Back home in America, I enjoy going to the movies (referred to as the “cinema” in Ireland). It is one of my favorite pastimes, thanks to my dad. As a kid, and even into my adult years, my dad and I have always been avid moviegoers. I figured that it would only be right to continue the ‘tradition’ during my time here in Ireland. However, I soon came to realize the new movies released in the states were not always scheduled to be new releases in Irish theaters. Skeptical of my interest in the lists of new foreign movies, I had figured I would more than likely miss out on any new movie releases I had be dying to see in theaters.
One day after practice I over heard some of my teammates ranting and raving about their excitement for a new movie that was being released—Fantastic Beasts. Seeing that I had never heard of the movie before, I asked what it was about. They described it to me as a Harry Potter spinoff. To be honest, I wasn’t too fond of the movie description, but decided to give it a chance—besides what’s better than a little team bonding?
To my surprise the movie was great! It had exceeded my expectations by far. Since being in Ireland I have been exposed to a new culture, and with that comes new and exciting experiences. By being open to trying new things at least once (along with the friendly peer-pressure of my teammates and friends), I can definitely say my horizons have been broadened, which have made my overall experience overseas even more exhilarating.