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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

Notes from Abroad: Kayleigh in Ireland

Kayleigh Day ’19, who is majoring in English and minoring in Religion, is studying at the University College Cork in Ireland.

I was very nervous about spending an entire semester in a different country, as I had never been out of the US or even away from my family for more than three weeks. Early on, I was definitely in shock and uncomfortable, but I was eventually able to relax and see Cork for the wonderful city that it is!

While being one of Ireland’s largest cities, Cork is about the size of the town I grew up in, so it doesn’t feel too overwhelming. It was several parks and a wonderful downtown area with every kind of store you can imagine. It definitely took me a while to get used to the winding streets and different currency, but the people here were charming and willing to help me through it.

For my Early Start class, we researched several Irish poets, such as W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney, and we were able to go on several field trips. We visited Galway County, where Yeats’ “Tower” was, a historical site that combined both more recent Irish history, and the Irish history of several hundred years ago.

We were also able to take an overnight trip to Dublin, which is an incredible city. We went to several exhibitions, and we were even able to see a performance in the Abbey Theater. Even the drive to and from these places, which took several hours, was incredible. The countryside is gorgeous and there are ruins scattered about all over the place, which isn’t something you really see in the United States.

Even though the real school semester has started and I’m not able to travel as much, the city and the school itself offers plenty of things to do, so I’m never bored, and I’m looking forward to the next few months I have here! Thank you for this incredible opportunity, your help has made this much easier, and I will recommend studying abroad to everyone I can!