What started out as a pretty depressing year turned into a decent one, as it so happened!
I started out in January a little down. I had been on Jobseekers' Allowance (unemployment) for a few months at that point, having finished my Masters back in September 2013. After a couple of months looking for a job and struggling with what I wanted to do next, I decided to once again apply for PhDs in the vague hope that maybe, the third year in a row, I might get something.
January was a great turning point. I went for an interview for a job at a local school, and initially I was passed over for someone with more relevant experience. Then, a day or so later, I got a callback asking me if I wanted to do an admin job at the same place. And it was one of the best jobs I've had. Everyone was so nice, and the work was busy but easy. Sometimes students were little shits, but they're by far better than some of the kids I went to school with
As for my actual career? I worked extremely hard after work each day on PhD applications. I applied to three different places, and managed to get interviews at all three! As excited as I was, though, there was always doubt in the back of my mind. This was my third year going for PhDs, and unfortunately I'd gotten to the "always a bridesmaid" way of thinking. I've been invited to interview for every PhD I've applied for except one, and never gotten any further. So I was hesitant. But I got innnnnnnn!
The big highlight of the summer was returning to my family's place in Turkey. We go every year, and last year I had to miss out because I was in the middle of Masters thesis hell. Incredible country, fantastic people. Gorgeous ruins.
September brought the Great Flat Search of 2014. Luckily, it paid off, and my friend and I put a deposit on a sweet flat in SW London! While we were waiting for our flat to be ready, I stayed for a month with a wonderful elderly lady not far from my new digs. It was here that I started planning my first ever cosplay.
At first, it was a cute orange scarf, and my new boots and jacket. It quickly got out of hand! Oh man, I had so much fun styling the wig! MCM was an absolute blast! I told myself that I'd be so happy if one person asked for my photo, or complimented my roughly-assembled casual Yang. About six or seven people stopped me for photos ! Gutted that I was too knackered to meet Miles and Kerry at the pub, but it was so much fun!
This year, as the title says, was also the Year of Assassin's Creed. I got myself a 360 for (early) Christmas last year, and started the first AC in November. By New Year's Eve 2013 I had every achievement in the game, and I was HOOKED. What followed was my catching up with the entirety of the console franchise, from Ezio, to Haytham, Connor and Aveline, to Edward and Adewale. What a journey. Running around after collectibles has never been so much fun. History is gorgeous, and seeing how the graphics evolved year by year is stunning. I just perfected Rogue, and I'm getting myself an Xbone this (belated) Christmas to start on Unity. And soon I'll get to run around in a Victorian version of my own city! Truly, this year has sparked my love affair with games like no other, and it owes much to AC.
Ultimately, it also led to my being more active in the community. It kindled my love of achievement hunting, and while hunting for the harder Portal 2 multiplayer achievements, I enlisted the help of a few of you guys. I hope that I can get to know some of you a little more in the coming year, and go to some fan meetups. I'd also love to start getting into gaming sessions with you, though I might have to fight my flatmate for the TV!
Now at the close of 2014 I'm on the verge of starting my PhD project for real, working at THE Natural History Museum. What a dream. What a turnaround. Bring on 2015.