API Alumni Spotlight: Julia McGuire

API’s alumni programs offer returned students a chance to engage with campus in exciting ways.  This blog series will highlight how alumni plan innovative events on campus and what they learn about themselves and their API experience along the way. Meet Julia McGuire, API Galway alumna, who is serving for a semester on her campus […]

Eating (not so) Alone

I had dinner with a little, old Irish man the other day. After a long, rainy day on a tour bus to Connemara and the Kylemore Abbey—which were beautiful even through a curtain of rain—I thought about just walking back to the apartment when my bus returned to town. It had been a long day, […]

How To Succeed At Adventuring Without Really Trying

In a little over a week, I will be driving into Shannon Airport and flying back to the States. The next day, I’ll find myself back in my house. But, we’re not going to talk about that. We’re not going to talk about how Galway has changed me. We’re not going to talk about how […]

Getting Engaged and Getting Lost

I arrived in Galway on a Monday, and by the following Sunday, I found myself engaged. Now, I did come to Ireland with a sense of adventure, but I have to admit I didn’t think I would find myself an Irishman that quickly. I feel as though I should explain just a bit, as you […]

Wandering

I’ve been in Ireland for seven days. Wow! It doesn’t feel like that long. To be honest, when I first got here, within the first day or so, I panicked. I thought to myself that I couldn’t handle this. It was too much. The kids in my program didn’t like me, I didn’t know where […]

Don’t Blink

Life couldn’t be better after a month back in the States. I live five minutes from the beach, I love my waitressing job, I go on adventures with my boyfriend (or watch Scrubs on Netflix), and I am now a published writer in the magazine “South Shore Living”. I began my internship there three days […]

Forever a Galway Girl

Today is officially my last day in Ireland. It is such a bittersweet feeling. I am so excited to be going back home to my family, my friends, and my dog. But, I am also so sad to leave this beautiful place that has been my home for the last 4 months. So before I […]

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