Academically, 2014 saw a reaffirmation of my academic credentials, with a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout. In the research arena, it was a roaring success, with my first paper giving way to another two, the acquisition of an Albedometer allowing me to collect enough data for some good journal papers, my first conference leading to my first publication and my first seminar to share my work with the UIUC community. These have also set the stage for an excellent MS Thesis that I will finish by the middle of next year and also my future PhD.
Socially, the year was a spectacular improvement over the miserable months on 2013 after coming to the US. Having separated from two of the worst roommates I have ever had, I was able to find someone much better to split the rent with. I became President of IGSA and met many new stakeholders in the Illini Union system, learning to deal socially with Americans and a diverse background. My interaction with fellow grad students in and outside of my research group increased greatly and I attended my first mixed party with people from a wide variety of countries.
Next year will have many more opportunities. I don't like to plan things too meticulously. But there will be some resolutions. In another post!