How to find your niche or “home-away-from-home” while studying abroad in Ireland?

By Jordan Hall, Michaelmas 2018 Study Abroad Student from the University of California, Santa Barbara

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Between studying for classes and exploring the sights, it can be difficult to find the time to root yourself. You may convince yourself you don’t need to make connections, especially if you are only staying for a short time, like a semester. But, a lack of connections can make us feel isolated and lonely while in an unfamiliar place. I can assure you that your experience will be much more enjoyable if you make an effort to meet people. It doesn’t have to be a deep connection and you shouldn’t try to force any friendships, but finding your niche can give you an enormous sense of well-being, even if you only connect with your group once a week. It goes beyond answering the small-talk questions like, “What are you involved in?” Joining a group or society allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture and make your mark. It allows you to place yourself among the constant backdrop of life in a foreign place that you are only a temporary part of. Continue reading How to find your niche or “home-away-from-home” while studying abroad in Ireland?

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Arriving Early in Dublin and Starting the Semester Right

By Fiona Corcoran, Michaelmas 2018 Study Abroad Student from American University

Most of my friends thought I was silly to arrive in Dublin for study abroad almost a full month before classes actually started. To them, the later semester schedule that many European schools keep seemed like an opportunity for a longer, stress-free summer. But for me, it was a chance to get a head start on adjusting to life in a new country. The Semester Start-Up Programme (SSP), a three-week pre-semester course at Trinity designed for international and visiting students, was hugely helpful in this area. By the time most visiting students were just arriving for Freshers’ Week, I had made new friends, gained a stronger understanding of Irish history, and knocked a few must-see locations off my list.

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Singapore First Impressions

By Emma Tomas

Before moving to Singapore, the city-state was a bit of an enigma to me. My brief research prepared me for an extremely strict society with rules and regulations unheard of in the Western world. Since moving here it has become clear that it is due to these unique laws which Singapore stands as a developed pillar among the rest of Southeast Asia, boasting eye-catching architecture, virtually no crime, a resilient economy and a litter free atmosphere.

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Incredible Singapore

By Ellen Morrissey

Singapore is an incredible city to live in; super modern, clean, safe, lots of greenery right in the city, good (and cheap) food, great nightlife, friendly locals, great weather  and countless travel opportunities. I arrived here a month ago on New Year’s Eve and have definitely fallen in love with the city.

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Moving to Hong Kong

January 7th, 2018: I am moving to Hong Kong tomorrow. I. Am. Moving. To. Hong. Kong. Tomorrow. I am moving to Hong Kong tomorrow. No matter how many times or different ways I say this to myself the reality of my upcoming relocation to the other side of the world tomorrow just won’t sink in. People keep asking me if I’m nervous, and the truth is not really. Perhaps if I could actually believe that this was happening to me then maybe I would be a little nervous. But for now, I am going to enjoy my serene state of mind. All the same, I really should start packing.

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Hong Kong Study Journal

Aishling Ruigrok

First Blog Entry (Jan 31st)  Hong Kong University

I think it’s safe to say that I was completely unaware of what was ahead of me when preparing for my semester in Hong Kong University. Having never been to Asia, the big move seemed like a distant endeavour, something I said I was doing but never really believed myself. Come January, I would be back on the cobblestones of Front Square for my third Hilary term in TCD.

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