1. Why did you choose this particular location to study abroad?
I chose to study abroad in Galway, Ireland because my family on my dad’s side is from Ireland. After hearing stories about my family lineage, I was very intrigued with the idea of going back to where it all began. Plus, while growing up, we are all showed an idea of Ireland that is almost like a fantasy. I wanted to know how accurate that fantasy was.
2. What was the most meaningful interaction you have had with a local?
The most meaningful interaction I had occurred right after I had arrived in Ireland. It was with a film professor at NUI Galway at little pub right down the road from where I live. He told me to have a complete open mind and to listen. At first, I thought he was talking about politics, but then I figured out what he had meant later. He wanted me to listen to people to know their story. Even though Ireland is a small country, everyone who lives here has had a very different life. He wanted me to listen to understand the people better. I have taken this advice to heart, and I think it has opened my eyes a little bit more. Now I have a greater appreciation for the people here.
3. Have you had the opportunity to explore your city? Where have you ventured, and why did you select those places?
I have had the pleasure of exploring Galway. There is so much history to be told by this city. I have visited Quay Street, aka Shoppe Street, the Spanish Arch, Claddagh, and Eyre Square here in Galway. I visited these places because they all have an important meaning to how the city of Galway was formed. Each one was significant in Galway and continues to be significant in Galway.
4. How does your major tie into your study abroad plans?
It was my intention to take a class here in Biology, but unfortunately the classes would not work with my schedule. However, I am taking a practical ethics course and we are specifically looking at stem cell research and non-invasive prenatal testing, which are fields in biology that I am interested in. When it comes to science, it is important to know the ethical ramifications that might come out of doing certain research.
5. With a theater minor, do you plan on seeing any performances or shows while abroad?
Already I have seen a few plays that have been shown here at NUI Galway. I would also like to go see a production at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, which is the National Theatre in Ireland. I also plan on hopefully participating in some productions while I am here. I already had the chance to act in a short film since I have been here, and I hope there will still be more to come.