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My Countdown to Study Abroad

I realized that I hadn't really talked about what I have been up to until the point of the last post so I've decided to fill you in in this post.
I competed at the Higashi Intercollegiate Competition at Kanagawa Prefecture in May along with my teammates and had another round of beautiful memories created. It was the last competition for one of the girls graduating next spring and it was also MY last competition before I leave for study abroad in the fall. I've also been thinking about after I come back and realized that this may have been my last competition as a university student period because my graduation period overlaps with the competition season. I'm leaving for Paris at the end of August but have decided to stop my training at the end of July...and so, the countdown has officially begun.
留学後は一応また再入部する予定ですが、わたしが秋の入学生ということもあって、戻っても卒業 の時期とかぶって試合に出れない可能性が高いということで、今回の東インカレが大学生活での最後の試合だったかもしれないです。

May was a pretty busy month for celebrating the birthdays for the girls on the team.
It was the big 20 (it's kind of like the 18th or 21st in the States) for two of the girls and we celebrated at a restaurant in Shinjuku where the birthday guest receive a giant parfait.
They were not kidding when they said "GIANT" because even with the 8 of us, we struggled to finish it.

Dinner with the lovely Caroline who is going to be graduating after this semester and will be starting law school in the fall. She has been my French mentor from the start and its so sad to not be able to randomly text her and say "Caroliiiiiiiiiiiiine I neeeeeeeed heeeeeeeeeellllllllp" but she told me she would visit me in France so guess I'll be seeing her again.
I actually also have this Spanish mentor who is also going to law school in the States after she graduates. They're both in the same law seminar to write their thesis. Coincidence?


My weird habit of painting my nails when I'm stressed.
The more stressed I am, the darker the color.
Finals season here I come.

One of the things on my 2015 bucket list was to go the a concert...and it came true!
Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour kicked off in Tokyo and I was able to get tickets for the second day. I was actually really really lucky because these tickets are usually all sold out within minutes. Another person was actually supposed to go but they cancelled at the last minute and my friend, knowing how crazy of a fan I am, asked me if I wanted to go instead. UMMM YES!
So I went. and it was wonderful. and I sang and danced to every single song. and it was amazing.



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Hello again.
I'm alive and well and slightly busier/have more responsibility on my hands  since the last time that I posted. Let's just first begin by saying that I am officially a college graduate. Here's the cake and plate of gigantic Gyozas that I celebrated with: 
大学を卒業しました。 台風直撃前で良かったです。 お祝い用のケーキと巨大餃子。

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