Finally having returned home, I find myself able to reflect on my time in Ireland. I came to the island without any experience traveling by myself, and without any particular knowledge of the country’s rich past.
I always knew I would return to The States more knowledgable about Ireland, but had little concept of how much I would learn about myself and my own country’s culture. There are several things that occur as small-scale interactions within American culture that I always took for granted as part of the human experience. Now, having experienced things done in a variety of different ways to the American system, I appreciate to greater degree the variety of life.
Little things like having someone to pack your groceries, or not having to wait for a bus to travel allow me to return to my home with a new appreciation for the country I call home.
I will never forget the things I saw in Ireland, nor will I forget the people, nor the new-found skill which helped me talk to them. There’s a skill to meeting and talking to a strangers different from yourself, and an experience abroad is the perfect time to hone these skills.
I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to experience the wonderful journey this has come to be. My sincerest wish is that everybody can get the chance to step outside of their comfort zone and learn to experience the world in full.
A most special thanks to my professors for providing this lovely opportunity, to my parents for helping me make this dream a reality, and to my classmates and new friends for the unforgettable memories.