So Yuki, why did you decide to go to Ireland? Undoubtedly, this was the most commonly asked question during the winter break after I told people my plan to study abroad. To be completely honest, even now, as I’m sitting on the airplane to Dublin, I don’t quite know how to answer the question.
I don’t know much about Ireland. No, I’ve never been there. But for some reason, the idea of going to Dublin seemed exciting and I also liked the idea of attending Trinity College Dublin, a large school with rich history and intense academic rigor. A huge plus is the fact that most people speak English there. In 2019, I visited Scotland and England to see my cousin who was an exchange student at University of Glasgow. In the blink of an eye, the incredible scenery, the majestic cathedrals, and the vibrant atmosphere led me to fall in love with Europe. I knew I wanted to come back. So here I am traveling across the globe.
I’m looking forward to having late-night conversations with new friends, going through uncomfortable culture-shocks, exploring authentic Irish pubs, and of course, staying up way too late the night before exams to cram test materials as always. Long story short, I’m extremely excited for this adventure. Stay tuned for the next post!