In the spring of 2022, I studied abroad in Cork, Ireland. My Global theme connecting me to this experience was resources and sustainability. University College Cork was the first internationally recognized school to receive a Green Flag from the Foundation of Environmental Education, so I was able to learn a lot about the University’s perspective of sustainability and how we can apply these practices here at UM or within our individual lives. Most of my classes I took were science courses where I learned about Irish flora and the culture’s connection with the environment.
I noticed during my time abroad that the Irish were much more in tune with each other and their environment than we are in the United States. Although there are many people who care deeply about other people and the environment in the U.S., this connection to things outside of yourself is deeply engrained within their culture as a sign of respect.
I had the opportunity to meet many people from all over the globe and this has shaped my perspective of global issues and has pushed me to become a better leader in the aspect of confidence. One of my most fond memories will be competing for the University’s dance team and truly experiencing how the Irish celebrate(it goes on for days).