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The year has ended in a blink of an eye and although 2016 has not been the best year yet, it's got to be one of the most memorable.

A lot of things happened that year, with a few being:

- Completing my 6 months internship with KidZania Singapore and extended as a part-timer till the end of February.
- Going on my graduation trip to Japan, which is my very first trip abroad with just my friends.
- Graduated from my school of 3 years, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (my favourite education experience thus far).
- Got accepted into a university, UniSIM.
- Became an NS girlfriend.

I've also recently made the decision to start running, in an attempt to be more fit. I just started 3 days ago and although I really dislike the process of running, I'm enjoying how I feel after the exercise. One of my sources of motivation is probably Pokemon Go, where I can hatch my eggs and catch tons of Pokemon at Botanic Gardens. My main source of motivation actually comes from my boyfriend Jerry, who has been the best cheerleader in my life. The fact that he trains like a beast in NS makes me want to get off my laptop and be more active, and he is always encouraging me regardless of the amount of exercise I manage to complete. Aside from my health, he also encourages me in my education and life in general.

I probably would have hated university a lot more if it wasn't for Jerry and my close friends, as the experience and environment are totally different from Polytechnic. I find it a little difficult to adjust to the change and the modules that I'm currently taking makes me doubt my own intelligence. Maybe it's just the way a university works and maybe because my friends that stuck with me throughout my polytechnic days are not with me, especially Jerry who serving his NS.

The hardest part about being an NS girlfriend is not being away from your other half for the majority of the week, but rather not knowing what he is going through in camp. Some things can't be explained, and some things can't be understood. I think the worst part is finding out that he is injured during an activity and not knowing what is going to happen to him in the future. All I can do now is to make him as comfortable as possible and be the one encouraging him.

I'm kind of glad that the year is ending, after going through a roller coaster ride with both good and bad events occurring. I really want to hold on to the good times, but it's time to leave the bad times behind. The biggest lesson I learned is probably who my true friends are, people that I should hold on to and be an even better friend for them. I've also reached the time where I'm trying to figure out myself (is marketing what I really want to do for the rest of my life?), and sad to say I have been pretty negative for the second half of the year. 

In the new year, I want to give myself time to find myself, get back my motivation to study hard, and be the best version of myself. The way to do that is for me to have a more positive mindset in everything I do, and not think about the negative unless I am able to change it.

So, come at me 2017. 

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