Monthly Archives: January 2015

Solitude: A young woman and her dog

I spent the last week being a mom to the family dog, Nana. With my own mother out of town for the week, I became the care-taker of a very spoiled Siberian Husky, Norwegian Elkhound mix. Many of the days I only spoke to a few people and only went outside to take Nana on a walk. This became my self-declared week of solitude: an escape from the reality of the cities for a time of dog care and self care. While I had no events, no activities and no adventures to be a part of or attend, I took photos of the things around my parent’s home, the place I grew up and the place I eventually left to start my adventure at St. Kate’s. While I moved out and am living on my own, a week of solitude in my childhood home brought back memories and a special bond between the family dog, Nana – a bond that included kisses, treats and staring contests… Continue Reading →

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Partying like it’s 2015 on the Galway, Ireland social scene

All around the world, college students find ways to blow off some steam after a long week of dry lectures and musty textbooks. Finding the biggest bash on Greek row, hitting the club with friends, or participating in club events are just some of the ways that students enjoy their reprieve. The National University of Ireland in Galway (NUIG) is no different. Not only do students at NUIG have the option of joining fifty different sports teams, which they refer to as “clubs,” but there are over sixty special interest societies that range from the Astronomy Society to Trad Soc (Traditional Music Society) to the Potter Society. Upon arriving in Galway, we international students were advised that joining a club or society is the best way to meet people and make friends; given the breadth of available options, it is not surprising that this is the case. Continue Reading →

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Learning in the off-hours: Free electives courtesy of the internet

More than one student has taken a course online through an enrolling university. But not as many have heard of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offering shorter, free classes from a plethora of universities ranging from University of Michigan to Columbia University in New York. Librarians, those housed in the halls of paper and ink books (but increasingly adoptive of digital technology) see a certain amount of value in online courses that the curious can take for fun. “I think there is also some potential in MOOCs to remedy some of the inequities that exist in access to education since they are free and open,” said Amy Mars, a St. Kate’s librarian. Continue Reading →

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New year means new excitement for spring semester

As J-term draws to a close, excitement for spring semester is affecting many Katies. After all, spring is a time for growth, so what better time to grow as a Katie than during a new semester? For me, I am most excited about taking new classes and making more friends, as well as strengthening the friendships made over last semester. J-term has been a much longer time than I thought it was going to be, and I miss all of the events and people at St. Kate’s. Continue Reading →

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Studying abroad: It is not all rainbows and butterflies

Although studying abroad is one of the best choices you can make in your life, it is not always butterflies and rainbows. You will miss family, friends, home, and everything familiar to you. I especially miss my family right now because I have hit the half way point of my year in Buenos Aires. My sister just came to visit me, and the painful goodbye reminded me of when I first left on July 24, 2014. When I was busy during the semester with classes and friends, I did not miss my family as much because my mind was constantly on my studies and all of the cool things I am experiencing. Continue Reading →

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See you later, alligator: A visit to Florida

As I child, I dreamed of going to Disney World. I wanted to ride the spinning tea cups, see Snow White and Mary Poppins, and experience the fireworks at night above the castle. Last week, that dream came true, and I got to get into Disney World and the Epcot Center for free. Thanks to my parents–who bought tickets back in the ’80s and never used them–Disney World honored the tickets and let me in to the Magical Kingdom of cotton candy, Disney characters, rides, and fun for two days of magic. I could not have been happier experiencing Disney World but I was just as happy, if not more excited, to visit Gatorland. Continue Reading →

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Hockey Day Minnesota

Hockey Day Minnesota has a longstanding reputation in the Twin Cities as a weekend filled with hockey games, food, and fun memories. This year, the St. Paul Downtown Airport, also known as Holman Field, was generous enough to allow the Hockey Day Minnesota crew to plan their awesome weekend on the tarmac of the airport. Holman Field is typically home for the Minnesota Army National Guard, but this year on Jan. 17, people from all over came to enjoy the ice rink that was quite literally built on the tarmac. Continue Reading →

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Book review for Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In”

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? This is Sheryl Sandberg’s favorite quote that she uses several times throughout her book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.” In fact, Sandberg states that writing the book was what she would have done if she weren’t afraid, so she decided to write it. Sandberg’s book has made me grateful for the opportunity to attend an all-women’s college. In her book, Sandberg discusses how women who graduate from college are often unprepared for the inequality between men and women that still exists in the workforce today. Attending an all-women’s college prepares me for life after I graduate because St. Continue Reading →

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Reuniting with my other half

When I saw her in the airport, I could not help but let the tears stream down my face. Puzzled people around us paused to look at the two of us, since we were smiling as well as crying. My twin sister, Catherine, a Human Resources Management major, landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday, January 8, after a two hour plane ride from Minneapolis to Atlanta and then a ten hour flight from Atlanta to Argentina. It was the first time in six months that I could give her a hug- something that seemed like I waited forever for. It is difficult to be away from her, since we are very close and have done everything together from sharing the same room and participating in the same sports to attending St. Continue Reading →

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My immersion into foreign shower practices

By Bridget Geraghty

When it comes to studying abroad in “exotic” places such as South Africa or Japan, there is an explicit understanding that there will be a lot for students to adjust to in their new homes. On the other hand, when students are travelling from the United States to other first-world English-speaking countries, there is an unconscious assumption that life will be almost exactly the same as home except with a charming accent. Despite attending numerous orientations both in the States and abroad, as I am sure was the case for most other students in my program, it seems we were quite unprepared for some of the differences here in Galway, Ireland. One difference we were actually warned about in our orientation had to do with heating. In Ireland, the climate is often damp, and according to Met Éireann (the Irish National Meteorological Service), the yearly annual temperature average is 9°C or 48.2°F. Continue Reading →

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