Don’t forget the “study” in study abroad!
So I have officially completed my first full week of classes at UCD! I absolutely LOVE all of my classes and lecturers. They don’t call the people who teach the classes “Professor”, but rather they refer to them as lecturers. A full course load here is six classes, which is a lot, but all of the work seems very manageable. The lecturers are all enthusiastic about their subject, and very engaging. As a philosophy and psychology double major with an emphasis on pre-law, my favorite class is definitely Philosophy of Law. It is co-taught by an Irish lecturer and an American PhD student. It is interesting to learn how the law in Ireland differs from the law in the US, and it is especially interesting to learn about the philosophical aspects behind the creation of the law. All of my other classes are equally interesting, which I am very excited about!
Although I am very interested in all of my classes, it is still a little bit of a shock to actually go to class and study! The vacation aspect of my semester has ended, and now I have to get down to work. Even though classes have begun and I am spending more time in the library than at the pub (or at least I should be!), there is still plenty of time to experience Irish culture. No matter where you go or what you do, you can’t help but be reminded that you are in Ireland. As if the accents aren’t enough, most people are very friendly and exhume a contagious positive attitude. Since UCD is a huge school, with 26,000 students (much bigger than the student body of about 1,800 that I am used to), there are a lot of people here from all over the world. Not only am I completely immersed in Irish culture, but I am meeting people from all over the world, (Italy, Germany, China, and Spain, to name just a few). This ensuing blend of culture, language, and way of life is fascinating, and I am so blessed to be a part of it!
That’s it for now, xoxo