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Molly is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Cork, Ireland
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I chose to study abroad in Ireland because I have always dreamed of going to the Emerald Isle. The Cork program differs from other programs because of the open enrollment aspect. I was able to fit in not only common curriculum classes but also a class for my major. Taking classes with Irish students was a great cultural experience.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
One night after a meeting at school, a small group of us decided to take an alternate route home and stopped at a small pub. We played cards by the fireplace and exchanged stories. While we were chatting a band came in and began setting up for a traditional music session. We stayed and danced and sang the night away! Needless to say I think it was pure luck that brought us to such a great place.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
This is one of the hardest questions someone can ask. It is difficult to describe 5 months in just a few sentences, but studying abroad was an experience of a lifetime. It has stretched me in ways that I did not know were possible and has prepared me to greet new experiences with a sense of excitement.
Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?
I feel that there are many benefits of studying abroad. While on the Cork program I felt as though I became more financially independent, making sure I paid my bills on time and managing money while traveling. Planning travel experiences both in Ireland and outside of the country was a challenging process, but I was able to independently plan many trips and weekend excursions
What advice can you offer for CSB|SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
If you are even considering study abroad I urge you to go for it! You will have experiences that will stick with you for a lifetime and you will meet some fantastic people along the way!