Meet Emma Aulenback, an official CAPA blogger in Dublin for Spring 2019:
University: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Study abroad location: Dublin, Ireland
Internship or volunteer placement: N/A
What are you most excited for during your study abroad semester?
As much as I love UMass, after 2 and ½ years I am itching for a change in scenery! I can’t wait to get lost in this new city, adapt to a new campus climate, and befriend local students who can help me discover the in’s and out’s of Irish life and culture!
What are three of your hobbies and interests?
Gardening, cooking, and ceramics!
What’s one personal goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
Staying mindful and living in the moment! I am always looking to get the most out of any experience, however, sometimes I get so caught up in the idea of having a good time, that little moments of joy go unappreciated! Going with the flow and having no expectations is my goal! There is so much anxiety centered around the unexpected and unknown—I hope to unlearn that!
What’s one professional goal you hope to achieve while abroad?
Learning how to uproot myself and live in an entirely new place will help me adapt to more drastic changes in the future! I would be excited for job opportunities anywhere in the world. Studying abroad will help me gain confidence in knowing that I will be capable of establishing a happy and fulfilling life wherever I end up!
What can we look forward to reading in your blogs?
I love the art of storytelling—I hope to keep readers engaged and get other voices involved—maybe interview some locals! The most extraordinary stories come from ordinary lives of people all around us!
Anything else you’d like to say to people reading for the first time?
Deciding to study abroad was a huge decision for me—I am so nervous to embark on this journey but I hope my experience will help you in deciding to take the risk! I struggle with change—but I believe it is necessary to help us grow into more complex, passionate and spirited individuals! Let’s cross our fingers and hope this one pays off!
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