Back to Business!!!

Thursday February 26th 2015

It’s certainly back to business here in QUB as exam results have been received with a sigh of relief (buíochas mór le Dia!!!) and Semester 2 well and truly underway. No matter how many times I’ve been through the receiving results routine there is no escaping the butterflies and panic just before revealing the moment of truth. I’ve had results days filled with all kinds of emotions from sheer panic and worry to absolute delight, but thankfully this year I was delighted and of course, a few celebratory nights out were had!


At the end of January, I jetted off to London with my friend Catriona to visit family friends and also to spend some of the freshly installed student loan. The wardrobes were rejuvenated and we even went to see a show, how sophisticated of us! Although, we weren’t so sophisticated once Mustang Sally came on, up dancing and singing… you can take us nowhere! I don’t think the posh pensioners were too impressed with us but you know what, we’re here for a good time not a long time!! It was a great break after our exams and we came back revitalised, reenergised and refresher ready!!


February has come and gone and it’s been one of my busiest months yet as a MF scholar. On 8th February my youth choir Music for Youth presented Music for Michaela III, and it was a huge success once again! The long hours rehearsing certainly paid off as it was a beautiful, reflective evening enjoyed by all. £1450 raised on the night, well done everyone! Also, a massive well done to the driving force behind it all, Adele Griffin alongside her two right hand women Fiona Toner and Eimear McShane; you three are incredible, all your hard work and dedication paid off. Congrats!


I also had my first ever visit to Ballymena this month for the annual SVP Youth Conference to help hold fort at the Michaela Foundation stand along with my very own right hand woman Aoife McQuaid. It was an absolute honour to be invited along for the day to spend alongside such inspiring people doing such incredible work. John McAreavey delivered a testimony about the work the Michaela Foundation do, promoting volunteering among the young people and a little about his own faith journey. He shared the famous quote from Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, which perfectly sums up the work of a volunteer for any organisation. It only takes a small act of kindness from one person to trigger a ripple effect on those around them. A ripple effect of selflessness, kindness and doing good for others. Truly, that is what will make a difference!


I also have some very exciting news to share! After months upon months of being unorganised, I have finally got the date set for my skydive in aid of the Michaela Foundation. Am I wise? Definitely not! Saturday 21st March I will be taking my jump from approximately 13,000ft in the air. Please say a prayer for me!!


If, with the beginning of Lent, you are feeling extra generous, or if that student loan is burning a hole in your pocket, and you would like to make a small donation to a very worthy cause then you can do so on this link, I’d really appreciate and so would all the great work of the Michaela Foundation!


By the time my next blog is up Easter will be just around the corner so I want to wish you all the best during this Lent. So far so good, I’ve traded my lie-ins for mass before class, and gave up my compulsory fix of Dairy Milk! Let’s see how long this lasts….



God bless,