And the countdown begins…
In exactly one week from today, I will officially begin my semester abroad! I’ve dreamed about studying abroad for as long as I can remember, but I can’t believe that it is actually happening! When I was first deciding where to study abroad, I couldn’t seem to choose. Since I go to school in upstate New York, and was filling out my applications right after a huge snowstorm, I really wanted to go some place warm, preferably somewhere with a nice beach. But then I ended up choosing Ireland. Where it rains almost everyday. Where the average temperature in the fall is 55 degrees. Where going to the beach means bundling up in a coat and scarf. So you might be wondering why I ended up choosing Ireland, of all places? Well, my name is Mary Margaret McGuire, but I go by Maggie (In other words, I’m pretty Irish). My whole family is Irish, so it seemed like the perfect chance to learn more about my heritage and culture, all while embarking on a once in a lifetime experience. Even though the weather isn’t exactly what I was looking for, I think I’ll be fine considering I’m used to three feet of snow on the ground from October to March. Since I’ve had the past five months to mentally prepare myself for going abroad, here is a list of a few of the things that I’m looking forward to!
1. Meeting new people. I love meeting new people and making new friends, but now I get to do that with people from all over the world. (Not to mention the fact that I am obsessed with Irish accents. Seriously, I could listen to them speak all day).
2. Seeing new places. I love traveling and experiencing new things! Not only am I excited to explore Dublin, but I am looking forward to traveling to different places in Europe as well. A few cities on my bucket list: Rome, Munich, London, Belfast, and Prague. But most importantly, I want to experience everything that Dublin has to offer!
3. Adventure. I’m excited for anything and everything that I will experience in Ireland. I’m excited for experiencing my first rain/wind storm that everyone talks about (Although I would be totally fine if I only had to experience ONE storm, not three and a half months of them).
4. Challenge of being in a foreign country by myself. I’m excited to live in a new place, with new people, and new experiences!
5. Drinking Guinness in a pub. I think this one is pretty self-explanatory.
So stay tuned as I get ready to leave on this incredible adventure! The next time you hear from me, I’ll be in Ireland!