Dear Ireland, Today, I finished my finals, junior year, and my semester abroad. I am in utter denial that my time with you is coming to a close because it has been such a wonderful and divinely messy rollercoaster. I don’t mean to sound overly sappy or cliched, but you truly have¬†changed my life. I have been so fortunate to see and experience so many things that I know I never would have otherwise done. I wouldn’t have scaled the side of a mountain when there was an…

As my time in Ireland drew to a close, I found myself reflecting on this entire journey, and asking myself questions like: What in my life led me to being here? What was my study abroad application process like, and how did that influence my decision? What were my classmates’ stories? Questions like that led me to film this video, where I tell my story and let some of my dear friends tell theirs. Enjoy. Victoria N. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Dublin, Ireland. She is…

When my friends at home heard that I’d be going to Galway for a weekend with CEA, they had two demands: find Ed Sheeran, sing Galway Girl with him. I failed, sadly, but our trip to Galway was without a doubt a highlight of my semester here. This trip was actually my second trip to Galway – my family had taken me when they came to visit over spring break – but as is the case with most places, if you go with different people, you’ll experience it…

This past weekend, CEA took us to Belfast, Northern Ireland. When I think of Belfast, I think of violence, Jamie Dornan, and the Titanic. While all of those things are a part of Belfast’s past, there was so much more to this city than I had ever imagined. We kicked off the day at St. George’s Market, sampling food from several nationalities, like crepes, falafels, burgers and chowder. Everybody had to stop at an ATM and get some pounds since Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom,…

When I arrived in Dublin 9 weeks ago (still not accepting how quickly time has flown by!), I was thrown off my routine for a few days. Everybody was trying to adjust to the time change, going to our orientation sessions, and adjusting to life in a new country. After about the third day, I noticed that I really wasn’t coming around, and that’s when I realized I had been missing one key factor from my routine – exercise. For me, being active is the best way to…

I’m one of those people who thrives on routine. I have 2 planners, I color-code everything, I use packing cubes, always have hand sanitizer or sanitizer wipes on me, and I do laundry once a week regardless if I have more clean clothes. I am your stereotypical type-A personality. But when you study abroad, there are some things that I had to learn to keep, and some to let go of. Planning is good, plans are bad Booking your flights and finding a place to stay if you’re…

You’d think that crossing the street would be the one activity you’d have down pat. You’ve done it for years, it’s a no brainer, right? When every road activity is reversed, it isn’t quite as easy as you’d think. Ireland used to be a part of the United Kingdom, there are many things that they still have from their seven hundred years as part of the UK. One of them is driving on the left side of the road. It took me about two weeks to learn how…

When I decided to study abroad in Dublin, I imagined myself spending my days in classes with my fellow Americans and some Irish students as well. I was so very wrong. Since I’m in the international business program with CEA, I was hoping to take classes that would give me an understanding of international business enough to be figure out if that was something I might want to pursue, but what I didn’t know was that I would get to experience the international business much less learn about…

Although getting your phone to be functional overseas is an ordeal in and of itself, maneuvering through a new city is a whole other animal.¬†Our professors and administration keep saying that Dublin is such a small city and that it’s quite easy to get around, but I’m still getting the hang of things. Rather, where I live in America, public transportation isn’t really used (or efficient, for that matter), so using public transportation at all is new for me. But, there have been some major rockstar apps that…