Reflections on a Journey UA in Ireland Part 4
Jul23

Reflections on a Journey UA in Ireland Part 4

My journey to Ireland was one of the best experiences of my life. I have made friendships that I believe will last and connections that could guide me on my way to my career. I went on the trip knowing no one, and by the conclusion of the trip, I feel that I had a personal moment or conversation of some kind with every person in the group. The most important thing about travel is who you travel with, and this group contained some of...

Read More
The Glory of Galway UA in Ireland Part 3
Jul23

The Glory of Galway UA in Ireland Part 3

Following an exciting couple days in Dublin, the group travelled to Galway where we would stay for the next four weeks. Simply looking out the bus window, one could see the complete beauty of the place. There was green as far as the eye could see, and hand built stone walls from centuries ago ran for miles in every direction. Ancient castles and ruins dotted the landscape as well. These were sights that certainly could never be...

Read More
Don’t stop.
Jul08

Don’t stop.

Annnnnnd, we’re back. In America. The home of the brave and land of the free and what not. And let me tell you, it actually is kind of nice to be back. My first night home I all but guzzled a cup of cheese dip at my favorite local Mexican restaurant. Later that week I said a prayer of thanks to every saint and God in the world as I enjoyed hot wings with ranch. Don’t even get me started on how I reacted when I finally had my favorite...

Read More
I love London.
Jul08

I love London.

Culture shock. Before I left for study abroad and once I arrived at my new temporary home, it seemed to be all people could discuss. I patiently sat through at least five different lectures or online seminars with a graphic of the same culture shock curve presented each time. Here’s the thing though – I really didn’t identify with what I learned. Instead, I found myself acknowledging differences between the United Kingdom and the...

Read More
Days in Dublin! UA in Ireland Part 2
Jul06

Days in Dublin! UA in Ireland Part 2

In my last post I chronicled the events and mentalities that led me to arrive at the Dublin Airport the morning of June 15th. The moment the wheels landed, a new world was ready to be seen and experienced. The signs even had instructions in Gaelic as well as English. After a short wait to get through customs, we explained as a group our intent to study in the country and were happily given permission to enter the beautiful country of...

Read More
How I Came to Be in Ireland
Jul01

How I Came to Be in Ireland

Up to this point in my life as a second year college student, I had never left the United States and had only been on an airplane once. I am not normally the adventurous type, and therefore, my decision to decide to leave for Ireland was borderline out of character though it was one of the best decisions I have ever made if the past two weeks are any indication. What drove me to go in the first place was a flyer that advertised a film...

Read More