Forever Missing Dublin

I’ve now been back home and settled from Dublin for one week. Being home with no job, I’ve grown more bored than I realized I could. When I’m taking classes and am in the dead of the semester, I’d give anything to have absolutely no responsibilities, but now I’m realizing I oddly prefer to be busy. I’m sad to be back and not living my best life in Dublin, but all good things must come to an end for more great beginnings.

Summary

For the most part, I spend my June and July interning in Dublin, Ireland, working right on the River Liffey. I interned in the accounts department at Claremont Newclub Limited, an organization that owns and operates four restaurants and a bookstore in Dublin. When I wasn’t in the office on the second floor of The Legal Eagle, I was spending my time in and around Dublin with my friends. After work, I liked checking out new restaurants and pubs and hanging out in parks around the city and in Sintry, where we all lived. On the weekends, I had the opportunity to spend time in Howth, Dun Laoghaire, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Belfast, London, Lisbon, and Scotland. I tried to make the most out of my internship, but since I’m not sure of when I’ll be in Europe next, I wanted to make the most of my weekends as well!

Growth and Takeaway

My time abroad has allowed me to grow in ways I couldn’t anticipate. Being away from my family, living in a totally new city has given me whole new sense of independence and confidence in myself and my own abilities. Moving into a new apartment and starting a new job is daunting anywhere, but since Pitt and EUSA set everything up, there was a level of comfort that I couldn’t really fail. This let me fully put myself out there and immerse myself into my new city and work culture. I feel like I’ve had two of the best months of my life, and leaving Dublin was really difficult for me. I had to think of it a little differently, however, instead of as an ending to something. I now think that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning of a new world view, mentality, and confidence as I move forward. It’s the beginning to use what I’ve learned to continue to grow to be the best person possible.

About My Abroad Friends

I wanted to finish my final blog talking about one of the aspects of my program that affected me the most – my friends. Before going abroad, you hear a lot about other people’s abroad experiences. You’ll have so much fun exploring a new city, traveling with your friends on the weekends, you’ll learn so much about yourself, and it’ll be the best couple of months so far of college! You’re also prepped for being uncomfortable, spending a lot money, and needing to adapt to life in a new culture.  There’s also a lot that you don’t hear about and therefore don’t expect or prepare for. Whether that be homesickness, dealing with friends back home, the communications you’ll have with your parents while away, needing a break from everyone on your program, or getting tired of the mundanity that comes when you’ve settled in, everyone deals with those unexpected challenges differently.

It was when I hit challenges like those – drama back home, arguing with my parents, and getting sick of the mundanity – that I realized how lucky I was to have the friends in Dublin that I did. From day one I had a team of friends constantly rooting for me and there to help me with whatever issues came my way. My roommates were always willing to talk through anything and help me figure out what to do, my DSP Brothers were always around to pick me up and get me thinking positively, and everyone else were always willing to take me out and get my mind off things.

Overall, when you’re abroad, your highs will be really high and your lows will be really low. Your friends will see all of your different moods in a 24-hour span, but they’ll still love and support you. For that, I think anyone’s abroad friends will be some of the best friends they’ll ever make, and I am so thankful for mine. I can’t wait to be back at Pitt soon to reunite with them and show them how thankful I’ve been for their support all summer!