A Year Later

I’ve been looking through all my photos from last year and I cannot believe it’s been a whole year since I moved into my little apartment in Ireland. I thought it would only be right to reflect on things since I lived in Maynooth.

A year later I’m back at Bonaventure now into week three of my classes. I feel super busy, but it’s nice to get back into a routine of classes during the day, softball practice in the afternoon, getting work done and hanging out with my friends at night. A sense of “normalcy” has come back into my life.

I know I was only gone for about four months of my sophomore year. In those four months, I learned so much about practically everything. I learned some Irish culture, European culture, going through international airports on my own, and the list goes on. More importantly, I think I learned how important traveling became to me.

I spent every other weekend traveling to another part of Ireland or a different country. I was always so excited to walk the streets of a new city and discover something. That is something I missed when I came back to school in New York.

Yes, I love hanging with my friends on the weekends and cheering on the basketball team. I chose SBU for a reason, but I miss being able to pack my bag and go away for three days to a “foreign land.”

It was so easy to travel outside Ireland! My class schedule definitely made it easier since I only had class three days a week, while I’ve been having 6 day weeks here at Bonas. Besides the headaches of going through airport security and getting to the bus on time, it was so cool to think “in just a few hours, I’ll be in another country!”

Of course, Ireland will always hold a special place in my heart. I met some amazing people there and saw some awesome scenery that my camera could never truly capture the beauty of. If I could I’d get on a plane tonight to go back!

However, my travel dreams have been put on hold for the time being. Living in Ireland for those short four months have only inspired me to see more of the world. Of course, going back to Ireland is at the top of my list, but I don’t have any set plans. For now, my focus is graduating with a degree in the next two years, then we’ll see what travel plans lay ahead.

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