October 31st, 2015 | Uncategorized

Even though I turned 23 on October 26th, my birthday seemed to last for much longer than just that day. 

I got my first present from my roommate Maidy on Thursday, four days before my birthday because she was going home and I wouldn’t see her. Along with some Irish snacks and sweets, she got me an adorable personalized mug. I couldn’t believe how much thought she’d put into it.

Then on Saturday at Wildkittens coaching, all the little girls sang me happy birthday and Jillian even got me a cake! You wouldn’t believe how quickly a gym full of hungry girls can make a cake disappear.

By the time Sunday night rolled around, I had received another present in the form of a win for the Wildcats against Brunell. To top it all off, the Trinity scholars Meg and Emily made the trek to Waterford that evening for my birthday celebration. They fit right in with my teammates and friends in the Waterford area  and we had a great night. Boonie even made a giant Oreo cake for me, which we split up amongst our guests on the very limited dishes we had (when I got to the last person I ended up serving her cake in a wine glass with a whisk to eat with). 

When Monday came–my actual birthday–it was bizarre because it seemed like I’d been celebrating it for the entire weekend. We toured the Viking triangle and Waterford Crystal building, guided by Helena, before going to a nice lunch in Waterford city. It was the perfect way to end my longest birthday ever.

Even though I have not known anyone here for that long (my birthday probably lasted longer), so many of them went to great lengths to make sure I felt special. For that I owe them a thousand thank you’s. Because of them, I know I will remember my birthday in Ireland for years to come.


Victory Scholar: Katie Fox

Present University: Waterford IT

US League: NEC

Club/Community Partner: Waterford Wildcats

Alma Mater: St. Francis College

Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland


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