3,2,1…Why study abroad in Ireland is the best!
I consider myself to be a mixture of sorts. I was born in India, brought up in Dubai and later, moved to Canada. And everywhere I went, I felt like an outsider. In Canada I felt I was too Indian, in Dubai (this summer) – I was, suddenly, a Canadian and in India, I was made fun of because I was always considered a Dubai-girl.
So, even though I loved travelling, I didn’t expect the experience of being in Ireland to be so vastly refreshing. After all, I’d already had my fair share of variety in my childhood. I really only did it because it was the only other English speaking country in Europe and well, it was an hour away (by flight!) to my favourite soccer team, Arsenal – who are doing very well as of now in the league, by the way! But, I now love it here and have compiled a countdown of things I’ve learnt so far, and why Ireland is such a fantastic place to study…
Three opinions about Ireland that have changed:
Before I arrived in Ireland, I thought three things: Ireland has lots of cold rain, it’s a deserted island and no one I know lives there. Now I know the following…
- I’ve been frozen in Canada and burnt in Dubai – so the rain here was heaven (trust me).
- Yes, it is an island – there are no direct buses or trains to all those lovely European cities – but youcan travel by plane or ON A SHIP! Yeah! I’ve been on it and it is, as they say, GRAND! There’s a movie theatre, wifi, a restaurant, and a bar. Life doesn’t get any better.
- I really didn’t know anyone here. Which meant that I could start afresh! I’ve made new friends, had new adventures and tried new things!
Two reasons why I LOVE this country:
1. Trinity College:
Let me start of by saying, COME TO TRINITY – YOU WILL LOVE IT! I was a lost soul at the beginning and looked for familiar societies to join during Fresher’s week. I joined the Indian Society and boy, has it paid off! I’ve celebrated festivals like Diwali and Holi that I definitely didn’t think I would, danced to Bollywood songs outside on campus, sang some very out of tune karaoke songs and ate a whole bunch of delicious Indian food.
I have also become a volunteer – both on and off campus. Thanks to Trinity’s amazing volunteer co-ordinator, I’ve been trained to be a volunteer in Irish courts and be of help to victims. How amazing is that? On campus, I volunteered to be a part of the fantastic Trinity Economic Forum and had the pleasure of listening to some great talks by famous people all around Ireland. Oh, and made some awesome friends while I was at it.
The TCD international office is amazing, and because of them, I’ve met the Provost, the Indian Ambassador, students from universities in India and got a chance to be involved with Education in Ireland as an ambassador! What more can an international student ask for?
2. Ireland is beautiful!
I had the opportunity to take a four day trip around Ireland with a friend from Canada. Our itinerary looked like this:
Day one: Howth
We went here on a gorgeous sunny day, and climbed up Howth hill. We got lost mid-way and loved it!
Day two and three: Galway
Day four: Bray and Greystones
Here we walked around a mountain for four hours and reached the top only to see a white horse grazing under a ray of bright sun. A scene from a fantasy movie!
We finished out our trip up in and around Dublin. We enjoyed breakfast at a quaint city cafe, hit up some museums and churches, had lunch and a walk around Grafton Street taking in street performers on a very sunny Saturday. Could life got any better? I don’t think so!
My friend left Ireland, calling it one of the best places she’d ever been to. And we hadn’t even visited the top three must-see places. Nature’s special child is Ireland. It didn’t cost us much, and we ended the trip with hundreds of pictures!
One reason to study in Ireland
With a university that gave me so much satisfaction (personally and academically) and a country that had just the right balance of European flair with natural beauty, Ireland offers a killer combination for every student! Do you need any more reasons?!