Seeing Ireland On The Horizons.

15 Jan

Well, I sent in my application yesterday to study in Galway, Ireland with API from June 20th to July 20th. According to UNC Asheville’s study abroad office, I’ll have no problem getting into the API program in Galway since I meet the GPA requirement. So, YAY! Ah, I am so excited. Actually, so so so so soooooo excited. It’s always been a dream of mine to travel and study in Ireland. To be able to experience Ireland’s beauty for myself…ah, amazing!

With excitement, though, comes the common nerves of traveling to a brand new place with no one that I know. I’m scared, but I think a certain amount of anxiety is good. If I wasn’t a little bit nervous, I’d be even more worried. Honestly, I think once I’m there and settled in, it’ll be great. I’ll get to experience a brand new place and meet people I never would have met if I didn’t have this opportunity. Plus, with the API program, excursions are included, and I’m so happy about that. As well as living and studying in Galway, Ireland for a month, I’ll have the chance to travel to different parts of Ireland in order to fully appreciate the Irish culture. Gosh I’m smiling just thinking about all of it!

I’ve always loved to travel, and since getting older and having the ability to travel on my own, I’ve taken advantage of it. The past 2 spring breaks I’ve flown to Texas to spend time with my aunt and uncle. I’ve taken road trips in order to visit friends that live farther up the East Coast. And I’ve loved every second of it. At the same time, I know that there is so much more that I have yet to see, and I can’t wait to experience it. I feel like traveling is a huge part of the college experience, and life in general really. I feel like it opens our eyes to all that the world has to offer, while also allowing us to “find ourselves” along the way.

I remember going to Peru for 12 days during my senior year in high school with a group of girls from Salem Academy. I was nervous, but it was amazing. I was able to see things I would’ve never seen otherwise, and I began to understand the difficulties that a third world country faces as opposed to what we’re faced with in the US. For instance, it’s hard to say you understand poverty until you see how people live in Peru. Though I knew things would be much different, it’s not something you truly grasp until you go to experience it yourself. So, my trip to Peru was eye-opening, and it helped me learn a lot about myself. After being in Asheville since August and watching myself change since I’ve been here, I can’t wait to travel to Ireland and be able to see how it changes my current outlook on life.

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12 Responses to “Seeing Ireland On The Horizons.”

  1. in80plays January 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Ireland (and Galway in particular) is AMAZING. And don’t worry about not knowing anyone before you get there: it’s a really warm (people-wise, not weather-wise!) place and you’ll make friends in no time flat. Good luck!

  2. urbanbuda January 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Your gonna love it, there are really friendly and Ireland is a beautiful country.

  3. faithlooksup January 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    I hear Ireland is really green. The farthest east I’ve been was London and loved it! I’m sure you’ll enjoy your trip. Do enjoy and thanks for your comment on my blog.

  4. Katrina January 16, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Take lots of pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. belasbrightideas January 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Go, girl!

  6. Word Hits January 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Sounds thrilling and inspiring. Hope you will blog about Ireland.

  7. ailialana January 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    You know me! Well cybery….and I know
    some students round here travel up and down from Galway every weekend so you’ll be able to visit.. Thats if you can trail yourself away from the craic in Galway! Keep me posted on your travel plans :))

    • ameliaclaire92 January 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      I’m not sure how busy my weekends will be, but if I have a free one, I’d love to come visit. I know that I may stay longer (after I’ve studied) just to travel around, and if so, I’ll head up your way. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. ailialana January 27, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    There’s a welcome on the mat for you here. Happy planning!

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