Malaysia to Ireland: Choosing IT Carlow
Hashvieney is from Malaysia and currently studying Aircraft Engineering at IT Carlow and her experience as a study abroad student has been life-changing. Discover how she made her decision and how she felt when she arrived…
When I first started thinking about furthering my studies I never could have imagined I would end up in Ireland. Leaving home to seek a new adventure can be a scary prospect especially if you are like me and have never travelled overseas alone. I told myself, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and I couldn’t have been more right when it came to choosing a study abroad destination. Ireland has been a fantastic experience so far and one that’ll I’ll never regret!
Ireland ticked all my boxes and the Institute of Technology Carlow was my first choice. IT Carlow has become part of an international network of just 10 education providers worldwide involved in the newly-launched Air Transport and Aeronautics Education and Research Association.
it’s normal to be apprehensive about studying abroad and there are many Malaysian students studying here in Institute of Technology Carlow sharing similar experiences. Before I arrived here, I wondered how I would adapt and if I would like the country, the people and the city. Coming from a tropical country, I wondered how I would manage the cold weather and worried about understanding my classes and achieving good grades. I had so many questions and despite repeating “you’ve got this” to myself there was still a tiny voice in the back of my head saying “do you really?!”.
It was quite a challenge to choose the right country for me that met my academic needs. My destination demands included an English-speaking country with friendly people, a reputation of excellence in education and without doubt a place that would offer the opportunity to travel around easily!
Travelling abroad… it’s about pushing your limits and venturing beyond your comfort zone, gaining new experience and adventures. It’s about learning and finding yourself.
Ireland ticked all the boxes on my list and the Institute of Technology Carlow was my first choice. IT Carlow has become part of an international network of just 10 education providers worldwide involved in the newly-launched Air Transport and Aeronautics Education and Research Association. The college also has opened a €5.5m aerospace facility earlier this year. What more could I ask for? It’s a huge honour for me to be a part of this organisation.
Arriving a week before the start of my semester was terrifying. My first few days were really hard. I struggled to understanding the Irish accent (they talk really fast and even admit it themselves!). Getting the know a new city, culture, grade scales and coming to terms with assignments, group work, managing monthly expenses and brand new technical terms – you can only imagine how tough all this was for me.
Luckily I had a few people helping me out and I received an especially warm welcome from the International department at IT Carlow and my lecturers. The staff here were incredibly helpful and their friendliness is, for me, one of the best things about studying here. The IT Carlow orientation events were also a great way to meet other international students.
Studying in Ireland will be an educational experience I’ll always treasure.
And yes it got easier! My life in Ireland is now fantastic. It took me some time to reach this point, but I am happy and confident here. IT Carlow offers a wide range of courses and I have the opportunity to learn different modules that widen the scope for my career in the future. With the reasonable cost of living, I have the opportunity to travel across Europe during my free time. Studying in Ireland also gives me the chance to meet new friends from across the world and learn new languages.
Travelling abroad is not as tough it sounds, it’s about pushing your limits and venturing beyond your comfort zone, gaining new experience and adventures. It’s about learning and finding yourself. It has made me more responsible and mature when it comes to decision-making. Studying in Ireland will be an educational experience I’ll always treasure.