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The Things I'll Take With Me from My Second Home

Aug 14, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_CatGloria_Dublin_Headshot.pngCat Gloria is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In her last post, Cat tells us the top 10 things she learned from her expeirence in Dublin.

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Let's be real. I've gotten countless life lessons, experiences and rewards from studying abroad in Dublin this summer. Here are the most important takeaways I've identified. Study abroad and you're sure to gain the same.

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1. Cultural Intelligence

Before this trip I had so many misconceptions about Ireland and its culture. After living in the heart of Dublin for several months I can now understand and identify with the jokes, the hardships, everything.

2. New Perspective

As an American, I was taught the American way and the American outlook on the world. It was eye opening to see other countries just as successful as us if not more. I think seeing this and the effect it had on my point of view with the world was priceless.

3. Another Place to call Home

I know the streets like the back of my hand. If there is any other place besides my hometown that I'd call home it is Dublin. It's nice to have a home away from home on another continent.

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4. Friends

The people I met in Ireland as well as on the program with me are lifelong friends. Plus it always helps having friends thousands of miles away.

5. Professional Experience

I can now say I've interned abroad which is extremely valuable in the highly competitive market for jobs in America. It makes me stand out among other college-graduates.

6. Confidence

Before this experience I was unsure of myself in the corporate world, but now I have a newfound pride in myself. My boss at Olytico made it clear that I was above his expectations and that gave me a certain confidence I needed to ensure my future success.

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7. Traveled the World

One of my goals in life is to travel to every single country. This trip was my first step to completing my goal.

8. Stepping Outside Comfort Zone

I have never lived in a big city before. Definitely a different lifestyle, so it was nice to see before living in one permanently.

9. Irish Food Experience

From Mexican to Asian to Irish, the cuisine in Dublin has so much to offer. As a foodie, I have gained so much love for food from living there.

10. Connections

Along with lifelong friends, I’ve met so many people my age doing what I do. It is so advantageous to know others across the world that I can work with in the future.

Hands-down, study abroad has been the most valuable experience in my life.

Thanks Cat!

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Topics: Dublin, Ireland, Life After Study Abroad, Reflection