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5 Oct
  • TIME: 21:04
  • PLACE: Mah bedroom! Sheff. UK
  • MUSIC: Evanescence, “End of the dream”
  • MOOD: High on life (and possibly orange juice too).



There comes a time in life where you realize that not only do you WANT to be more, but that you are actually capable of SO much more if you just take a chance, jump in with both feet, and just TRY.

Then, with the right amount of determination and application of the self, you CAN get there. You CAN be more.

After all: What is the point in living a life only half-lived?


I’m now into my second week of classes and so far so good – I decided to take “International Relations in East Asia”, “Japanese Contemporary Society”, and “Music Culture in East Asia” this semester, and all of them are pretty awesome modules!

Violin lessons are also going well, but I have had to REgress in order to PROgress: I have had to take a step back and start from grade 1 again as I haven’t played since I was around 13/14 years old, and have forgotten an awful lot. However, I am taking it all in my stride and reveling in being able to actually pick the damn thing up again without flinching!!! (Long story short – I used to be terrified of the strings snapping, particularly given that I have to hold the instrument so close to my face when playing…)

Started teaching English part time to earn some pocket moneyz: two adorable little Korean girls who speak with the most charming Yorkshire accents, and whose Mother supplies me with tasty Korean snacks! (^-^)

I also decided to join the OTC (Officer Training Corps). And this has to have been one of the best decisions I have made in a long time.


In signing up and getting stuck in there, not only will I meet like-minded people from a diverse range of departments at both universities in my area, have masses of fun, and learn new and hugely valuable skills, I will also learn how to push myself to be better than I have ever been. Possibly even better than I thought I could be.

If Korea taught me anything, it taught me the importance in getting up off one’s arse, getting out there and doing stuff. Becoming better. Striving for more. ACHIEVING more.

I think that for most of my life I thought I was only capable of achieving up to the parameters supposedly fixed by my background and immediate surroundings. That ‘better’ was a bit of a myth – an ideal that could never really be achieved. Or simply, that how I was living was ‘good enough’. But for the most part I think that I was just scared. Scared of advancing beyond my family and peers and creating an unbridgable gap between us as a result.

Now, however, I see that I can do so much more and i’m not scared of trying anymore. I CAN become the person i’ve always dreamed of being.


It will, of course, take time and it will, of course, be hard hard HARD work. But I know in the end it will be worth it, and I know that I have the determination to see it through.


Amazing people, Epic times! ❤

So far I have met and made friends with some really amazing people in the OTC through attending a ‘Freshers Cocktails’ event last Tuesday, as well as participating in a sort of group challenge/orienteering event on Saturday – during which I was subjected to lots of forfeits by existing members such as having to scoff cold Paella in 25 seconds, have a mustache drawn on me in permanent marker and having to plank in a fountain for 10 seconds!!! (It was AMAZING fun!!!!)

Planking in the fountain - I am far left behind the kiddy. That water was rather shockingly cold but I soon dried off because it was a rather hot day!

Just because we are at university doesn't mean we have to be all grown up and boring and all that rubbish!!!! EARLY LEARNING CENTRE FTW!!!!

I'M ON A BOAT!!! Ye~ah boi!!! Like a BAWSS!!!

Today I went for kit fitting and to find out what group (‘colour’) I am in.

Tomorrow I will be attending our first formal meeting, and will learn more about what to expect from participating as well as what will be expected of me.

Then, this weekend I will be going away for ‘Selection Weekend’ and will have to run a mile and a half in under 14 minutes.

Those who know me, know how horribly HORRIBLY unfit I am and so will probably getting a good old chortle out of this. HOWEVER CHORTLE NOT!!!! – I am making huge efforts to get into shape (even if only just a tiny bit more before the weekend) so that I can do this. (YEHH BOI~!!!)


SO yeh. Pre-tty busy right now with all of that AND my N2 study. *deep sigh*

But again. S’gonna totally be worth it WHEN i’ve pulled it all off and got to the stage of just generally WINNING AT LIFE!!!! (NO MORE IFS!!! I CAN DO IT!!! RAWR!!!! and such.)


No photo collection would be complete without an epic jump pic!!!! YEH!!! SHEFFIEEEEEEEELD!!!!!!


Personal Statment – not finished yet…. (first draft)

26 Sep

`What made you want to study Japanese?` has to be the most frequent question that I have ever been asked, aside from my name. However the answer to this question was not clear to even myself, until recently.
From a young age I began taking an avid interest in Japanese animation. This progressed into a love affair with Japanese film, music, cuisine, culture and finally language. I found that Japan is a country apart from any other. Moreover it is a country focused on the cultivation and preservation of tradition, manners and a hard work ethic.
It has become my firm belief that, just as one could never understand black or grey without ever having seen white, one can never fully understand ones own culture, or for that matter the world, without experiencing and coming to appreciate other cultures that are as far from ones own as possible. Thus is the reason for which I am applying to study this course.

With regard to my past educational attainment, the focus throughout was on Art. I have always had a deep love and appriciation for Art and took great delight in creating my own. Studying art has allowed myself to fully understand the amount of effort, self-disapline and perfectionism that goes into creating pieces that are astetically astounding. Furthermore, pieces full of deep meaning and expression that reflect, not only the artist herself, but the time and place in which they were created. However, it wasn’t untill I attended college that I discovered other subjects that I could use to express the self.
Studying Philosophy and Theatre studies, as well as Art, at A-level gave me skills that have proven invaluable. Philosophy provided me with the education and tools necissary for me to learn how to view things from an objective standpoint, thus via logical, non-bias thinking processs taught me how to come to my own conclusions. Theatre Studies, although I did not excell in at it, gave me much needed confidence in public speaking and in working with people of all walks of life.
In my final year of college I made the decicion to self-study Japanese and take my AS level exam for it in June 2007. After achieving an A grade in this exam I gained further affirmation that Japanese was what I wanted to study at University but to make myself 100% sure in November 2007 I set out to Japan on a Gap year.

For the first 8 months spent in Japan, I lived and worked in the mountains of the prefecture of Gunma at the Manza Onsen Hotel. The work ethic and strictness was, at times crippling and the hours were long but it taught me much needed self-disapline and self-motivation. The staff were unable to speak much English and so it became imperitive that I learnt the language if I was to stay. During my time at Manza I experienced many wonderfull things as well, including the opportunity to be the personal waitress to Prince Akishino of the Japanese imperial family.
At the end of June 2008 I moved to Tokyo to gain experience working as an English teacher for adults and children. This required unlimited patience and a firm confidence in my grasp of the Japanese language as well as in English.
The time I spent in Japan proved to be more difficult and yet more wonderfull than I could have ever imagined and I am now certain that I wish to study the Japanese languge further at University..

Aside from my interest in the Japanese Language, Art and Philosophy my main interests lie in Literature, Human Psychology, World Cuisine and Design of all subjects, ranging from fashion to architecture. I also have a great love for Music of all genres and untill last year I was taking lessons for an exam in Grade 5 classical singing.