Oh the places you will go

Posted By: Emma OConnor
Posted On: November 5th, 2016
Attending: Maynooth University

When I was younger I always said I would never leave the country. I didn’t like change. I guess I liked the bubble I lived in. I don’t think it was until college and I saw some of my friends studying abroad and traveling that I started to get an interest into travel. Even when I would travel to other states in America for college games or vacation I would appreciate where I was so much more. I didn’t realize how important it was to travel learn about different cultures. When I was in my first year teaching I realized that I could be a teacher for the rest of my life and I was still healthy enough to continue playing basketball. When I had the opportunity to go to play in Ireland I jumped on it right away. Basketball has given me so many opportunities in my life and I wasn’t ready to give that up. Living in Ireland has completely changed my life forever. I have absolutely loved my time here and I still have the rest of the school year. I have learned so much about different cultures and have been able to travel from Ireland to other parts of the world. Besides traveling to different parts of Ireland other places I have been to so far are:

  • London, England
  • Perpignan, France
  • St. Cyprien, France
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Aberdeen, Scotland

I am hoping that list becomes a lot longer in the next 7 months. Traveling has really helped me step out of my comfort zone. You learn the most in uncomfortable or unfamiliar situations but at the same time I always had basketball there so it was a good balance for me. I have learned so much about different cultures and has widened my perspectives. Also, I have met the nicest people along my journey and know that I will have those friendships for the rest of my life.


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