Exploring Dublin!

Erin Bigus Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


September 25, 2017

The past month has been a bit of a whirlwind, but in a good way. After the long flight and a couple days of orientation, I began a 3 week “Understanding Ireland” class at Trinity. I just turned in my final paper yesterday, and as good as it feels to not have that hanging over my head, I’m a bit sad to see that class end. Irish history and culture is fascinating, and the Understanding Ireland class did a wonderful job introducing us to Irish history, current issues in Ireland, key cultural figures, and key sites (which we got to see through field trips- that was definitely my favorite part).

When I wasn’t in class, I made a point to try to see as much of Dublin as I could. There are so many places to explore in and around Dublin- some of my favorites have been Dublin Castle, Merrion Park, and the town of Howth (all pictured above). Even after being here for a month, there is still so much more I want to explore. I’m amazed by how much Dublin has to offer— there are countless, museums, parks, historical sites, and restaurants, and I can’t wait to see more over the next couple months.

Classes start Monday, and I’m both excited and nervous. Signing up for classes was much more confusing than back home, but after trying to line up timetables, running around to collect signatures from the heads of departments, and turning in my paper form to the registry office, I’m officially enrolled in 2 psychology modules and 3 genetics modules! As ready as I am to get back to class and get into a routine, I’m nervous to see how the difficulty and content of classes compare with my studies at home. Not only do classes start Monday- so do events for some of the clubs and societies I just joined! My first practice with Trinity’s Swim Club is coming up, and I’m eagerly awaiting that. I also signed up the the Science Society and Cancer Society and am excited to get involved and hopefully make some friends through those! But since I have a free weekend before class begins, I’m going to sign off and do some more exploring!