Posted in 2015 (Europe), Blog

18/10/15: Six Weeks Down, Six to Go

Whew! I know, I know, it’s been a while! But, hey, in my defense, I’ve been busy!

So this past week was the half-way mark in the semester. I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by! I’m at least on top of my courses and assignments in a way I never was in high school or my undergrad. I guess the more school I do, the better I am at it… If I decide to go for a phd, I’ll probably be perfect…. Or at least a master! (Geddit?!)

Anyway, I’m mostly trying to keep on top of my assignments, although I do have a trip to Leeds planned in November and Thanksgiving, as well as a trip home for Christmas and my family’s trip here in Spring! That, and my friend Lisa (who I am visiting in Leeds) is planning on visiting at the end of our Christmas break and we (hopefully) will visit Barcelona at some point! ūüėÄ

Well, if anyone can handle that many trips to plan and assignments to finish, I hope it will be me! One of our assignments this term is weekly blog posts, which I have imported to this website and are now in the Management for Information Professionals category!

Happy Halloween (almost!)
🎃 April

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13/09/15: A Week of Classes and a Trip to Kilkenny

Yeah so tomorrow is Monday. Ok, I admit, Monday is in 33 minutes, but whatever. Last week was my first week of classes and it went really well. I made some friends (pretty easy to do when we all have all of our classes together!) and probably won’t have an anxiety attack getting to class in the morning… Unless I miss the bus, which so far *knock on wood* seems unlikely.

I have a lot of things to do this semester, but that’s ok because I like school. And my coursemates are cool. At least the ones I’ve met thus far. I’ve got a few things planned out, like reunions with my Moy 3 housemates, but I’m most excited to go to the ThoughtBubble comic con in November up in Leeds. Mostly because that’s where Lisa goes to uni and we went from seeing each other every day, to every week, to every few weeks, and now it’s been months! I miss her!

I do still need to send some post cards, so if you want one, you’ll have to let me know! I haven’t gotten any yet, but I will soon. There aren’t many things left on my original checklist, actually.

  • SIM card for phone
  • Boots
  • Groceries
  • uCard (student ID)
  • Bank account
  • Student Leap Card (bus/transit pass)
  • Register with Garda
  • Get shelf for closet
  • Unpack
  • Hang stars & decorate

The last thing I have to do is register with the Garda, but I need an appointment for that and I have until November, anyway. I’m going to talk to the woman at UCD who sets up the appointments for us on Monday, if she doesn’t call me back.

This past weekend I went on a trip to see my friend Eanna in Kilkenny. I re-met a lot of people I knew when I studied abroad here, so it was really nice to see them again. Plus, Kilkenny was a nice little place with a neat castle we took a tour of. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I went to a museum with another person, let alone a group of people, so it was a little strange to not be alone in a museum. It was cold (to me) and I got the sniffles now, but I’ll survive. I’ve got sh*t ta do.

Speaking of sh*t ta do, I’m meant to be doing my reading for tomorrow’s class, but I didn’t. I did¬†get started on my assignments for this week and got my planner all set up and ready to go, though. One of our assignments this semester is to have a blog, but unfortunately I can’t use this one since it has to be solely for the class. Once the class is over, though, I’ll probably migrate everything here. If you want to check it out, you can click here or just wait until it’s migrated here.

Anyway, sleep time, I’ve got an early day tomorrow!

<3 April

Posted in 2015 (Europe), Blog

31/08/15: One Week

I seriously have loved this song since I was a kid, except I always called it “the Chinese Chicken song” because of the lyric “Chickity China the Chinese chicken You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin'”.

Anyways. I’ve been living in Ireland for a week already (can you believe it?!) and it’s not nearly as tough of an adjustment as the last time I moved abroad. I think it really hit me how much I’ve changed¬†since the last time I lived in Maynooth, but especially since I moved to China, when the taxi driver said he could tell I traveled a lot because I was confident and self-assured and I thought, “Wow, I really am!”

