What a year it has been! I have loved almost all of it. It’s been an absolute adventure and I’m grateful for every opportunity I have been able to take on this year. I’m not one to share every moment of my life, but I’m so unbelievably proud of this year and everything that came out of it! Thank you to everyone who made it so so special.
Here’s my year in a blog post:
I started the year with a bang amongst my greatest friends. There was no place I’d rather be. I went for a lot of brunch and spent a lot of money of stuff I didn’t need, like we all do with January blues!
It was our first cheerleading competition of 2015 held at The Genting Arena, Birmingham (commonly known as the LG Arena). As a huge lover of arena performances, it was a highlight to place 3rd and 8th at such a prestigious event.I also went to see Barnum at the theatre which was a whirlwind of fun filled with singing, dancing and circus – three of my favourite things!
In March I fell asleep at a theatre performance called Wilde About the Boy. Oscar Wilde is one of my favourite authors and I wanted to see a show about his life, thinking it would be exciting and garish. Unfortunately, when we arrived it was a one man show in a cold theatre. I fell asleep wrapped in my coat and scarf just after the interval and was even tempted to walk out!!
I took my Drama and Textiles exams during this month and partied the night away in the last evening of April after spending all day in an exam, which was not fun!
I also got to showcase the adaptation of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves with my cast of 47 little minions!! It was amazing to see my first ever production come to life, which I directed and produced by myself.
To top April off my beautifully talented team and I became national champions. It was one of the greatest moments of my entire life and everything about that day was true perfection.
Was undoubtably my favourite month of the year. It started with rehearsals of our production of Oliver! Followed by a week of workshops at BBC Academy which is where I got starstruck from my idol Fearne Cotton and interviewed Leona Lewis.
I saw Foo Fighters, James Bay, Taylor Swift and so many others at BBC’s Big Weekend (see this post for more on that!) To end the month I had three AS exams and there’s nothing more to say about that!
This summer has been amazing and I cannot believe the fun I had. In June I started my radio training. It was scary, but I made some great friends whilst doing it. It was exams month, but somehow I kept my mind distracted and had some great times. I started the month at a Cheerleading competition coaching my little Mini stunt group who placed 5th and I was super proud of them. I went to multiple theatre performances, two of which I fell asleep during the shows!! In the last week of June I broke my arm (see this post for more on that) whilst competing at the Olympic Park where we placed 3rd, an unbelievable and unforgettable moment.
In July I interviewed Michael Morpurgo and talked about it in my first ever radio show. On the day of my birthday I started work experience at Mustard TV and spent the week there with my arm in a cast! I also went to on multiple university open days and tried to predict where I was going to end up. To end the month I saw The Railway Children and then watched my team at the European championships – a very emotional moment for me!
My holiday to Tunisa cancelled due to terrorist attacks in August, I was gutted but slightly relieved. I went to Channel 4’s Pop Up Day where I created a digital marketing campaign for the 2016 Rio Olympics. My friends and I celebrated our exam results in Cambridge, travelling around like little tourists.
In September I was voted captain by my teammates at Cheerleading for our highest level team. It was a great honour to know that people chose me to lead the team. September started on a high and I couldn’t wait to see what this team had in store this season. I also went to an inspiration camp called Flight School for Cheerleading to help improve my coaching style. I met the top professionals in the cheer world and it opened my eyes to the wider world.
During October half term I went to BFI Academy and created a short film called a Solario. I made some incredible friends and had a great week as well as some tiring weekends with these legends!!
In November, I was blessed to have gained a place on the Young Reporters scheme with Into Film. I went down to London to meet the other reporters and staff from the company as well as try different team building games and film review writing. Unfortunately after struggling with a back injury I had to retire from Cheerleading, after five years I was gutted to leave especially after just being voted in as captain. Luckily, I can still coach my recreational and youth squads.
To end my year I went to our film premiere and saw our film and other short films made by the BFI Academy. I also gained a place on a residential trip to create a documentary with BFI in London, which I’m so excited to go on. I can’t believe how my year has gone, with some incredible memories.
Thanks for reading my lengthy (but hopefully insightful) blog post into my year. If you’ve got this far, you’re pretty cool and a dedicated moonshine. I shower you in gratitude and wish you all the best for 2016.