working full-time in an office, becoming slightly independent from my parents (financially speaking), getting out of my comfort zone, overpassing fears and imaginary limits, learning how to use my vulnerability as a strength rather than a weakness. Moreover, I met some amazing people, those being not only my managers and the fellow interns that became close friends of mine, but also the rest of the company’s employees, who were so friendly, helpful and caring to us. I was so lucky to be part of an amazing lead generation project that marked the beginning of my career and was a real taste experience of adult/career-hood.

In September, towards the end of my internship, I went to Milan with my boyfriend as a 2-year anniversary trip. It was my first time visiting “Bella Italia” and it will for sure not be the last. It’s no wonder that it is called ‘the capital of fashion’ alongside London, Paris and New York: famous fashion headquarters, breathtaking sceneries, history, art everywhere. The trip to Italy was also a reward from myself to myself because it was paid from my first salary, hence it will always have a special place in my heart.

October marked the end of my internship and the beginning of 3rd year of university. It was quite a hard process to move back to the UK after living in a 3rd home away from home. What I mean by hard process is that you always leave pieces of your soul in all the places that you live in and it always is stressful and depressing to end one chapter and move onto the next part of your journey. However, I did manage to adapt quite easily to my new home that I am sharing with some of my closest friends of my course. Towards the end of the month, I also celebrated my 21st birthday with some of my friends and we went to Smack for a Halloween party which was quite unforgettable. I will also insert here somewhere a picture with our lovely kitty, Koko, a stray Earlsdon cat that visits us from time to time.

If I would have to choose my favorite month of this year it would have to be November. Not only did I have the opportunity to revisit Cyprus to see my aunt as a late birthday present, but I also went to Paris with my best friend (and boyfriend haha). I do not want to get into too much detail with both of these incredible trips, but they definitely contributed to making 2017 the most amazing year of my life so far. Here are some pictures from both of these trips, as well as my trip to Lancaster to celebrate the birthday of my other best friend, Ebru.

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As for what 2018 holds I truly believe it will become the best year of my life for sure. The best events that will happen in 2018 are: graduation (aiming to finish with a 2:1), the start of a new job (in digital marketing?) and hopefully the relocation to a new city (LONDON?). QUE SERA SERA– WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE. Goodbye 2017, welcome 2018!

Elena Sandu
Elena Sandu | Language, Culture and Communication Contact Elena

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