The Merciad

Putting positive spin on life

May 9, 2011

Here’s something I’ve learned in the last couple weeks: putting a positive spin on life. Last week, I took a trip all the way from Ireland to Sweden by myself. I was slightly nervous, as it was quite a long trip and I was go...

Dungarvan changes outlook

April 12, 2011

One of my professors here in Ireland asked me to write a paragraph about what I’ve learned from my traveling abroad experience so far. So here it is: I have discovered how to meet new people and have new experiences. I’ve been a pr...

Dreams are possible

March 21, 2011

When I was younger, I dreamed of many things. And one of them was going to Ireland. I used to read any book I could about the country and always dreamt of actually going. My best friend from high school and I even tried to pl...

Looking past practicality

January 31, 2011

When I was a child, I would wake up each and every morning and scream “It’s a beautiful morning,” at the top of my lungs. I would say this no matter what, whether it was pouring down rain or 80 degrees and sunny. I guess ch...

Resolutions seem unnecessary

January 17, 2011

A few weeks ago, everyone was obsessing over what they needed to change about themselves. They’re called “New Year’s resolutions,” and everyone seems to have one. People want to lose weight, be more assertive or start ...

Relationships cause introspection

January 3, 2011

Have you ever sat down and thought to yourself, why does the whole world try so hard to be in a relationship? It seems so strange to me that people want more than anything to attach themselves to someone permanently. Why do we wan...

Writing becomes personal

December 7, 2010

Some people love math, some people love science, and some people love history. But I love words. Each and every word in this piece of writing was put there for a purpose. Every single sentence that you may feel is repetitive is...

Love your life

November 29, 2010

I will start by acknowledging that I have had hard times in my life just like everyone else. I’ve faced the death of people who meant the world to me, I’ve had heartbreak, I’ve been confused. Everyone has to go through th...

Animal abuse causes distress

November 1, 2010

Every single time I see one of those commercials with the abused animals staring at the camera, I tear up a little bit. They look so helpless and sad, and I can’t handle it. The only time I ever make it all the way through w...

MyMail causes confusion

October 19, 2010

I am not a person who enjoys change. I like things to stay the same so I don’t have to deal with getting used to something new. When it comes to computers, I always end up accidentally deleting something or freezing the scree...

October raises awareness

October 4, 2010

When I was in second grade, my mother took me aside and said she had some bad news – she had breast cancer. Afterward, all I remember is being very confused and not knowing what would happen to her. She had chemotherapy fo...

Turning flaws into strengths

September 27, 2010

I did something this week that was kind of a big deal: I declared my major. I’m a sophomore, and I have known that I wanted to be an English major since I started here freshman year. So, you may be wondering why it has taken...

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Mary Nolte