Being part of this program has been one of the greatest opportunities I have ever had in my life. When I decided to come to Ireland to do an internship, I knew this would be a unique experience that would impact both my individual and professional life. However, I did not know that the Irish culture and its people would have such an impact on me as well.
This first week has been full of emotions and changes. Getting along with my roommates, meeting my work colleagues, and getting lost in the beauty of Ireland itself have been part of all those feelings.
After just one week of being here, I have already traveled to several cities and have had the opportunity to get to know more about the Irish way of life. In simple words, they really know how to enjoy life and live it to the fullest. I would honestly say Irish people are the kindest and funniest people I have ever met. It is also amazing to see how they live so proud of their history and their heritage.
I was also really surprised about the office environment here in Ireland. By visiting my company offices, I realized that the working practices are more casual and relax than the United States. It does not mean that they are not efficient or professionals, it is just a matter of thinking about work in a different way. In my opinion, this is caused by their cultural characteristics and more open-minded personalities.
I am really looking forward to the challenges I will be facing in the next months.