I guess I should start packing…

January 11th, 2016

The weeks leading up to my departure have consisted of last minute paperwork and a full inbox on Facebook. My Irish relatives are nothing less than ecstatic for me to be studying in Ireland and it’s comforting to know that I will have family within arms reach. They’ve offered places to stay, rides to and from the airport and food-I mean c’mon what college kid doesn’t love anything that’s free? It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen them, but I guess 5 months is enough time to catch up. The influx of messages should be making my departure more real, but it still seems as though I’m not leaving. That might also be due to the fact that I have yet to start packing…oops!

As my flight approaches I have had to say more and more goodbyes. I haven’t cried yet, but I think my mom has done enough for the both of us! The woman can cry at the drop of a hat and I’m sure that when we get to the airport the waterworks will be flowing. The airport employees see that on a daily basis though, so I suppose it won’t be TOTALLY embarrassing…hopefully.

It still feels surreal, but I’m sure the reality will set in soon!


Shannon, a double major in Visual Arts and Psychology, is excited to experience Irish culture and gain a deeper connection with her Irish heritage. She feels that studying abroad will help her grow as a person as well as in her academics.

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