Student Experience Blog: October 2014

Mountains, Apples, Travel Plans, and Oh Yeah, Class

It’s been a busy few days for me. Most of Northern Ireland is accessible by public bus, so I headed out to two different counties this weekend—County Down and County Armagh.  County Down found me climbing the tallest peak in Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard, and County Armagh had me eating apple cinnamon scones at the Apple Harvest Fayre.

Stomp, clap, stomp, clap…what?

I’m standing on a stage in Langroise, with my eyes closed, listening to a vibrant red-haired woman do all sorts of amazing things with her voice. And then, with the 20 other people surrounding me, trying to imitate her with varying degrees of success. With everything from Latin vocalizing to something that almost sounds like beatboxing, it’s unlike any choir class that I’ve experienced.

The Part of Your Life You Set on Fire

For the sake of…the sake…let’s ignore the fact that it’s been a month since I’ve written. My computer (AKA the moon and stars of my life) sort of went on a rogue rampage that ended when I finally was left with no choice but to put it down like it was Ol’ Yeller frothing at the mouth behind the storage shed.  So I’ve been in a dark, emotional square dance the last few weeks and if I had updated the blog, it would have just been wistful ramblings of sadness and regret for a laptop that still had such a life to live.

Greetings from Northern Ireland

This is my third Thursday in Belfast, and things are good.  The hardest part of being here was getting here, so now that I’ve been on the ground for a few weeks, I’m feeling pretty settled and ready to get started.