Orientation for Cork, Ireland
So last week we had IFSA Butler & UCC orientation, and I must say I have a great group. We have 3 Scrippsies, 4 Colby students, and 9 students from various other colleges. Day 1 (New Years Day!) consisted of meeting at the airport (I had to take the shuttle back from my hotel), taking a bus to Cork from Dublin (there was a full size rainbow), and having a dinner together.
Day 2 was held in a conference room of the hotel, where we were given the most incredible breakfast I’ve ever had in my life (it was called an Irish Breakfast), as well as the rundown on Irish Culture and Academics and what to expect for the coming year. We were then transported to our flats (which were surprisingly large) and shown the way to Tesco, basically this country’s version of Walmart. It was when we were left alone there that the trouble started.
First of all, I’ve never had to feed just myself in my life. Sure, I’ve cooked often, but I usually make family dinners, and the excess ingredients are used up within the week. Suddenly I had to deal with the fact that if I didn’t eat it, no one would. I had absolutely no idea how much to buy, and muddled about picking out things I might like to eat. Second problem was the fact that you shouldn’t use paper bags if you are going to walk home in the rain. Yes, Heather thought we were clever at first for not purchasing the bags the store was selling, but in reality those things rip fast. Luckily those with plastic bags were willing to help out the idiots of the group (including me). Second, if you are buying a phone, realize that our generation texts, not calls. I got unlimited calling to all Irish mobiles and landlines, but unfortunately (and intelligently) everyone else in my group got unlimited texting. Luckily I can change it next month, so all was not lost.
Thursday was our University College Cork (UCC) orientation, which gave us most of the same rundown that Butler did, except it was for all international students. We also got a tour of the campus in the rain, and our computer accounts. Classes started on Monday, and luckily I got the ones I wanted! (more on that later)