Reflection of Ireland
Brandon Jones - October 11, 2017
Thinking back on the trip to Ireland brings fond memories. When I first arrived, I was very excited to see what Ireland had to offer. The opportunity to go to Ireland came through a study-abroad offered by Rosemont’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Rosemont, along with University of Sciences, worked with the National University of Ireland in Galway, which gave us the chance to take classes on their campus. As an accounting major, taking a course on global healthcare was a new experience; the topics we discussed were very intriguing and allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. Along with taking classes, I got to experience the city of Galway. Travelling to Quay Street (pronounced key) was a great experience because of the hundreds of people that were out enjoying the local culture, displayed by the variety of restaurants and street performers. This sparked a greater interest in the Irish culture. Going outside of Galway to explore the countryside of Ireland was another memorable experience. One of the stops made outside of the city was to Dan O’ Hara heritage center, where we learned about the potato famine and the Celtic culture. Following this, a large group of Rosemont students and University of Sciences students ventured out to the Aran Islands, where many of the buildings were hundreds of years old, and the water was crystal blue. The churches on this island, although some were in ruins, dated back to over 600 years ago. Another place in Ireland which was very memorable was the Cliffs of Moher. The long bus ride was well worth it once I got that magnificent view of the ocean. The cliffs themselves were one of those natural beauties that have you have to see in person. I will never forget taking a selfie while standing on the edge of the cliff.
My time in Ireland has allowed me to take a step back and see that there is so much more to this world than the things that make up our daily routines. For this, I would like to say thank you to Rosemont and its School of Graduate and Professional Studies for this opportunity. To those of you who are considering studying abroad; I implore you to do so. What I gained from this experience will stay with me for a life time. Studying abroad has expanded my perception of the world around me. It has made me appreciate the smaller things in life and to take the time to smell the roses and to not race through life.