My Irish Adventure

Hello fellow bloggers,

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written, and I’m sorry. I was asked to start a new blog solely for my study abroad experience.

Instead of writing duplicate blogs, I decided to simply write on my school blog and then post the link here.

So, here it is:

http://juliesirelandadventure.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!

Ireland!

Hello fellow bloggers. I know it’s been a long time since my last post, but I was saving up for this blog. I am in Ireland! How cool is that? I arrived yesterday at 7:55 Ireland time yesterday. (That’s approximately 3 a.m. Indiana time). I won’t lie and say the plane ride was amazing…it was a redeye and there was a lot of turbulence. However, I did sit next to a very lovely Irish lady who told me how much I would love Ireland and where to travel.

While leaving the plane, Kristen, Shelley and I met three other UCD study abroad students. As it turns out, I’m living with one of them. It worked out very well. We all grabbed some taxis and made our way to the UCD campus.

As it turns out, the housing I’m living in is actually graduate student housing. It works out quite well though. Agi and I have 4 other roommates (three guys and 1 other girl). Fortunately one of the guys is from Ireland and another is from Michigan. (He’s been here since last semester). They will both be very helpful in learning how to get around.

Today is a very lovely day. The sun is shining, and it’s a balmy 50 degrees. (I heard it’s in the negatives back in Indiana, and I’m glad I left before that hit)!

I’m going to go ahead and say tootaloo for now, but I will be blogging much more frequently in the near future. See you around!

Waiting on a Wine Class

Hello eager (or not-so-eager) readers. I thought I would take time to write to you all while I’m waiting for my wine appreciation class to begin. I know it’s been a while since my last post, but trust me; you all haven’t missed much. My life has been fairly quiet and a little boring this semester. There is one thing that has changed for the better. I’m no longer going to Austria; I will be attending University College of Dublin instead. 

I’m sad that I won’t be able to study in a German-speaking country, but the classes at UCD are much more my style. I’ll be able to take creative writing, German, Irish Folklore and communication. I can’t wait for next semester. I do plan on traveling while I’m over there, and I will definitely do my best to visit Germany. (I need to have some sort of practice while I’m over there). I will also be blogging all about my Ireland trip. (On here and on a university-sponsored blog). 

Alright, well wine appreciation is about to commence. I’m sorry for ignoring you for so long, but next semester I will write to you much more frequently and enthusiastically. =)

Hello Again, Hello

Hi there fellow bloggers. It’s been a while since I’ve written to you all. My internship has been over for a while and I’m finally back to Purdue. Jeez did I miss this place; I even missed my classes. 

I love getting back into the swing of things with classes, clubs and roommates. It’s all pretty great. I even have my dog up here this year, and it’s actually working out! 

Last year my roommates and I had a trial week with Reilly, and it just didn’t work (for them at least). This year I have all new roommates, and they’re getting along really well with him. He’s also calmed down quite a bit and is starting to be a really good dog. I’m so glad he’s up here; he’s my buddy. We go walks almost every day with my friend, Sabrina, and her dog, Daisy. It’s become a good habit for all of us.

Ok, well my nearly finished copy of Brisingr is lying right beside me, and I’m eager to finish it. It will however be a future blog so stay tuned!

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

So if you ever have about 39 minutes of free time, you need to check this out.

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This is a 3-show video blog that is hysterical. I’ve only watched the first one, but I am very much looking forward to watching the rest. It’s definitely worth the time and $3.99/episode.

The End of a Series

Hello friends. Can you believe it, two blogs within one week?! I know, crazy. Anyway, I thought I would take a minute to tell you about something I’m über excited about. “Breaking Dawn” comes out tonight!!! The final book of the “Twilight” saga comes out tonight at midnight. I have been waiting for what seems like forever, and I finally get to find out who Bella picks. It’d better be Jacob! I’m completely team Jacob. I can’t really say why, just am.

There is also another book coming out in September that will be the third in a four book series. I’m also very excited about this one. I have been waiting a long time on this one. At least two years. But, it’s a good series, so it’s worth it. This series was originally the “Inheritance Trilogy;” however, there will now be four books. The third is called “Brisngr” and will be in stores September 18. 

Don’t expect any blogs this weekend or around the middle of September. I’ll be too busy reading!

Waiting in Line

Hello friends. So, I realize it’s been a long time since I’ve written to you, and I apologize. I’ve had a lot going on recently. Lucky for you, I’m stuck waiting in line at the Apple store…so why not write a post while I’m at it?

I did promise in my last blog to tell you all about my internship. Like some people say, there’s no better time than the present. So here goes.

