Molly Sullivan is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Galway
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I have known all my life that Ireland is a place I've wanted to visit and when I learned about CSB/SJU's semester long study abroad program in Galway, I knew I wanted to do it. The rural nature of the program paired with the excursions that take you all around the country really struck me as appealing features. I'm also fascinated with Irish culture and really wanted to experience it firsthand.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
While in Killarney, I participated in a traditional Irish set dance. I was in a pub and happened to notice a group of people dancing through the back door, so out of curiosity I went to check it out. The locals ended up teaching me how to dance along and I stayed there all night. It was so much fun and I loved being a part of something that took me off the tourist route and into an authentic Irish tradition.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
If I had to briefly describe my study abroad experience, I would say it was the best three months of my life. That isn't an exaggeration. I had so much fun living in a different culture, meeting new people, exploring the beautiful landscapes of Ireland, and making relationships worldwide that will last a lifetime. I would encourage anyone who can study abroad to do so.
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?
The benefits of studying abroad are endless. You gain a global perspective that you can't attain in America. You learn so much about your own culture that you were never even aware of before. You make relationships, personal and professional, that will help you in the future. You are challenged academically, but also personally, emotionally, and physically.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
I would advise students to carefully consider where they study abroad. There are many programs available and it's important to choose the program right for you. I would also strongly encourage students to study abroad even if they're nervous or scared, because they will learn from it and it is the experience of a lifetime.
Do you have questions about studying abroad in Molly's program? Email Molly at M1sullivan@csbsju.edu