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Nikita Sarawagi - “From incredible India to incredible Ireland…”

Namaste! I am Nikita Sarawagi from India, pursuing my Masters in Data Science and Analytics at Maynooth University. It's been two months away from home and it’s the beginning of a whole different era in my century as a human. To be honest, I was slightly panicked about my new life in another count… read more

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Jocelyn Pietro - “Semester’s Closing”

The semester is now coming to an end and while it is a time to rejoice at the thought of being done with finals, it is also quite a stressful time. There are so many different emotions surrounding returning to my home country. While I cannot wait to get back and give my family and friends a nice bi… read more

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Rachel Tan - “Traveling to Hiroshima: Summer Fireworks, A-Dome and Miyajima Island”

I had the opportunity to do some touristic activities in Hiroshima after attending the Interdisciplinary Conference for Social Sciences as an Emerging Scholar in July. It was summer and the heat could be as high as 38 Celsius! The good part for me was the humidity would benefit my dry skin. Weath… read more

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Hikari Kanda - “The best things of my time at Maynooth University”

My study abroad programme at Maynooth University has started around March. Time passed by so quickly. As an international student, I’ve been attending the English Language and Economics Programme for ten months now, and I’m currently living with a host family. For the first article of my blog p… read more

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Jocelyn Pietro - “Making Dunedin Home”

There are so many emotions that come along with embarking on an adventure to study abroad in a new place whether that be for a semester, a year, or longer. If you are considering the University of Otago hopefully the following information will help to settle some of the nervous emotions that come al… read more

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Bert van der Veen - “31 days in Ireland”

At the moment I am writing this, I really start to realize how fast the days have flown by here. It only feels like yesterday that I put my feet on Irish ground for the first time. Arriving in Dublin was overwhelming and seeing the city took my breath away. Did I ever see such a sweet and charming c… read more

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Jocelyn Pietro - “Old Car, New Adventure”

A seven day road trip, in a 1997 Toyota Caldina with a Scot, a Dane, and an American was just about to begin. It was the Sunday after the All Blacks game (that we won!), we packed up some food, filled up the tank, and were on our way to road trip the South Island. We got to Akaroa at dark and the… read more

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Chaeyoung Lim - “2017 Maynooth University Summer School”

In the first week of September 2017, a “Creative Thinking and Problem Solving” Maynooth University Summer School took place. It included five days of intensive lectures, discussions, practice-based workshops, and a day of cultural excursions. Based on this topic scholars and graduate students f… read more

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Chaeyoung Lim - “2017 Maynooth University Summer School (2)”

In the first week of September 2017, a “Creative Thinking and Problem Solving” Maynooth University Summer School took place. It included five days of intensive lectures, discussions, practice-based workshops, and a day of cultural excursions. Based on this topic scholars and graduate students f… read more

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Rachel Goh - “When I decided to be semi-adventurous, part 2”

Rachel continues to share her adventurous stories from 2016/17.(On the off chance that you've missed the first part of her story, click here to be amazed) 3. Nelson/Abel Tasman This trip was probably the most random thing I have ever done. I honestly didn’t know if I was up for kayaking a whole … read more

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William Rooney - “A heart full of gratitude”

“The days are long, but the years are short,” goes the saying—referring to the paradoxical way in which individual days can seem slow and busy while months and years seem to whizz by. And, indeed, it rings all too true as I approach the end of my Mitchell year and begin to reflect on these rat… read more

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Rachel Goh - “When I decided to be semi-adventurous, part 1”

Kit Kat got it right with their slogan “Have a break. Have a Kit Kat”. Having a break (and lots of chocolate) is important, especially when you’re constantly surrounded by deadlines and tons of readings. Lucky for me, I live in a place where escaping your responsibilities is still rather doabl… read more

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Shelby Zimmerman - “Five Reasons to Study Abroad at Maynooth University”

Here are my five great reasons to study abroad at Maynooth: 1. Location Maynooth is a cute town that is only 15 miles from Dublin City Centre.  Buses and trains run directly from Maynooth to Dublin, so you have easy access to everything Dublin has to offer in less than 45 minutes. As Irelan… read more

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William Rooney - “Encountering the heritage of "Eire"”

One of the joys of this Mitchell year has been the opportunity to explore Ireland and to encounter the depth of its spiritual and historical heritage. Just by living here over the past 7 months, I have been well exposed to the enthusiasm of the Irish for all things Irish, but two trips this spring s… read more

