Every day in Ireland is better than the next. The people, the landscape, and the social scene leave nothing to be desired. Everything about this place is amazing.
The best decision I made here so far was getting involved with as much as I could. The first thing I did was to join the International Society. Through that, I became very close with the committee members and actually became one myself. Now I am the vice secretary but I also help plan events and my job is to talk to everyone while out for the night. Talk about a win, win.
I’ve met so many different kinds of people through the Society as well. I’m meeting people from around the world, including people from Ireland, Germany, France, Sweden and Italy. (One of the perks? My best friend, who is Italian, cooks me a delicious dinner on a weekly basis!)
We also get to travel a lot. So far, I’ve seen Dublin and got an inside scoop on Irish sports. I have also seen Glenndalach, which seems like a scene out of a fairy tale, and Cork, which is a fantastic town to visit.
There, I even got to kiss the Blarney Stone. But, my favor- ite trip so far has been the trip to the Cliffs of Moher, and it’s not just because Katie Owens, my fellow Wood Word editor, came to visit me; the landscape there is too beautiful for words and pictures don’t do it justice.
My favorite part about being a member of the International Society, besides the new people I’ve met, is the fact that it encour- ages me to do things outside my comfort zone. I’ve tried so many different sports since I’ve come here. I tried two Irish sports called Hurling and Gaelic Football and even though my hand eye coordination skills were a bit too poor to play the game properly, it was fun to run around and act goofy.
I also play football (soccer) once a week. Let me tell you, playing football with a bunch of Europeans who have been playing for their whole lives definitely brings you out of your comfort zone. But everyone is so nice and they are trying to teach me. Maybe I’ll come back to the US a pro.