About My Study Abroad Program
Major/Minor: Biomedical Engineering
Program: UNC Science in Dublin
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Term: Summer 2022
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
As a Biomedical Engineering major, I didn't think I'd be able to study abroad. With a heavy course load and required courses that are harder to find at some universities, it seemed unlikely that I could fit studying abroad into my academic schedule, despite having a desire to do so. That was until I found out that I could study abroad over the summer instead of during a semester. I was able to find a program in Dublin during the summer that offered CHEM 261 which helped me fulfill a requirement for my major. I chose to study abroad because I knew it would be an amazing experience in which I could experience new places, people, and perspectives. I also knew this program would challenge me to become more independent and more willing to try new, uncertain things in the future.
What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I enjoy being independent and challenged in new environments. When you're halfway across the world from your normal support system, you really learn the importance of independence and doing things for yourself. I believe this experience helped me grow and become more confident in my ability to navigate unfamiliar experiences.
What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
One of my favorite memories from my program was our weekend trip to Galway in which we visited the Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, etc. My study abroad program included many excursions and activities, including this overnight trip to Galway. Ireland is such a stunning country with beautiful landscapes and scenery, and there is so much to see outside of Dublin. I'm really glad the program included trips, such as this one, which allowed us to see other parts of the country that we wouldn't see during the normal school week. It also allowed us to meet more of our peers and professors in the program.
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Studying abroad and immersing yourself in a completely different environment can be scary and unfamiliar, but that's the beauty of it. It makes you push yourself to become more independent and confident in your ability to handle difficult and unfamiliar situations and places. You have the opportunity to learn so much about an unfamiliar place as well as about yourself. Also, when in doubt, ask for help. The study abroad faculty and advisors are there to help you, so reach out!