In this week's post, Elizabeth reflects on her time studying and interning abroad in Dublin and how it feels to be back in the U.S.
As I sit on my couch in front of my Christmas tree, it is difficult to believe I am actually back home in the U.S. Since my plane touched down Saturday night, this is the first moment I have been able to pause and take a moment to reflect on my incredible three months in Dublin.
The most memorable part of my semester would have to be the people.
The last few weeks in Ireland were a blur of finals, assignments, bucket list items, and saying goodbyes. Whether it was visiting favorite restaurants for the final time or stopping in the shops I have walked past every day of the semester, it was a week of soaking in the last drops of Dublin.
Artwork in Greystones.
By the last week of the semester I had mixed feelings about my return to the U.S. I could not describe my excitement to see my family, meet my new niece, and see my friends again! But as the number of days shrank, my heart grew heavy because I knew this wonderful experience will have to come to an end. There would be no more ‘fam dinners’ or dancing around the apartment to our favorite assortment of songs. I realized that the short bus ride to City Center would now be an ocean away. As we said our goodbyes on Friday night and at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, the 20+ hour journey home began and it was time to start my next adventure.
The donuts of Dublin.
I only have one word to describe my feelings for my semester abroad: grateful. I am extremely thankful to have had to opportunity to visit Dublin and experience living and interning in a new country. Throughout my time abroad I have been able to create friendships that will last a lifetime and memories I will never forget. Spending a semester in a new country allows you to step out of your comfort zone and create new experiences; whether it was in education or exploration.
I will miss the beautiful buildings.
Interning while in Dublin was one of the most rewarding and wonderful experiences. It allowed me to live like a Dubliner and experience work in a field I was not familiar in. My internship selection provided me with a new look on my major and the Irish workplace as a whole. The internship helped me immerse myself in the Irish culture as well as learn more about the field of Public Relations. It was an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone who is considering studying abroad!
Until next time, Dublin!
I would like to end my last blog post by thanking the CAPA program, my family, friends, and the city of Dublin for an unbelievable three months. This past semester has been one of the most memorable and life changing experiences. The lessons I learned and connections made while walking down the cobblestone streets of Dublin are ones that I will keep with me for years to come. As I looked down at the green patchwork fields out the plane window, I knew that this was not a ‘goodbye.’ Thank you for the memories and I will see you soon Dublin.
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