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What MIC Study Abroad Students Say: 

Jessica (BA)

 

 

 

 

 

Studying and living in a whole new city, especially one as big as Chicago, was ultimately my favourite part of studying abroad.  As I study communications, I was lucky enough to experience both classic American campus life, as well as to attend classes in the communications building which was downtown in the very heart of Chicago.  Living in a city so vast and so far away from home gave me great independence which is unparalleled with that gained living away from home during the week in Ireland.  It was great to meet people from all different walks of life and learn about different cultures.  I learned a lot about myself and also about other people.  I gained personal skills such as being able to reach out to people, being able to look after myself and to navigate a big city!  College life in the US is extremely different to Ireland as a greater emphasis is put on continuous assessment.  I learned so much, got to use top-of-the-range equipment and worked with different groups in very different environments to home.  My advice to anyone thinking of studying abroad is: go for it, whether Europe or the US, and don't worry about going alone because you will find it very easy to enjoy yourself and make friends!

 

Deirdre (BAECCE)

 

 

 

 

 

My semester at DeSales as an ECCE student was extremely interesting, from meeting new people to learning about a different culture and looking at strategies to improve my role as an early years’ educator. I got an insight into various classes, learning new skills and varying teaching styles which I now use when I am working with children in Ireland.  There were so many new experiences, from travelling alone and gaining independence, to making lifetime friends, extreme weather conditions with freezing temperatures and lots of snow, getting to explore America in my free time and the endless opportunities to take part in various activities and voluntary work. I feel that I am now a more outgoing, confident, enthusiastic individual, more open to new experiences and willing to challenge myself. The overall experience has had an influence on all aspects of my life and I would advise any ECCE student thinking about travelling to just go for it as I don't have any regrets from the semester!

 

 

 

Hollie (BA)

 

 

 

 

I think my favourite part of studying abroad at West Chester University was the chance to visit new places and experience a new culture; I experienced so many wonderful things and got to visit some fantastic places.  I have had unforgettable experiences and opportunities that not many people are lucky to have and I have memories and friends that will stay with me for a lifetime. There is not a single thing I regret about  my experience and, not only has it made me more capable of taking life as it comes and making delicious lemonade, but it has given me the confidence to take chances and risks and see the bright side of every situation.  If you are considering studying abroad, just do it! If that desire is in you somewhere, if that curiosity is there, do it! I could not have imagined myself ever studying abroad and now that I have, I cannot wait to see the world. You will learn so much more than the subjects you study; you will learn about life, yourself and how to cope when things don't go one hundred per cent the way you want. You will learn just how big the world is and that you have more courage than you ever thought you did. Just do it; you will never regret this decision!

 

Niall (BEd)

 

 

My trip to DeSales was a real revelation! People were really friendly and helpful. College life is very relaxed and I made a lot of new friends as well as acquiring a range of different skills as a result of the study abroad programme! Anyone thinking of attending should be ready to feel a bout of home sickness at any given stage which is to be expected. However, it is vital to put yourself out there and make friends. One of the most enjoyable aspects for me was travelling either with the college or with friends when I had the opportunity to visit a number of famous cities and monuments. The college grading system is very fair and staff are willing to accommodate in any shape or form. Also, from a CV perspective I think it can only enhance your credentials!

 

Lena (BAECCE)

 

 

 

 

I had an unbelievable time at Le Moyne College, it was the best experience of my life! Everyone was so friendly and nice and I made friends with whom I am still in touch and we are planning to meet again soon. I loved all the travelling and new experiences, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If I could I’d go back in a heartbeat, I couldn't have enjoyed it more and would love to do it all over again! I gained new social skills and came out of my comfort zone. I found college life in America very different to MIC, but the lecturers were so friendly and easy to talk to, I enjoyed the change and I think it has really helped my overall learning and insight to education. My advice to anyone going abroad would be to make the most of your time and to travel as much as possible, try new things, get out of your comfort zone; you'll be surprised at how much you will like enjoy it. Another thing is not to worry; you will fit in so well and enjoy every moment of it that you won't want to come home!

 

 

Tina (BA)

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I studied at Loyola University Chicago from January to May 2015. My favourite part about studying abroad was being able to meet lots of different people and to experience things that I would not be able to do in Ireland. I  joined a service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega and got the opportunity to volunteer in a soup kitchen and at a bridal fair.  You learn that you can survive in a different country without any family around you, allowing you to discover how independent and strong you are as a person.
The biggest difference for me was sharing my room with an American girl I did not know before arriving.  I already miss not having her around to talk to her about things! For anyone thinking about going abroad I would tell you to just go and do it! You will not regret it. The first few weeks are little hard because you are still finding your feet and adjusting to life without your family and friends, but once you start meeting people and getting involved in various different clubs and meet people in your classes you will love it. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you will meet people that you will become really close to and they will be like family to you. Studying abroad was one of the best life experiences I have had so far and I would not change anything about my time in Chicago... just that I wish I could go back!

 

 Emma (BA)

 

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While at Regis University, my favourite part was the chance to experience something completely different. You can experience American culture on the surface when you are on holiday there or the J1, but to really get a feel for what it’s like, you need to immerse yourself in it. Not only have I matured, but my outlook on life has also changed. I am definitely more confident and independent and feel I could go anywhere in the world now and survive on my own. I faced a lot of differences and challenges along the way but the best thing about Americans is that they love to be helpful.  Most of my classes had no more than 20 students in them and therefore, they were really interactive. Looking back now I cannot believe I did, saw and got to experience so much. One thing I would say is to roll with the punches and understand that it can be hard leaving home and moving halfway around the world. There were days I just wanted to be in my bed with a cup of tea and familiar faces but I kept reminding myself that I would rather die with memories than with dreams... And the memories I have made are worth every single hard day I went through.

 

 

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