Like many people in Dublin, I enjoy going out for a pint every now and then or attending a live music session at one of the local pubs. But when it all boils down to it, I’m really much more of a tea person. So the other day, when a gentleman I met was telling me about the many different pub crawls operating in the city, I thought to myself, “Why not make a coffee shop crawl?” And that’s exactly what I did! This past week I headed…

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…

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Are you pursuing a major that is homework-intensive and cannot imagine being able to juggle studying abroad while still accomplishing credits towards your major? Well I am living proof that it is possible! I am a senior in mechanical engineering on a five-year plan. I didn’t put much thought into studying abroad  until my junior year. Junior year is the most typical year students commit to studying abroad. It gives the student another full year at their home university so they can walk at their graduation. Just because…

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…

It’s hard to believe that I have already been in Ireland for over three months. I have grown so much as a person. Over my time here I have wrote down my suggestions for those thinking about studying abroad and those visiting Ireland. Make a budget I can’t stress this enough. Know how much you have set aside for the semester and plan each week for what you can spend so you don’t have to cancel trips or not be able to do activities that you want to. Within…

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,…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Dublin

I’ve been in Dublin for over two months now and I would like to say that I have the city down pretty well. Here are a few of my favorite places. City Centre To get from Dublin City University to the city centre, I always take a bus using the ‘Moovit’ app. Buses are cheap and they have WiFi on them! The bus from DCU to the centre is about twenty minutes, from there you can walk just about everywhere. The city centre itself is not that spread out….

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…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Dublin, Scotland

Scotland is a breathtaking country.  Only a 40-minute plane ride from Dublin on Thursday and a quick evening in Edinburgh, I rented a vehicle with some friends and we started our adventure. For most of it, I couldn’t believe that what I was looking at was real. There are so many spots along the road while you’re driving to pull of just to look at the scenery. I probably pulled over at these stops for a good hour throughout the trip.  Our first stop was Loch Ness where we did a short hike in the woods on the…