Deciding to come to Ireland was an easy decision. However, choosing a school was a difficult task. When I chose to enroll at WIT, I took into consideration what the city had to offer and its surroundings. I’m happy to say that my decision to come to Waterford has proven to be a success. The city is smaller in size and very easy to get around. Waterford boasts some great evening entertainment, with Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays being the busiest nights of the week. On campus, the international student society helps to integrate you into life abroad with students from all over the world. The connections I have made while in Ireland and the friends that I have gained are priceless.
Ireland is known for its rich culture and natural beauty. Although Waterford may not be a jaw-dropping scenic city, its surroundings are what has provided me with great day trips. One of my first day trips was to the town of Tramore, a fifteen minute bus ride away from Waterford. This little town provides students with a relaxing escape from the city. It’s known for its vast beach and surf-able waves (Note: The waves are great for beginners, and only get better with colder weather) If you like fish and chips, you must try them from ‘Dooleys,’ they have been the best fish and chips I’ve had since coming to Ireland. If you are looking to catch some fish, Tramore has some great spots to reel them in. (Note: Great way for students to save some cash!)
The next day trip was to Dunmore East, also only fifteen minutes from Waterford. This town is a picturesque fishing village that has traditional cottages with thatched house roofs, and great scenic backdrops for all your Facebook cover and profile pics. (*Like)
If you are looking for an ‘out of county’ experience, then Wexford’s hook peninsula will satisfy your needs. The Hook Peninsula is home to the oldest lighthouse in Ireland, as well as the always creepy ‘Loftus Hall’. (Check it out! www.loftushall.com)
My experience so far in Ireland has been amazing. WIT has made it easy for International students to meet and get to know one another. The International Society has helped to set up events that allow for mix and mingling. Through these events, I have met amazing friends that I will never forget. I am currently backpacking over the Christmas holidays through the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. In ever country I am meeting up with friends that I have met on my exchange in Ireland.
Study….and see the world!