Madeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Madeline shows us where she lives and introduces us to her roommates and friends on her program.
I have been extremely lucky during this trip to have such a fantastic living situation here in Dublin. For starters, I live very comfortably in the StayCity aparthotels on Saint Augustine street. StayCity boasts a spacious and modern living area with two double bedrooms and a full-service en suite kitchen.
The location is incredibly central. StayCity is a 10-minute walk from the Temple Bar district, the city’s cultural hub, a 20-minute walk from Griffith College, where I take my classes, and a 30-minute walk to St. Stephen’s Green, a great park for a nice walk or picnic in the center of southern Dublin. It is also just steps away from the necessities. Within a 5-minute radius are two grocery stores, Tesco Express and Lidl, a pharmacy, two convenience stores, Spar and Centra, several little coffee shops, and plenty of restaurants, both sit-down and take-away. I also live right on the river, which makes it easy to navigate through the city with the Liffey as my guide.
I also am incredibly thankful to live with such amazing roommates. Both are immensely kind and lovely people. They have positively shaped my experience here in Dublin, and it wouldn’t be thesame without them! We have shared so many adventures together and are destined to share many more!
Bobbi, who lives in the same room with me, is a rising junior and an Economics major. Bobbi is looking to someday go to law school to become a lawyer. She is extremely bright, intelligent, and driven. She also never ceases to make me laugh or smile with her great sense of humor! Bobbi has a lovely personality and always brightens my day. During study abroad, Bobbi is interning at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. The Dublin study abroad program is actually not Bobbi’s first study abroad adventure. Bobbi spent six weeks in Russia and also speaks Russian! One of Bobbi’s favorite hobbies is reading, and her favorite authors currently are Kristin Hanna and Dan Brown, but her favorite authors change all the time. Bobbi loves almost every book she reads!
Beth is a rising junior and an Information Systems major! During the program, Beth is interning at the DBC group, helping with their data analytics. Beth is unbelievably kind and positive; she is always a pleasure to be around. She is also incredibly brave! On the many adventures we go on together, Beth battles with her fear of heights. She is constantly conquering her fear by walking on rope bridges, standing on the tops of castles when there’s heavy wind, and standing on cliff edges. On top of all of that, this is Beth’s first trip outside of the country, so coming to Ireland was a big leap in it of itself. When she’s not out taking over the world, Beth plays tennis, strums her ukulele, does clay throwing, plays with her dog Maggie, and watches movies, her favorite being Interstellar.
I don’t know what I would do without these lovely ladies! An honorable mention also goes to our friends across the hall, Ryan, Dani, and Stephanie. We are making memories this summer that will last a life time, and so will the friendship! I’m so lucky to have made these amazing friends, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings us!
Madeline's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.