Before coming to Dublin, I honestly did not understand how big of a deal it was to have the opportunity to study at Trinity. Not only am I studying at one of the oldest colleges in Europe, but it has so many famous alumni such as Oscar Wilde and Sally Rooney. It is also an absolutely stunning campus in a great location. Now that I have been studying here for over a month, I can say with certainty that I feel like Trinity student.
Here is what a day of at Trinity looks like for me:
I wake up at 7:30 (ew) so that I have time to get ready before I begin my twenty minute walk to campus. Sometimes I take the bus or the LUAS, which is a shuttle system, but I try to walk as often as I can. I live about 20 minutes off campus and I have to cross the river to get to campus.
When I get to campus, I head towards the Arts Building, which is where all my classes are held this semester. It’s usually very busy in between classes. My first class is a lecture for my Psychology of Religion class. This class is smaller compared to my other ones and has about 40 students in it. We learned about religious experiences that change peoples and how we can try to use it in research. Next, I went to my tutorial for my English Class, Pulp: Introduction to Popular Literature. These are similar to Holy Cross classes in the sense that they are very small with only about 12 people in them. They are more discussion based than lectures and require participation.
After this class, I have a couple hours until my next class. I usually get lunch at O’Briens or KC Peaches to get a sandwich. Both of them are right off campus. Then I usually go to a library and get some work done for a while until I want a coffee break. Right now my favorite coffee is at Costas.
My last class of the day is my Intro to History of Art and Architecture lecture, which has over 100 people in it ranging from eighteen year old students to eighty year old adults. I have never taken an Art History before and I am very glad I did while I’m in Europe. It makes me feel more connected to the country.
When my class ends, I sometimes stop at the grocery store off of O’Connell Street to pick up dinner for the next few days, which is one of the main streets of Dublin. This is where the Spire is located and other statures.
After that I head back to my apartment and I do a little bit of work. This was a special day because Holy Cross planned a special event where we were able to attend a comedy night. I was able to get dinner before hand with my friends and we enjoyed our Chinese food before walking to the show.
The comedy show was great and we even got two drink tickets to get free drinks while we watched. My favorite drink has been Orchard Thieves, which is an apple cider and it is SO GOOD. When the show ended, we walked back to my apartment in the rain, which I still prefer over the snow storms in Massachusetts.
Everyday is an adventure in Dublin and I look forward to every moment!