Dakotah Dorholt '20

Program: Ireland-Cork Spring Semester

Major: Sociology

 

Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?

I have always wanted to travel and when picking the college that I wanted to attend I was looking for an institution that offered a study abroad program based in Ireland. I have always loved Ireland but when deciding on which program in Ireland that I wanted to attend I wanted one that would offer me the most freedom and prepare me for my life after college. The Cork program was the one that fulfilled all of my wishes

Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.

I travelled to Derry in Northern Ireland where Bloody Sunday occurred. This was the most informative tour that I took in all of Ireland, it was led by an amazing gentleman that was at Bloody Sunday and was able to provide us with an amazing, heartfelt tour of the city, Ireland, and the troubles that took place.

Describe your overall study abroad experience.

My study abroad experience is one that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I was able to learn in a new environment, met and lived with students from around the world, and created friendships that will last a life time. This experience has prepared me well for life after college and made me really question what I want to do with my life.

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?

When spending a semester abroad you get to truly learn about yourself. You learn how to live with others from different places, adapt to new situations such as new styles of teaching and other cultures, and your vision of the world expands. Study abroad makes you think about the differences between your country and the one that you are studying in, and while doing so, you start to think about yourself and the decisions that you have made during your college career. While abroad I was able to decide what I wanted to do as my career after college.

What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?

If you are thinking about study abroad make sure that you pick a place that you want to go to not where your friends are going. You form so many new relationships while abroad that you do not need to rely on those from CSB/SJU.