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View Poll Results: How was 2011 for you?
1 - Worst Year Ever 10 14.71%
2 5 7.35%
3 8 11.76%
4 6 8.82%
5 - Average 8 11.76%
6 2 2.94%
7 9 13.24%
8 13 19.12%
9 4 5.88%
10 - Best Year Ever 3 4.41%
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Old 26th Dec 2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Another year has nearly gone so I thought now would be an appropriate time to post this.

So yeah, like last year vote on the poll above and answer the questions below!

2008 thread is here: How Was 2008 For You?
2009 thread is here: How Was 2009 For You?
2010 thread is here: How Was 2010 For You?

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1. The biggest change in your life this year?

2. What did you do over the summer?

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

5. Favourite song from the year?

6. Favourite artist this year?

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?

Moving about a lightyear away from home was probably the biggest change.

2. What did you do over the summer?

Not very much. Occasionally hung out with friends, but mostly sat around on EC or playing games or some other crap. xD

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?

Nonexistent.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

It was the year of not one, but two failed raptures.

5. Favourite song from the year?

Uhm. I honestly have no idea what songs came out this year, but if it counts for anything, I have Katy Perry's "The One that Got Away" stuck in my head right now.

6. Favourite artist this year?

I managed to not get fed up of hearing Adele music (yet), so we'll go with that. xD

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?

If I did, I probably didn't stick to it considering I don't remember. xD

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?

I didn't exactly do anything incredible that I look back on fondly, so not really anything.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?

No one really stands out in my mind this year, though I'm almost sure I'm forgetting someone.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?

Not really, but I still haven't learned from the "hard life lesson" I apparently learned last year. xD

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?

None outside of moving. Oh, having to buy my own stuff all the time is kinda life-changing (and expensive).

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?

Spent $400 +tax on an Android tablet. Spent $200 +tax on a PS3. Made a bunch of other "want-but-don't-really-need purchases, which is pretty out-of-character for me. xD

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?

Not officially.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?

The end of my last semester of high school was just a blast. Can we use entire periods of time as the happiest memories?

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?

Camping drunkenly with friends. I didn't throw up, but I had to take care of them (and clean up) because they don't know the first thing about puking directly into the toilet, apparently. Oh, we had a trailer, fyi. It was so gross the next morning.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?

Home-cooked meals. <3

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?

Christmas is over now, but I visited a few relatives in the last few days, and shopped a bit today, so typical stuff, really.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?

I'm not gonna bother since I usually forget my resolution within a week. If I were to make one though, it would probably be to spend a bit less time online and to be a bit more social.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

Hmm. 8 sound good enough? Yeah, sure, let's go with that.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?

Let's put it this way: I don't really plan to leave for now.

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Looking back, or rather being forced to look back, this was actually a monumental year.

1. The biggest change in your life this year?

Openly being a bisexual male. My family and friends know, although my co-workers and extended family don't. I just find it would be too complicated to explain.

2. What did you do over the summer?

Continue interning at a top film studio. Commencement of dating life (a big move up from my previous social anxiety barriers).

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?

First dates that didn't go anywhere - three with girls, one with a guy - but, that's better luck than average and a step in the right direction at least. Could have had an amazing boyfriend, but accidentally went with the girl due to gender alone and messed everything up. Last time I do that. Learn from mistakes.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

Gay marriage being accepted in NYC. I was working in the Los Angeles LGBT branch on Prop 8 at the time, thus it really hit that things were or could progress.

5. Favourite movie from the year?

X-Men: First Class. This is the film that inspired me to come out to everyone else.

6. Favourite TV show this year?

Smallville.

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?

I vowed to make the year a better year. And while things did blow up in my face, looking at it as a whole - I did progress in many respects.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?

I'm pretty sure I'm near completing one script and have completed another that's absolutely ready to be submitted. Ironically one of the answers in that script was the incorporation of LGBT elements. Plus, I have yet another gem on my hands! Two, actually, for these upcoming year/s! Yes! Goal for age 25? Usual first script sale age... Right on target!

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?

My Dad. I saw him stand up to someone for a change. That completely reversed my fear that he was just a push-over. For those who've seen it, 'Rebel without a Cause' type fear.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?

Be sure to know who your friends are. I kind of found out one of my friends was just using me to get ahead and when push didn't come to shove - he was furious at me for not bending over for him. I was basically Eduardo in 'Social Network.'

Becoming sober. There was about a year and a half in my life where alcohol seriously effected me and I gave into it. Whenever something horrible happened? I drank my pain away. After a bad moment (that's described below) - I decided to give it up. I have not yet even once had a drink when I felt down in the dumps and when that thought does crop up? I beat it down and don't look back. I still drink, just casually or for fun now.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?

Coming-out.

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?

Telling my parents I like guys.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?

Unsure what this means... although I did learn that I didn't need to be an intern to come into the top film studio office. Thereby, becoming more of an "on-call" guy rather than "24/7" guy.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?

Does being in Batman count, lol? I can't say anything beyond that.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?

I got caught in sunset boulevard drunk at 3 am at night! I had to get a ride back but was terrified of driving drunk, thus I tried to bum a ride off people...... someone was nice enough to give me a ride home without looking for anything in return... Thank god... I was really in a rough place mentally with that one.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?

