By Michaela Vitagliano [Visiting Student Blogger]
“When you go back for Christmas you’ll have to tell people you shook hands with Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Ireland’s Prime Minister),” my host family advises me.
“Ah, but I only saw him at the Gingerman Bar” I try to explain, until I’m cut off with a laugh and a knowing, “but they won’t know. The Irish way is to embellish a story!”
I’ve always been drawn to stories – not just what they say, but how. When traveling to a new country, I am eager to hear stories – legends, folklore, and historical events—that are part of a country’s culture. Indeed, learning a culture or another person’s identity is inextricably tied to narratives. Just think of the question, “So, what’s your story?”, prompting one to forge a coherent narrative in order to ultimately connect and communicate with others.
Continue reading Wor(l)d(l)y: Irish Culture through Accents, Theatre, and Rhetoric
By Abigail Borges [Visiting Student Blogger]
Sometimes, school is hard. As a firm believer in the power of chocolate, one of the ways I like to get away from class, apart from exploring castles and cathedrals, is indulging a bit in the many sweet(s) opportunities around the city. Maybe you’ve been working hard on a paper all day and need a break, or just escaped a taxing exam, or maybe you’re waking up from a late night of studying and need a perfect pick-me-up. Really, whenever you need it, sweets will be there for you in Dublin, and here are some of the best (click the links and get ready to drool).
Continue reading Sweet Sweet Study Abroad – Exploring Dublin’s Desserts
By Tadgh Healy
Hi everyone! I’m Tadgh, a third year English Literature & Philosophy TSM student and I’ve just completed my first week studying abroad at the University of California, San Diego.
From the early signs, it’s clear I’ve been incredibly fortunate to land where I am. I chose to study in San Diego primarily because of the quality of education – and in my particular case I had read (and enjoyed) the work of a couple of the professors here, so jumped at the opportunity to be able to sit in their lectures.
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By Kelly Konya
Hey everyone! My name is Kelly and I just started working as a Global Room Student Ambassador this very Monday morning. Already today, I have assisted a tour of campus with Byrne Hacking, where we met students from the University of Macau (who all loved Trinity!), and I’ve helped with the set-up of a lunch reception for a graduation ceremony. My first day on the job has already rejuvenated my love for this university and my on-going excitement to be doing research here. I am currently an M.Phil in Irish Writing student but will finish up this August and jump right into my Ph.D with hopes that the momentum will allow me to write my first book!
Continue reading Global Room Student Ambassador Perspective…
By Madison Tucky (Visiting Student, Study Abroad Blogger)
In Ireland there are a lot of different places that people told me I should visit, and the most frequently mentioned one was the Cliffs of Moher. The people that I talked to who had been to Ireland before said that I had to visit the Cliffs, that it would be an unbelievable experience I needed to have. I’ll admit, I was kind of skeptical. I’ve seen cliffs before. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon in America. I didn’t think that the Cliffs of Moher would be anything crazy special. They’d be really cool and I was definitely going to go, but to be honest I had very low expectations for my trip out there. While there are a few different companies that take tours to the Cliffs from Dublin, I actually took the bus to Galway and used a tour company there, as I have a friend studying there who wanted to go with me. It was a very nice, easy, and early bus ride to Galway, and then the bus for the tour left from the bus station that I’d been dropped off at, so it was a very easy start to the excursion.
Continue reading Exploring Ireland: The Cliffs of Moher
By Viviana Lletget (Visiting Student, Study Abroad Blogger)
When I first arrived in Ireland I did not know exactly where I was going to live. The process for looking for student housing in Dublin is a grueling process that takes up a lot of your time. It can be a scary thing to wonder if you will find proper housing in a city so far away from home. The good thing is that Dublin is saturated with other international students who either go to Trinity, UCD, or have come to Ireland to study English, and so student housing (in other words temporary housing) is nothing new for landlords. So, finding accommodation is definitely possible no matter how long you are staying, but finding a good fit is the harder battle with so many factors to consider like: mode of transportation to school, safety, and scenery. Finding a place to live in Dublin caused my anxiety to increase, but I want to let you know to not worry because you will find something. You would think that finding a place before moving to Dublin is a smarter choice than to just arrive to the city and stay at a hostel until you find accommodation, but you do not know exactly where you are moving to until you see it, until you experience it. So, though you may go through some panicky moments when trying to get established in a new city, do not fret. I recommend doing the hostel thing until you pick a good spot that is right for you.
Continue reading Living in Rathmines
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!
Continue reading A Review Of Trinity Ball