When people ask where I go to college, I don’t think they are expecting such a convoluted answer as the one that I have been forced to give for the past year. I am in third year of New Media & English at the University of Limerick (UL), however I haven’t actually studied in UL for almost fourteen months now.
For the second semester of my second year I had to complete work placement. I did this in Barcelona, Spain, I worked as a conversation assistant in a Mestral primary school there for six months. I enjoyed the work and gained a lot from the position both professionally and personally. Barcelona is a beautiful city and I was never bored on the weekends, it has such a rich history and amazing architecture, there’s also the weather, but don’t get me started on that!!
I look back on my time in Barcelona fondly, the only factors that subtracted from my experience there was the fact that I was alone, despite the odd visit from friends or family. It was tough at times but I think it added to the experience overall.
In September 2016, I began my Erasmus exchange in Groningen, The Netherlands. Although I study New Media & English in UL, I studied Journalism while in The Netherlands at Hanze University. It was a nice change of pace but it was still similar enough to my home university study that I didn’t find it difficult to pick it up.
It was a little strange at first, studying at a different University but it was also interesting to see how other countries operate in contrast to Ireland. Of course, Erasmus is pass fail so that was a nice added bonus of the trip!
I’m looking forward to getting back to my studies here in UL now. I had a great year away but it’s nice to finally be home for good and not having to worry about leaving again a few months down the line. It’s good to just be settled again.