For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted nothing more than to go to Ireland. I’m really only about half-Irish, although I look 100%. Someone actually joked the other day asking if I was Irish because I “have the map of Ireland on my face.” I had just come out of the sun, and I swear it takes about 5 minutes in the sun for that map to show up. When I was a kid my grandma told me they were a sign of beauty when I thought I didn’t like having freckles.
My sister’s god-father is straight from Ireland, P.S. I Love You is one of my favorite movies (85% based on Gerard Butler’s Irish accent), you get the point.. I need to go.
In any case, this summer, I had every intention of studying abroad in Ireland. I got all the information, I even went to the study-abroad office. While I was there, I was even half convinced to go for an entire semester. Then I realized two things: 1) all the summer programs interfered with my week of camp; I could never abandon my kids and 2) I could never afford it.
However, I decided when I got to college and turned into the person I am, that I want to do everything I can dream of. Life is way too short not to. So, I’ve looked into programs and found ones within my price range– I will be spending time in Ireland (and maybe other places!) within the next two summers.
I could, and would love to, find an internship in Ireland next summer– someone from Bryant just did that and I really should talk to her about it. However, I could go with a tour program. If I were to go with a program, I know I need at least $5,000– a little more than $3,000 for the program and spending money. I went to France and Spain with EF Tours junior year of high school and the program was about 2 grand and I spent about 500–but that was only two weeks. The program I found lasts 35 days with travel to Ireland, France, Spain, Amsterdam, Greece, Germany and London! My number one candidate to join me is my cousin Kristin, but I’d love more company!
Life is seriously too short to do put off any dream– big or small.