Onward and Upward (14)

As predicted, our two weeks in Dublin flew by, and I am sad to be writing what will be the final addition to the blog. Thanks to my loyal readers, including Bradley Miner, Liz Adams, and my mom. I think keeping this blog was a valuable way to document the experience instead of just taking…

Thinking Out Loud (13)

Hello! Sadly, this is the last blog post before we depart for the States tomorrow. Our last day was well-spent; we finished out our final presentations, had a closing lunch with CAPA, and went to the Ed Sheeran concert (amazing). Without further ado, onto the topic of presentations… Even for the most extraverted people, public…

Plus3 Ireland: Three Years Forward (12)

Three years ago, I was finishing my senior year of high school. I was terrified to enter into the great unknown world of college. Since then, I’ve figured some things out, learned some life lessons, and gained some relevant experience. It may seem like I have it all together in comparison, but it will be…

They don’t have ranch dressing here but they do have garlic mayo (11)

Hello my loyal blog readers, happy Thursday! Unfortunately our days in Ireland are coming to an end. However, we had quite an eventful day yesterday– we visited the town of Kilkenny and the Wicklow Mountains, which was filled with gorgeous scenery, a field smelling of coconuts, and fun facts from our favorite tour guide from…

(Bad) Food // (Rain) Cloud (10)

Yesterday we did our final two site visits: FoodCloud and Enterprise Ireland. The day was filled with a Chorus cafe breakfast (sorry no omelettes again), a forgotten rain jacket on our rainiest day yet, and lots of walking (no complaints there, I closed my move ring). First, we traveled to FoodCloud, which turned out to…

Alexa Alexa, Show Me the Money (9)

Hello and Happy Wednesday! It has been an eventful past few days. To catch the readers up to speed, Monday included a site visit to Amazon, an 8-mile stress run, and lots of deep thinking about how technology will eventually end all of mankind. For me, hearing from Amazon and AWS was everything I anticipated…

Horcruxes, Ed Sheeran, and the Obama Administration (8)

Today we traveled to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway and had ourselves a DAY. I was looking forward to this day all week for several reasons: I have family heritage in County Clare, I love nature/hiking, and last but not least, the Obama museum. The Cliffs and Galway (and Obama museum honestly) exceeded my…

We were not bored at Bord Bia (7)

Today’s site visit was at Bord Bia. Translating to “Irish Food Board,” this state agency specializes in providing research, insights, consulting services, and expertise for food brands in Ireland with the aim to become more competitive in a worldwide market. They provided our group with a well-organized presentation through which we learned the ins and…

That Friend Who’s Into Personality Tests (6)

Personality tests are my thing, so I was super excited when I got this prompt. Some of my favorites include the MBTI (ESTJ over here), the 5 Love Languages, and of course, the Clifton StrengthsFinder. I took the StrengthsFinder assessment when I took BUS 0020 during the fall of my sophomore year. It has been…

Spilling the IdentiTEA (5)

Over the past four days, we have had many opportunities to observe Irish national identity. A main difference in identity between citizens of the U.S. and Ireland is that since the US is so much larger and more segmented, people’s identities are more partial to their state, city, hometown, etc. As the country of Ireland…

Whisky Business (4)

Today has been our most exciting (and definitely most exhausting!) day in Ireland. We visited the Pearse Lyons Distillery, saw The Liberties, rode the Dart, ate a great salad, saw the Dublin Docklands, and went on a Google site visit. All in all, I know by the end of the program we will regard today…

Breaking News: America is Bad Sometimes! (3)

Today during our Dublin walking tour, we came across this sign: This notice sparked the group’s interest, as none of us had heard about the series of child abuse in Ireland in the 1940s. This started an interesting discussion with our program leader, Liz, who reminded us that there are several events in American history…

A Long Day’s Journey Into Flight (2)

Cheers, mates! We made it to Ireland. In the past 48 hours, I have gone from Upper St. Clair, PA, to Oakland, to PIT, to JFK, to DUB — and it has been a whirlwind! The group of 20 of us going to Ireland has only known each other for two days, but it already…