“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” –Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities


  1. What a year. I laughed (Kate McKinnon on SNL, Arthur memes, spending an hour+ researching carrier pigeons, #WasteHisTime2016, Cardi B, JoJo saying “I don’t know” on The Bachelorette, Zootopia, Gilmore Girls revival), I cried (the election outcome, Hillary’s concession speech, OITNB season 4 finale, Pulse shooting, Carrie Fisher’s death, Alan Rickman’s death, David Bowie’s death, Arnold Palmer’s death…almost everything was a nightmare), and I’m ready for a new year. 2017. Bring some light.
  2. -Christina McBride


While 2016 was not my favorite year, it definitely was a year of learning. I learned which schools I vibe with, which I don’t. I learned who not to date, and I learned the importance of healthy friendships. I wouldn’t repeat this year for a million dollars, but I definitely wouldn’t trade it for anything.

-Emily Zachry


I feel that 2016 has been a year of transition. I’ve learned how much I can really endure, and the downsides of this year have definitely been countered by my growing passions, close friendships and self love.

-Bella Cheng


2016 was interesting. Just when you thought you couldn’t grow any more, the year hits you with new twists and turns. It was definitely one to remember!

-Lucy Callicott


I hope that 2017 is a year of healing and recovery. 2016 was tough, but we made it.  

  • -Emily McFarland


A lot of things happened in 2016, both to me personally and in the world. I moved, which has been hard but interesting, and, of course, Trump happened. I’m ready for 2017 with the lessons I learned from 2016. I hope next year is a little better.  

-Zoe Boggs


I am convinced that David Bowie was the only thing keeping the universe in balance. 2016 has been rough on me along with the rest of the world. But now we can finally say we survived the year that just kept getting worse and we as people became stronger from it. So come on 2017, hit me with your best shot.

-Abigail Snow


2016 was a very eye opening year for me. I (and others) lost and won a lot this year.I lost some huge inspirations like Harper Lee, Prince, and Bowie, but I won a lot with the relationships I’ve built with old and new friends in my final year of high-school that I am so grateful for. I’m very excited for what comes next.

-Jada Akoto


Even though it gave me my new, all-time favorite anime, Yuri On Ice, 2016 can choke.

-Ifueko Osarogiagbon


Kylie said that 2016 would be the year of “like, realizing stuff”, and as much as she got attacked for this quote, she spit the truth. I realized the world can be a pretty bad place regardless of my optimistic expectations. I realized that bad people don’t always lurk in shadows or hide in their basements; I see them at Kroger, at church, and at school. I realized that I’ve come a long way, but I can still be kinder. I realized that it’s okay to cut people out, but those people might not make that too easy. Honestly, I’m a little shook because I think I realized too much for my little 14 year old brain to handle. I hope 2017 will be a time to heal, fight, and grow.

-Ruby Liles


Before June of 2016, I was under the pathetically smothering impression that getting my voice out there was like trying to talk to someone who’s standing in my laundry room: utterly-freaking-impossible. But, hey, welcome to post-June, where I can login to grrlpunch.com and write my darn heart out. I’m taking the years as they come. Was 2016 one for the books? Not necessarily. But it sure was one for my journal.

-Reed Winckler


2016 was a transition year for me. Suddenly, school, and just life in general, got a lot harder. But there were laughs and happy times mixed in with the hard times, and those happy times are what I want to remember most about 2016. So bring it on, 2017!

-Nina Kumar


2016 was full of excitement, discouragement, happiness, and sadness. But, I guess this is true of life in general; it is full of ups and downs, good times and bad. I am sure 2017 will also be full of ups and downs, but 2017 will be a beautiful year because ultimately life is beautiful and I am lucky to be a part of it.

-Samantha Wischmeyer


I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am to start fresh with 2017. This year has been an emotional roller coaster. The highlight of my 2016 was when my emotionally abusive ex broke up with me. Now I can enter 2017 single and do everything that I couldn’t do while I was dating him! It will be a year of reinvention and getting to know myself. Grace John’s Super Hot Revenge Bod, coming soon to theatres near you.

-Grace John


Ah, 2016. To say this year was a rollercoaster is a complete understatement. While 2016 had its obvious lows (an incredibly sad number of notable deaths, the election outcome, the end of Vine, etc.), it also had its highs: I successfully figured myself out; I made it through the nearly impossible junior year; the amount of memes this year was almost overwhelming; and I fixed and made a plethora of friendships through the journey of this year. 2016 was rough, but I have my fingers crossed that 2017 treats all of us a little kinder.

-Sidney Parish
2016, what can I say? It had its ups, and its downs and frankly, it was mostly downs in the grand scheme of things when you look back at the year from start to finish. We’ve lost brilliant entertainers and minds, but that just means that they made way for new ones to come out of the woodwork. Personally, I don’t really think I’ve grown much, except for the fact I’ve reached my final permanent height of 5’0, which is an accomplishment in of itself. I’ve been happier this year than I ever thought possible despite the somber events we’ve all experienced. Hopefully, 2017 will leave us better than it found us.

-Sabrina Spence