An “American Rover” in Ireland

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.

St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

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

How to Fake Studying Abroad

Backpackers spent $3 billion in Australia in the last financial year.The start of the fall semester is fast upon us.  As you look back over what you did this summer, you may feel a sense of unfulfilled desires: the task not done, the project not finished, the trip not taken.  You may also start resenting the stories of those whose summers have excelled your own.  In order for you not to feel excluded from the “What I did Last Summer” chest thumping, we offer this friendly guide on how to fake studying abroad.

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