By Aoife Burke
Hi everybody! This is the second last time I will post my first year diary, as there is only a few weeks left of college. I’m sitting here, drinking a coffee, trying to wake up properly. I have gotten good news from the publisher in London. I sent them a sample chapter of my book and they loved it and asked for the rest of the book! So you can all guess what I will be doing this summer! Yes, as usual, writing to finish it, as they are looking forward to reading it. I am aiming for 300 pages. I don’t want to post more about it as it’s top secret!
You guys will be glad to hear my arm has fully healed now and I no longer need to wear a sling. Apparently, there was a pinhole fracture in my elbow and that’s why it swelled up. However, I am fine now. They sent me to a physio who gave me exercises to do at home.
At the time of writing this, there are only 4 weeks left of college. I am both happy and sad about finishing first year. I will no longer be the newbie. This course has gotten work out of me I never dreamed I would produce, thanks to the top quality lecturers and the course work that made me think! This weekend I will be doing my final essay for English. I am comparing totalitarianism between George Orwell’s 1984 and The Handmaids Tale. Easy peasy!
There is a lot of talk about the coronavirus at the moment, but I know a GP (girl I went to school with) and on her Instagram, she said the chances of actually catching it are small. She also said most people recover from it. Try not to panic! How are ye set for Paddy’s Day? I have no real plans except to drink pear cider at home. It’s impossible to get it in pubs and I don’t know why. It’s lovely! I know I’m a poor student, however, I made an exception for once. My brother sold me an oversized purple crushed velvet bean bag and off the internet, I bought some blinging black crushed crystal containers for tea/coffee/sugar. There’s even a crystal lid! Speaking of shopping, I am saving up for an NUIG hoodie for when I graduate. I am going to use my SU points to buy a hoodie then. I’m still addicted to lattes so I’m hoping my coffee habit will pay off.
I’m still helping out on Trivia Matters, the show on Flirt FM 101.3 every Friday from 2-3. Some weeks I’m there, some weeks not. Can I also give a shout out to anyone nominated for the Smedia awards this year? I’m not going but I’m rooting for someone from NUIG to win.
No other news, except to say I am definitely doing a degree in English and I’m hoping to do some more magazine journalism and maybe do TV journalism as a module in my final year. I’m also saving for my Masters as I know the time will fly. Until next week guys!