Home sweet home! While I’m happy to be back in the states and to see my family, I already miss the Emerald Isle! Our last day in Ireland was very relaxing and filled with tears and staying up all night to pack. During the day we spent a few hours in Adare. It was such a cute little town. I loved the cottages and old Irish pubs. It was a great, relaxing way to end our trip in Ireland. On Friday night, Dr. O, Dr. B, and Steve treated all of us and former Irish graduate assistants to a final farewell dinner. It was the perfect evening that pretty much summed up our trip. When we first all met at Dulles Airport, most of us stayed in our own comfort groups. When we landed in Dulles, all of us were grouped together and we became much closer after this trip. It could not have worked out any better, being that there were eleven girls. There was no fighting, no arguing, or any negativity. We all worked well with one another and made friendships that will last a lifetime.
It’s hard to believe that two weeks are up. Now it’s time to head back to reality and finish up my final semester. I have learned so much in Ireland. I think everyone should have the opportunity to visit Ireland, especially if you’re a teacher. I am going to try my best to take everything I have learned in Ireland and incorporate it into my own classroom. Teachers there are stress free and their students are absolutely wonderful. It was a fabulous experience and I am so sad to see it come to an end. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit Ireland again and learn more things. Visiting Ireland has always been a dream of mine. If someone were to tell me a year ago that I’d be studying abroad in Ireland, I would tell them they were just joking and fooling me. I never would have thought years ago, back in high school when thoughts of visiting Ireland first popped in my head, would have actually happened. The USA has a lot they could learn from Ireland, especially teachers. All of us on this trip have learned so many things that we want to incorporate in our teaching and classrooms. However, the change has to begin with us. We have to be the ones to stand up and fight for how we know teaching works and how students learn. My life has been changed forever as a result of being in Ireland. My eyes have been opened, and my heart has been touched. As for now, I’m missing all the green, the accents, and all the wonderful people we had the pleasure of meeting. Oh- I can’t forget about break time with Irish tea an scones…don’t worry; that’s something we’ve already planned on incorporating once we get back!! Ireland will always have a special place in my heart along with all the people I got to share this experience with- Dr. O, Dr. B, Steve, Courtney, Sarah, Susie, Hannah, Addie, Elle, Whitney, Katie, Julie, and Maryssa; thank you so much for making this experience such a memorable one. I feel that I have made such wonderful friendships that might not have happened without this trip. We all have something in common now, and I hope we all stay connected because of Ireland.
Til next time!