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Macey Berkley - “From my experience at Maynooth”

As my time at Maynooth University International Summer School comes to a close, I have created memories and experiences that could have not been possible back at home. As a result of this trip, I approach academics and even culture in a new way. One of my most treasured memories was getting to ex… read more

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William Rooney - “Studying the ABC's”

“Better you than me,” the Tesco customer service agent quipped with a chuckle as she rang up my groceries after asking what I am studying in school.  I laughed and promised that my studies toward a Master’s in philosophy of religion are not that abstract or distant, nor are they something… read more

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William Rooney - “Seeking integration toward the truth”

Moving to a new place to begin a new stage of life is such an interesting experience because it requires asking important fundamental questions about oneself and arriving at practical answers: how am I going to live? What kind of friendships am I going to seek? What will I do in my spare time? As A… read more

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Rachel Tan - “The 2017 Global Studies Research Conference at Singapore”

Searching for my first international conference on my research interest in globalisation, I stumbled upon Common Ground that hosts the Global Studies Research Network. My application was accepted and I attended the 10th Global Studies Conference (8-9 June 2017) at the National Univers… read more

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Chaeyoung Lim - “Ireland, heaven for travelers”

Traveling is like as reading books. It not only gives us some space to observe, to think and to learn about new and various beings and their interactions around the world (i.e. various people, culture, history and nature), but also provides you with the chance to understand how those things are work… read more

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Akash Murthy - “The little known trails around Maynooth”

I chose Ireland for reasons that not many folks pay prime attention to. I didn’t choose Maynooth University for the excellent tailored course that they offer, nor did I join in consideration of the booming Irish IT industry and in hopes of getting a job. I chose Ireland for its vast fields of gree… read more

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Amit Doshi - “The New Zealand Diary 2.0: The Kiwi Sports Adventure”

Sipping my Mocha at Starbucks, Philadelphia (USA), when I reflected back on what I miss the most about my fantastic time in New Zealand other than the University of Otago experience, the answer appeared in a flash of a second - Sports Adventure! New Zealand is the home to the most exciting sports a… read more

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Yufei Huo - “End of semester”

After the final exams, this semester finally comes to an end. The campus also becomes quieter. Many friends are leaving Maynooth for their individual home countries, some of them, I may rarely have the chance to see them again, though it sounds quite sad, it is a fact. So for me, I really cherish an… read more

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Annamae Beeler Sax - “Rolling Under the Stars”

“I know I have a whole year here, and I know how that year is going to fly by. I just take it a moment at a time, and never take those moments for granted.” This is what I wrote in my very first blog post, the day after I arrived in Ireland. Even jet-lagged and scatter brained, I knew that my… read more

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Rachel Tan - “My Study Spots: Libraries and Cafés in Dunedin”

Sometimes, when I have the writer’s block or I need a different writing environment, I try to work in a ‘non-office’ spot. This strategy of changing my work environment ensures that my productivity is on-going. The University’s various libraries and Dunedin’s wide range of cafés are wonde… read more

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Annamae Beeler Sax - “Springfest in the Snow”

With one last trip out of the country to take before wrapping up the semester, my friend Nat and I decided on a camping trip in Munich for their annual Frühlingsfest, or Springfest, for a long weekend. This was our last trip, our big farewell, going out with a bang, and we couldn’t wait. We went… read more

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Chaeyoung Lim - “In Ireland, time flies when you relax”

 As a student from Japan, Ireland has been a faraway place for me, just like the Moon. Despite the fact that I have personally liked traditional Irish Celtic music and the taste of Guinness beer, those were the main things I knew about Ireland. Thanks to my recent progress on a collaborative r… read more

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Yufei Huo - “Award Ceremony”

Time flies by quickly, my first academic year is going to end, and when I look back, there are really many cherished memories to last a lifetime. Here in Maynooth University, I not only made loads of good friends, but also got prestigious academic achievements, and all of those will become an invalu… read more

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Rachel Tan - “My photography hobby that helped me win the 2017 Otago Bulletin Photo Competition”

Last week, I was honoured to be chosen as the overall winner of the “2017 Otago Bulletin Board Staff Photo Competition”. My wonderful friends, Tracy and Naoko, made time to go along with me to the prize-giving ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by the Otago Bulletin Editor, Lisa Dick and the Comm… read more

