So my time in Ireland has sadly come to an end. It was an experience filled with a lot of unexpected turns, cool visits, and fun times. Even with the 3-day delay in Charlotte, I wouldn’t want the trip to have happened any other way. This trip is definitely something I will remember for the rest of my life.
Over the last couple weeks I have been paying attention to everything around me, and now that I am home I have some time to really reflect on it. If you were to ask me what I remember about this trip in 5 years, I would tell you:
- The people: This trip was filled with an incredible group of people. Everyone was unique in their own way, yet everyone felt comfortable around each other. Over our two weeks, everyone would do something with or talk to someone new each day. This was probably my favorite part about the trip- getting to know everyone better all the time and having the feeling of inclusivity.
- Charlotte: I know this part of the trip wasn’t planned, but it turned out to be a hidden blessing. This is because I am a finance major, and after learning about how big of a hub Charlotte is for finance, as well as enjoying the city, it is very possible I will look for employment there post-graduation.
- The site visits: Visiting companies such as Eaton, Google, and Microsoft all in the span of a couple days is a once in a lifetime opportunity. As someone who has never been on an official site visit before, I have learned a lot from these experiences.
- American Airlines: As stated in previous blog posts, I will try to avoid flying with them for the rest of my life.
- The country: Ireland is a beautiful place full of rich cultural sites and experiences. More recently, it is also a great place to study business. I figured this would be the case going into the trip, but it far surpassed my expectations.
With all of that being said, I will remember this trip with very fond memories. This study abroad is an incredible opportunity, and I now know why not studying abroad is the number one regret among college graduates.
In the future, I would love to visit Ireland again sometime. We accomplished so much in the 10 days we spent there, but there is a lot more I want to experience. I would enjoy visiting other cities/towns in Ireland, especially more of the southern ones. Also, I would love to see the northern lights from Ireland. This being the first time I really traveled outside of the US, I wasn’t sure how much I would actually enjoy it, but this trip has definitely motivated me to visit Ireland again as well as other countries in the future.