Shanell Peterson is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism major South Dakota State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this term.
In this week's post, Shanell shares the run down of what a typical day in her life looks like while studying abroad in Dublin.
A few weeks ago, I promised to do a “day in my life” blog. With one week left in my program, I thought now would be the perfect time to roll that out! It took a while to get into a routine, but it one definitely did develop. In fact, I’m sure it will feel weird when I’m forced to get back into my normal, everyday routine back in America.
Note: This routine would usually take place during the week; my weekends are usually the time I travel around.
7:00am. Try to get up and write an article for Odyssey, a social content platform I write for through my home university.
7:01am. Decide to write my article later in the day. Reset my alarm for 9am.
9:00am. Finally get up and get ready.
Photo: A raspberry scone with a tea or coffee has been my favorite breakfast lately. However, if you want to save money and time, I suggest eating Weetabix Crispy Minis cereal. It’s like Wheaties with chocolate chips!
9:30am. I leave my house for my internship. It’s nearby, so the walk only takes me around 15 minutes.
10am. I get to work! I create content for TeenTimes.com and CollegeTimes.com. Usually I write two to three articles a day.
Photo: Nothing gets my creative juices flowing like a hot cup of tea and a chocolate bar.
1pm. It’s time for lunch! Usually everyone in the office goes to Fresh, a nearby market, to pick up a salad or a sandwich. Then, we eat at St. Stephen's Green.
Photo: St. Stephen's Green is a beautiful place to hang out! Sometimes I go there by myself to read.
2pm. I get back to my internship. Every once in a while, I have a meeting with my supervisor and the other interns to brainstorm content ideas. We look through magazines and bounce thoughts off each other.
5pm. I finish working. Sometimes I go to Dicey’s Garden with the other interns for a €5 burger and fries. Dicey’s has some great deals!
7:20pm. I leave Dicey’s and go to my Global Internship Program class at Griffith College.
7:45pm. Class starts. Usually we talk about intercultural competence and how to use what we’ve learned from our internship experience here to get jobs in the future.
9:15pm. Class ends and I walk home. Sometimes I stop by a pharmacy to pick up things like toothpaste and allergy medicine. Other times, I stop by Tesco for items like bread or milk.
Photo: I’ve become very fond of our housing arrangement. It’s in a nice location and it’s got lots of space to relax and socialize.
10:15pm. Time to relax. I sit in the living room and chitchat with the other girls. Around this time I also try to write the Odyssey article I postponed earlier that day, but soon realize the Internet is really slow and hard to work with.
11:30pm. I go to bed, exhausted and happy.
Shanell's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.