Originally put this on facebook but decided to take it down for whatever reason, but it was nice to write and thought it'd be a shame to waste it.
This time last year I was frantically preparing for the joy of four exams in a week, which oddly went better overall than the three in three weeks of May There have been many other memories, good and bad, throughout the year: the fun (for me at least) of campaign week for the Guild elections with two friends running for Sabb, archery's indoor BUCS competition, which was a great day despite my sub-par shooting, changing bowstyle and actually qualifying for and not finishing bottom in outdoor BUCS, our great Japanese classes and actually getting on some committees in contested elections, which was a new experience. Over summer I made it to Q-Con again which was very good fun, even if my planned cosplays never materialised; found an archery club which was very welcoming where I made a great new friend and won some competitions, placing 10th in archery GB's target rankings.
I was very much looking forward to getting back to Exeter and had a nice birthday there despite spending half the day training for residence life team, which I'd already done last year Welcome Week was really good fun, and I met a lot of great people who I've still seen throughout the term. Throughout the rest of the term I've made a lot of wonderful new friends, actually made progress in tower bell ringing, went to Comic Con and was actually able to do some cosplaying, and participated in two very good D&D games too.
Although this year hasn't been without its difficulties, and has probably had more than any other. This term of university has no doubt been the most difficult one, and having a lot of other commitments meant that some difficult decisions had to be made, and TeeFury has become a bit of drain on my wallet, although that one I'm not annoyed at
But what's really made this year a good one is the people who have been a part of it. Throughout the year I've made some great new friends, and enjoyed the company of many "old" ones too. Some have left for new places, through graduation or years abroad, while others, some of whom I wasn't even particularly close to or didn't know at all last year, have made the year very special. Without everyone's support and general awesomeness, I don't know how the year would've turned out, aside from that it wouldn't have been as good as it was. When things got tough there were always people wiling to listen, offer advice or give hugs.
So here's a big thank you to everyone who made 2014 what it was: my family, my friends from bell ringing, Japanese Society, Nerf Soc, DebSoc, rifle club, residence life team, welcome team, PAL and archery; my friends from home who I wish I could see more often; my friends who I never shut up to about anime, videogames and D&D; those on years abroad who I can't wait to see again in September and those who I haven't seen too much of recently for whatever reason who I'll hopefully see more of this year, even though none of you will be reading this.
To those dA users who bothered to read to the end, I salute you. Have a happy and successful 2015