It’s been about two weeks here at Ulster University and it has finally hit what I am doing. Before arriving here, I received stacks of information, googled my way through the city with questions like “Where to go in Belfast”, and talked to the Victory Scholars who have walked in my footsteps before me. Given this information, I believed to have everything figured out and was prepared to hit the ground running. However it was around a week into the program walking up Cave Hill (shown in the picture) that the dream became a reality. The introductory stages were over and it was time to start performing as a Victory Scholar on all levels-academically, mentoring, and athletically.
As I wait for classes to start the 25th of September, I continue to settle in and become acclimated before the work really picks up. Thankfully it is not too hard though because the people here are all friendly and willing to help a sometimes clueless tall American. Typically this happens with the new Irish lingo I am learning like “what’s the crack”, which a young Irish lad asked me and I stood puzzled for a minute until he explained that meant what’s going on. All in all, could not be more thankful for this opportunity and I am eager to see what awaits in the upcoming months!