Just two more days left of this pretty interesting year. It’s had its good times, and its bad times but in the end, it was certainly memorable. And that’s both on a worldwide and personal level.
We all know about Trump taking office and doing his best to further screw up the world. And we’ve all heard about the ongoing Brexit drama that I seriously doubt will ever end. And every one of us have, at one point or another, had personal issues that have worn us down.
But it’s better to focus on the positives, right? I decided to look back at some of my own best times from 2017.
Back in April, I went to the National Student Television Association (NaSTA) Awards ceremony in Birmingham for the first time. I had the most brilliant weekend. The most incredible part was meeting one of Journalism’s greatest names. Fiona Bruce was absolutely amazing – in the relatively short time I spoke with her, she gave me so much fantastic advice. It is genuinely my number one highlight of 2017.
Also in April was the Student Achievement Awards Ball. RGU: TV, the student TV station, won Best Media Group and Radar, the student magazine, won Most Improved Society. Having been really involved in both, it was night I felt especially proud of our student media. And having won my individual Half Scarlet award was also lovely!
And anyone who knows me or has followed the blog will know what an awesome experience Brussels has been. It’s always worth reiterating though!
But whether things were good or bad, 2017 was always insightful. This past year has taught me loads about so many different things and I’ve accomplished so much more than I could ever have guessed.
I also have so much to look forward to next year in terms of my career. I plan to develop my journalistic skills even further, expand my network and get even more real-life experience in broadcasting.
On a more personal level, I plan to continue learning Dutch until I become fluent, however long it takes; I’ve started learning it here in Brussels and I plan to keep it up. One thing I regret is not having continued with French after leaving school. I will not make the same mistake twice.
I also hope to travel to more, further away places – it sounds pretty clichéd, I know, but the foreign correspondent in me has really blossomed since coming to Brussels.
So it looks like a pretty busy year ahead! As it’s my final blog post (another 2017 accomplishment) this year, I’d like to say thanks to everyone who has read and supported it so far and have an incredibly happy and safe New Year!