Traveling to Ireland and participating in this program was a simple decision for me. Some people might be hesitant about the thought of not seeing their family and friends for a year, but I know I will always have them in my corner, no matter how many miles away they are. They were probably more ecstatic when they heard about me receiving the scholarship than I was. It’s a blessing to have such great people in my life. I wouldn’t have gotten to this point in my life without their constant love and support and it makes every day a joy.
Although I won’t see their faces until they visit during the year, it’s easy to stay in contact with technology. A quick call or text to keep me in the loop is all we need. I’m lucky to have family and friends who want me to enjoy this experience. Rather than be on my phone the entire year wondering about what’s going on at home, they understand that I have to take full advantage of this opportunity. To do that, I have to be present and soak in the experiences. Yet, I never forget that without those people in my life, I wouldn’t have this awesome opportunity. For that, I’ll be forever thankful.