For most Americans, St. Patrick’s Day is a day to wear green. For some, it is a day to enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day parade (Chicago and New York City are the most famous in America). For others, it may be a day to enjoy traditional Irish food such colcannon, corned beef and cabbage, or soda bread. On this day I always remember the amazing academic odyssey I had in pursuing my PhD there as an international student at University College Cork-National University of Ireland (UCC). UCC is believed to have been built upon the remains of St. Finbarr’s 6th century renowned monastic school in the ancient province of Munster.
Why would someone choose to be an international student and travel to a foreign place when they could stay in the comfort of their own home culture? There are several reasons: academic excellence and global experience. My choice involved both. Continue reading