When I applied for this program, I knew I would appreciate the academics and the opportunities provided, but I was surprised by how deeply I fell in love with the people of Northern Ireland. I was always welcomed with open arms in every situation I entered into, and made good friends that I still keep in touch with now that the program is over. Every Tuesday I would grab my bodhran (traditional Irish drum) and head down to a local pub to play in a trad session. Even though I was a beginner, I was always greeted heartily and never felt shy about playing along. The folks at my internship made me feel like I was part of the community, and I always had someone to grab a cup of tea with me. I've never met such thoughtful, warm, and caring people, and I know that when I go back, I'll be greeted as if I had never left.