Is this real life? That’s exactly what it is.

LIFE

Classes commenced at Notre Dame last Tuesday, and the first “official” week begins tomorrow. For the first time in four years, I won’t be going back. It’s a strange feeling, knowing that life at ND goes on without me or the other 2,000 plus members of the Class of 2012 that ate, studied, hung out, played sports, performed, chatted, made friends, made trouble and infinite other things within the boundaries of campus since 2008. Thinking about campus, classes and parties, I feel pangs of sadness and nostalgia for those wonderful years I know I’ll never get back. But I am excited and ready for the next phase, which Notre Dame prepared me well for.

Throughout college, whether referring to being abroad, acing a test not studied for, talking to the crush we thought was totally out of our league, we’d throw around the phrase, “Is this real life?!”

Now, the Class of 2012 is finding out its true meaning.

All decked out for my first Notre Dame pep rally as a student!  Wow. August 2008.

Four years later, decked out in cap and gown, all set to graduate from Our Lady’s university. May 2012.

First day of work. “Real world” begins! August 2012.

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LIFE

Many of you have been asking to see my apartment…so, here it is!  It’s huge, which I wasn’t expecting — I pretty much gasped when I opened the door for the first time. It’s probably twice the size of my flat in London, and for only two people.

Then again, this isn’t London, so there’s a tradeoff.

My building used to be an 11-floor Macy’s store, so the apartment is a converted loft style with exposed piping. It’s not decorated at all right now, but I really love the high ceilings — I think they’re what make the space so conducive to writing. I usually feel too cramped and distracted to write in my own room, but I’ve been so focused here.