September 2nd, 2014 | Uncategorized
After two weeks of training from Sport Changes Life, I got taken to my new “home” for the exciting upcoming year… NUIG!! It was a little sad leaving my Sport Changes Life family because I was just starting to get to know everybody. After spending so much time with them at camps, training, and travelling I started to feel like the relationship between me and all the scholars was becoming an everlasting, unbreakable bond. I felt as if all 12 of the other scholars were becoming a part of my family! I knew I had nothing to worry about though because we all planned to meet up in Dublin in a few weeks!
From the moment I got dropped off in Galway, I felt as though I had found the missing piece to my heart. I fell in loveeee with the city of Galway within a few hours! The first thing that I did when I got here was call my parents to tell them not to worry because I was extremely happy with life! LOL 🙂 My apartment was absolutely gorgeous, and everything was so convenient in relation to school and the city center. One other thing I loved was how nice everybody was to me! I never felt more welcomed to city (especially in another country). As I proudly walked down the historic streets of Galway, all I could do was smile. I felt as if this is exactly where I belong!!
After getting all settled, I was able to explore the city, the Irish culture, and have some fun before school and community work got going for the year. I did some apartment shopping for food and accessories that I needed around the house. My host family got me tickets to an Irish Dancing Musical. I got the chance to see and understand the Irish culture and meaning behind it all. It was absolutely amazing how quickly they were able to move their feet and stay on beat with the music! I had so much fun watching and participating! My host family also took me fishing for Mackerel. Although we didn’t catch any dinner for the night, I was totally excited to get the chance to go fishing because I haven’t been since the age of 12!
Words cannot explain how excited I am to be here! I have learned so much about Ireland and its culture, and enjoyed myself to the fullest! This opportunity has already changed my life in so many different ways. I loveeee IRELANDDD!!!