So hopefully by the time I finish typing this it'll be midnight, and it'll officially be my birthday!

I've always told people I started watching RT content "around the end of last year". I'm pretty sure that I started watching RT from October of last year, a few days after my birthday.

Probably the worst decision ever, to anyone who knew about what I was going through then. A-Level examinations and I get myself addicted to watching youtube videos?? Was I insane??

It's been almost a year since then and I can honestly say that this past year has been one of the best years of my life (so far).

Getting through A-Levels from October to November of last year was really tough. I'm someone who's easily stressed up and anxious about things, and I remember myself feeling utterly miserable with day-in day-out practicing of past year papers, going through old notes, and just studying the whole day, with no breaks in between. Then I found RoosterTeeth, and slowly allowed myself to destress by watching their videos. I'm pretty sure during those two months, these videos became the primary reason why I even smiled. Also, around this time, I was dealing with some really bad relationship fallouts, which affected me pretty badly. Watching RT videos was a way for me to distract myself from my own sadness.

After my examinations, while waiting for results and waiting to enter university, I managed to secure an internship at a special needs school as a teaching intern. It was honestly a dream internship, because I've been heavily involved in volunteer work for the past few years, and although it was physically, mentally, and emotionally tiring for me, I got by each day. The special needs children I met and interacted with taught me so much, and it will probably be one of the most rewarding experiences in my entire life.

June to August of this year was spent waiting to enter university. I didn't get fantastic results, but I was nevertheless pleased with myself, especially since I knew I had honestly put in all my hard work into it. I spent this time immersing myself into the RT tumblr community. I made so many fantastic new friends from all over the world, and I think I just slowly fell in love with the people in the community.

Now it's my birthday, and I've been in university for about 3 months now. University is really tough, especially since I have to learn how to juggle all my commitments and still find time to have fun and enjoy myself. My treat to myself every time I come home is watching RT content. The videos never fail to lift my spirits and make me feel relaxed after a tiring day at school.

And I'm incredibly thankful for al the friendships I've made in the community: shoutout to the AH-network, the achievementnetwork, all the people who've listened to me talk about my life over tumblr/ask boxes, and anyone who even cared a little bit. You guys are great, and talking to you guys always put a smile on my face.

I can honestly say that I'm a much happier person now than I was a year ago, and I would be lying if I said that RoosterTeeth did not play a part in that. I'm a generally more positive, open, witty, confident person, and I'm really happy with that. I'm really happy with me.

I'm not yet who I want to be, but I'm definitely not the person I used to be, and for that, I'm thankful.

Here's to an even greater year ahead. smiley12.gif