Studying abroad at the American College Dublin is a trip of a life time, one that I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to experience. The way that the summer program is set up, is perfect for those who are looking to explore the country, while earning some extra college credits.
The classes run from 9 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday, giving the perfect balance between class time and free time. The courses themselves were interesting and informative. I took an Anglo-Irish Writers class, which was really cool because I was learning about Oscar Wilde, while in his childhood home! I enjoyed the class discussions, especially those that explored the differences between various cultures. In many ways I found it to be an eye opening experience, it was refreshing to look at American, and Irish cultures form a different perspective. This is something that I think that everyone should have the opportunity to experience.
But let’s be honest here, no one really studies in a different country because they have a class that you may want to take, you go because you want to have an adventure. And the way that the summer program is set up, allowed me to see as many sights as I had money to travel to. One day after class a group of us took a bus to the Powers court Gardens, and it was absolutely beautiful. There were unique sculptures and plants that gave a very old world feel. On the way back it drizzled for a little while, and I saw my first and only rainbow in Ireland, which I was extremely excited about, and took a lot of pictures of. One weekend a few of us booked a tour and traveled to Galway to see the Cliffs of Moher, which were breath taking. The pictures don’t do them justice. We walked up the one side to the castle, where there was a man playing music, and I felt like I was in a fairytale. At one part there is nothing separating you from the cliff and I sat there on the edge for a while, it was so peaceful that I did not want to leave. Another day I took a trip down to Cork, where I went to Blarney Castle, and yes I did kiss the Blarney Stone, despite all the stories that I heard. I did however; wash my face immediately afterwards, I just could not pass up the opportunity for a little more luck. Another weekend I went up to Belfast, where I took a black taxi tour around some of the historically troubled parts of town. After the tour I went to the ship yard where the Titanic was built, I love history so I thought that this was a great trip, but I should also mention that there is a lot of good shopping to do in this city.
Staying in the center of Dublin was an amazing experience, there were so many shops, restaurants, and of course pubs, to go to I was never bored. The city has a very youthful feel to it, and without going into too much detail, I’ll just say that the night life is a lot of fun.
I had the time of my life, and I hope that I will have the opportunity to come back someday. I recommend making the trip over and studying at the American College Dublin, you parents will love that you are taking classes and I guarantee that you will have not be disappointed!