Family, friends, and mentors with connections (score!).

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?

To return home and fully press the reset button.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?

Further proceeding. Taking on numerous life decisions. This is the year. Progress has already been made. Now it's time to finish the journey from boy to man. Girlfriend. Scripts. Work. Incorporating everything in my life to become the man I'm meant to be.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

7. Better than average. But still sucked at times.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?

I don't see why not.

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1. The biggest change in your life this year?

Finally reaching out to the LGBT community (a.k.a. joining Empty Closets)

2. What did you do over the summer?

When I wasn't working, I would usually be in the EC chat room, or I'd be at the movies (I went to the movies every weekend in April and for 3 weekends in June. Haha!)

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?

...Forever alone. ._.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

Osama Bin Ladin's death.

5. Favourite song from the year?

Hmmm....Dunno.

6. Favourite artist this year?

Um...going away from the general populace, I'll state my favorite Classical artist/orchestra of this year. Vivica Genaux's performance with Europa Galante (performing Vivaldi's opera Ercole sul Termondonte) made her my favorite opera singer. Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is my favorite orchestra for this year.

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?

Didn't make any this year.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?

I'm proud of myself for finally starting to reach out to the LGBT community.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?

My best friend. He's been through so much and is still trudging on through, and it really, truly inspires me to give it my all.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?

Yes...that most of the time, love hurts. Also, I learned that Life doesn't like giving people breaks.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?

Yep! Quite a few, both bad and good.

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?

Sign up on this forum and unleash my restrained gayness. Haha!

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?

Not really, but I was qualified to become a supervisor and/or manager-in-training at my old job, I believe.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?

The Skype conversation I had with my best friend this year that involved really dirty McDonald's pick-up lines. xD I've never laughed that hard in my life! haha

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?

Most stupid incident...hmmm....I'm pretty level-headed, but by far the stupidest thing I've done (throughout the course of this year) is impulse-buy about 7-8 music CDs, 2 video games, and buy 5 pairs of shirts and a hoodie online...IN ONE DAY.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?

My best friend is one of them. He's really helped me get through my darkest moments this year, and he's helped me to open up and talk about my feelings when before, I'd just hide them and keep them bottled up. I also appreciate my discernment and experience with regards to certain things. This has helped me to avoid situations that became VERY messy, thus preventing me from getting in deep trouble.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?

None, really...went to my aunt's house for a dinner Saturday, which was fun.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?

No. Whenever I do, the opposite happens. xD

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

I gave it a 1 in the poll, but it's more accurately a 2 or a 3. At lot of bad things happened this year, but EC has pulled me from the brink of absolute despair many times. So it hasn't been completely bad.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?

Normally, my activity on forums significantly decrease after a year of membership...hopefully, that won't be the case with EC. I love this place too much, haha. Even if my posting count decreases, I think I'll still use the chat room frequently.
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?

I think the biggest change for me were my priorities. School isn't as important as it once was, and the people in my life take precedence now.

2. What did you do over the summer?

I was at a party practically every other day during the entire summer, and I worked when I wasn't drinking. That's it, basically.

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?

I met a bunch of different boys, but nothing serious.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

It definitely has to be the DADT repeal and everything that has come with that.

5. Favourite song from the year?

Bounce That by Girl Talk. ^_^

6. Favourite artist this year?

Girl Talk and Yelawolf.

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?

Yes, I wanted to eat healthier and start exercising, and I've done it all year with no end in sight...

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?

My best friend and I went on a spring break trip and had the craziest time ever. I've never been on my own for that long before, and I realized how much I'm really capable of.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?

I think I'm proudest of my sister. She's came so far, definitely an inspiration.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?

Yes, definitely. I've seen friends succumb to addiction this year.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?

Yes, and I made a thread about it on EC. This was the exact moment when all of my social anxiety started melting away.

A quickie...


12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?

Yeah, I flirted with insanely cute boys. I dropped my inhibitions and my pants. I experimented, and I don't regret it.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?

Yes, an internship. I made the Dean's List again.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?

There's too many to count, but it has to be spring break with my best friend. We petted sharks. We were attacked by penguins at the zoo. We went spelunking and trashed our hotel room with some genuine hillbillies. We were attached at the hip 24/7 for over a week. We're soul-mates. We were born for each other.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?

The most stupid one was definitely getting lost in the slums of Cincinatti for four hours with my best friend Sky. We were there for my other best friend's first fashion show. She's a model. We totally missed the show and her looks, and we were almost robbed by a homeless man.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?

Friends, definitely.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?

For New Year's Eve I'll be crashing with my sister and her fiance. We'll have a few drinks. Maybe I'll get a new piercing to herald in the new year again. ^_^

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?

I want to tone my body more.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

7

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?

Sure, if you guys aren't tired of me by then... x_x
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Old 26th Dec 2011, 08:39 PM   #6
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?
Moving house. I had lived at my old house for my entire life and had a load of memories there, but I moved into my new home on my 21st birthday. I have rather mixed feelings about the move because I do sorta miss my old house, but the street had changed a lot since I was little and it's more of a place for younger families than older families with young adult children.

2. What did you do over the summer?
I spent a lot of it chillaxing after a really busy year at university. I also spent quite a lot of time working on EC's incorporation as a non-profit organisation, which required a lot of late nights that didn't have me going to bed until about 7/8am.