Before I got here, I had a lot of things I needed to get done on my checklist, and thus far it looks like this:

  • SIM card for phone
  • Boots
  • Groceries
  • uCard (student ID)
  • Bank account
  • Student Leap Card (bus/transit pass)
  • Register with Garda
  • Get shelf for closet
  • Unpack
  • Hang stars & decorate

So I think I’ve done a pretty decent job. My suitcases were empty pretty quickly, although I do feel like I’m in perpetual need for a nice nap.¬†I went to Dublin and picked up some boots before going out to the university to have a look around and pick up my ID card.

Classes start 1 week from today and I hope I’m ready. My room is too small for a desk, but the Maynooth University isn’t too far from here and I read somewhere that I can still get access to it somehow? I’ll have to investigate that further… tomorrow. ūüėõ

One thing that makes me sad is that the shows I was watching on Netflix at home aren’t on Irish Netflix. :'(

Dr Reid! I missss hiiiimmmmmm

Once I get my room a bit more tidied and organized (and my stars up!), I’ll try to remember to post pictures somewhere!

Have a great Monday (and week!)
<3 April

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23/08/14: One Day

My life is currently¬†boiled down to two large suitcases, a small suitcase, a backpack, and a few leftovers. Right now, I want it to boil down to a nap, but that’s a personal travel no-no, since I don’t sleep the night before an over night flight. Especially since this one will land in the morning, which is always my LEAST FAVORITE. The first thing I want to do after I’ve flown for ages is go to sleep, but when I land in a new timezone in the morning (this time at 9:15am) I don’t let myself. So instead, I don’t sleep the night before so I can sleep the entire plane ride.

This is¬†not how I pack, if you were wondering. For one thing, I’m not allowed to bring that many books. My mom says she won’t get rid of any of them, though, so that’s nice.

If only I had a magical suitcase. I don’t, though, so huge shoutout to my mom for starting by “only being here to make sure you stay on task” and then actually helping me pack because we both know I would’ve gotten it done on my own, but not nearly as efficiently or quickly….

So, yeah, today I leave and tomorrow I’ll be there. It’s crazy to think that I was going to Ireland to study abroad three years ago and now I’m going back for my Master’s degree. So much has changed in those three years, most notably me. I could go into detail, but instead I think I’ll quit procrastinating and finish packing.

I hate packing and I hate unpacking, but in the end the travel is worth it.

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17/08/15: One Week

The summer started about three months ago when I got back to China. Ever since then, I’ve been thinking of my family’s trip to Colorado as the beginning of the end of summer. Along the lines of “Well, when we go to Colorado, that’s when I really need to seriously start getting ready to go.” I was mainly thinking this way because we went to Colorado for almost a week,¬†then shortly after I went on a trip to NYC & DC, then almost immediately after that we went to a family friend’s river property to celebrate his 50th birthday for a weekend, then a week after we got back from the river is when I go to Ireland.

Well, we went to Colorado July 28 and got back from the river yesterday. So, if you did the math and read my rambly summary right, you’d realize that I have one week until I go to Ireland. As of today… Yeah, it’s coming on quickly.

Since my last update, I have (obviously) gone to CO, NYC, DC, and camping. I (naturally) had a blast at all of these places,¬†although for very different reasons as they were all very different trips. The important thing is, of course, that I saw a lot of friends and family and visited a lot of museums. I’m pretty sure I went to more museums in two days in DC than most people visit in two years. I also had my birthday, so my dad and I went to the local museum (K√∂rner’s Folly)¬†after we had tacos y pupusas at a local taquer√≠a.

Last night (at 3am), I registered for my courses. Through some kind of Internet Black Magic, I managed to get all (but one, but it turned out ok because I hit the credit limit anyways) of the courses I wanted AND I don’t have class on Tuesdays or Fridays during either semester and no class on Thursdays during semester 2! Seriously, Internet Black Magic. (If you’re interested in which courses I’m taking, there is a page up on my blog that can be found at

This week, of course, I am extremely busy with last-minute appointments, packing, cleaning, and saying goodbye to friends. Oh, and sleeping. Maybe.

<3 April
(7 days and counting)

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25/07/15: One Month!

This post was originally published on my GoFundMe page as Update #12!!

A month left!

That’s right! ONE MONTH. And two of those weeks are traveling!

