One of my favourite types of videos to watch are Year in Review videos where someone recaps their year using footage obtained from throughout the year. Morgan Yates is one of these YouTubers who not only does Year In Review videos where she includes a second of footage from each day throughout the year, but also does review videos of certain periods in her life including Summer 2017 and her senior year of High School. Since it’s officially the end of 2017 when this post is being uploaded, I thought I would write a post summarising and reflecting back on my 2017.
January is my birthday month so the start of the month consisted of birthday celebrations including a visit to the Harry Potter Studios in London with my best friend Grace. I had never been before so I was excited to go as someone who had grown up watching the films and reading the books. I actually read the entire seventh Harry Potter book the day it came out, I was that big of a fan! Grace had been before but she had never been during #hogwartsinthesnow, which is when the studio is decorated during the winter months with fake snow and Christmas-themed décor. You can check out her post here.
I also went on Physio Tour this month. For those of you who not at University, this is a weekend away with your course mates at a surprise location filled with fun activities, most of them involving alcohol of some sort. This year it was Cardiff, which was freezing cold since it was the middle of winter and therefore made dressing up very hard, but was a beautiful town and made for some exceptional photographs.
The highlight of February for me was a trip to Oxford with Grace, which is a city in central southern England, known best for its prestigious University. I had only ever been to Oxford once before when I was touring Universities so I was excited to return and properly explore the town. What I love about Oxford is that it is a traditional town in that it is full of old buildings and it is also strongly encouraged to walk or cycle to get around the town rather than drive. You can check out her post here.
February also consisted of Valentine’s Day, or Galentine’s Day for someone like myself who is single. For the past couple of years, I have met up with friends on Valentine’s Day and gone out for dinner with them at a nice restaurant and this year was no exception. We decided to go to GBK this year because I am in love with their burgers and skinny fries.
March was a stressful month for me because I had my OSCEs at the end of the month. For those of you who aren’t medical students, OSCEs are practical exams where you are presented with a scenario and a ‘patient’ and required to treat them as you would on a hospital ward. Thankfully I passed and was able enjoy my Easter break without having to worry about re-sits.
March was also the month in which I saw Dodie live for the first time on her Intertwined tour. Her voice is incredible and I adore her quirky personality.
April consisted of the Easter holidays. My family and I actually went away for a weekend during this time to our local PGL centre, which is an adventure camp that caters for everyone from school trips to families looking for a weekend away. It was a weekend filled with abseiling, canoeing, archery and zip wiring.
May consisted of study leave and then my final exams for the year. As a study break, Grace and I decided to go see The Vamps in concert. The main reason we decided to get tickets was because Sabrina Carpenter was opening for The Vamps and we are both huge fans of her, but we both also enjoy listening to the Vamps so it was the perfect combination.
June was a month of travelling. I went to visit my sister at her University in Bristol and from there we took a day trip to Bath since neither of us had ever been before. I also went to visit a friend in Southampton who goes to University there. I had been to Southampton before briefly when I was looking around at Universities but had never explored the town so I was excited to see it from the view point of a local.
June also was the starting month of this blog, the 17th of June to be exact. It has been 6 months since then and I have gained 272 followers (as of the time I’m writing this post) and have grown to love blogging and the blogging community. Here’s my first post in case you’re curious!
For the past few years, I have organised a birthday day-out for my two best friends, Grace and Anna, in the middle of July since it falls exactly in-between their two birthdays. This year was no different. We went to Afternoon Tea at the Tea Terrace in Selfridges in London Victoria, followed by a trip to Covent Garden for shopping and to see their flower displays. Unfortunately it was actually raining that day so the photographs did not come out as planned but that is the reality of British weather!
August brought along the official start of the summer holidays. It started with a 2 week holiday in Italy with my family, exploring Rome, Florence and Venice. It was honestly such an incredible experience and I got to see some beautiful sights. I did blog posts on each of the places I travelled which you can read here.
I also went to see Against The Current for the fourth time, at the same venue where I saw them for the first time two years ago in December 2015. Since then they have only grown in popularity and talent, so it was incredible to be able to compare the two experiences and see just how much they have grown since then. I got to meet them for the second time and was relieved to find that I am still taller than Chrissy!
September brought the end of the summer holidays and the return to University for my third and final year of University. But before then I managed to escape to Barcelona for a week with Grace which is a place packed full of culture and beautifully designed buildings. You can check out my blog post here for more photographs and an itinerary of my week.
I officially moved into my student flat for the year with two other allied medical students who I hadn’t met prior to this year. It was a gamble but I can safely say that three months later, it was the best gamble I ever took. I adore the flat and the independence that comes with it, and we all still hang out as a trio, although less often now due to our competing schedules.
We had our annual girls’ trip to Brighton, although this year we didn’t paddle in the sea because it was extremely windy and cold since it was the beginning of Autumn. Instead we did some shopping in the Lanes, had hot chocolate at Choccywoccydoodah and took photographs along the Pier.
At the end of September, I went to Paphos in Cyprus for my cousin’s wedding. It was honestly such a beautiful location for a wedding, which was probably why there was a wedding a day! Since it was during the school term and also quite expensive, only my Mum and I were able to go and I am incredibly grateful to my parents for letting me take a week off University and for paying for me to go. I had an incredible time, lazing beside the pool with an all-inclusive bar only a few feet away.
In October I hit 200 followers on my blog which was crazy to me seeing as I only started blogging in June. Thank you to you all who have followed and continue to follow my blog – I am incredibly grateful to you all.
October also consisted of seeing Dodie for the second time on her You Tour. In my opinion, she was even better than the first time we saw her live, having grown in confidence in the months since her previous tour. My favourite song to hear live was In The Middle and she even donned a pride flag for the duration of the song.
October was also the month that I started bouldering. For the first two years of University I had been part of the hockey club but this year I was excited to try something new. It was actually my flatmate who first introduced me to climbing and since then we have gone together on a weekly basis. It’s really addicting and a fun way to keep fit!
November was another stressful month. I was on placement working 10 hours a day, four days a week as a student Physiotherapist. Thankfully the weeks passed quickly, possibly due to just how much I was learning every day, and I was able to finish the placement with a pass.
November was also the month I finally visited Anna at her University in Durham. I have extended family that lives in Durham so I had been before a few years earlier but I was excited to see it from a student’s point of view. We got to finally meet her housemates and see for ourselves all the places she had told us so much about. You can check out my blog post here about the trip.
December started off with Beautycon, which is a one-day event that brings together content creators, brands and fans, united by their love of make-up. I had been last year but this year was bigger and better for sure – there were more brands, more freebies and even more photo opportunities. You can check out my blog post here for more details about the day.
This year was also the fourth year I’ve gone to Winter Wonderland. For those of you who don’t live in England, Winter Wonderland is a Christmas event held in Hyde Park. There is an ice rink there, roller-coasters, an ice bar and stalls selling a range of products from lights to jewellery to hot chocolate. My two best friends and I always make sure to go every year when it’s dark because it’s so beautiful when it’s lit up. Grace recently uploaded a blog post showing some of the photographs we took this year.
December also consisted of my first ever trip to New York. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed about going to New York during the Christmas period and this year my dreams are finally coming true. I am so excited for the trip! Stay tuned for a post about my adventures.
And that is my 2017! I hope you have enjoyed reading my recap of the year. Be sure to check out Morgan Yate’s latest Review video all about her summer, linked here, and I will see you all in 2018!!