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?
I'm still with Mikeee! His patience with me has no limits.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?
The tsunami that hit Japan. I remember watching all the footage of it on the news and just thinking how awful and terrifying it must have been for all those involved. Although, New York's legalisation of same-sex marriage was a news highlight for moi! I watched the senate live when it was going on, and twas just amazing to see communities across the world watching in anticipation on Twitter.

5. Favourite song from the year?

Probably Katy Perry's 'The One That Got Away'.

6. Favourite artist this year?
GLEE <3

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?

Don't Swear. Don't bite my nails.

Did I manage it? Fuck no. My swearing seems to have dramatically increased, and my nails still get attacked by my teeth every so often.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?
Getting a First for my second year at University. I got one for my first year, but I didn't think I would get one again because of how difficult I found the work, but turns out I did a lot better than I thought I would. ^_^

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?
All the EC'ers who have taken important steps this year to improve their lives.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?
Not really. My year has had an absense of drama thankfully, so I've not had to overcome any hardships. The one thing I did learn was to have more confidence in my own ability though, which is why I've finally bitten the bullet and applied for Social Work training (rather than find another excuse to delay it yet again ).

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?
Moving homes has certainly changed my life. I'm still mixed on whether it's for the better though.

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?
Applied for a Postgraduate course in Social Work. It has been something I have wanted to do for *ages*, but I always never had enough confidence in my own ability to actually apply for it. Now I just hope that I will be accepted in 2012.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?
Nope, I'm still working towards my BA Hons in Sociology.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?
Opening my second year results for university.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?
It would have to be when I went Christmas shopping and attempted to buy Disney's Beauty and the Beast DVD for my mum. It took me a while to realise that I had actually picked up a porn film with the same title.

Thankfully I realised before purchasing it.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?
My family. They know I don't particularly like Christmas day and the whole family gathering shizzle, but they still make an effort to make it a nice day and all that.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?
I'll be watching the fireworks at New Year on the TV! I'm more excited by New York's celebrations though, so I'll either watch that live on the internet or wait until the next day when it's on Yotube.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?
Stop swearing and stop biting my nails. The same resolutions I've had since about 2004.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?
8. There weren't any nasty dramas or anything to ruin it, so it gets a nice positive rating from me. Twasn't an amazing year, but if every year of my life was like this one then I wouldn't complain.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?
I certainly hope so. I'll likely be entering some form of Postgraduate study before the end of 2012, so we'll just have to see how that affects my availability. I'll do everything I can to stick around though.
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?
I started college and moved into my dorm. I also am totally out in college.

2. What did you do over the summer?
Graduated high school and had my party. Prepared for college. I also joined EC and began to accept who I am.


3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?
None

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?
I would have to say that bin laden's death. I had just gotten back from New York the day that it was announced.


5. Favourite movie from the year?
I would have to say Bridesmaids. It was really funny.

6. Favourite TV show this year?
A tie between Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live.

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?
I did not make any resolutions.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?
I came out to myself and some of my friends. I also came out to my mom. I also started college and I am 100% out there. I have also become a happier person.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?
I am proud of my mother. She got a new, better job this year. She is now not in a job that she is happy with.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?
I learned that people are cruel sometimes. I also learned how to accept myself for who I am. I also learned that it is important to trust people.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?
Coming out, graduating high school, starting college

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?
I started to come out, I left my church and left religion altogether.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?
I graduated high school

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?
I went on a trip to New York with my broadcasting class and had the most amazing time ever!!

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?
I don't have any drunk stories, so this will have to do. I was playing tag during my last day of high school. I accidentally slipped on the concrete floor and fell on my knee. I broke my kneecap.


16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?
Friends, family, life

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?
I stayed around my house for xmas. For New Years I am going all night bowling with my extended family.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?
I want to come out to more people. I also want to continue to do well in school.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

8. It was really good from about March on. Before that it sucked.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?

Yep. I love it here!!
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Another year has nearly gone so I thought now would be an appropriate time to post this.

So yeah, like last year vote on the poll above and answer the questions below!

2008 thread is here: How Was 2008 For You?
2009 thread is here: How Was 2009 For You?
2010 thread is here: How Was 2010 For You?

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1. The biggest change in your life this year?

coming to the realization that i'm gay and that i always have been. it's taken a lot out of me and being able to finally just be able to know for sure that i am makes me feel good to myself. i'm finally being completely honest with myself. no more having to live a lie to myself because it was very nerve-racking. even going to bed was scary for me because i would have sexual dreams of men and i would get upset when i woke up. it was a job in itself to be straight. now i'm working on fully accepting it, being comfortable with myself, coming out to everyone, and just living my life. other big things that happened for me was graduating from college and turning a quarter century years old. i made it to see 25 and i got my bachelors degree.

2. What did you do over the summer?

absolutely nothing.

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?

i've been single all year round.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

well, nothing that pops up into my head to be honest with you. the two crazy things that happened this year in the news was that japanese tsunami and the earthquake in virginia because i was a witness to both. i saw the tsunami right when it was happening on the tv 3 in the morning on that friday. that was crazy as hell. i also felt that tremor when the earthquake went down august 23rd. that was scary. i remember freaking out, waking my brother up, telling him that there was an earthquake.

