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Places you can go and things you can do beyond Dublin

Junior Year at Trinity College Dublin

By Maria Heines

I am writing this second blog while treating myself to a hot chocolate at a café across the river from Ireland’s immigration office. Today is the day I will (hopefully) officially be able to call Dublin my home away from home! Despite not having the official paperwork, yet, Dublin has certainty begun to feel like home as I have gotten into a rhythm of classes, sport practices, chilling at Binary Hub, and wandering around town with friends.

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Museums in Dublin: a Few Highlights

By Jessica Murphy, Summer Study Abroad Blogger

My name is Jessica Murphy and I am a rising sophomore at Brown University from New York City. I am still not sure what I am majoring in—or as we call it, “concentrating”—but I am interested in fields ranging from international relations to development studies. In fact, I was initially drawn to the Brown/Trinity summer study abroad programme in Dublin because of my interest in political science. The possibility of studying contemporary international politics, participating in an internship, and living in a completely new country sounded like a remarkable opportunity. I am so glad that I decided to sign up, because it has truly exceeded my (already high) expectations! Dublin is a fascinating city with a rich and layered past, and I have really enjoyed learning and exploring every single day.

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A Visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland

By Jessica Murphy, Summer Study Abroad Blogger

My name is Jessica Murphy and I am a rising sophomore at Brown University from New York City. I am still not sure what I am majoring in—or as we call it, “concentrating”—but I am interested in fields ranging from international relations to development studies. In fact, I was initially drawn to the Brown/Trinity summer study abroad programme in Dublin because of my interest in political science. The possibility of studying contemporary international politics, participating in an internship, and living in a completely new country sounded like a remarkable opportunity. I am so glad that I decided to sign up, because it has truly exceeded my (already high) expectations! Dublin is a fascinating city with a rich and layered past, and I have really enjoyed learning and exploring every single day.

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Exploring Ireland: The Cliffs of Moher

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.

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My Trip to Belfast

By Viviana Lletget (Visiting Student – Department(s) at Trinity: English, Political Science, and Sociology – Home University: University of California Berkeley, Ethnic Studies)

Part of the reason I came to study in Ireland was to learn more about its political history, particularly Northern Ireland, which is one of the four countries that makes up the United Kingdom. British colonialism ended with the Irish Partition in 1921 under the Government of Ireland Act 1920, making Northern and Southern Ireland UK territories operating in different Home Rule fashions, but in 1922 with the War of Independence, Southern Ireland became independent as the Irish Free State. Belfast has always been a place to protest and voice your political position within the mainstream two factions of Irish Nationalism or Unionism. Belfast is saturated with social movement histories, and has been affected by violent pasts that seem to still plague the city besides its increasing social solidarity among citizens. People get along, though generally speaking, Catholics and Protestants don’t really hang out in each other’s neighborhoods, but no one is bombing or vandalizing a rival’s area as before. Things have changed in Belfast, though the city is definitely still segregated.

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First Impressions…

Anna McAlpine

Visiting Student

Departments at Trinity: School of English

Home Institution: St. Andrews, English Literature and Philosophy MA (Hons)

“The streets are busy. Alighting the bus at Grafton Street, the city is intoxicating with people bustling all around me, sprawling in every direction. I know my route – dodging bodies on my quest to reach the old building peering over the shops on College Green. The traffic flows constantly through the streets never pausing for rest – carrying vessels filled with people set on entering the town centre as I seek to escape it. I finally clear the corner, following the black metal fence that winds around Trinity campus. Then finally, the ancient wooden gates stand before me, although I am not permitted to stand still and admire them.

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One Young World Summit – Reflections

In her final installment of the series, Sadhbh reflects on her trip to the One Young World Summit in November 2015, taking place in Bangkok.

When I received my acceptance email to the One Young World Summit, dozens of expectations and possibilities began flooding into my mind. We often tend to build these things up too much in our minds, overestimating in our glow of excitement how much of an impact they will have and how transformed we will be afterwards. As the jet lag begins to fade and the taste of fresh pineapple becomes but a memory, I have the chance to reflect on my whirlwind trip to Bangkok – and I can safely say that my experience over those four days not only met every expectation and provided me with all the possibilities that I had imagined, but in fact left me with many, many more.

