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Smooth Sailing

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving. This is was first time I had ever been away from my family on Thanksgiving, and I absolutely hated it. Family is the most important thing in this world, and I did not get to see mine. Fortunately, I have formed a new family in the two months I have been living here in Ireland. The ones on my floor were very supportive of Thanksgiving and all decided to chip in and celebrate, as a family. Words cannot describe how lucky I am to have met all of them. They are some of my best friends, and Thanksgiving was perfect.

It is hard to imagine that I have been in Ireland for two months already. It seems like just last week I was getting off the plane and unpacking my bags. That goes to show that you have to cherish every moment you have because it will be over before you know it.

I have finished the bulk of my coursework for this semester. I had one essay due for each of my modules the past few weeks, and they really took a lot out of me. The ones on my floor can vouch for me when I say that I was absent from the group for most of that time. These essays all count for 35% of my final grade, so I really needed to work on them. Yes I procrastinated, and I take total responsibility for that, but if you know anything about my work ethic, you would know that my main motto is “why do it today when you can put it off for tomorrow?” All that matters is that my essays are done and all I have to worry about is getting to my lectures until exams in January.

Awhile back, Vicky had her boyfriend Peter stay with us for a couple days. We only hung out together one night, but we bonded pretty quickly during that time. In 8 days, Peter is making his epic return and he is staying with us for an entire week! It will be nice to reconnect and have another guy to hangout with during the days. Sometimes I think I am more excited to see Peter than Vicky is!


After Peter comes to visit us, Niamh’s twin brother Rhys is coming for a week too. I have not met Rhys yet, but I have heard a lot about him and am really looking forward to meeting him. Like Peter, it will be nice to have another guy on the floor to chill with.

This portion of the semester is beginning to come to a close. I have finished my only essays, Thanksgiving was a massive success, and two friends are coming to visit for the remainder of the year. Time has already gone quickly, and it is about to go much faster. I only have 19 days left until I get to see my family. Before I know it, I will be on my way back to good ol’ Graham, Washington!


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