5. Favourite song from the year?

have none.


6. Favourite artist this year?

have none.

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?

well, no. i didn't. if anything, i knew what was going to happen in the year and what i was expecting-graduating college, turning 25, and that's all i was looking forward to really. otherwise, i pretty much sat back and enjoyed my experiences. it was fun to say the least just watching, learning, and being able to understand what i have to work on. when you have time on your hands, you start to see yourself for who you are and what you need to do with your life. had i been busy working, not graduated with school, busy hanging out and the whole nine, i don't think i would be here at all. i probably would have wasted another year trying to figure myself out, trying to tell myself that i was straight, trying to chase after things that aren't important, basically thinking that there's something wrong with me because i couldn't handle certain things in life. you know, now the puzzle pieces are all there and i'm trying to see and accept the picture for what it is. now to work on getting myself out of my parents place with a job and working my way to law school. also how to be happy with myself. you know, that's the most important thing. what do i want out of life? i pretty much have fought all my life and now it's time to stop fighting and just i guess, let go. let go of the pain, the anger and the fears. i guess one of those fears is falling in love and loving somebody.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?

graduate college. it took me 7 years to do that

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?

who am i proud of??? that's a good question. is it okay if i could myself? not being conceited or narcisstic but i'm proud of actually having the balls to acknowledge that i'm gay. it took me 12 years of running, hiding, denying, self correcting, being depressed, being angry, and the whole nine to actually do that. i may not really look at all the accomplishments in life as such but this is something that i never thought that i would do in my lifetime, EVER. i thought that i would be able to go through life living a lie, getting a wife, some kids and whatever. i did it.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?

that being lazy, worrying about other people, that not planning ahead, running away from responsibilities such as finding jobs, internships, not studying for the LSAT and etc will lead to you to be stuck at home, crying and complaining about life, doing the same thing you did at the top of the year. even though i have a degree and whatever, i really have nothing to show for it. it sucks and it actually is a bummer. it's really embarrassing. nothing falls into your hand, you have to go out and get it yourself. i also learned that you have choices in life. you can use them to your advantage or waste them. one thing that i will say is that hopefully by this time next year, i will be on my way to independence as well as being a happier person living my life. i'm no longer holding myself back.
11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?

realizing that i'm gay. i know i'm repeating myself but hey... my life pretty much revolved around denying who i was for a long time. it effected me that much. i was pretty much an inmate to my own self to the point where i couldn't even live my life at all.

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?

yes, as a way of escaping the realities and life changes that i didn't want to face, i turned to drugs for a moment particularly marijuana. how i went about getting that weed is another story? it was one of the dumbest things that i've ever did and the saddest thing is that about 3 years ago, i did the same thing in the same manner. this time it was much worse. i wasted a good 500-600 dollars for some weed on craigslist. yep, i actually did that. not only did i waste my money running back and forth for that, i risked my freedom for that shit. i could have got locked up and with the amount of weed i had (an ounce), had the police stopped me (don't know how they didn't, the weed was so strong that you could smell it on the subway) i would have been locked up and goodbye future career job or possibly law school. crazy isn't it. the weed i got wasn't even getting me high at first but when i brought that weed pipe, let's just say that all those thoughts that i had in my head came out. one time, i was high as hell where i was talking to myself, trying to make out with the air because i thought it was the male professor that i had a huge crush while singing coldplay's new single. it ended when i decided to go to bed saying out loud that i wanted the same professor to have sex with me where i played the bottom. it was just me by myself hallucinating saying all the thoughts that i had hiding in my head because that's what i really wanted at the time.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?

besides my bachelors, no.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?

well, i had many but they all aren't stand outish and you know what, it's all good to me. rather would keep it to myself.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?

one of the moments where i got high, the last time i got high rather, oh boy... i went home high as a kite trying to stash my weed pipe back in the closet in my room. my mom had called me downstairs to help her on the computer to pull up this attachment for her real estate class. i was so high that i turned stupid. all i had to do was click on the attachment, download it and she would have it. what i did instead was click on the same attachment like 20 times and told my mom "i can't do it, i'm stumped". i thought she would have noticed that i was high but turns out, she didn't and i went outside where i told my brother to go help mom on the computer with her attachment. after that, we went out to this mall in the palisades in new york. it was my brother, my friend and me. my friend was high as hell too because we both smoked but i remember farting a storm in the car accusing my friend of doing that. i also remember on the way to the mall threatening to throw my ipod out the window on the garden state parkway/new york thurway. my brother being the guy that he is got scared, snatched the ipod away from me and threw it in the glove compartment. oh yeah, when we went to the mall, DAMN, i was so fucked up that i was paranoid. we went to cold stone ice cream and i was tweeking. somehow these caribbean women that were in their 40s came up to me talking about "how come you didn't get any ice cream?" i wanted to tell them "i'm high, damnit".

