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My Sister, The Graduate

A haiku:

An Oxford degree,

And now she’s a working gal.

Proud of you, Kenny.

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Pembroke College Oxford May Ball

Two years ago, I was invited to attend the Pembroke College Oxford ball as a guest of my sister, The Keen One a.k.a Kenny. I had such a great time, so I was more than happy to go again this year, and I got to bring Starbucks Gal with me!

The theme of the ball was Studio 54, a throwback to the disco 70s era, and highlights included Love Train (an awesome funk band), the silent disco (Dancing Queen will always be a TUNE), the ball pit because why the heck not? And of course, taking breaks from partying to watch the Simpsons in the college common room. The tenuous link to Studio 54 was that the episodes shown had Disco Stu in them; so random but I was here for it tbh.

Here are some pictures from the night- Ken and I played our FAVE game of Stalking The Photographer To Get In As Many Photos As Possible, and we got some great shots!

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Turning Twenty

Breaking News: It doesn’t feel any different to being 19.

Celebrated Tai and Kenny Day 2015 in Oxford with Ken- we’ve never had a birthday apart, so this year was no different. Our day started with church in the morning, then we went punting, had dinner in a lovely Thai restaurant, and finished with an interesting (but very long) JCR meeting.
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So grateful to God for another year added to our lives. Also blessed to have so many lovely people around us- we received birthday wishes from friends and family around the world, and it was so nice. Excited to start this chapter of my life- The Twenties. I am officially halfway to 40 though… Yikes.

I can make twenTEEN a thing though, right?

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Tai and Kenny Day 2014

I was in Oxford last weekend for Tai & Kenny Day celebrations and it was a blast. What is Tai & Kenny Day, you ask? Well it is the 14th of June every year, a.k.a. mine and my twin sister’s birthday. Many people ask, “Isn’t referring to your birthday as ‘Tai & Kenny Day’ a bit narcissistic?” My answer? Definitely not. This has been an ongoing joke for years and trust me, calling your birthday *insert name here* Day makes it so much more fun.

Anyway I’m 19 now! Many thanks to God for adding another year to my life, and I pray He’ll continue to guide me like He’s done for the last 18 years.

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End of Second Semester

I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone! I go home tomorrow and I’m actually sad to leave because I’ve had a great term. So different from the end of last semester when I couldn’t wait to go home because I’d had enough of exams and was feeling crappy. But this isn’t a post about last term’s low happiness levels. A lot of great things have happened this semester so here are some highlights;

– My first student house! Sure, there was some drama and it’s not exactly the most extravagant house, but we have somewhere to live next year and I’m glad.

– Getting a really good mark in my SSS presentation in January. I got full marks in the online diary part of it, and I have this blog to thank for that because making this has made me more confident with blogging.

– Becoming more involved with the youth group in church and making new friends 🙂

– Becoming more involved with societies in general, and joining new ones like Rock Climbing and KAOS, where I was able to meet and befriend some great people.

– Seeing Taylor Swift in concert! LOVE her.

– Visiting my sister in Oxford, which was very very fun. Oxford is beautiful and just to make you happy Ken, I’ll say I prefer it to Cambridge.

– How can I forget dislocating my shoulder and going to A&E? TOP bant. I was definitely more accident prone this term because remember when I overdid it in athletics and couldn’t walk for a while? Gooood times…

– Modelling and performing in the KAOS fashion show. I most definitely do not have the patience to be a model but I still had a great time and we raised over £1500!

– Performing in the Glee Showcase, which was the first time I’ve sang in public on my own without my sister. It was strange but it went really well and my solo performance of Céline Dion’s That’s The Way It Is won me the award of ‘Outstanding Soprano’ in the Glee Awards. The committee also said I was a “ray of sunshine” in the society for my “constant cheerfulness,” so that was really kind of them.

– Going to the LCR in clown makeup. I regret nothing.

– Getting a lovely end of year PBL report from my tutor, who said he loved the enthusiasm I brought to sessions and he also said he enjoyed my different approach to chairing, because it was fun and I was still very efficient. I nearly cried because of how nice he was and the final grade he gave me. Yeah, I’m such a sap.

And so so much more, it’s been such a good term! One of the best things about it has been spending time with and getting closer with my flatmates, as that was one of the things I was determined to do at the start of term. So yay for perseverance and not giving up! Not everyone will want to be my friend (and that’s okay), so it’s better to make an effort for those who do, and not waste time being sad about those who don’t.

Just got back from my last lecture of the year because all I have after Easter is revision and two exams. My next lecture will be when I get into year 1, by God’s grace! It’s all getting so real now… eeeeeeeeep. I plan to start revising properly a week after I get home because I want to spend the first week catching up with friends and just doing nothing to be honest. So many people to see and I can’t wait to see them all! Exciting times ahead 🙂