2015 Reflections Part 2: Personal Observations from The Kyle Bianchini Experience

2015 was a weird year for me. I can’t really decide what precisely made it so weird, but it was weird. After thinking about it for much of November and December, I think it has something to do with coming to terms with my singleness and no longer having a relationship being one of my defining characteristics. I could honestly write a whole other post about that. I one day might but to be perfectly honest, parts of me are still figuring out how I feel about and what I could learn from the ending of my previous relationship.

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G-Money, Keith, Me, and Luke on their visit to Baltimore!

My family continues to be the cornerstone of my life. They are a large crazy bunch but I don’t know if I would have it any other way. I believe my capacity to handle changes is because of how abruptly and frequently certain aspects of my family life changed from ages 16-22. Those years saw quite the transformation and its not really a bad thing.

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Me and Megan on her wedding day! šŸ™‚ Thanks for letting me stay at your house all the time!
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With Maura, one of the biggest bad asses I know.
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Michelle and me. We are usually goofing around at all times.Ā 

Generally speaking, my siblings are my squad, my support, and the people I know I can always count on. Be jealous. We are kind of awesome.

My Student Affairs LifeĀ has been incredibly interesting this semester. My office was down 3 central staff members, a CD, and when we replaced that CD we lost another, a beloved Admin just retired, and a slew of new people joined the team. I had two staffs at one point and learned that some of my old work habits die hard but that no matter what I can handle whatever I damn well please. New mentors have emerged as some departed from UMBC and others remain far away. (Although shout out to Sue McNeilly for always giving me a dose of realness when I call her! I wrote something we talked about on a sticky note and hung it up in my office because it was so awesome.)

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Me (and my beard) winning Coach of the Year.

I got back into coaching which was the best decision I made in a long time. I really needed that energy and that part of my life to come back. I get a real kick out of coaching the divers. Apparently it shows: I won the Coach of the Year award, voted on by my fellow Coaches in the Central Maryland Dive League. I also started coaching at UMBC.

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Go Scarlet Knights!! At Katie’s Wedding!

I traveled this year and planned some more traveling. I went to Vegas, visited Ball State in Indiana, went to Providence to visit one of my best friends, and attended a wedding in North Carolina. Trips to Alaska and MontrealĀ are coming up! Very exciting! I saw Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, and Kelly Clarkson. So good!

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Baltimore’s skyline.

Baltimore has been good to me. It is a great city and I have learned a lot since I moved here. Personally, I’ve grown a lot this year. Professionally, I have learned some more and gained new mentors and friends. I am ready for all that 2016 can bring. Even though 2015 was a weird year, it was a good year, a growing year for me. To be honest, I am happy, healthy, and can’t ask for much more.

KB

 

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