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?

being alive, having my family still there alive and all, having a roof over my head, being able to have a college degree, being gay because there's so much hot guys out in the world and yes, guys get me high in a good way. having all my limbs, living to see another day, getting to be real with myself and all. you know, everything is all good right now. maybe it's because i did cardio just now.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?

christmas is over. i have to work on new years. (the eve of new year's eve, new year's eve and new year's day) it fucking sucks. not mad though, well, fuck that, i lied, i am mad but you know what... i'm going to celebrate the new year's in my own way, damnit.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?

i have none but my hopes are to have a career job, work my way to get into law school, be on my way to moving out the house, improve on the things in life that i need to improve on the most, and... to come out the closet. getting a boyfriend would be cool too. you know but i'm taking my time. whatever happens happens. i'm happy with the way things are right now sort of but nothing in life stays the same forever. eventually something will happen and i have the feeling that by this time next year, if i'm still living, i will be having lots of stories to tell you guys. a boyfriend perhaps, asking questions about sex, gay bars, going out on dates, career jobs, advice on work, buying a car, where to move to. the future is bright, let's just hope that it's bright.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

5. good and bad moments. it was alright.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?
yes, i will. if i'm not, you'll know but i will most definitely be here if i'm alive. i'll always stop by to see what's going on.
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?
Well, I came out to two people. Since then it has spread and I don't really know who knows anymore. I guess that's a big change.
And college.

2. What did you do over the summer?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. EC chat, lazing on the internet, wandering around outside.

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?
Nonexistent.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?
NY gay marriage, DADT repeal, Kardashian shit, etc.

5. Favourite song from the year?
I could never pick. Gaga's, Florence Welch's, Adele's, and Kelly Clarkson's new stuff is all great.

6. Favourite artist this year?
This was the year I discovered Jhameel and I have absolutely no regrets.
Jessie J and Natalia Kills are really close seconds, though.

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?
I didn't last year.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?
Adapting to college, coming out a little.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?
I don't normally feel "proud" for people.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?
The loss and distancing of high school friends as we move on, I guess.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?
Coming out. Graduating. Moving to college.

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?
I...came out? I performed a musical about labor unions in a dirty auction house. Never saw that one coming...

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?
High school diploma.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?
The last day or two of high school. Everybody just hanging around, listening to Edge of Glory with my friend, which I found quite fitting, having picnics, etc.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?
Well, spending $300 importing shit from Japan was a bad idea in hindsight.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?
My laptop. :3
If you consider my roommate a thing, I guess him. Even though we share very few interests, I don't know how I would get through my college days without him.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?
For Christmas I suffocated in a cigarette-smoke-filled house and watched crappy cable shows.
New Year's day I will stay up then go to bed or something.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?
I want...to be completely out. I want to be more outgoing. I want to at least hold a boy's hand romantically.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

9 I guess. It was a big eventful year, and almost all of it was change for the better.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?
I'll be here. I'll always be here. Watching from the shadows.
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?
Accepting I'm a gay girl (even though I'm still not able to say lesbian)
2. What did you do over the summer?
So far? I've cleaned my room
3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?
Great! Six months next month <3
4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?
Honestly, I don't watch the news
5. Favourite song from the year?
I don't keep track of song years. Mostly I listen to old ones lol
6. Favourite artist this year?
See above
7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?
No
8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?
Standing up for myself to Kim
9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?
My girlfriend <3
10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?
Ooh yes
11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?
Yes I have
12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?
Yes I totally did
13. Did you gain any new qualifications?
No
14. What is your happiest memory from the year?
Sitting by the river talking with my gf <3
15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?
Not your business
16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?
My gf, my parents, my sister
17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?
See family, recuperate for next year
18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?
Nooo... I hope to come out at least a little
19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?
6
20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?
Damn straight I will!
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Another year has nearly gone so I thought now would be an appropriate time to post this.

So yeah, like last year vote on the poll above and answer the questions below!

2008 thread is here: How Was 2008 For You?
2009 thread is here: How Was 2009 For You?
2010 thread is here: How Was 2010 For You?

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1. The biggest change in your life this year?
I lost my dad this year unexpectedly.

2. What did you do over the summer?
Worked a lot.

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?
N/A

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

5. Favourite song from the year?
Take One Last Breath - Abandon All Ships

6. Favourite artist this year?
Old Man Markley

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?
Nah, I've never done them.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?
My grades in school.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?
I dunno...

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?
Because of #1, I've had to learn to lean on people more and be supportive.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?
See #1

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?


13. Did you gain any new qualifications?
I took a class that focused on Linux and networking, so I learned how to setup a bunch of network services/gear.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?
Moving into our new house

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?


16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?
My family and friends.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?
New years I'm going to be hosting a new years show.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?
I'm hoping that 2012 will be much better than 2011. Hoping I'll come out of my shell a little more.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?
Probably a 2-3.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?
Who knows what the future holds!
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?

Graduating from college and moving back home soon afterwards.

2. What did you do over the summer?

I mostly stayed at home, but I went to pride, had a Glee marathon with my friend, and did some other things here and there. Oh, my 21st birthday happened too. xD

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?

Didn't have any.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

Looking back, the first thing that popped up was the earthquake in Japan.

5. Favourite song from the year?

"The One That Got Away" by Katy Perry.

6. Favourite artist this year?

Everyone involved in the NieR soundtrack. Emi Evans, Okabe Keiichi, etc.

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?

Pretty sure I had none.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?

I guess graduating from college was something I'm proud of. I didn't fail any of my finals that I complained so much about. xD

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?

Uh... Idk.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?

Kind of. Real life basically sucks a lot. I wish I could be back in school and continue living in my largely naive bubble.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?

Apart from graduating, nothing much else.

