2008.

Another year roared its way through.  Can you believe it?  2008 turned out to be one of the most stressful, if not THE most stressful, years for me.  It started off fairly optimistic.  I was exercising regularly, eating healthy and shedding pounds.  In March, my sister and I went on a dizzying trip to Europe and visited four countries in a week.  Then in May, Rachel and I ran off to the Bahamas for nine days.  And at the end of June, I visited San Francisco of which I fell in love with at first sight.  In addition, I was excited about going away to Nicaragua and Costa Rica for a study abroad program for five weeks in July and August.  Wow, so far, so good…or so I thought.

It all instantly spiraled downward afterwards.  A week before I was supposed to leave for Central America, ASU decided that the ADA law did not require them to fund for interpreters and told me I could not go.   Since then, ASU and the Office of Civil Rights have completely dismissed my objections, appeals and whatnot to the point where I’ve given up.  This situation was the catalyst of most things that went wrong, including having delayed my graduation another semester.

Around the same time, my beloved dog, Dante, was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer.  His health deteriorated rapidly and he died three months later on September 24 in my arms at the age of four.

Grueling classes this semester, a psychotic roommate, inane family drama and volatile economy certainly did not help things either.

I’m eager for 2009 to bring some changes and hopefully improvements, economical situation notwithstanding.

Take it away, 2009! I’m out.

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