I’m interning with the Public Affairs department of Dow AgroSciences. It’s pretty fabulous. I get to write, edit, event plan, present and all kinds of other fun stuff. I feel like I have an interesting perspective since I just switched into a communication major this semester. It’s even more interesting because I came from an animal science major. I’m learning a lot and having a great time doing it.

We’ve had meetings at places like the Indiana Museum of Art and the Indiana State Museum. I feel like I’m being a bit spoiled. I have a feeling that I will definitely look at going back to DAS (we love our acronyms) after I graduate.

Another thing going on in my life…that isn’t going so well, is the car search. Do you know how flippin’ hard it is to find a small SUV (i.e. Ford Escape or Jeep Patriot) that is a manual. It’s ridiculous! And one would think that with gas prices the way they are, the car companies would be making more of the manuals. But no, no such luck for me. So the search continues. Sometimes I think I would much rather re-break my ankle than continue trying to find another car. 

Ok, well I’m still in line at Apple, but I’ve run out of things to say. So, I’m going to head out. I will do my best to write more frequently once my internship is over on August 15. (They keep me awfully busy, but I like it). Perhaps tomorrow night I will find time to tell you how the Neil Diamond concert was.

Ciao!

A Bad Month

Hello friends.

I’m very sorry for completely abandoning everyone for an entire month. However, as you will see, I had good reason for not being around.

At the end of April and beginning of May I had finals and projects that took up a lot of my time. After everything for junior year was finished, I had an orientation with Dow AgroSciences to become more acquainted with the facility and my co-workers. It was after this orientation that most of my troubles started.

I was on my way back to Purdue to enjoy a week of no classes, no work and hanging out with friends. Unfortunately, I didn’t get very far. I was in a fairly bad wreck before I even got back to I-65. Before you ask, there wasn’t another car involved. (Luckily) I found out the hard way that lots of rain + a tight curve + not slowing down enough = a totaled car and a broken ankle. I spent the weekend hobbling around on crutches and unable to do much.

Interesting little tidbits about myself: this was my first major wreck, first broken bone and first ride in an ambulance. (Which was actually pretty pleasant, I had an extremely cute EMT). I think this goes to show that there really always is some form of a bright side.

As it turns out, it’s extremely hard to go from being a completely independent person to being completely dependent person. However, I eventually was given a walking cast and was able to get out and around. (And also allowed to drive again).

At first I was worried that this unfortunate incident would delay my internship, but as it turns out I was going to be able to start on May 19. I was so excited. I was finally going to start making money and begin the journey towards independence again….not.

The night before I’m supposed to start the internship, I get a sore throat. Ok, no big deal, I get sore throats all the time….wrong. This wasn’t just a sore throat, it turned out to be the mother of all sore throats. After going to the doctor a few times, I finally had to go to the ER and get an IV. I couldn’t even swallow water because my tonsils were so swollen.

After the trip to the ER, I finally started feeling somewhat better. However, I was on an insane amount of pain medication. I’m sure most people would enjoy being on the good stuff; I, however, was not one of them. My throat felt much better, but now I couldn’t stop throwing up. Yay. Just what I wanted. After a couple days of not moving and non-stop sleeping, I finally felt like a human again.

The following Wednesday I was finally able to start my internship. That, however, is a future blog.

I know it seems like a complaint blog, however, I just wanted to tell you all about my unique May. It might not have been pleasant, but you can bet I won’t be forgetting it soon.

Summer Internship

Last Thursday I was offered an internship with Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis. I’m so excited!

I only changed my major to Agricultural communication at the beginning of this year. I’ve already been networking and working hard to learn more about this great field.

Now, I have the opportunity to learn a great deal about Public Affairs. This is a career that I definitely have an interest in pursuing. There is a possibility to go this route with the Air Force and be a reserve member.

While my ultimate dream job isn’t related to PA, I’m really excited to get out of my comfort zone and learn a new field. Eventually, I think it would be amazing to be an editor/journalist for a horse publication.

While this internship doesn’t directly support that goal, it will give me a great insight into other areas of ag comm that interest me.

The timing and place couldn’t be more perfect. My sister will be traveling abroad this summer, therefore in need of someone to sublet her apartment. This works perfectly because she lives less than 20 miles from the Dow Ag Compound.

This internship is also a great opportunity to network with Dow Ag employees, and it could result in a future job.

I’m so glad that I’ve been fortunate enough to get this internship, and I will continue to tell you all about it as the summer passes. My official start date is May 12!

An Official Writer

Hello all! Hard to believe, huh? Two posts in one day! I very nearly forgot that I made a promise in one of my earlier blogs. I have now officially become a published writer. =) Both my stories were published in “The Communicator.” It is an online newsletter for the Department of Communication at Purdue University. I am very pleased to be able to share them with you.

New Law

New Novel

Enjoy fellow bloggers!