Nikita Sarawagi - “Welcoming snow…”

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Nikita Sarawagi

I am Nikita Sarawagi, an international student from India, pursuing my Master's degree in Data Science and Analytics at Maynooth University. I believe in the saying 'Live and Let Live'. I am a nature lover and always looking for flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative way.

Here comes my second blog! A lot of things happened since the last time I wrote, all of them amazing to my delight. I was supposed to be uploading this blog by last week, but since I was busy experiencing all of them amazing experiences I am late on my blog. However, this delay resulted into one more novel experience - snowfall!

All the weather apps showed the Orange warning for snow, but me and my friends were just eagerly waiting for it. It was my first time ever seeing snow in person and as cheesy as it sounds, it looked quite magical seeing the little flakes floating down. It was the most breath-taking experience; all my friends went bonkers as we were roaming the streets at midnight enjoying our very first snowfall experience to the fullest. It was like a thousand feathers floating in the air, and when it touched my skin, it just melted. How amazing is that?

I know there is nothing unusual about falling snow for most people living in the cold countries but for me and my fellow Indian friends it was a very exhilarating and exciting experience because we never have snow in India. At the same time though, I was also fearful about the cold, strong blowing winds and the drop-in temperature.

Returning to the topic of snowfall, I must agree with J. B. Priestley - "The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?

Last month was a very busy time with lots of things going on in here for Thanksgiving, Science Week, Black Friday, and pre-Christmas celebrations. I am proud to say that I joined two new club s- Taekwondo and Aquatics. Despite the busy schedule with assignments and deadlines, I went for a one-day trail with a Meetup Group to relax and cool off. The host was an Italian guy who wanted to explore the city with different people. There was around 30-40 people in this Meetup from all around the world. Our meeting point was Dublin Connolly train station and from there we took a train to Dalkey, where the walk started and went to Killiney Hill Park. We enjoyed the beautiful view from the top.

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