Quintessentially British

My exploration of the UK was limited when I was in first year as I had no car. My first ventures outside of Cirencester revolved around visits to the family homes of my friends of the RAU. My friends have given me a unique insight into country British living. My life growing up in Ireland…

Travel

I used to think that an experience didn’t qualify as traveling unless it comprised of a very long flight journey, lasting at least a few weeks. The meaning of this word has changed significantly for me recently. Particularly when I ‘traveled’ to Kentucky as part of a study trip for my course. Whilst visiting various…

The Unspoken Rules of Home

The dynamics of living at home are difficult to accustom to after living away. Being in halls in first year, I had full control over how and when everything was done. Although I welcomed the extra space, having more than just my bedroom at home! The following were the unspoken requirements to succeed at home:…

Home Sweet Home?

There was always only one home for me. The Glebe of course! I started associating my, quite dreary, halls with the word home throughout first year. I only realised when I mentioned on the phone to my younger sister that I would be ‘home in ten minutes’. It didn’t come so naturally to her! I…

Be There or be Square

‘Don’t be thinking about home. Make sure you fully settle into Cirencester’. I didn’t really know what this meant when my mom said this to me. I do now. I thought, well if i’m hundreds of miles away from home then I hardly had a choice, but I also thought that I would think of…

Balance

Achieving balance in ones life leads to happiness. A simple logic. However, the question is, what forms this for you? From a young age people are forced into a largely balanced lifestyle. At school the proportion of breaks and class periods are divided so that people have enough of each. What happens when this control…

Back Yo Self

Money. A word that can initiate anxiety attacks, instill envy, embed pride or spur great motivation. Sometimes all at once. Soon after arriving in Cirencester the anxiety aspect of money would have been most relevant to me. The RAU is an expensive place to study. If you disagree then you either locked yourself in a…

Slán Leat

Goodbyes are strange. Particularly when leaving a comfort zone for a world of uncertainty. Often these goodbyes are harder for other people than they are for you. I found myself supporting other people and assuring them that all would be fine- as if they were in my position! Although this is often easier than facing…

‘It just came to me’

It must be an inherited trait, but myself, my two sisters and brother seem to find ourselves in a few hopeless situations. However, our mom has this incredible ability to find unthinkable solutions, particularly for the big problems. You knew you were back on track once you heard ‘it just came to me’.  I found myself…