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TOP THINGS ABOUT LIVING IN DUBLIN AND IRELAND

Our Global Ambassadors here at Trinity  hail from a range of countries: from Brazil and the US to India and Hong Kong.  They have co-written a blog post about the top things they love about living in Dublin and Ireland. 

Dublin:

Dublin is an extremely student-friendly and international city. Every time I walk around I hear at least one different language other than English, and that makes me feel even more connected to it. In Dublin you also get the best of both worlds, as the city offers everything you would expect from a capital city, but it is much smaller than other urban centres. In a way, you have the same opportunities just not as much chaos! Dublin City CenterAs a literature student, I love “getting lost” in the narrow streets of Dublin. Whenever a new semester begins I go on a hunt for cheap books. My favourite shops are The Secret Book and Record Shop, Chapters and Oxfam.

Luiza Maddalozzo, 3rd Year English Literature and Theatre Student from Brazil

 

Dublin is booming as an international hub. I love wandering around Grand Canal Docks where all the multi-national companies like Facebook and Google are located. Combined with the gorgeous Bord Gáis Theatre, it feels like you’re in a more futuristic setting and the opportunities are endless.

Audrey Chew, 4th Year Sociology and Psychology Student from Malaysia

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BITESIZE TOP 10 COURSES: BUSINESS, ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL STUDIES (BESS)

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.

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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.”

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Take to the Vicinity! – Day Trips around Dublin

By Kristin Fricke [Visiting Student Blogger]

Yes, I admit it: I am a country bumpkin. Somewhere deep inside me, buried beneath all the glamourous urbane pretence, there is a part of me longing for clean air and blissful silence that is only disturbed by the occasional mooing of a cow. Living in Dublin, constantly breathing the exhausts of an innumerable amount of cars, busses and taxis, this “culchie” (“In Hiberno-English and Ulster-Scots dialects, culchie is a term sometimes used to describe a person from rural Ireland” – thank you, Wikipedia) part of my personality grows more and more every day and desires a small break from city life- be it just for a day. Luckily, a short vacation from the city is only a DART ride away!

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All in a Day’s Work: Day Trips from Dublin

By Abigail Borges [Visiting Student Blogger]

Study abroad is meant to be your time to get to know a little more of the world. As typical Trinity students with normal, rigorous workloads, however, the achievement of this ideal sometimes seems at odds with the demands of a university schedule. Fortunately, though, Ireland is ideally sized. Day trips throughout the country have been my way of finding balance between school and travel (especially on Sundays when the library is closed – it’s the most valid excuse), while also taking budget into consideration.

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The Best Ways to Escape Dublin

By Sydne Tursky

Dublin is a great city. There are plenty of things to do, from festivals to great markets to the plethora of crazy university events that are always on. The sunsets from the bridges on the Liffey are gorgeous, and Irish people are just grand.

But … It has a few downfalls too, like any city does. It doesn’t always smell the best. On weekend mornings, the streets sometimes have drunken detritus from the night before. Crossing the street is hard because no one seems to be overly concerned with following the traffic rules. Dublin is still amazing, and I am still so glad I live here, but sometimes I need a break.

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Sun, Sea, 7 degrees: Swimming in Ireland

By Clodagh Schofield (Visiting Student, Study Abroad Blogger)

Editor’s note: If you’re feeling brave like Clodagh, do your research first and make sure that it’s safe to swim – and bring a friend! You can find all the info you need here: http://www.iws.ie/

As someone who comes from toasty warm Australia, I really wasn’t expecting much from Ireland with regards to places to swim. It’s so cold here, but what I didn’t account for was how quickly one acclimatises, and how desperately I miss the beach.

It started two months ago, when I found myself seriously considering trying to go night swimming at Port Marnock, which my family and friends told me was absolutely delusional and evidently rooted in some bizarre highly Australian form of homesickness.

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