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Pre-Departure Thoughts

What’s up? My name is Connor and this semester I will be studying at The University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland.

I’ll start this thing off by giving you a little bio on myself.  I’m a junior and an Economics major at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Originally, I’m from Middletown, New Jersey (shout out the 732) which is a big town located a few miles in land of the northern Jersey Shore.

I’m very excited for what the next four months has in store for me.  Returning to the country that my grandparents emigrated from to study in the city in which they were born is a dream come true.  I have always taken great pride in my Irish heritage; that is something that has been instilled in me since I was as a child.  Therefore, it has always been a goal of mine to return “back home” as my grandparents, Rita (Siobhan) and George Ryan, say.

I’m unsure of how to feel before I leave. I don’t know what to expect therefore I haven’t really conjured many expectations, which I think may be a good thing.  However, I do know that I am excited and anxious to submerse myself in the Irish culture.  I look forward to meeting with family and friends throughout my stay in the Emerald Isle.  In addition, I plan to visit some of the very same landmarks/locations that my grandparents grew up around, which I will display throughout my blog as I make my way.  On top of all that, I’d love to make a few trips to other European countries and see what they have to offer.

As this is the first time I will truly be on my own (other than being two and a half hours away from home when at F&M),  I hope to learn and grow both intellectually and culturally.  This should be one hell of a ride… Stay tuned!

‘Til next time,

Connor

 

 

 

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One Response to “Pre-Departure Thoughts”

  1. MARTYN McLAMP Says:

    CONNOR: AS A MAN OF IRISH HERITAGE MYSELF, IT IS GREAT TO SEE YOU RETURNING TO YOUR ROOTS. I CANNOT WAIT TO FOLLOW YOUR IRISH ADVENTURES. AS THE IRISH SAY, “HAVE A WHALE OF A TIME”.

    MARTYN McLAMP

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