Tuesday, 2nd of February. 6:30am. Rise and shine for the first day back at college, and first day commuting from Dublin city to Maynooth for college.
I have lectures at 9am on Tuesday and Wednesday, which means I have to wake up pretty early to allow time walking to/from the train station and for the forty minute train ride from Dublin City to Maynooth. While having to leave the house by half seven to catch the eight o’clock train may sound horrible for some, and I won’t lie: waking up that early can be painful, but starting off my day by walking through the city is refreshing. It wakes me up immediately and excites me for the day. There is something about being part of the hustle and bustle of the city that ignites a flame within. It makes me feel alive. It makes me feel like I’m taking advantage of this life I’ve been blessed with and putting my time to use.
The first couple days back were grand. Nothing huge to report. The first day back was exhausting though. I left the house at half seven, and didn’t get back to the house until a little after ten at night. I had morning and afternoon lectures and then dance rehearsal that night. This semester I’m taking two psychology classes, two philosophy classes, and one history class. Thankfully, all my courses interest me, which makes school so much more fun and motivation! The dance society is going well! We have rehearsal this month and then our Inters competition at Trinity College at the beginning of March. Everything is going well in life right now… Good courses, good professors (some which are very unique and entertaining due to their sweet craziness), good company, and beautiful weather the past couple of days!
During my break between lectures and dance the first day, I walked around south campus for a while and enjoyed the beautiful, sunny weather (which I have clips of in my vlog linked below). It was chilly outside, but I was not about to waste a beautiful day by staying indoors! The second day back at college, I met up with one of my roommates, Jess, who I lived with in Maynooth. We realized we have our history class together (yay!!) and we went to BonBon Cafe during a break between classes to get some tea and coffee. It was so lovely to catch up and chat!
Check out my vlogs as well to get another insight into my honest adventures….
More of a personal diary entry:
One of the reasons I decided to study abroad, was because I felt like I got into a rut back at home. Doing the same thing, the same routine, all the time. It started to feel like I was just going through the motions instead of actually living. It’s a horrible feeling to be physically alive, but feeling like you are not actually living. Just passing in each moment and doing what we feel like we must do. I started to feel like this again by living in Maynooth for a handful of months.
The town is grand, just too tiny. I needed more action and life around me. On the weekend it felt like a ghost town, since most Irish students go home every weekend. And it just started to feel depressing and like I was stuck. Making the decision to move to Dublin is one of the best decisions I’ve made since I’ve been here.
When I was living in Maynooth, I could roll out of bed and walk to class all in 10 minutes, which was convenient, but I never fully woke up or felt alive either. It was almost too safe and convenient. While the commute is semi-long, I’m very glad I made the decision to move. Life in Dublin City Centre is more lively, fulfilling, satisfying, and refreshing. I feel truly alive and beyond grateful for the life and opportunities I’ve been granted with.
(And of course I need to give a huge shoutout to my amazing parents for all their love and support, I literally wouldn’t be here or have the life I do without them!)
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Much love, Emma