Spotlight on Study Abroad: Why Dublin, Ireland?

By The Beacon | September 17, 2014 12:06pm

This commentary is part of an ongoing series where students share their study abroad experiences and why other students should pursue the same opportunity. Guest Commentary by Carissa Young

I wasn’t sure what to expect during my study abroad in Dublin, Ireland

I didn’t know anyone in my program or much about the country. But it took less than the cab ride from the Dublin airport for me to fall in love.

Dublin is an awesome city to explore! It’s the perfect mix of old and new with rural and urban, and it’s the friendliest place you’ll ever visit. You can ask a stranger for directions, and an Irish person will not only tell you how to get there, they’ll point you to the nearest pub and even help you walk safely to your destination.

I learned amazing things about Irish culture and the Northern Irish “Troubles” in my classes, but I also learned a lot from conversations with friendly people. Everyone is willing to share a pint and talk with you!

I learned how to distinguish different regional accents, understand rugby, write an Irish short story and even how to herd sheep!  I was also able to travel around Ireland’s countryside, which is breathtaking. I definitely recommend standing at the Cliffs of Moher, or biking around the Aran Islands.

Ireland is a beautiful and goofy place. If you love music, literature, history or Guinness, Ireland is the place for you!