Reflections on Limerick
Lauren Presutti - Limerick, Ireland
I will never forget how beautiful Ireland truly was. Beautiful lands, skies, cliffs, and castles - all surrounded by beautiful people who lived simple lives and appreciated the small, beautiful things day in and day out. This charm was infectious and made my three-week summer program at the University of Limerick an invaluable experience.
The Museums and Sights of Ireland
Kim Neinstedt - various, Ireland
The two weeks that I spent in Ireland was one of the most memorable experiences of my entire life. I had never traveled anywhere further than the next state over from Michigan, so this was a huge step, not just in my education, but in my personal life as well. I had the opportunity not only to visit Ireland - I was able to visit many different museums there. I am a Museum Studies minor at CMU, so going on a two-week program to see Irish museum practices first-hand was like something out of a dream! I, along with several other Museum Studies minor students lived together and spent many days in Dublin, Galway, Cork, and the other great cities of Ireland. We took advantage of the opportunity that was given to us to not only visit the museums of this beautiful country, but to experience a whole different and unique culture. We stepped out of the comfort zone that we had formed in the United States, and it was something that I will truly never forget.
Breaking the ‘comfort zone'
Kristen Cole - Limerick, Ireland
It was a bus ride I'll never forget - the journey from the Shannon airport to my new apartment at the University of Limerick in Ireland. It was 6 a.m. local time, but my poor, jet-lagged brain was hours behind. As I slumped against the window and stared out into the rainy morning, it dawned on me - the bus was driving on the wrong side of the road! Of course, I knew that cars drive on the opposite side of the road in Ireland and the United Kingdom, but the moment I took my first ride on the other side, the full realization of where I was and what I had chosen to do hit me. I was alone and on my way to a university where I did not know a soul, in a foreign country thousands of miles away from home. I was nervous, scared and excited beyond belief. The next five months proved to be the most challenging, exciting and rewarding time of my life, and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. From living with five native Irish students to trying to decipher the Irish accent to climbing cliffs and mountains, my time studying abroad in Ireland was extraordinary in every sense of the word.