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MY TIME IN TRINITY & YEAR ABROAD IN PRAGUE – A US STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

Langston is one of our US students who is in his fourth year in Trinity.  Here he lets us know about his experience of moving to Ireland to study at Trinity.

Over the past four years that I have been studying at Trinity, the most persistent question I am asked by Americans and Irish alike is precisely why I chose to attend.

I have yet to find a satisfying answer.

Unlike many of my expatriate peers, I had no Irish heritage, had neverLangston visited the country before submitting my application, and had no preceding love for Irish literature or culture. Instead, I chose Trinity because I wanted to be in Europe, wanted to study amongst places that had a tangible history,  and—perhaps most importantly—was immensely charmed by my first emergence from College Green onto the rounded cobblestones of Front Square.

The small high school I attended in Seattle, Washington proved itself to be of little help when deciding where I should spend the next four years of my life. It was rare that any of my predecessors had chosen to leave the country to pursue their undergraduate degrees and nobody in recent memory had ventured to Ireland for longer than a semester abroad. With no one to consult, my decision eventually fell between the safe and comfortable colleges of my homeland or one that was unknown but perhaps enriching and certainly adventurous.

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A Review Of Trinity Ball

By Anna McAlpine (Visiting Student – Departments at Trinity: School of English – Home Institution: St. Andrews, English Literature and Philosophy MA (Hons))

After deciding to study abroad at Trinity, I read up on all of the fun things to do on campus and there was one event that made it to the top of my list – Trinity Ball. I knew from the start of my semester here that I had to get a ticket. After countless attempts to purchase them online from the crashed website, one missed bus and a sprint to class later, I managed to get my hands on one. At my home university we regularly hold balls and formal events, however, there was a frisson of excitement around Trinity Ball as it is heralded ‘Europe’s largest open air private party’ – quite the claim!

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Student Life at Trinity by Madison Tucky

All of the students that I talked to about studying abroad at Trinity said that the best way to get involved on campus was to join some student societies. This way you could meet people with similar interests to your own, or join a society you knew nothing about and learn. All of the information about the societies is online, so I just looked up Trinity Societies one day and went through them, picking out a few ones that I thought looked interesting. I emailed them and they gave me a time to come and talk with one of their member about what the society was like and how to sign up. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting into, but everyone that I met with was so friendly. Even though I’m only here for the one term, all of the societies still wanted me to join them and take part in their activities. I didn’t know before getting here if it would be easy or difficult to get involved since I am only here for such a short time, but so far it’s been really easy to feel like a member of the student body.*

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