                  I expected Bangkok to be an incredible backdrop for the event, and indeed our host city had a huge role to play in the experience. It made it all the more exciting and exotic for me, and I enjoyed the bustle and movement of the city as much as I did the fresh pomegranate juice from the street hawkers and the smell of incense drifting from colourful roadside shrines. No modality of sensation is left untouched when walking the streets of Bangkok. The governor of Bangkok and his administration did their utmost to welcome us and ensure our safety, perhaps erring on the side of excess at times – I’m not sure that I’m quite important enough to warrant a guard of honour of policemen or three people to help me cross the road! Although we were very busy and didn’t have the chance to explore much, we got to see parts of the city, such as the gardens of the Royal Palace, Chulalongkorn University and Lumpini Park, that I wouldn’t have visited of my own accord. To top it off, when a dance off began in Lumpini Park on our second night, the governor himself came to join in, showing us his best moves and forever cementing Bangkok as one of my favourite cities in the world.

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One of my biggest expectations was for a diverse and dynamic line-up of speakers, and one cannot find fault with One Young World in this respect. Every sector was represented, from business to sport, healthcare to media – even Durex came along to speak to us! Each speaker had something important and provoking to say, but I found Maajid Nawaz, a reformed Islamic extremist, particularly interesting. He explained the reasons why people turn to extremism and gave me a new perspective on the Isis situation and how it has developed. Kofi Annan and Paul Polman both spoke passionately about climate action and certainly provoked many of us into taking a more proactive stance on this issue. While it was mind-blowing to be in a room with such brilliant people as these, the most inspiring of all were the delegate speakers, young people taking incredible steps in their communities and abroad to make this world a better place. Yeonmi Park, who spoke bravely about her escape from North Korea and the challenges she faced integrating into society after this, made me realise how lucky we are to have our freedom – although she told us, “I didn’t escape for freedom. I escaped for a bowl of rice”. Lina Khalifeh from Jordan works to put an end to violence against women with her self-defence organisation, SheFighter. Bryant Zebedy emotionally shed light on the troubles of his country, the Marshall Islands, as they battle increasing coastal erosion due to climate change. Francois Reyes from Paris, president of a think tank called Reveil Citoyen, gave an especially moving speech after the tragedy in Paris the weekend before. His ardour and passion captured the audience as he declared, “We will fight intolerance peacefully and never, ever give up hope”. The inspiration and empowerment I gained from listening to these delegate speakers cannot be measured. Coupled with the advice from Professor Yunus to “solve the issue of the person in front of you”, I feel ready to use these tools to create further positive change in my community.

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Of course, once the serious work was done, I expected great fun to be had in the evenings. After the long days of talking and debating, our evening entertainment was catered for with dinner, live music, DJs and even a miniature carnival at the closing ceremony, complete with game booths, rides and food stalls. The highlight of these would have to be the dance-off I mentioned above. I have shimmied my way into many a circle of boppers and shakers, but never one so multicultural as this! The Portuguese guy spinning on his head was followed by a hip-hopping Japanese student, quickly elbowed aside by a tangoing couple from South America, all co-ordinated by a young man from Essex, Hussein Manawer, who later went on to win the Kruger Cowne Rising Star Programme for his phenomenal slam poetry on mental health – meaning he won a trip into space. Yes, you heard me. Outer space. And now you see why it is almost impossible to underestimate the possibilities that One Young World allows you.

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What I didn’t expect were the friendships. Yes, I knew I’d make connections (hence the hasty joining of Linked In) and I knew I’d come home with more Facebook friends than I’d left with. But I did not envision coming home with friends that I fully intend to keep in touch with, from Brazil to Australia and many places in between. One Young World is more than just an organisation – it’s a community, a collection of passionate, proactive, forward-thinking young people. Yes, there is a great deal of networking and exchanging of business cards, and of course some of it is tactical. But more so, there is genuine connection and the desire to maintain this bond, because every person there ultimately wants the same thing, regardless of cultural, political or linguistic differences – to take action in order to make this world better. I am hugely grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend this Summit, and cannot thank the Global Relations Office and the Provost’s Office enough for their support. I have come home with expanding expectations of myself, plausible possibilities to connect with others on international projects, and a renewed fervour and positivity. The message of One Young World is not just for the delegates who attended the Summit. Paul Polman believes that “the reason changes are happening is because of the millennials”. We, the millennials, can call ourselves the leaders of the future – but why are we waiting for the future? It is time to talk. It is time to act. What will you do?

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