University of Iowa

What I learned about myself and others in Ireland

August 29th, 2019

By Taylor Newby, The Daily Iowan 

There are stories shared in lecture halls and coffee shops, in apartment living rooms and at Hubbard Park, where University of Iowa students gather together and reflect on recent summer months that flew by all too quickly. There are tales of all sorts of summer classes, internships around the country, or clocking in and out of nine-to-five jobs.

As for me, I spent my summer studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland with a writing program. The lessons I learned abroad ended up having less to do with course loads and class schedules, and more to do with myself, my community, and what home means to me.

Of course, I’m not the only one who spent the warmer months in another country. For UI students, there are a number of experiences encountered — both overseas and within the safety of Iowa.

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