#VState student Charles Whiting explored Ireland on his study abroad trip. This is what he shared about his adventure abroad.
During the summer of 2018, I studied abroad in Waterford, Ireland. My study abroad experience was not like others. I say this because I originally signed up to go to Saint Petersburg, Russia, but I ended up changing my program on short notice. In the end, I am so glad that my experience led me to Ireland. Much of my family came to America from Ireland just as recent as three generations back. So when I was over there, I felt extremely connected to my family’s roots. While I was in Ireland, I studied literature and sociology. Studying abroad allowed me to gain an international perspective and knock out course credits, which is something that I wouldn’t have been able to do at the same time in the United States.
While abroad, my classes were held two days a week on Monday and Wednesday and the other two days were designated for field trips to cultural, historic, and scenic locations. We always had free weekends for traveling to other countries like France, Spain, Scotland, and Portugal. I remember one weekend my friend Maddie and I went to Northern Ireland to see the Giant’s Causeway and cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The experiences I had there and the friends I’ve gained from studying abroad will always be special to me.
If you have doubts about studying abroad – don’t! It is more than just a trip over the summer. It is a transformational experience that will provide you with an excellent education and lifelong friends.
Valdosta State offers many inexpensive and hassle-free opportunities for you abroad, and there’s no better time to explore the world than in college. Learn more about VSU’s study abroad programs by calling Irina McClellan at 229-333-7410.