Category Archives: Outbound Students

Welcome to Singapore

By Cian Weldon (Biomedical engineer)

Singapore is known as The Garden City, and not for no reason. With an area less than a third of my home county of Meath, and with a population of nearly six million, one million more than Ireland, crowded was the least I expected of this South East Asian city-state. I was wrong. As a country boy in Dublin, I often found myself missing some greenery, but not here in Singapore. Every street is lined with trees, and parks are abundant throughout the city. Even the highly developed business district, where skyscrapers rarely drop below fifty stories, is lush with greenery. Traffic congestion and its resulting fumes aren’t an issue here either as heavy taxation leads the price of a VW Golf to be a whopping S$120,000 (€75,000)! Such is the result of an incumbent, but democratically elected, interventionalist government party.

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First Impressions of Boston College

Boston College is situated in Chestnut Hill, just a couple of miles outside Boston city. This leafy suburban setting was an interesting change for me coming from Trinity. I pass the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, more commonly referred to as the ‘Res’ on my way to college. At just 8am in the morning, the pathway was already flooded with students eager to squeeze a work out into their morning routine. I quickly learned that very many BC students live up to stereotype that I had read prior to my arrival; health conscious, driven, well-rounded and involved in as many aspects of college life their schedule allows.

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My Hong Kong Experience So Far…

By Ronan Smith

My preparation for a yearlong sabbatical to Hong Kong was pretty normal, except for the fact that it only dawned on me when walking down the aisle of the plane that I was leaving home for the first time in my life and decided to travel to the other side of the planet!

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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) – Student Exchange

By Mark Ryan

I’m on a full-year exchange here at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and so far it is has been a great experience. HKUST is very different to Trinity. One of the great things about this university is the campus itself. We are right on the side of a cliff overlooking the South China Sea which gives us great views. The facilities include everything you would want in a university with lots of dining options, both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, barbeque pits right beside the beach, sports pitches etc. I take classes in the Lee Shau Kee Business School which is only three years old and a great improvement to the Arts building in TCD. The only disadvantage about the university is that we have to take a mini bus and then an MTR train to get into the centre of Hong Kong, which gets difficult late at night and there can be long lines for buses at times. It is very different from Trinity where we are in the centre of everything, but given that the city is so overcrowded and busy it’s not such a bad thing.

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Study Abroad At Georgetown University

By Sophie Donnelly [Georgetown University, Washington D.C.]

Almost three whole months into my year abroad in Georgetown and I finally feel like I’m getting into the swing of things here on the Hilltop! The endless slew of midterms and essays have finally died down before Thanksgiving this Thursday, but final exams in mid-December are looming on the horizon so – true to Georgetown form – the work never stops! Nonetheless, there have been plenty of opportunities in the last couple of weeks to get out and enjoy the absolutely beautiful weather and sights of autumn in DC.

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The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

CUHK – By Ciara Sexton

When I first arrived to CUHK my first impression was –  I will never be able to find my way around this campus! The best comparison would be that it is like UCD, except even bigger. The campus have their own shuttle busses which loops around all the accommodation buildings and the main campus area, where we have class, all the way down to the metro train station in the university.

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Li-Ann Smal- California Trip

By Li-Ann Smal

INTRODUCTION

Hello everyone! I’m Li-Ann Smal, a Psychology student from Greystones, Co. Wicklow. I’m a third year student living and breathing in the fresh California air in Santa Cruz. I decided to come here because of the sea and the natural surroundings, for the laid-back atmosphere and the banana slugs!

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