Why I Chose Ireland and Why I’m Glad Ireland Chose Me

Jun 16, 2016 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Official_Blogger_Shanell_Peterson_-_Square.jpgShanell 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 talks about why she chose to intern abroad in Dublin and her first impressions of life in the city. 


This is my third CAPA blog, and I still haven’t told you why I chose to intern in Dublin. Allow me to shed a little light on the subject.

I knew I wanted to go somewhere I’ve never gone before. In the past, I’ve traveled to 10 different countries including Australia, France, and Belgium. However, even with my past travel experience, I’ve never been gone for longer than two weeks. And I most certainly have never traveled by myself. Ireland seemed like the perfect place to intern because it is beautiful, safe, and there would be no language barrier if I ran into any trouble.

Photo: I took a gorgeous 15-mile hike at Howth, a village outside of Dublin.

Dublin is everything I thought it would be. It’s gorgeous and the people are ridiculously nice. I was surprised at how quickly I acclimated to the city; I can get around fairly smoothly without having to look at a map or ask for directions. Best of all, I haven’t felt unsafe once since I’ve arrived. In fact, as I type this, I am in a cute coffee shop all by myself. Despite it’s large size, the city truly does feel like an intimate little town.

I’m currently on the quest for the perfect Dublin coffee shop. Café Nero is a great place to get work done while drinking a mocha.

In addition to loving the city, I also adore my internship. To be honest, I was a little skeptical that CAPA could connect me with an internship that I felt good about. Youth Nation, a social media marketing agency, blew my expectations out of the water. The people are fun yet insightful and absolutely brilliant. Additionally, the work I’m doing is creative and engaging. I intern there seven hours a day, five days a week, and I barely notice the time go by.

At Youth Nation, I write articles for and Some of the best things I’ve written so far include 9 Things a Good Boyfriend Can Teach You, How to Have a Conversation Like a Person With Anxiety, and 6 Lifelong Perks of Having your Mom as Your BFF. I cannot stress enough how great it is to write content that I care about. It makes me realize how much I want to pursue web writing once I graduate.

The only thing that I don’t like about Dublin is its unpredictable weather. One second I’m too hot. Another second I’m too cold. I take my jacket off and put it on at least four times a day. And while it hasn’t rained here much lately, I do suggest buying both a rain jacket and an umbrella. You never know when the sky will start to cry in Dublin!

Photo: Always keep your umbrella with you when you’re in Ireland!

Now that I am settled in my host country, I’d like to do a day-in-the-life blog for you. Be on the lookout for that next week!

Thanks Shanell!

Shanell's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Topics: Dublin, Ireland, Why Study Abroad