Where I've Been
“Where I’ve Been” posts are so hard because I feel like there’s so much to catch up on but don’t quite know where to begin or how much to share online. I did a post like this last year when I didn't write on here as much to explain things that I had been up to to get you all up to speed. I thought I'd do the same today since posting on nnyley has been a little sporadic this year. I blame it all on my Master's!! Having finished it now and submitted my dissertation at the beginning of this month, I have a lot more free time before things get busier. I’m back in London now after having been in Seoul with family for the past ten-ish days. So where do I start?
I’ll try and keep this post short and sweet. There hasn’t been that much travelling this year, kind of on purpose to focus on my studies a little bit more. I went to Paris for a weekend trip in February and went to Kanazawa in Japan in late March. In April, I went to Milan for a company meal and went to Dubrovnik (for the second time!!) for a little over a week which was absolutely amazing. I think we went at the perfect time in April because the weather was amazing yet there weren’t that many people around. We also got a chance to go to a few neighbouring countries but there will be more on that on a Croatia post that’ll be up soon (fingers crossed).
Maybe I should talk about my Master’s a little bit here. So the course I did was an MA in US Studies: History and Politics and I LOVED it! I’ve always loved studying (I know how geeky that sounds!!) and after finishing my undergraduate degree and doing a few internships afterwards, I really felt like there was so much more I wanted to learn so decided to apply for the course. I went in thinking I’d focus on race and class in the US but also took modules on foreign policy and culture which was a good mix. My dissertation was on the Japanese American internment in the US, how and why it happened and how it affected the Japanese American community. I’m so proud of how I was able to stay organised throughout the course and write the final dissertation and am definitely considering doing further studies at some point in the future. I’m currently waiting for my results to come out on the 3rd of October, which coincidentally is mean girls day and I definitely will be wearing pink.
So the question I get asked all the time now that I am officially done with studying for the foreseeable future is “what are you going to do next?” From family to friends to even uber drivers, everybody seems to be asking me that and obviously I do think about it but at the same time, it is stressful to do so. I have an idea of what kind of work I want to go into but instead of rushing into things, I am taking time off, at least until the end of this year, to figure things out. It feels nice to not have any deadlines for uni and to have the chance to read for fun (not that uni readings weren’t fun but you know). I’m so behind on my reading challenge for this year on goodreads but have already read a couple of books this month to make up for it. I’m also planning to go away for Christmas with family. We’re thinking either Hawaii or a trip around Australia as we’ve never had a sunny Christmas before so if you guys have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments below!
In terms of future posts on nnyley, you can still expect to have regular “Recent Reads” posts as I’ll probably never start reading and in a similar vein, the monthly food roundup posts as I will never stop eating. I’m currently working on the Croatia post as mentioned and thinking about other things I could post on here. So that’s it for now and hopefully I’ll be posting more regularly on here now that I have a lot more time with a Recent Reads post being next!