My time spent at Maynooth University was a defining part of my college career. I believe studying abroad, even for just a semester, is one of the most beneficial decisions a student can make. I experienced not only the wonderful culture and gorgeous scenery of Ireland, but also the joy of making connections in a country that is not my own and creating lasting friendships with people I would have never known otherwise. I still keep in contact with the student leaders from the university who guided us during our stay as well as the group of friends I made there. We actually met up a few months after our studies, traveling from different parts of the country to celebrate New Year's Eve and reminisce on our Summer in Ireland. Studying abroad will broaden and enrich your perspective of the world; from the people you'll meet, the food you'll eat, the history you'll learn, and the similarities you will discover between yourself and those who seem so different, it is a truly unique experience. Maynooth University offers this and more. The immersive program allows you the freedom to explore on your own balanced with excellent professors and guided excursions. I highly recommend seizing this opportunity while you can!
What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go with an open mind and open heart. Don't hesitate to talk to new people or try new things, embarrass yourself a little and laugh a lot because it truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a student traveling abroad, no point in wasting it by feeling negative or complaining.
Also be willing to explore and fend for yourself as much as making new friends. You learn a lot about yourself when you're in new surroundings and away from your daily routine, embrace the change.