Hi everyone! My name is Natalie, I am a junior International Studies major and am leaving in a few days to study abroad in Galway, Ireland. Studying abroad has always been something that I’ve wanted to do, and narrowing down where to go was really difficult. Ireland stood out to me because of a class that I took first semester sophomore year, Politics of Northern Ireland 1921-Present. My professor had visited and worked in Ireland throughout his career, and when I went to him for advice on my major and studying abroad, he said that Galway would be a perfect fit for my academic and personal interests.
I also got the chance to experience Ireland this summer, through a Boston College internship program in Dublin. I lived in Dublin for two months, and interned full time at a non-profit. It was a great introduction to the country, culture, and people, and I can’t wait to go back. I am a lot less nervous for this fall because I have a better idea of what to expect in Galway, but I am looking forward to a new city and experiencing Ireland from the point of view of a student.
I’m so excited to have the opportunity to go back to Ireland, I can’t wait to leave! It will be sad missing the fall in Boston, but Galway will be an amazing place to spend the semester (though I will have to deal with a bit more rain). I’m sure I’ll have lots more to share once I arrive!