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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Mongroo

2021: A Year in Review

I am honestly shocked at how fast this year has gone. What started off as the slowest year took a sharp turn for me around May, when I got vaccinated. From there, it seemed like life started picking up and I could not keep up with it. Yet somehow, we're at the end. With only a couple days left I wanted to take some time to write out my reflections. 2021 was a big year, full of so many wins and hurdles. Despite everything, I think it's the year I have truly grown. I've come full circle with my hopes, wishes, expectations on what I want from life, and I needed this time to do that. I hope these little blurbs of my year resonate with some.


  • Started off rough. I was still balancing the aftermath of my family tragedy. I barely saw anyone. I wanted to be alone and with my family most of the time.


  • After being home in NY since early November, I went back to Boston. Classes had been remote since late January, and I had one in-person class that was due to start the first week of February. Transitioning from being home to living alone in Boston, was hard. I had problems sleeping. I just didn't want to do anything. Depression was real.


  • By the time March came around, I learned to keep myself busy with school. Things were piling up and got busy. It almost seemed like I did not have time to not think about school.


  • Finals and vaccines, that is all.


  • My last final was on my birthday. I celebrated a quarter of a century with my friends in Boston. The weather was warmer and it was so nice to be outside. Things were opening back up. I went back home and celebrated my birthday again in NYC. Also took my first international trip since COVID.


  • Summer in Boston. Sunsets, parties. Outdoor dining. Pool. Beach. Internship.


  • More family time. Also brought my cousin to Boston for the first time. Went to my first club after 2 years. First hangover in a very longgg time.


  • Second international trip of the year, Punta Cana. Much needed because I started 3L at the end of the month. Other little trips were taken and I finally saw all my friends for the first time in almost 2 years. Alsooo, i learned how to ATV for the first time.


  • First Red Sox Game, duck tour, espresso martinis. Back on my Boston bs. I also started documenting my fitness journey.


  • This month felt so long. In October I started to realized how much I really had on my plate. Taking 6 classes in law school was a lot, my workload was not getting any less heavy. Time management and meal prep, were my biggest lessons I learned here.


  • I had the opportunity to be in the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade! This was the coolest thing I have ever done.


  • In-person exams brought me an insane amount of stress and anxiety. I felt like after 2 years of law school, I had to re-learn how to practice self-care. Also was so happy to be home with my family for the holidays. It's just what I needed to finish off the year.

2022 will be a big year for me, graduating law school, taking the bar in July and starting my career finally. I'm excited to see what is in store.

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