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?

I had a very fun 21st birthday. I'll just leave it at that. Haha

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?

I suppose my bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology is a kind of qualification. ^_^

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?

I can't think of one in particular. Being with friends on my 21st, hanging out with Maddy in San Francisco, going on food adventures and having tv show marathons with my friend from high school...

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?

Well, not eating anything before I got drunk on my 21st was pretty stupid. xD

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?

My mother and my friends, but that's more continuous rather than being a moment.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?

Eating, I guess. No idea if I'll do anything or get invited to anything for New Year's Eve.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?

I don't see why I'd have to make a resolution starting at the beginning of the year. I change my life when I feel it's appropriate (and I don't think anything's really worth changing yet).

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

7. It was one of the best years of my life. I really felt alive. But there were just so many difficult moments for me. As a whole, it's really just bittersweet for me.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?

I've stayed for a few years now. I wouldn't know if that'll change anytime soon (or over the next year).
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?
Accepting myself as gay and starting to come out.

2. What did you do over the summer?
Went on a couple of vacations and got my first job.

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?
I dated a girl right before I came out. She ended up being one of the first friends that I came out to, and she's become one of my best friends since. Other than that, I was happily single throughout the year.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?
It's kind of a toss-up between DADT being repealed and Bin Laden being killed.

5. Favourite song from the year?
I don't listen to much new music.

6. Favourite artist this year?
See above.

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?
Nope, didn't make any resolutions.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?
See #1 - accepting myself and coming out to some close friends and family.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?
Eh, I'm drawing a blank on that one. There might be somebody, but I can't think of anybody right now.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?
Oh yes, unfortunately.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?
Yup. Some, like coming out, were for the better. Others were not.

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?
Yes, both good and bad.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?
Nope, still working on my BA in History.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?
Being able to see a few Premier League soccer teams from England play over the summer.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?
Getting really drunk while on a cruise in Russia, and trying to replicate Leonardo DiCaprio's "I'm king of the world!" moment from Titanic on the bow of the ship at 3am in the morning.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?
My family, my health, a few close friends, and my dog.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?
For Christmas, we had some family and neighbors come over for dinner. For New Year's Eve, my parents will be throwing a small party.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?
Continue coming out, be a bit more outgoing and social, and try to attend most of my classes.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?
I rate it a 4, barely. There were a few good things, but they were overshadowed by some not so good things.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?
I don't see why not!
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?
Discovering that I am somewhere in the lgbtqqa spectrum

2. What did you do over the summer?
Lots of summer camps and jobs

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?
I have a decent relationship with my current gf

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?
The floods in Thailand

5. Favourite song from the year?
Edge of Glory

6. Favourite artist this year?
Johnny Cash

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?
Yes. Yes and no unfortunately.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?
Losing weight. Starting up running again.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?
My mom for holding up so well this year

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?
Of course, I'm still learning right now.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?
Yes, I can't believe it. It makes me so mad!

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?
Oh yes lol never thought I'd be in this emotional state right now now and have a gf. My lawd.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?
Not really

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?
Spending time with my brother/best friend koko! He understood me the most out of anyone I've ever known in my entire life. Bffe<3

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?
Leaving my purse unattended with over 70$ in it on the boat at prom -_-

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?
The fact that I'm still breathing. I'm glad my grandmas around too.
I think there's a possiblity that I've found more people that care about me.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?
Spending time with the family <3

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?
Yes, I just want to get healthy! I want to get better and I hope therapy will help!

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?
A 2 or 3

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?
My goodness I hope so!


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1. The biggest change in your life this year?

Coming to terms with who I really am.

2. What did you do over the summer?

Spent the first part trying out for the US national team in the sport I play. I didn't make it but I was very close. Next year maybe. Other than that traveled the east coast for a bit and hung out with friends

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?

IDK if you can call him a boyfriend yet, but I am seeing him pretty regularly. It has been great so far, hooray for closeted relationships.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

the whole osama thing probably.

5. Favourite song from the year?

I would never be able to answer this, there are so many.

6. Favourite artist this year?

again, tough. But I will go with miike snow. There are many others though

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?

I did, try harder in school even though I thought I was trying as hard as I could. Turns out I could try harder. I was on top of that S***.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?

There is a lot. I am proud of everything I do, mostly.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?

Not sure, for some reason I think of my mom though. Single mother is tough to beat.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?

Sometimes planning ahead is necessary...I like to live in the moment.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?

not sure, only time will tell.

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?

have sex with a guy.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?

Not really

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?

this one time where I proved that I was clearly the top guy on my D1 sports team. I was on a high for like a week. Everyone was complimenting me on my achievement, it was pretty awesome.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?

Once I threw up after only having a sip of beer, it was really weird (not my first time having alcohol or anything like that). Everyone laughed, but I shrugged it off and just kept drinking all night, haha.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?

My family and friends, as always.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?

Christmas is over now, but for new years I am spending it with this guy I am sort of with at a ski resort. It is going to be a lot of fun I think.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?

Same as last year, I need to work harder at school again. The summer softens me up I think.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

8, because I want to leave wiggle room. It was pretty good though.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?

I suppose. I have no reason not to be right now.
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?
Relationships with friends. Became much closer to some people and much less close to others. Also losing my cat, and being without a pet for the first time in my life.

