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I still remember arriving in Ireland on the sixth of January 2017 at half six in the morning. My first impression of this country is that this is a peaceful and quiet place. A small beautiful airport, few people walking around, slightly raining. I held my suitcases and kept walking to where my host-mum was waiting for me.
After the first weekend, I was ready to start my new school. Loreto Abbey is so beautiful! There are two ancient buildings, one is the convent and the other is the library. You can see the sea from every single window. My host-father dropped me at the reception office, which is where I met my first friend Eva, a German girl.
An international student from India showed me around the whole school (she is one of my best friends now). My first lesson was a music class. I went into the classroom after my new friend. Everyone was looking at me. Honestly, I was so nervous and awkward at that moment. I was worried about my English; would I be able to understand other students? But it wasn’t too bad. I introduced myself and everyone started asking me questions, as I went to my desk. Transition year wasn’t too hard, except I was too quiet, and I put on so much weight!
My sixth year started on a clear sunny day. I gave a small gift to everyone in my class, including a postcard I wrote, a Chinese bookmark, and some dictionaries with ancient images. A month later, I experienced my favourite moment so far. It was my seventeenth birthday. It was a horrible rainy day, so everyone had their lunch in the canteen. I went to the bathroom after lunch and when I walked out the entire year sang ” happy birthday” to me. I was so shocked! It’s the first time approximately 100 people sang the birthday song to me together.
This year is definitely my favourite. I find some subjects not so hard anymore and I do better in my exams. Additionally, I am not so shy anymore. I have more close friends, I start waffling with other girls between classes and I have started going parties. This is the most amazing progress I made so far!
Furthermore, I met my new guardian Naoise this year. The first time I met her, I said to myself, “She should be a model” because she is so tall and beautiful! Naoise always helps me with my studies as well as my mental health.
Naoise helps me a lot with my English, which is my worst subject, and gives me advice on releasing stress. She attended my parent–teacher’s meeting as well. Coincidentally, she arrived just when I was crying because of homesickness and helped me through it.
Sixth year is not easy, especially when I have such high goals. I’m looking forward to doing well in my leaving cert and continue to further my studies in one of the G5 colleges in England. I will try my best.
Everything is getting better and better!