2018 has definitely been a monumental year in my life as it marked a big transition in my life. This year I moved away from home for the first time and started college. As a whole this year has been full of so many great moments (including starting this blog) which made it difficult to narrow down to the top ten moments. In all honesty, putting these moments in order was not an easy task. The more I thought about each the more I wanted to put each as the best moment!
10. My High School Graduation/My Brother’s College Graduation
My reasoning for putting this one at the number 10 spot is because these two events were bittersweet for me. Obviously, they were two amazing days, they did make the list as a best moment after all! All of our hard work finally paid off and we were able to celebrate our accomplishments. But, for me personally, there was a bittersweet feeling to these days. I had gone to school with the same people for 13 years. To all of a sudden not be with my best friends everday was a really big deal for me. I couldn’t be more proud of my brother for graduating from college, but selfishly, this also was a bittersweet moment. It meant he would be moving away for good to start his career. Don’t get me wrong, I am so proud of myself, and my brother, for graduating. Plus, getting to celebrate it with close family and friends made it even more special.
9. Ed Sheeran Concert
Although this was not my first time seeing Ed, he continued to amaze me the same way he did the first time I saw him when I was 14. This was my first concert in Pittsburgh and the night could not have been anymore perfect. It was outside at PNC Stadium and my friend and I decided to go for it and buy floor seats. Even though our bank accounts were crying, it was more than worth it to see him so close. Every song he performed was amazing, but the best moment of the whole night was when he revealed what surprise song he was going to sing – “Tenerife Sea.” This is my all time favorite Ed song, so this was just the cherry on top!
8. Harry Styles Concert
Harry takes the next spot as a best moment when I saw him at Hershey Stadium this past June! My friend and I couldn’t contain our excitement while driving to the venue as we tried to prepare ourselves for the night ahead. I’ve been to a good number of concerts at Hershey Stadium and I have never seen crowd control quite like this – it was crazy! Waiting for Harry to come on stage while singing along to the filler playlist felt never ending. But as soon as he came on stage all I could do was hope that time would slow down. He played his entire debut album, two new songs, and mixed in a couple of One Direction hits that compiled the perfect setlist. Style’s performance, fashion, crowd interaction and of course vocals made for a 10/10 night.
7. Meeting My Cousin
Last fall my cousin, who lives in California, had her second child and of course I was dying to meet my little cousin! Let me just say, little Payton is the sweetest girl in the world. Getting to meet her this past February brought so much joy to the whole family. It was a quick little family reunion trip so that my extended family could all be together. The trip was so much fun because of meeting Payton, but also getting to hang out with my other little cousin. Since my extended family is so spread out, getting to be with them is always a highlight of the year, that also includes this year’s Thanksgiving which was amazing!
6. Taylor Swift Concert
It is hard to put this concert experience into words because it was so over the top in all the best ways. My sister and I were lucky enough to have fairly close seats to the stage. This meant we had a great view of all the glitz, glam, and theatrics Swift put on. From the giant cobras to the abundance of background dancers to the synchronized bracelets for every audience member, there was never a dull moment. The standout moments for me were when she sang her acoustic surprise song, “State of Grace”, and her piano medley of “Long Live/New Year’s Day.” I won’t lie, there were many tears that night of excitement and disbelief that I was really seeing Swift. It is safe to say that my sister and I would go back in a heartbeat.
5. Exclusive Trip to Disney World
My sister, who is a former Disney cast member, and I were lucky enough to start the year off by taking a trip to Disney for the Alumni Reunion weekend. There will never be enough words to describe how magical this trip was! We were lucky enough to go to exclusive events and meet characters that would normally be difficult to meet. The semi formal was so much fun especially since there were exclusive characters and set props which meant the photo-ops were endless. But the best moment of the trip was when they shut down Hollywood Studios to the public and it was only open to the people participating in the trip. We walked right onto Tower of Terror and Rock n Roller Coaster which were a blast, ate amazing food, and had dance parties with the characters!
4. Starting at Duquesne
I won’t talk for too long about this because I have posts about my college experience planned, but starting at Duquesne has for sure been a highlight of my year. Even though Maryland will always be my home, making Pittsburgh my home away from home has been a great experience. I’ve been lucky enough to make a solid friend group as well as being a ten minute walk from one of my best friends who’s studying in downtown Pittsburgh. The opportunities Pittsburgh have presented so far, including the Ed concert, have been amazing. The classes I’m taking have allowed me to realize how much I enjoy writing and my professors have instilled a lot of confidence in me. Although I am only one semester in, I can tell that these next four years are going to fly by!
3. First Trip to Chicago
My dad and I took a trip to Chicago over the summer and I don’t think I realized how quickly I could love a city. The trip started with a quick stop to the Gallagher house from Shameless! Next, my dad gave me the grand tour of the city which is when I discovered how great it is. The people are so friendly, the streets are clean, and the views are amazing! With some crazy luck, our hotel happened to be on the street where Chicago Fire was filming. Getting to see the set, all the smoke, the stars of the show, and hang out with extras was such a cool experience. While we were in Chicago we went to see Niall Horan and Maren Morris perform on the Flicker Tour. My dad was an allstar at this concert and upgraded our tickets so we could be close to the stage. Maren blew us away and Niall put on one of the best shows I’ve been to. I could not have asked for a better first trip to Chicago and I’m very eager to go back!
2. Final NYC Field Trip
My high school puts together a day trip to New York City every semester and it was a tradition for my friends and I to go on with the art club. Our art teacher put on an extra special trip for my close friends and I for our last field trip. We went to Chelsea Market, a tradition of ours, and ate at our favorite burger and milkshake shop. Then we toured the Whitney Museum and did a painting workshop. This quickly turned into a Lady Gaga sing-a-long and free for all. After more walking around and exploring we got to our dinner reservation. We ate at a rooftop restaurant, had a three course meal, while singing and dancing the whole time to whatever the DJ was playing. My friends and I can all agree it was one of the most fun days we’ve had.
1. Europe Trip
The top moment of 2018 was my trip to Europe this summer. I was lucky enough to go on this trip all thanks to my parents. I’ll keep this post short because I plan on writing about the whole trip later on. It was a small group of us from my high school and one of our teachers as the chaperone. We travelled to Paris, Provence, and Barcelona and it is incredibly hard to pick a favorite place. Ultimately I am going to have to give the crown to Provence, though. The people could not have been any nicer and the views were breathtaking. The whole trip I couldn’t believe I was really there. I can truly say that this trip is an experience I haven’t stopped missing since arriving home and I am beyond thankful for getting to go on it.
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