Being away from home can be funny at times. On one hand, it feels like months ago that I was dragging my bags up 2 flights of stairs into my apartment in Dublin. On the other hand, I can’t believe that two weeks have gone by. Today is my last day of solo traveling since the program ended but I won’t be away for long! Not surprisingly, my favorite parts of this trip were our site visits, especially our trip to the Wicklow mountains. I thought it was so beautiful to get out of the city and see how the rest of the country lives. It was so hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that Ireland is smaller than Pennsylvania yet has such a strong, distinct culture packed onto their “little rock”. Visiting the sheep farm was really interesting to me as well. I loved hearing about their family’s business/lifestyle and how it has been passed down for years – their whole family practically owns those mountains! I thought it was really inventive and interesting to see how they invite visitors to their farm to learn more about their family history and how they contribute to the wool/sheep industry.
Of course, our site visits taught me a lot about doing business and conversing with Irish people as well! I think it has helped me to strike a balance between being professional and fun. I am extra careful not to step on anyone’s toes or try to dominate the conversation. This is really going to help me during my upcoming internship but I think it is a great lesson in how to read other people’s reactions. I think this program has made me a more cautious and confident business student. I am more careful and attentive to pick up on social cues and I think traveling on my own and gaining experience in Irish workplaces has also made me more confident in myself. I am so glad to have spent time in Ireland and can’t wait to come back!