Having been in Ireland for several weeks now, I thought that I had learned all there is to know. But day to day, I’m surprised at how much I learn not just about this incredible country, but about myself as well. Whether I’m spending my days wandering the Archeology Museum and reading about Vikings or I’m swallowing my fear and crossing a rickety rope bridge over the sea, I’m amazed at how much I’m still learning.
A few years ago, I never would have guessed that I’d be living in Dublin for the whole summer. I was shy and unsure of myself and honestly didn’t know that much about Ireland. Somehow, though, I decided to take the leap and apply on a whim, and I couldn’t be happier. Being in this country has taught me so much—about politics, about history, about where to find the best sandwiches or where to find the best pint. The best part about my journey, however, has been how much I am learning about myself. I’m learning that I can be confident and bold, that I can multitask or adapt at a moment’s notice. I know now that I can be afraid but still be brave, and that sometimes, you just have to take that first step and that the rest will fall into place.
I know my time here in Dublin isn’t over yet, but I know already that can leave this place better, stronger, braver, smarter than I was before.