My first days in Dublin

By Laura Hickey, API Dublin student

Laura is a student at Lesley University and is currently studying with API at University College Dublin (UCD).


Welcome to Dublin!

When I was in high school I always pictured myself studying abroad in college but it always seemed like this pipe dream that would never happen. Now it is hard to believe but I have been in Dublin, Ireland for a whole month now. The time going so quickly shows that you have to make the most out of everyday that you are here. I have really been trying to do that, and I’ve been trying to travel all around, both Ireland and Europe. It’s hard because I want to go everywhere, though so far I have been to Howth and Galway in Ireland. I absolutely love the scenery here and cannot wait to see more. Just this past weekend I got to on to my first international trip – Berlin Germany. I am so interested in the history of the past 100 years, and Berlin really has an interesting past, particularly its involvement in World War Two, and its time as a divided city during the Cold War. In the next months I also have trips planned to Paris, Barcelona and Rome!

Enjoying Ireland already

In Ireland I am attending The University College of Dublin (UCD), which is located about 20 minutes outside of the main Dublin city center. There are buses that pick students up on campus regularly so it makes getting into the city center very easy. Dublin is a city with a nice feel to it, and one thing that I can really appreciate is that I feel very safe in Dublin at all times of day. I never have to worry about pick pocketers.

UCD is a huge school, which is a little bit of an adjustment to me as I attend a small school in Cambridge Massachusetts. I am taking six classes since each class is worth 2.5 credits and I want to take 15 semester credits. Each of my classes has a tutorial once a week,  which provides smaller group instruction to compliment my lectures.

Library, Agriculture and Science Buildings beside lake at UCD

UCD has a wide range of schools such as arts, business, sciences and many more. It has a large commuter population, and many of the Irish students who live on campus go home over the weekends so the campus is usually pretty quiet over the weekend. Howevever, there are many different clubs and activities that take place over the week that serve a wide range of student’s interests. Back in the U.S. I am extremely involved in my schools Amnesty International club and I was able to join the chapter in Dublin while here!

So far I have really been enjoying my time out here, and I feel so grateful to be having this opportunity.

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