2. What did you do over the summer?
Mostly hanging out with friends being unproductive.

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?
Started the year with two crushes, one that made sense and was simple, one lingering crush on a friend that had recently been made impossible to shove aside. Both ended up hurting me, one badly. Recently things have brightened up, we're not official yet, but my heart's been stolen by a girl with an English accent.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?
Bin Laden.

5. Favourite song from the year?
Without a doubt, 'Just a Kiss' by Lady Antebellum.

6. Favourite artist this year?
Lady Antebellum, Pink, haven't paid much attention.

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?
I didn't.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?
Going to San Francisco. Saving up for, planning, and executing a trip overseas without much help.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?
My best friend.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?
Sometimes, you can't make a situation okay.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?
Travelling overseas. Having my heart broken.

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?
Got drunk. Made out with guys, and a significant number more girls than in the rest of my life before it. Sang Disney at 1.30am in a park. The San Francisco trip in general.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?
Level 2 first aid if that counts xD

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?
Two - the San Francisco trip in general (best moments being Alcatraz, hanging out with Vic, and finding myself spontaneously smiling when I never really do that), and my first kiss with Emily.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?
Drinking too much, getting melancholy, and drunk texting too many people (including Stuie and Lychee) at a friend's birthday.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?
My friends.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?
Christmas plans were overturned by the enormous hailstorms hitting Melbourne, where apparently my suburb was the worst affected, complete with a tornado touching down. Probably going to my friend Marco's for NYE.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?
I don't make resolutions.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?
3. There were a few great moments, but in general, I was hurt too much for it to be a good year at the end of it all.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?
I'm not planning to leave.
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?

Breaking up with my ex-fiance of three years, for sure. Also, getting together with my best friend of seven years. it's just such an amazing change.

2. What did you do over the summer?


I... honestly, nothing. :/ With my ex around, it was difficult to do anything.

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?

My abusive ex-fiance got kicked out. I now have a wonderful boyfriend; he has always been so supportive of me, as we've been best friends for forever, and admitted he loved me once I'd had some time to rest and recover.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I was sick in the emergency room right when it happened. :[ It was so horrible, seeing the images on TV.

5. Favourite song from the year?

Give Me Everything Tonight, by Pitbull.

6. Favourite artist this year?

Lady Gaga, for sure.

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?

No... x_X I didn't. It felt pointless.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?

Getting out of an abusive relationship! I find that so empowering.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?

My boyfriend. :] Haha. He's been so amazingly sweet and careful with me; it's just wonderful, and I know it took SO much for him to tell me how he felt about me.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?

Yes. :/ My cat died in October. She was the first animal I have actually seen die; we put her to sleep and it was so difficult to let go. But it was a good lesson, even if it was horrible and sad. She taught me that I can let go, that I can be okay and be sad and cry and that I'd still make it through.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?

Quite a few. See everything above!

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?

... Again, see everything above. xD; I also wrote porn! I never thought I'd do that, and I did. Haha.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?

Unless writing porn counts, no. ;]

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?

Oh geeze... getting with my boyfriend, by far.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?

I farted in a diner. I didn't mean to, it just happened. D:

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?

My boyfriend, my family, my pets and my wonderful friends.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?

I opened presents with family. :] For New Years... I have no idea, haha. I will be on the phone at midnight with my boyfriend.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?

Yes! My resolution is to go gluten-free, save for exactly ONE pizza I will be buying when I get a settlement check. xD

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

The entire year, up until November - 3.
December - 8.

:3

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?

Hopefully. :]
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?

Going from out to 5 people to out to 500. (Over-exaggeration probably). Finding out the new me.

2. What did you do over the summer?

I'll take the summer of 2010/2011. School Choir Trip around Europe, and a few other things with friends. Aside from the trip, nothing really special, but Choir trip was great.

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?

Non-existent. I walled myself in when it came to relationships this year.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

Queensland January 2011 floods.

5. Favourite song from the year?

Angus and Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane

6. Favourite artist this year?

None.

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?]

No New Year's Resolutions, most of them are pointless things.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?

Getting a Gold Music Award/Bronze Cultural Award, and probably getting a Silver Academic Award.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?

Can I say myself? Because I'm not really proud of anybody I know.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?

No, aside from the usual 'People are stupid' stuff. I did learn that people hate it when you have an opinion contrary to the majority, but stuff that, I'm indie, in the sense I hold my own values and opinions, independent of the mainstream. That's not to say I'm completely against/opposite to the majority all the time, just some of the time.

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?

Choir Tour was somewhat life-changing, but otherwise, nothing spectacular.

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?

I started a blog, which I didn't expect to do.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?

No.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?

Semi-formal. It was just nice to be with people I'm good friends with, and I just felt really happy.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?

My straight crush finding out I liked him. The entire thing was stupid, and it really pissed me off tbh.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?

A sense of security (i.e. there isn't going to be any huge shitstorm blowing up in my face), good friends, surety about where my life is going,

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/new year?

Nothing. Just sitting at home, dusting, doing not a lot, and all that stuff.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?

