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It's the end of the year which has a terrible habit of landing on my birthday. I've wrote this post in advance and scheduled it so I don't have to type all this on my birthday ;)

2016 has been deemed by many 'the worst year ever'. I've seen people sharing memes saying how 2016 has been rubbish for them. Back in January I said it was going to be my hardest year yet given it was my final year of uni, but it was going to be amazing afterwards. And it proved right.

I initially began typing this post as a huge essay on what I'd done through the year, but that would be tedious; I'm not one for enjoying essays that much after all (dissertation, anyone?).

  •  Thought about writing my dissertation but never got round to it
  • Finally wrote my dissertation (2 days with only 4 hours sleep). Death had never been so appealing
  • Got a letter from the Vice Chancellor saying I achieved the highest mean mark at Level 4 out of Graphics and Photography - Level 4 being when I was in Year 1 of study
  • Began Semester 2 of uni
  • Found out I got 76 in my dissertation which I was utterly shocked at - although looking back I probably could have gotten higher if I had spent more time on it >_> 
  • Begun a second work placement
  • Finished my work placement
  • Made some progress in Semester 2 
  • Applied for jobs; 5 interviews, 3 job offers
  • Accepted the job offer for Autodesk
  • Handed in my uni work for assessment
  • Finished uni with 85 for my Semester 2 module
  • Exhibited my work at the degree show at uni
  • Moved down to Birmingham to start my job - got a beautiful big 2 bed flat and moved myself in by hiring a van which was really fun to drive!
  • Found out I would be graduating with first class honours  
  • Exhibited my work at New Designers in London
  • Bought myself a nice graphics tablet monitor
  • Begun my EU project
  • Completed numerous personal/work projects which I got round to publishing on my website
  • Sky got in contact with me asking if I was interested in working for them which was very flattering, and so did someone working with the BBC 
  • Completed the first part of an online web course
  • I graduated!
  • Saw my EU project printed in the flesh
  • Did a fun branding project 

So fair to say I've had an amazing and productive year. At the start of the year I was unsure as to if I liked my portfolio, and if it was diverse enough. Now I've completed lots more projects, both personal and uni/ones I've done whilst working at Autodesk, I feel very satisfied with how my portfolio has shaped up. I'm not sure what lies ahead in 2017, I don't have any specific plans other than to keep on working on my portfolio, and see where it ends up in another 6 months!

Have a good new year everyone, you never know what it's going to bring :)

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