New Journey, New Blog

Hey everyone, I have some news.  I am officially done with Tales of a Triplet.

I just have been feeling like I need a change now that I’m done with high school and starting college this fall.  I’ve grown a lot as a person in the past year and I’ve been contemplating this for a while.  I’m happy now to make this decision official and move forward with it.

This doesn’t mean I’m done with blogging though.  In fact, I’m starting a new one.  It’s a new area where I can grow as a writer and a person, and overall I’m just feeling good about the change.  So, if you are still interested in following me on a blog, then you can head on over to my new blog – Writing Seth Ryan.

I hope to see you there!

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Whoops

So I haven’t written here since September…

My bad.

I guess I’ve just been so involved in what’s going on during my senior year that I haven’t really thought about writing here.  I’ll try to get back into the habit of blogging.

Honestly, I miss Australia right now.  I had a lot of fun being an exchange student, but I am happy to be back home with my siblings.  I’m still reading a lot and I’ve resumed my position as book club president at school.  Nearly every book we’ve read in the club this year has been great!

I got accepted into Gallaudet University, which was the best news ever (aside from being accepted as an exchange student).  I’m waiting to hear back from a few other schools, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be going to Gallaudet next fall.  It means I’ll be away from my family, but hey, I did it once, right?  And Washington, DC isn’t nearly as far as Australia.

I don’t have too much else to say at the moment, I have to get going because book club is meeting in 10 minutes.  Just know that you’ll hear from me soon, and it’ll probably be about books or something.  Ha.

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17 Things I Have Learned About Myself

I saw this prompt from Sophie (the giraffe files) and thought it was very interesting.  So I’m going to give it a go for myself to get back into blogging.

The prompt: Write a letter (post) defining one thing you learned, for every year you have been alive.

1.) Sometimes a bad thing (my partial hearing loss) isn’t always a bad thing if you look at it from a different perspective (being able to “mute” the world around me by turning off my hearing aids).

2.) I enjoy speaking in ASL with family and friends to freak out strangers.

3.) After living in Australia for a year, I want to travel and see more of the world.

4.) I might want to take a gap year before starting college.

5.) I’m not great at keeping up with my blog.

6.)  Working in a library (or bookstore) is living the dream.

7.) Coffee isn’t my preferred drink.

8.) I’m completely useless in the kitchen… other than eating all the extra frosting.

9.) I love nothing more than staying home (or in my dorm) all day in pajamas while reading and drinking hot chocolate.

10.) I like making goals for myself.

11.) I love looking up quotes and memorizing them.

12.) I’m a very independent person, despite having 8 siblings (and being a triplet).

13.) Exercising isn’t the worst thing in the world.

14.) Having certain views does not make me narrow-minded or ignorant, it shows that I stand for what I believe in no matter what.

15.) My favorite phrase is, “Why watch the movie when you can read the book?”

16.) Volunteering at the library is one of the best things I’ve done with my free time.

17.) Finding the positive in a situation makes even the worst ones bearable.

Whoo!  I did it, seventeen things I’ve learned about myself for every year I’ve been alive.  I actually enjoyed that and I hope you did too.

If you happen to give it a shot, link back to my post so I can check it out!

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Ending of a Chapter

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It’s the middle of the night here in Australia, and even though I’ve adjusted to the time change a while back, I still find myself awake some nights.  Usually nights when I’m stressed.

My time here in Australia will be ending soon – at the end this month to be exact.

I’m torn about it.  I love this country, even more than I expected to, but I do miss home.

I miss being able to call my siblings the second I need them.

I miss my friends and being able to talk to them whenever.

I miss my English teacher.

I miss my brother Scotty using me as a stand in to rehearse his lines for plays.

I miss running my book club at school.

At the same time, I’ve gotten to do some cool things here in Australia and I’ve met great people.

I explored some caves.

I saw geysers up close.

I held a koala bear.

I scuba-dived in the Great Barrier Reef.

I made three close friends from other countries – Lars (Australia), Ella (Finland) and Alek (Norway).

I’ll be sad to be apart from my new friends, but that’s the good thing about social media and especially Skype… I can stay in touch with them easily.  I’m excited to see my siblings in person though.  I’ll be staying with one of my sisters for most of the summer, like I did last year, but I’ll probably be visiting two of my brothers in a different state before school starts up again.

Despite the fact I love Australia and being an exchange student, I want to spend my senior year at home.  Well, boarding school, but it’s basically been home to me since I was a freshman.  I want to be able to pass off my book club to a deserving underclassman, play on the tennis team and do all the usual senior year activities with my friends.  There will be time to travel after I graduate.

I might even study abroad in college.

I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity and you can bet this will be a great chapter my memoir.

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Reading in 2016

With all the excitement of becoming a foreign exchange student, I completely forgot to update my reading list as I read books last year.  I even neglected my Goodreads for a while… but I’m changing that now.

the testing series

Just like last year, I’ve joined the Goodreads Challenge and am aiming for 24 books this year.  I just finished my fifth one – The Graduation (The Testing Series) – and am trying to pick out what book I’d like to read next.

If anyone would like to follow me on Goodreads, simply send me a friend request there and I’ll add you.  I’m not worried about adding people there since there’s hardly any of my personal information on that site.  I’m also keeping a reading list here on the blog if anyone doesn’t have Goodreads and wants to just keep up here.

I’m thinking about doing reviews, but it’s still a debate for me.  I’m honestly a little overloaded with schoolwork and other activities that I’d rather not make reading not-fun by writing reviews.  I guess if I really want to recommend a book, I will.  We’ll see what happens.

