It was also a year full of difficulties and doubts: I spent most of the year without seeing my niece and nephew and saw my nephew cry as I passed through security to get the plane and start my journey to Spain. I spent a majority of the year being undecided, confused, afraid, and lost as to what my future would look like. I seemed to have lost the focus that I used to have on what my future would be. However, at the same time, I believe it was the best thing to happen to me. It gave me a fresh mind to remember what I truly want to do, what I stand for, and realized there are two kids who look up to me and two parents who have sacrificed everything they had to for my brother and me.
I have been trying to think of a 2016 highlight, but honestly, I was blessed beyond what I could have imagined and have more than only one best moment. I can only hope that 2017 is full of success, knowledge, achievements, fun, travel, health, blessings, and that I never lose hope for my future, even when I am being pessimistic. I already know this new year will be the busiest year, but I know it will all be worth it.
-- Karen Banda