Farewell Ireland. Tomorrow we leave Griffith College at 5:30 in the morning to head off the airport for a long day of travels. We celebrated our last day by visiting Microsoft in the morning and pitching our final presentations in the afternoon (boy did it feel good to get that one over with). Lastly, we finished the day off with a final departure dinner, where I got to taste duck for the first time.
Now it’s time for reflection of the last two weeks. I have made great memories that will last a lifetime, exploring a new part of the world with the most amazing friends by my side. By the time we finally came to Dublin, I experienced jet lag for the first time ever. This would have been my second time leaving the United States, but my first time experiencing an entirely new culture. I have learned so much about the culture, history, and people of Ireland. Our explorations of the city and beyond it were spectacular yet indescribable. The company visits were a great addition to the program, especially the Airbnb and Microsoft offices which really blew my mind and convinced me to work there. My perspective about the world has changed, and I am forever grateful for the new outlook on life. I am beyond grateful, though, for the entirety of this program as it has legitimately taken me from the classroom, to the city, to the world. My knowledge expanded, my eyes were opened, and my heart has been filled. I can now say I love Ireland and all the people I have been blessed to meet. I have created life-long friendships that I will always appreciate. Special thanks goes out to Brad Miner and Cathy Lada for making this trip special each and every day. I am proud to be one of the inaugural Woodcocks.