Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts

My name is Emma Jones and I am currently in my third and final year of a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in both Art History and Drama. In the second half of 2013 I travelled to Dublin, Ireland to enroll at University College Dublin for one semester. I chose mostly electives in the Bachelor of Arts field including film and history as these subjects intrigued me the most outside of my majors. I took a couple of Art History and Drama courses too and although the classes differed from UQ courses I enjoyed them equally.

 My experience over in Ireland was one I will genuinely never forget. At first it was challenging to jump into the unknown, in a new city, with a somewhat difficult-to-follow accent, without knowing a soul in the country. But that is what makes the experience so special and memorable and ultimately unforgettable. They say that pushing myself outside of my comfort zone is where the magic happens, and this is truly the case with my experience in Dublin. I met and befriended some amazing people from the world over whom I still Skype regularly. I created some hilarious memories from joining clubs and societies such as surfing and drama. I had some crazy nights out and travelled all around Ireland and Europe with strangers who soon became best friends. The Cliffs of Moher had to be a personal favourite place of mine in Ireland. The rugged coastline is extremely picturesque and is exactly how one would imagine Ireland to look and it certainly does not disappoint. I travelled all around Europe but I would have to say my favourite place was little-known yet stunningly beautiful Lake Bled of Slovenia where I had the opportunity to skydive - one of the best experiences of my life.

 I lived in on-campus accommodation in the house named Glenomena. It was perfect for me as I had five other flat mates to share a communal living and kitchen space with, yet, had my own bedroom and bathroom for convenience. It really was the best of both worlds. I became extremely close with my Irish flat mates and we became a lovingly dysfunctional family by the end. The houses are relatively modern and very warm and comfortable to live in. Upon arrival the kitchen is set up with the bear minimal such as a kettle and a microwave. Therefore it was my responsibility to buy cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. This is easy enough however as the university organises plenty of trips to Ikea during O week.

 Top Tips:

  • Always carry the right amount of change for the bus. If you are wanting to get into the city from campus the bus is the quickest and easiest way to do so, however, the bus company requires the you have the correct change which can sometimes be a bit of a hassle.
  • Join sports clubs and societies. This is the best and easiest way to meet Irish people and do some crazy stuff as well as travel all around Ireland. Sports teams often travel at the weekends (I joined surfing and we went away three times during the semester). Also International society is a great one to join as they organise tourist trips around Ireland stopping at the most famous and beautiful places. You can join these clubs and societies during Fresher week and it normally costs only 2 euro to join.
  • Steer away from only hanging out with people from your home country. The idea is to go on an exchange to meet new people. Try your hardest to get involved with the Irish culture and the best way is to befriend Irish people.
  • A few Irish words to familiarize yourself with.

-       ‘Craic’ eg. ‘For the craic’ or ‘good craic’ basically means for a good time. This gets thrown around a lot and soon you’ll be saying it yourself.

-       ‘Grand’ Not the monastic term, but grand as in great or no worries. ‘Oh it’ll be grand’.

-       Naggin, this is important for nights out. A naggin is a small bottle of alcohol.

  • TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL. If you’re going to Dublin you are going to the other side of the world and whilst you’re there you may as well get in as much travelling as you can. Before or after the semester and even in between. Ryanair and Wizz Air make it so easy and affordable to get around Europe so make sure you take full advantage of this.

 

 

 

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