2016 was a big year full of changes: new school, new state, and new socks. In a year full of ups and downs, heartbreak and breakfast tacos, I always look forward to writing this year-end review, written in first and third person. If you were hoping for a physical Christmas card to decorate your fridge with, click here to find a local Kinkos to do it yourself.
The beginning of the year found Matt frequently traveling for graduate school interviews. In Seattle at the University of Washington, he quickly discovered this was not the place for him after being deceived by a delicious organic beet-and carrot-filled quesadilla. Those things shouldn’t go together, but why was it delicious? Matt decided it was just best to stay away from that confusing lifestyle.
Outside of Disneyland, traveling to the University of Alabama at Birmingham was one of the few instances where I have felt like a minority. BYU always told me that I AM diverse for being a white guy who lived in a foreign land and speaks an obscure language. But Alabama made me remember: I’m still just a white guy.
In the end, the desire to further understand Texas pride overcame my need to be pampered by southern hospitality. I live in Texas now and have discovered it is a culture of its own. Texas cities are like family members. I live in San Antonio, which could be compared to your old, conservative grandpa who is unintentionally racist. Sometimes I go through Austin, which is like your brother who is going through that weird phase; we don’t talk about him at family gatherings.
Over the summer, Matt traveled to Glacier National Park with a few friends. On a separate but related note, he has also entertained the idea of running for public office later on in life. Since most politicians tend to have compromising photos of themselves, Matt created his own on the trip. This way, it comes as no surprise during election time. The voters need to understand what kind of candidate they’re getting:
I successfully completed my first semester of graduate school. I am also happy to report that I received straight A’s in all courses. Something I was never able to accomplish during my undergraduate courses. This accomplishment has been offset by the repeated emphasis of the professors that “grades don’t matter!” Oh well, at least I can still get free doughnuts for every A at Krispy Kreme. Wait, what do you mean it’s only for grade school…?
In November, Matt decided to grow a mustache. He doesn’t want to talk about it.
Since it is the holiday season, it seems fitting to mention that Matt wasn’t invited to a single Christmas party this year. This is only mentioned to make you feel guilty in case you had a Christmas party and failed to invite him. He’s been free every weekend in December and most in November. One friend was kind enough to invite him to a party for married people, but it was more of a pity thing.
So far, 2017 is looking to be promisingly boring. Thank heavens.
Wishing you all the best,