It's that time of year where everyone writes their blog posts detailing the past year, so here's mine.
2011 was a fun year - the three things that stick out to me for this past year are going on a lot of adventures (that I wouldn't normally do) with my girlfriend, the development of IMLoop, and my transition to the University of Texas. Of course, a lot more happened this year, but for the purpose of being succinct, those are the three that stand out most.
Rachel and I have done a lot this year, most notably our road trip to Florida. We spent a week in New Orleans, LA; Panama City, FL; and Treasure Island, Fl. I never made a blog post about this, but we both had a lot of fun, and made memories for a lifetime. Here are a few pictures from the trip.
Another big part of my year was the creation and development of IMLoop. Though I'm admittedly not a fan of Internet Marketing, I like the people in the industry (well, most of them ;)), and I'm proud of what I've created. I've put hundreds of hours of work into it, and it has certainly been a good learning experience.
The last major thing of 2011 for me was transferring from Austin Community College to the University of Texas. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to go to UT (I did go through a phase where I wanted to go to Yale, and CU was always an option to, growing up near Boulder). I've finally reached that. So far, so good - UT is certainly more difficult than ACC, but it also provides a lot more opportunities, and I like that the professors are passionate about what they do. My favorite class was Architecture and Society taught by Larry Speck...I was only taking it for the Fine Art credit, but it turned out that I learned a lot about what is always surrounding me.
With 2011 in the past, it's time to look forward to 2012. As I mentioned, being at the University of Texas means a lot more opportunities for me, and one of those is a class called 1 Semester Startup. It's essentially a startup incubator for UT students. While in the program you get advice from a bunch of smart people, and learn a lot about entrepreneurship and startups as a whole.
I've applied for the class with a fellow UT student and a project involving HTML5 and WebGL, it's an idea we're really excited about. So hopefully, that class will help us in our endeavor in creating something amazing. I'll have more on this soon.
I want 2012 to be another year where I learn and improve upon myself by leaps and bounds. Of course, I'd love to see this startup become a success... it has all the right components so it's just a matter of execution mixed with a bit of luck.