My First 30 Days in Limerick

I am now one month into my semester in Limerick. The initial shock, and homesickness is over. I have finally become adjusted to the courses (modules), found where to shop and buy groceries, where to travel, and how to get there. Now, being four weeks into classes, I can’t help but think back on my first few minutes after landing at Shannon International Airport, and how new everything seemed. Looking back, I can’t forget how nervous how was and how much I missed my family, friend, and my old dorm room and roommates the first night I was here. My room was so empty, without any of my normal decorations. I put pictures up, but I missed how comfortable my space was at Salve. It took a few days, but I bought inexpensive little pieces that helped me feel more comfortable. The classes I once was so scared to walk into were now felt like second nature. The first week in any new place you feel like a fish out of water, but it will get better the more you explore and put yourself out there. I started exploring in downtown Limerick, and it started to feel like home. I found hidden gems within the city, like walking along the Shannon River, and seeing all the different castles. After a few weeks some of my fellow international students and I took the big initial leap to going on our first trip out of the country. We went to London, and I realized that studying abroad didn’t just mean experiencing the culture of my host country, but of the ones I was lucky enough to travel to. The semester is flying by, and I have started planning more trips around Ireland and to different countries. I am so excited to see what the rest of the semester has in store for me!

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