I'm hoping to get rid of my procrastination habit, but that is more long-term. I'm hoping to try and find more male friends away from my current ones,which I've found are majority a bunch of virgin/basement dweller/dickheads. Some of them are OK, but I'm going to find myself a new home.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

Relative to 2010, this year was infinitely better. I'd say 2011 would be around a 7. It's sort of like a recovery year, if you put 2010 for me into economic terms, it's sort of like the GFC.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?

I'm inclined to say yes.
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?

Deciding to transfer to another school.

2. What did you do over the summer?

Relaxed, played games, and became a hermit

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?

Yea...not so much.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?

First one that comes to mind is Osama Bin Ladin's death.

5. Favourite song from the year?

"The One that Got Away" by Katy Perry

6. Favourite artist this year?

Probably Adele

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?

I didn't really make any for this past year.

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?

I'll go with keeping a relatively good GPA and passing organic chemistry

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?

I'm proud of both my brothers. I'm proud of my little brother for adapting so well to Middle School and starting to apply himself more (and not always asking for my help). I'm proud of my older brother for his new job, his work ethic and really starting to get the different parts of his life together.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?

I'll go with the cynical statement of: emotions suck...

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?

In the first half of the year I didn't get accepted in the university that I wanted to transfer to which had the dramatic affect of ruining everything I had planned out. i.e moving to St. Louis and living with my friend and her boyfriend (we already had the house picked out, budgets planned and etc )

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?

Ummm...not that I can really think of.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?

Not entirely sure what you mean by qualifications...but I'll go with no.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?

My happiest memory of the year is the night I spent four hours sitting in my driveway with my bestie in her car and we just talked about life and everything. Conversations like that don't happen often and I just loved it.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?

Hmmm...there are a few things that could go here lol. One would be getting completely wasted on my birthday, being taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning and having to deal with the Office of Student Misconduct for all of it (waste of my money and time...). Another could be getting attached to someone I shouldn't have and ending up being devasted later on because of it.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?

Family and friends (classic, I know )

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?

My plans for Christmas were to do what I basically do every year. On the 23rd I wend downtown with my dad's side of the family. Then I spent Christmas Eve at my dads house. Christmas morning I open gifts at dads and then go to my mom's to open more gifts and then spend the rest of Christmas there. New Year...not too sure yet. It all depends on how I'm feeling from teh night before (my sister's going away party).

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be
different?


Yea, I'm making the resolution to get myself into better shape. I'm going to start working out with my older brother for motivation. I hope that I am able to be overall more motivated this year and that I start being myself more (higher self-esteem).

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?

I think I'll go with a 4...this year wasn't spectacular.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?

Definitely
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1. The biggest change in your life this year?
I graduated from college in May ... besides that my life has been similar as it was the past several years.

2. What did you do over the summer?
I swam a lot since I have a pool. Hung out with my friends. Took some online summer classes. Basically just enjoyed my summer. No work since my job is nonexistent in the summer.

3. How were relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends?
Eh, so so. The beginning of the year until about the end of the summer was pretty lame with just a few jerky guys. As of now I have no official boyfriend but I've been talking with this guy that I'm very interested in and hoping he feels the same way.

4. What news story sticks in your mind the most from 2011?
The horrible tsunamis in Japan, the Occupy Wall Street Movements, the Arab Spring, Withdrawing American troops from Iraq.

5. Favourite song from the year?
Probably "Someone Like You" by Adele

6. Favourite artist this year?
Tough one ... either Katy Perry or Justin Bieber, yes I said it, Justin Bieber lol

7. Did you make any new years resolutions and if so, did you stick to them?
I probably did but I don't remember them so yeah, they're not valid anyways lol

8. What are you most proud of personally this year (i.e.- something you have done)?
As I mentioned earlier, graduating college with my BA in Psychology.

9. Who are you most proud of (can be a famous or non- famous person)?
I would say I'm most proud of my friend for making positive changes in her life and moving on, hopefully starting a new life next year.

10. Did you have to learn any hard life lessons in the past 12 months?
None that comes to mind ...

11. Have you had any life-changing experiences in 2011?
Not this year, no...

12. Did you do anything you never thought you would do?
Honestly, finish college. I never struggled but after high school I was burned out with school so I'm very happy I completed my Bachelor's Degree.

13. Did you gain any new qualifications?
Well, I have my BA in Psychology and I'm also qualified to teach French and Italian at the secondary education level.

14. What is your happiest memory from the year?
Going to Hawaii in May.

15. What was your most stupid incident (drunk stories would be good!)?
Probably regretting something I said to someone. Nothing specific comes to mind.

16. What things do you appreciate most in your life at the moment?
Definitely my family and friends. Also being so lucky to be able to have gone to college and able to continue with furthering my education and keeping my job.

17. What are/were your plans for xmas/ new year?
Xmas was pretty laid back just staying at home with the family and no big plans for New Years yet.

18. Are you making any new years resolutions for 2012? What do you hope will be different?
A very common one ... lose weight. I hope what will be different is I can move away and start my own life. Hopefully with that special someone but hey, I won't push it.

19. How do you rate 2011 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst and 10 being the best)?
I would say about a 5. A lot of good things happened like me graduating college and going on cool vacations but I've also had family problems (just recently) with my grandfather being ill and hospitalized (he still is...) and just not knowing what's going to happen with him is always worrysome.

20. Will you still be on EC this time next year?
If I have internet access and the website is still up and running, I'm sure I'll be around.
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