2015 In Review

As I sit here at my Parent’s place in West Eyreton, Canterbury, New Zealand on the 31st of December 2015, it’s time to look back and some of the highlights and lowlights of 2015.

2015 has been a hell of a year. It started with moving cities to Wellington where I started my first “full-time-proper-oh-sh*t” job. I found myself without friends and generally pretty daunted by the whole experience.

Things got better and I quickly found good people to hang out with who I shared interests with, and I’m still meeting more and more cool people around Wellington.

Top Highlights (in no particular order)

  1. Visiting Melbourne and doing my first conference talk at /dev/world 2015! Watch a nervous Sam here.
  2. Finding a lot of fun joining, training and teaching with the Wellington Improv Troupe
  3. Visiting New York City on a work trip. Big thanks to Carnival.io for sending me there! Take a look at my observations of the USA.
  4. Watched a lot of Phoenix games in style thanks to my flatmates and Deloitte Wellington!
  5. Finding arguably the best flat and flatmates to live with, ever!
  6. Graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours
  7. Conferences such as DevMob and WDCNZ
  8. Getting involved in mentoring and speaking at Summer of Tech. You should get involved too.
  9. Launching a new version of CS Unplugged.
  10. Meeting so many cool new people, of which 85 became friends on Facebook*.


Top Lowlights (to keep it real)

  1. Cocking up another relationship attempt. You know who you are. Sorry :/
  2. Dealing with homesickness and isolation. It sucks, but it passes.
  3. 3 colds! 3!
  4. NZ’s proposed alternate flag. Ew.
  5. Burnout from work. More on that later.

Overall 2015 has been pretty darn awesome. I’m really looking forward to 2016 and the awesome it should bring! If you didn’t have a great year, chin up… tomorrow is a great excuse for a fresh start. Good luck and have fun!

Sam x

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