Niohmi Blog 1

Thursday April 26th 2012




Hi Guys,

I’m Niohmi Murray, from Hilltown (a small village between Newry and Newcastle). I’m currently a student of Stranmillis University Belfast studying a BEd Business and Enterprise and I am a past pupil of St Pauls Primary School Cabra and Our Lady’s Newry; sometimes I would just like to go back for one more day to relive all my wonderful school memories. However, I am really enjoying my university experiences so far apart from the assignments and hard work! Although it is very different from school you have to become much more independent and adaptable, in my experience from the nights out to cooking the dinners and of course attending lectures all this mixed together is what university life contains.


In my spare time I enjoy playing camogie for my local club Clonduff –this involves training three nights a week, followed by regular matches, so this takes up a lot of my spare time however, it’s very enjoyable and good craic. I also enjoy spending time going for leisurely walks. Like many other girls life’s not complete without a little bit of retail therapy. I think becoming a student has meant my wardrobe has increased in size and the fact that I have one in Belfast and at home makes me think that I can keep on buying because it’s not full yet although this is probably just my excuse for my bad shopping habits!  I like to spend time with both my family and friends and do various activities with them, from going to the cinema or calling round for a cuppa tea (or if you’re lucky a cuppa Horlicks!) and a catch up. While in Belfast I enjoy socialising with my friends and attending the gym although not that much exercise gets done at times it ends up more of a laugh about the night before. I also truly love a good night out with the girls! I enjoy going to football matches and supporting my local club Clonduff and County Down. As a student I also have a part time job at the weekend which helps fund me through university.


I am absolutely delighted and privileged to have been a recipitant of this award. It means a lot to me, I feel that this award is a great recognition and an honour to be an ambassador for the Michaela Foundation because I feel that Michaela was a fantastic ambassador for any young person although I did not know her personally but seeing her appear at various events and reading of her stories, I think it is evident that she was a true lady. I believe that this award is a fantastic way to honour such a wonderful person. I hope to use the money to fund my Catholic teaching certificate and help with general expenses that I have as a student.

I look forward to continuously writing about my university experiences and telling you how I am getting on and what university life is really like in my opinion hopefully without boring you!