The first day of graduate school has begun and it feels a bit weird going back to school after just recently graduating. I must admit today was the first time it has really sunk in how long we will be in Northern Ireland for and how much I miss my family and friends. It also felt odd going back to school without seeing any familiar faces or friends. There is also definitely going to be a huge adjustment with school itself as it is run very differently in Northern Ireland. Our Masters program is being taught in blocks, meaning we only meet twice a month for in person lectures. This is totally different for me as all four years I had class every single day of the week. The grading system will also take a bit of time to get used to, as there are far fewer assignments per class or module as they call them. The teaching style is also very different as there is less lecturing and far more open discussions, with group learning. So far I really enjoy this approach and have found it to be far more engaging. Above all I feel really fortunate to have the opportunity to get my masters and apart of such a great organization.