To begin this blog, I would like to introduce myself. I am a senior at the University of North Dakota with a double major in Anthropology and History. After spending the last three years at the University of North Dakota, and being introduced to many great friends who were International students from around the world, I found myself intrigued by the idea about possibly getting a chance to study abroad for a semester before I graduate. Last Fall I began to look into the possibility of studying abroad for this coming fall semester. After a search I had decided that I would want to study at the National University of Ireland at Galway. I chose this location because, in looking at their subject offerings they offered courses in both Archaeology and History, which are both of my majors. This would allow me to continue with my major requirements and not fall behind while I am abroad. Another factor which led me to chose the University in Galway for a study abroad location is that I am of Irish ancestry, and in fact my family originated from Galway, so by studying there, I could also learn and connect with the culture and heritage that myself and my family is a part of.
As a part of this blog along with posting photos throughout the course of my time abroad both in Ireland and during any possible travel throughout the rest of Europe, I will be commenting on the cultures and ideas that I am exposed to. Since my majors are Anthropology and History, many of my posts will have historical facts about the places I will be visiting, but also posts about the normal day-to-day activities of being immersed in a different culture with a different worldview from my own. I do hope that by keeping this blog and having it serve as a journal of my experiences while in Ireland, that I will better be able to share with others my experiences.
At the time of writing this post I have three days left before I leave for Ireland. To be honest it is really now just kind of hitting me that in only a few days I’ll be off immersed in a new country and culture, and it is at the same time a little bit nervous, but more than anything just excited and impatient to get over there already.
To my readers, my next post may not be for a few days after I arrive in Ireland, in order to give myself a few days to adjust and to snap some photos to post here.