By Shannon Hart – Global Correspondent

Studying Abroad in Ireland at Griffith College Dublin has been the greatest experience so far and provided me with many amazing opportunities. Flying alone for the first time and traveling nearly 3,000 miles across the world…I can say coming to Ireland is one journey I won’t forget.

Photo Courtesy of Shannon Hart

I have been dreaming of coming to Ireland since I was very young, it’s everything I imagined and more. There isn’t anyone who could’ve been more nervous and excited than I was the day I flew to Ireland. Upon arrival it was 5:30 in the morning local time and I was beyond tired, but excited to be in that airport and say that I’m finally in Ireland.

Dublin is just like any city. There are schools, businesses, stores, and of course the large crowd of people in the streets hustling to their destination. As many people would suspect, there are similarities between Dublin and Boston. I personally love looking at the streets of Dublin and comparing them to the streets of South Boston.

I’ve met some of the nicest people since being in Ireland, it is actually considered one of the friendliest countries in the world. Each person I’ve met is more than happy to provide directions, recommend a restaurant or even just ask how my day was.

While studying abroad students will often travel around their host country as well as other neighboring countries. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to a variety of places in Ireland including Howth, which is a small fishing town, but also has amazing views of the mountains (think of it as Cape Cod, but with mountains). I visited Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland.

This semester I’m doing an internship with the Irish Athletic Boxing Association at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. It’s truly an incredible experience working with an international sports organization.

I’m looked forward to experiencing the atmosphere and excitement of being in Dublin, Ireland for Saint Patrick’s Day. In Dublin there is Saint Patrick’s Festival which is a four day event including a parade, traditional Irish music and dancing, food and much more. I also ran in a Saint Patrick’s Festival 5k and I was excited to experience the thrill of the holiday while in Ireland.

Now when it comes to filling out that Study Abroad application or watching TV, which one are you going to choose? The experience of a lifetime, or watching Lifetime TV?

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