Bye 2016!

2016 was by far the busiest and most challenging year yet for me. It was filled with nothing but change and learning how to adapt. I experienced highs like graduation and getting a full-time job to lows like adjusting to post college life and watching friends move to different cities for work and grad school.

In the beginning of the year, I found more opportunities to do freelance photography and picked up a couple internships and part-time jobs to stay busy ! As the year progressed, I attended lots of concerts and events and did my best to keep in touch with friends and reconnect with ones from high school. There was a lot of overthinking, wishing I could just go back to Temple and uncertainty, but I’ve found happiness being home with my family, bonding with my coworkers, meeting new people through my jobs and at events, visiting friends still at Temple and redecorating and organizing my room and closet. There are still days I want to go back to Temple or daydream about living in London again, I am so thankful to work at Philadelphia magazine and am soo proud of what I’ve accomplished this year.

Since a lot happens in 365 days, here’s a little recap of some of my favorite events and most memorable moments from the year!

January

-Started my last semester of college

-Began interning as a Junior Public Relations Associate at Flackable 

-Owlchella concert at the Liacouras Center

– Jack’s Mannequin concert at the Electric Factory

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February 

-Philly Cooks event

March

-First full-time job interview

-David Cook concert at Union Transfer with Mom and Alexa

-Wedding Wednesday event

-Penn State visit with Anastasia and Erica

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-Vance Joy concert and Radio 104.5 Studio Session

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April

-Last day interning at Philadelphia magazine and Flackable 

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-Last PRowl meeting

-Last Res Life staff meeting and RA End of the Year Banquet

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-Began working as a Marketing Associate for the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

-Began working as a Hostess for ShutterBooth

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May

-Wine Festival event

-GRADUA”][“TION from Temple University!!

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-Last day as an Owl Coordinator/Ambassador with Temple Admissions

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June 

-Last day at Sesame Place after six and a half years in Photo/Rentals & Reservations

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-Began working as an Account Coordinator at Philadelphia magazine!!!

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Radio 104.5 Birthday Show concert with Anastasia & seat upgrades

Firefly Music Festival with Anastasia, Erica and Noa in The Woodlands

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July

-First of many times dog sitting- this time with Miles, Winston and Ollie

August

-Best of Philly event

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-Began working at XFINITY Live! as a photographer

September

-Turned 22!

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The Lumineers concert with Lauren

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Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party with Emma

-Dog sitting again- this time with Stella

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-First Temple Homecoming as an alumna

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October

-Whiskey Festival event

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November 

-NEED TO BREATHE concert at the Electric Factory

-Family Vacation: Cruise from Tampa, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico

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December

-Trip to visit Paulina in New York City

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-Ice Skating and Sushi with Nicole in Philly

Thanks for a great one, 2016. I’m ready for you 2017 and hopefully you bring less big changes but just as many opportunities, events and concerts!

~Shaun

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