Before winning a scholarship to study abroad in Ireland, I had not processed the magnitude of studying abroad for a semester on my own. I couldn’t believe I would be living in a foreign country, I would be going alone, and that I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship that would cover the expenses of my study abroad experience. It was all so overwhelming, yet surreal.
It only felt real when I landed in Ireland and stepped off the plane into my new adventure as a student in Ireland. For nearly five months, I learned new things every day — often without even realizing it. I was taking in so much new information and so many unfamiliar experiences that I could not keep up with it all, so I simply opened my mind and let myself absorb as much as possible. Now that my semester is over and I’m back home in the US, I’m able to reminisce and reflect on all that I learned.
Here are the ten things I learned — both in and out of the classroom — while studying abroad in Ireland.