The literature reviews and film review really helped me prepare for the course. I felt like I knew everything I needed to going in. I felt a little nervous about the Troubles after the spring course, but after reading Making Sense of the Trouble everything clicked. The troubles I found to be the hardest topic to understand, but being in Derry and Belfast made all the confusion dissipate. Geography is something that cannot be conveyed well in text. I think Margret taught me the importance of Geography. She referenced it everywhere. I think when I look at historical events in the future, I will seek to understand the geography first. I never realized its importance until I went to Ireland.
For me, the best part was meeting people and talking to them about anything and everything. Even if the topic was unrelated, talking with locals really brought perspective on what I was studying in the class. Celtic culture is so interesting and to see the clash between Celtic and British in the North is so shocking that I feel lucky that I got to go to Northern Ireland to experience because I fear I would have never truly understood it without talking to people. I highly recommend for people to take a study abroad. It teaches you how to be a better student.
-Stephanie UnderhillThis entry was posted in 2016, General, Ireland-Summer