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Study in Ireland: It’s all about the people

March 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

James Kleine-Kracht, an exchange student at Griffith College Dublin from the University of Kentucky, offers his answer to the common question: “Why Ireland?” His answer sheds light on the people, culture, and way of life that makes Ireland a home away from home…

I am often asked why I chose to study in Dublin, Ireland. The answer is never an easy one. There are many basic reasons why I chose Ireland, the three most practical being that it’s an English-speaking country, I was offered a course in Computer Science, and the cost was right. The main reason, however, was how much positive feedback I heard from others who had studied abroad on this small island. I have never met anyone who had been to Ireland who hadn’t held it in high esteem. In the future, when I return to Lexington, Kentucky, I, too, will have nothing but good things to say about my time spent here. Every moment in Ireland has convinced me that I couldn’t have been happier anywhere else in the world.

If you are searching for a place to study abroad, Ireland may well be the right choice for you. Here’s why: it’s all about the people. When you come to a country to study abroad, you are in an odd position; in limbo, of sorts, between being an immigrant and being a tourist. However, every person I have met in Ireland–from the faculty at Griffith College to strangers I have passed on the street–has made me feel right at home

I’m not sure where I first heard the idiom, “Grand is a way of life,” but I have found that it is truly the Irish way of life. If you were having the best day of your life in Ireland and someone asked you how you were doing, your response would be, “Grand.” Even if it has been raining for two weeks straight, as it is apt to do, the answer would remain the same. People of Ireland seem to maintain an optimistic outlook on life. And it is extremely contagious. I wouldn’t say that I’m a pessimist, but I know I haven’t always found the silver lining in life. However, when I return to Kentucky, that probably will have changed thanks to the Irish people who have shared their positivity with me.

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