Not Just Your Average Weekend

Friday, April the 11th was a day where everything just came together to make it, quite literally, perfect.

What is needed for a perfect day? If you ask me I’d say great weather, a gorgeous location, an amazing occasion and fabulous company. Now imagine a bright beautiful sunny day, The Farmleigh Estate in Phoenix Park, the Education in Ireland Award Ceremony and for company, none other than the Prime Minister of Ireland- Enda Kenny!

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I was appointed as a Student Ambassador for Education in Ireland to share with everyone my incredible journey of studying abroad at Trinity College Dublin, and while I admit that the entire journey has been great; with immense support from the international office at Trinity; the highlight of it was the Award Ceremony that I was privileged to attend on Friday at the beautiful State Guest House (which I found out had been previously owned by the Guinness family) in Pheonix Park.

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All of the Student Ambassadors were celebrated by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn himself. He spoke about how invaluable the work we’d put in was, for those who are considering the option of studying in Ireland and would like to hear what their peers have to say. It made me feel like I had made a small difference; like I was giving something back to the country which has left me with some cherished moments from my first year.

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I then had the opportunity to meet with the Indian Ambassador to Ireland Mrs. Radhika Lal Lokesh, who was an absolute delight! But the best part of the day was most definitely meeting the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD who I have to say, for the lack of a better word is the coolest Prime Minister ever. He mingled and interacted with the student ambassadors freely, bringing about the most important part of Irish culture- the warmth of Irish people and how welcome they make you feel in your presence.

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What’s even better is the fact that he got ‘selfies’ clicked with us! That’s how you emulate the Oscars.

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The food was lovely and the atmosphere was great. The free drinks in the oldest pub in Dublin- The Brazen Head (where we went for the informal get together) were just a cherry on the cake of awesomeness which was the Awards Ceremony.

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A big thank you to Education in Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and of course the Global Relations Office at Trinity for making this possible for me!

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Rajsi Rana is an international student who served as an Education in Ireland Ambassador for 2013-2014 on behalf of Trinity.

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