Since 2012 is just around the corner, I thought I’d recap on 2011. The year began with me entering my 2nd semester of Sophomore year. I was able to recover from my lackluster effort in the 1st semester, and improved on most of my grades. I was disappointed in my efforts in Sophomore year, and I wish I had done better. However, when school finally came down to a close, I anxiously awaited my departure to the Philippines. It would be about a month long wait before the trip, and I honestly didn’t do much with that time. I mostly just caught up on sleep and much needed rest. I departed for the PI late June. The feeling was unbelievable, and I felt right at home when I arrived. I could easily understand Tagalog, and my average speaking was sufficient enough for me to have an enjoyable time. The people were so humble and kind. I admired the people there for they always found time for God, even though they don’t have luxurious lives. It was one of the best vacations ever, if not the best. The first couple weeks back in the U.S. felt boring and I felt homesick even though I was born in the US. I just felt that connection to my roots, and I felt torn after coming back. However, I had to prepare for Junior year and get my mind straight. Junior year started off fairly rusty, and I dreaded it at the start. However, it progressively got better. I’ve been getting things done such as service hours primarily from library and a bright start in KIWIN’S. I also made some steps toward acquiring my driver’s license, signed up for the SAT in January, and have improved my study and sleeping habits slightly. I also had a simple birthday on September 14, but I didn’t mind at all. I actually enjoyed a simple gathering with my family. Many people are anticipating a successful 2012, however I’m somewhat fearful of what lies ahead. The reason being is because of a big and important 2nd semester, and the beginning of Senior year around Fall. There are always a few bright spots though with God and family whom I can always count on.