Grace is one of our US students who is in her fourth year in Trinity. Here she lets us know about her experience of studying BESS at Trinity, one of our Top 10 Courses.
Your name: Grace Tierney
Where you’re from in the US: Annapolis, Maryland – a small coastal town about an hour from Washington, DC.
Your year of study: Final year (4th year)
Your programme of study / course:
Business, Economics, and Social Studies (BESS) – getting a dual honors degree in Political Science and Sociology.
What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?
I liked that BESS allowed the opportunity to choose from different degree options rather than choosing a course that bound your degree from day one.
What, if anything, was the most challenging thing about moving to Ireland to study?
The most challenging thing about moving to Ireland for me, as crazy as it sounds, was that I didn’t anticipate it being challenging at all. Going in to my first year at Trinity, not expecting to miss home or experience any culture shock at all (naïve, I know) meant that when those things happened, they really threw me for a loop. Luckily, the Trinity community really helped me find my footing and my friends were there when I needed them.
How did you overcome the challenge?
As silly as it sounds – I overcame this challenge by letting time run its course. Homesickness and culture shock are things that get better with time and patience. Committing to doing everything I could to make sure that I was building a life in Dublin and making the most of my time at Trinity, through making great friends, exploring Ireland, focusing on academics, and getting involved in societies really helped me feel at home and helped make the transition easier.
What aspect / module of your course have you enjoyed studying the most so far and why?
I’ve really enjoyed getting a more global perspective in my subjects – especially politics. If I had gone to university in America it most likely would’ve been a school in Washington DC and while I love DC, I know that I am getting a more worldly perspective studying politics outside of the “American bubble.”
If you had one piece of advice to any other students about to start your course in Trinity what would it be?
Even if it feels like you can get by doing as little of the assigned reading as possible, do all of it anyways. This is will make your life during exams at the end of the year 1000 times easier and more pleasant.
What is your favourite thing about Dublin?
My favorite thing about Dublin is how connected and loyal the people who live here feel to the city. Dublin truly has a way of weaseling its way in to your heart and becoming home. It’s a friendly and really fun city that is cherished by all those that are lucky enough to enjoy it. Also – the Howth Cliff walk and then fish and chips by the harbour really can’t be beat!
What three words would you use to describe Trinity to someone who’s never been here?
Historic, challenging, and fulfilling