Catch ya later!

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17 Before 17: An Update

Since my birthday is about two months away, I think it’s time I gave you all an update on how I’m doing with my 17 Before 17 list.

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I’ve blogged on a few of them as I finished them, but due to my absence I haven’t been posting as I complete the items on my list.  So what have I done in the past few months?  Well, let’s take a look…

  • I’ve held a koala bear cub.  It was seriously adorable and if it wasn’t a “wild” animal, I would want to take it home and just hug it all day long.
  • I went para-sailing.  It’s so much fun and if you need any item for your own bucket list, I highly suggest this!
  • I’ve sent hand-written letters to a few people.  Well, more like all my siblings.  I figured they mean the most to me so I decided to sent them a letter telling them of how the exchange program is going and all the cool things I’ve been doing here.
  • I explored a cave.  I have to say I felt a bit like Indiana Jones when we were in the cave.  It was definitely fun and I’d love to explore a few more of them.

So that’s only four things, but I thought I’d let you know that they are now done and I can check them off my list of things to do before I’m 17.  I still have a few to go, but I don’t think I’ll be finishing them all since the time has passed for me to do a few of them (like visiting NYC for Christmas).

 

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Homesick

I’ve been feeling a bit homesick lately.

It’s not that I’m not enjoying Australia, I really am.  I love it here.  In fact, this experience makes me want to travel more and see new places.

But I miss my family.

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I guess growing up with 8 siblings and a lot of cousins being around on a consistent basis can really have an impact on one’s life.  You get used to them always being around, then you move away and they’re suddenly not there with you.

Going to boarding school was different because I had at least one of my brothers with me.  He was just across the room so if I needed him I could throw a pillow at him and talk to him.  I know my family is just a phone call or video chat away now, but at the same time they’re not because the time difference is huge.

I have just about two months left of my exchange student program, so I will be going home soon.  I intend on enjoying every moment that I’m here in Australia, but I’m also counting down the days that I’ll be able to hug my siblings and talk to them face-to-face.

Those are my thoughts for today… at 2am.

Have a great day everyone, no matter what part of the world you’re in!

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It’s Been Too Long

I’ve just been a little too involved with this exchange program to focus on schoolwork, adventures and keeping up with my family and I guess I forgot about the writing part of it all

Australia is treating me well.  I love it here… if I haven’t told you all before.

I finally got to ride a zip-line, which was fun.  It’s like those short ones on a school playground, only much larger and downhill… and through a path of trees.

My most recent adventure though was being a junior captain on a boat that set sail for nine days on the Great Barrier Reef.  I got to learn all that goes into captaining a boat out at sea and the nautical terms that go along with it.  I was also able to go snorkeling a few times and I got to cross off scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef off my bucket list.

snorkeling

Australia is definitely helping me grow as a person, but it’s also helping me cross off items on my bucket list… which is more important, right?  Haha.

But that’s a quick update for now.

Thanks for reading!

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

I guess we all know that song in either the literal sense or in the sense that you’ve broken up with someone before.  In my case, I now know both songs.

Two days ago my girlfriend and I broke up.  Since I have been in Australia for the past two months now, we haven’t been able to talk as much due to the time difference and our daily schedules.  We were finally able to spend a few hours talking over Skype and it had turned out we’d both been thinking the same thing for a while now – keeping this relationship alive would be too much work for us.

As juniors we have harder work to get done, especially considering we’re both in a few honors classes, SAT’s to prep for within the next year, plus our extracurricular activities.  It’s too much to ask of two 16-year olds in their first relationship to do all that, plus keep a relationship going.  I know we might be giving up too quickly on this, but the fact is we’re both young and I am only here for a year.  Who knows?  Maybe when I go back for senior year we’ll get back together.

I guess we’re both lucky that it was a mutual split, and it’s not like we’re not going to throw away our friendship.  So I’m grateful that we’ll keep our friendship and no matter what happens she won’t lose her place in my life.  I’m hoping I won’t lose my place in hers either.

And that, my friends, is why I’m writing to you all at 2am instead of sleeping.

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Destination: Australia

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So I have mentioned that I am going to be an exchange student this coming school year, and that I will be in Australia.  As the day I leave comes up this week, I can’t help but think how this is really going to affect my life in a number of ways.

For one, I’ll be on a completely different time schedule from my family and friends here in the USA.  It’s one thing when I visited Greece earlier this summer, but Australia is pretty much an entire day ahead compared to where my family and friends live.  When they’re sleeping, I’ll be awake and when they’re awake I’ll be asleep.  Am I looking forward to that?  Not so much.  But at least we’ll be able to communicate through emails and Facebook messaging… so it won’t be all bad.

A good aspect of going to Australia for a year is the culture change.  Not that I don’t like my country or anything, but I think it will be a good experience to learn about the society in another country.  Learning more about other countries is a good thing because we can better understand why these people have their certain customs and why they live the way they do, and it’s a good way to learn about ourselves.  The best way to do that is to experience their culture for a good amount of time, not through a textbook.

One other concern I have is my hearing issues, especially since Australians are known for their accents.  While I can hear with my hearing aids, it’s not always easy for me to pick up certain words when a person talking to me as a strong accent.  I guess I’m pretty lucky that two of my classmates going with me in this program are fluent in ASL, just in case I miss some important words in a conversation or class.

So while I’ll miss my friends and family here, I’m excited to meet new people and experience a new culture over the next year in Australia.

By the way, I leave tomorrow, so wish me luck!

I’ll be sure to update as soon as I’m settled into a good routine there.

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