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Pre-Departure

Time August 23rd, 2016 in 2016 Fall, Ireland | No Comments by

Hello, everyone!

Welcome to my first blog post! My name is Katrina O’Donnell and I am a Biology student at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. I have always had an interest in study abroad and my school helped me decide how and when to fulfill that interest. After months of decision making, I decided to attend the University of Limerick (UL) in Limerick, Ireland for the upcoming fall semester, which happens to be the start of my junior year at school. I chose UL for different reasons, one of these reasons being that they offer many science and engineering courses that sounded very interesting and that will help keep me on track at school. Another reason is that I have always wanted to venture to Ireland, partly because I am a quarter Irish and partly because I have seen many beautiful photographs of its beautiful castles and green hills.

Anyway, as you can tell by my post title, I have not left for my trip yet. I am three days away from driving to the airport from my home in Audubon, New Jersey. This also happens to be the last day I will see my home because my family will be moving to a new house while I’m away. I am currently feeling both excited and sad. I am sad about leaving my childhood home, but at the same time I am excited to start a new adventure that I know will change my life for the better. Read More »

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Settling in on the First Week of Classes

Time January 28th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, Ireland | 1 Comment by

Well the first week of classes is quickly come to a close.  I am really starting to find my way and settle in nicely.  I never thought I would actually say this, but I truly find all of my classes intriguing.  I am excited for what lies ahead academically.  In particular, I am excited for an Irish history class that I am taking which focuses on the Irish struggle for independence from Great Britain.  I have always been fascinated by my Irish culture and I couldn’t think of a better class to take while here in Limerick than that one.  In addition to this, I am very happy to be included as a Kemmy Business School student.  Kemmy Business School is one of the best in the country and it is an honor to have the opportunity to take classes and learn from some of the best professors.

On another note, I played my first competitive soccer match in a few years last night with Shannon Town A.F.C.; it was a blast.  I was so happy to be out on the pitch playing the game I love.  While I am here in Limerick, I will certainly be looking to fulfill some of my leisure time with this team.  It’s composed of men all ages, which is something new to me.  In fact, I happen to be on the younger side of the spectrum!  Nevertheless, I look forward to making the most of this opportunity!

-CJR

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