First Letter Home
Dear Robert Emmet Society and friends,
Hello from Galway!
These past few weeks have been a blur. There is so much to take in here!
To begin, the professors in my program are absolutely phenomenal. Not only are they a ton of fun and easy to talk to, they are also just so knowledgeable. Looking around John Tunney’s office, the walls are lined with shelves of books that he has read. He even told me “my wife told me I had to move them out of the house,” because the walls are lined there, too! All of my professors are so passionate about what they teach and I have been really enjoying all of the classes I am a part of.
I have been trying to take advantage of as many opportunities as I can. At GMIT, I have so far joined the volley ball and the kayaking clubs (along with about 6 other clubs that I haven’t committed to yet), and am anxious to start to be more involved in them. With the Heritage Studies program, I have already gone on two trips, to the Athlone Castle and to Clonmacnoise, a monestic site with a rich heritage. Both were a lot of fun, allowing me to see more of Ireland while getting to know my classmates.
With the international students I just took a trip for only 10 euro that brought me to both the Cliffs of Moher and Aillwee Cave. I wasn’t told we were going to the cave so that was a pleasant surprise! The entire drive was so beautiful, I was able to see the Irish countryside that I hadn’t experienced yet. I can’t even describe how amazing it was to see the cliffs and country and really take in the beauty of the Emerald Isle. Believe it or not, it didn’t even rain on us (for once!).
In general, I have found the Irish population to be some of the nicest people I have ever met. It feels like there is a lot less judgement in talking to them, they seem to just accept everyone for who they are and welcome them without question. I have made a few Irish friends in the Heritage Studies program, and in the apartments near me in Glasan, and all of them are always a ton of fun and in good spirits. I’m very happy to report that making friends here is not very difficult! (:
Thank you again for this amazing opportunity, I can’t wait to learn more about Ireland and myself during this whole experience.
Sending love back to the Mitten, talk to you soon!
Seventeenth Robert Emmet Scholar,