My 2022 eras


Leah Dragmen

Photo Evidence of each of Leah’s alleged ‘eras’.

Leah Dragmen, Co-Editor-In-Chief

As 2022 wraps up to a close, so does another year of excitement in my own life. In taking a walk down memory lane, let’s take a look at all the eras I experienced during this revolution around the sun. 


“Wait, I’m actually good at swim” era: I have been a swimmer for nine years, so it may come as a surprise to most that I just realized in January my potential. Qualifying for districts was one of the high points of my year, even if I did place 29 at the meet. (It was out of 30…) 


“I think I’m allergic to dogs” era: Again, having been on this earth for 16 years it’s stunning that I failed to take note of the constant itchy eyes and congestion that occur when around my friends’ furry pets. I increasingly have spent more time around dogs this year which may seem like a plus however when it causes incessant sneezing it’s not so fun. This year my photos included many red-eyed runny nose pictures. 


“I’ve never been happier” era: In the middle of this past year life was at its peak. The sun was coming out after the winter and I was smiling more than ever. Who wouldn’t be living to the fullest when summer break is just around the corner?


Living in amusement parks era: As a roller coaster nerd, it shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that as soon as summer hits and the weather is nice I will inevitably find my way to Cedar Point. This year however, I also ticked off two other bucket list parks: King’s Island and Dollywood. I probably spent over a quarter of my time riding roller coasters this summer and I don’t regret it one bit. 


Always taking pictures of the sky era: Yes, I am slightly embarrassed to admit I was at one point that girl who took pictures of the sunset. But hey, we all have our moments, nothing to be ashamed of. Plus as the year ends, it’s fun to take a look back at the different variations of the sky that surrounded me on any given day. 


Oh my gosh I can finally drive era: I turned 16 this year so of course that was followed with the excitement of finally being able to drive alone. Through this growth, I also came to realize that no distance is ever too far to drive to spend time with the ones you love. 


Friday Night Lights era: Ah autumn, marked by the crisp smell and falling leaves and highschool football season. I spent a tremendous amount of time this past year cheering on the Hoban Knights at Dowed Field. Dressing in theme and tailgating were always the highlights of my week, even if I normally left the games early because I had to wake up for work at six the next morning. 


My life is a blur era: Every November, I without fail, enter a period of time spanning till January where everything is mush. This is often accompanied by a new habit of forgetting everything everywhere. Swim season begins and consumes all my time after school. My routine becomes the same every week— swim, school, swim some more, and maybe work a little bit too. Monotony kicks in and holds strong until after Christmas break ends and the new year begins. 


In the end though, I’ve been through a lot this year and it’s cliche to say but it’s been a wild ride… one I wouldn’t take for granted.