This month looks like:
Tuesday (28th) – to CO!
Sunday (2nd) – back from CO!
Friday (7th) – to NYC!
Monday (10th) – NYC to DC!
Thursday (13th) – back from DC!
Friday (14th) – BIRTHDAAAAAY
Fri – Sun (14-16) – Camping/birthday event for friend!
Mon (24th) – TO IRELAND

Obviously there is a LOT of cleaning and packing and friends and family time in there. I’m really excited, though. Sometimes I worry a little about whether I’m going to have all my stuff cleaned and packed up and ready to go in the short amount of time I have left, but I have faith in myself. I’ll get it done, I’m sure.

Anyways, I’ve got to go clean more things. XD

Thanks for the support!
<3 April
(30 days and counting)

Posted in 2015 (Europe), Blog

17/06/15: One Month (Plus 2, Depending)

One month (plus 2, depending on how I’m counting time) has passed since I’ve been home. I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone! And to think, I’ve got 2 months left before I’m back in Ireland and back in school!

Since I’ve been home, I’ve been really busy. Between hanging out with¬†family and friends and family friends, volunteering at the library, doctor’s visits, unpacking, cleaning, errands for mom, and other things I’m sure I’m forgetting, this month has just flown past! I’m also going to be tutoring for one of mom’s coworker’s this summer (I’ll start once we get the deets sorted) while getting ready to go to Ireland.

I still have a surprising amount to do. My checklist looks like this:

  • Submit taxes
  • Submit FAFSA
  • Entrance counselling
  • Promissory note
  • Book flight
  • Unshelve books & pick keepers
  • Sell/donate non-keepers
  • Reshelve books
  • Unpack closet, incl. stuff from CO and China
  • Sort through clothes & pick keepers
  • Sell/donate non-keepers
  • Pack!
  • Make and print planner
  • Doctor’s appt
  • Eye doctor’s appt
  • Dentist appt
  • Orthopaedic appt

Some things are in-progress (reshelve books) and some are scheduled (eye and ortho appts), and some I’m just like UGH WHY (cleaning and packing, I’m so tired of it). And that’s just my checklist of things to do while I’m still in the States. I’ve also got things to do once I get to Ireland on….

AUGUST 24th!!!!!!

That’s right! I booked my ticket and actually have a date set! Even though it feels like I’m not making as much progress as I feel I should be, I’m still making a lot more progress than I think.

…If only my books would catalogue and shelve themselves…¬†😰

Anyways, back to work! I got sh*t ta do!


Posted in 2015 (Europe)

22/10/2014: Big News!!!

Alright, well,¬†technically this isn’t really anything to do with China, but I still feel compelled to share it with you anyways!

Last night, I was accepted into the Masters of Library and Information Systems programme at University College Dublin. That’s right, folks! I’m a student again! Or, well, I will be in September 2015.

The best part of this news is that I’ll finally be going back to Ireland!

The worst part of this news is that it’s going to cost a lot of money!

Don’t worry, though. I’ve got plans. And checklists. And¬†research.

So much research!

You’ll probably notice that my page now has a GoFundMe widget in the sidebar. This GoFundMe fundraiser is basically an April-specific scholarship and the money will go towards housing and flights.


I was so excited last night when I got the e-mail that the first thing I did was sit down in my chair and call my dad. We talked for a long time and I was so excited my voice was probably shaking cause I was almost crying. And then I tried to call my mom, but SHE DIDN’T ANSWER, which is actually why I called my dad first, anyways. He’s more likely to be able to answer the phone at work. So I messaged her a bunch of times and ended up calling her (gotta love the internet for being able to call my parents through an app from China) and telling her the good news and then I posted it on Facebook and continued my research.

If you think I’m saying research and it’s like “Oh, she’s got a few notes jotted down” I can assure you that you are misled. My Evernote notebook (thank the high heavens for Evernote, even if their customer service hasn’t replied to me) currently has 22 notes in it on everything from expected cost to the international student handbook to financial aid. I’ve got this.

If¬†China has taught me anything these past five months, it’s that I can do¬†anything and, presently, UCD is the anything I’ll do.