Daniel is an Ambassador who studied abroad in Galway
Major: Social Science
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I chose to study abroad because I wanted to see a different part of the world and learn about the culture of another country. I had never been out of the United States prior to this adventure, and it gave me the opportunity to have an enormous number of new experiences. I chose to go to Ireland because I have always been very intrigued with the country. It is country that does not have a perfect history, but that is just something that makes Ireland the country that it is today. I chose to go to Galway over Cork or Belfast because the Galway trip allowed me to see much more of the country than I would on one of the other trips. It was also one of the least expensive trips, which made it much more affordable to me. I also heard about the relationship that has been built over that years at Park Lodge Hotel, and I wanted to experience it for myself. The final reason that I chose to go to Galway is because of the Irish people. I always hear about Minnesotan being nice, but the Irish people are on a whole other level. I believe that the people of Ireland make this the best study abroad experience at CSB/SJU.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
I early December, I was able to stay with the local taxi driver in Spiddal, Rory O'Connor. These two days were two of the most interesting and educational days while in Ireland. I was able to experience exactly how someone lives in the Irish countryside. I was even able to learn a little bit of the Irish language. Rory became a very good friend of mine, and when I return to Ireland, I will be able to stay at his house.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
In Ireland, we do not have internships like some programs. Our learning atmosphere is very unique, but I really enjoyed it. We study all about the Irish culture, mostly in the past. Our classes included Irish history, Irish Christianity, Irish literature, and Irish archeology, and I found each of these classes very interesting.
Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?
I believe that everyone needs to experience live in another culture because it does not just teach someone about that country's culture, but it also gives someone a whole new perspective on the United States. Along with learning a tremendous amount about a foreign country, studying aboard along also allowed me to grow as a person and learn about myself. I know now that returning to Ireland is a very high priority for my future.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
I believe that everyone should study aboard because it was the experience of a lifetime, and I was about to grow tremendously as an individual while abroad. I was also able to build friendships that I believe will last a lifetime. Although I believe there is no program that could be better that Galway, Ireland, no matter the program chosen, it will be an absolutely brilliant experience.
Do you have questions about studying abroad in Daniel's program? Email Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org