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Annamae Beeler Sax - “Chasing the Highlands”

Having learned so much about the ancient Celtic tradition in my old Irish classes here on campus, I couldn't wait to get a chance to explore Scotland and see how much of it had remained there, as well. Thankfully, my chance finally came, and my friend Nathalie and I left for a four day weekend, span… read more

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Rachel Tan - “Connecting with the community: volunteering as an English tutor”

Wanting to have a richer Kiwi knowledge and experience, I decided to be a volunteer at UniCrew. Sze-En Watts, the co-ordinator of UniCrew, matched my interest in teaching with the role of a teaching assistant at English Language Partners Dunedin (ELPD). I got in touch with Jude Thomson, one of the t… read more

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Calu Malta - “The different... Bristols”

There is one fundamental thing that Bristol is not – boring. In my time here, one of the most wonderful things I have learned about this place is that each area feels completely different to one another, and that each one has its own sense of character. I have been fortunate enough to live in two … read more

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Rachel Tan - “Cycling, a great way to get about Dunedin!”

Having been cycling in Dunedin for some time now, I want to share my cycling experiences. After three months in this city, I decided to buy a bike and use it as my main mode of transport. However, I found that new bikes were costly and I started to look at second-hand bikes for sale.   &nbs… read more

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Rachel Tan - “A Write and Bike Retreat at the Wobbly Goat Café”

A writing retreat is an organised excursion for writing. The idea is to be away from your usual writing environment with the goal to write a section of your thesis or journal article. After writing, you could enjoy some activities as a treat for accomplishing the goal of the day. Some lucky friends… read more

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Annamae Beeler Sax - “Feeling lucky”

Reaching the midpoint of my last semester here in Ireland, I’ve found myself becoming increasingly appreciative of my surroundings. While I’ve been cautious to never take a moment for granted, I’ve become hyper-attentive to my environment. I’ve come to find that I love everything about Irel… read more

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Yufei Huo - “Cliffs of Moher and Limerick”

Ireland is no doubt a beautiful country with many great tourist attractions which are very well worth visiting. I have been living here for just half a year, so there are still many nice places that I have never been to - all of them await my exploration. Semester 2 just starts so l got a bit more t… read more

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Felipe Guapo - “From Student To Teacher”

From student to teacher: the adventures of becoming a teacher abroad and the secrets to improving a second language As I might have mentioned in one of the older posts, I came to Ireland for the first time in 2013 and studied for 15 months at the Maynooth University as part of a specialization… read more

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Muhammad Reefath Rahman - “Our rooftop garden”

University life isn’t all about study. Every now and then, you get a chance to stop and re-energise. One way to do this at UniSA is to get involved in the Community Gardens. The Community Gardens helps students learn about gardening, share their knowledge and have some input into greening the camp… read more

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Jenny Chang - “Embrace”

In previous blogs, I’ve talked about how making new friends is so exciting and fun, this time, I also wanted to point out why these people are SO important – not only in a “study abroad” sort-of-way but also a live changing way. (Yes, it is that magical!) The language barrier is imaginary … read more

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Calu Malta - “The Feminist Society”

I was continuously told that coming to University would be an amazing experience, but there was one particular aspect of it that took me by surprise: how important the University of Bristol’s Feminist Society proved to be to me, both in the sense that I strengthened existing friendships, and in th… read more

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Natasha Madhavan - “A visit to Howth”

My friend and I wanted to have a relaxing weekend and wanted to explore more of Ireland. So we decided to take a train to Howth, which is known for its beautiful seaside views. We got off to a not-so-pleasant start, to be frank! This was because the train was absolutely packed that day for some unkn… read more

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Natasha Madhavan - “My trip to Barcelona”

One of the advantages to studying in Ireland is just how close are the other European countries! And since I wasn’t going back home for the holidays, my friends and I decided to visit Barcelona for the vacations! And it was absolutely amazing. I’m not going to be able to recount the whole trip a… read more

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Rachel Goh - “Coping with homesickness”

The year 2017 signals the start of my 8th year in Dunedin. Time really flies by, huh? It feels like yesterday when I was this shorthaired little girl wondering what a cheese roll tasted like and not knowing how to get to places. And now here I am, shoulder length hair, inhaling cheese rolls (and eve… read more

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Yufei Huo - “Wandering in wonderful Ireland”

 My time in Maynooth University is fleeting, it seems semester 1 comes to an end just overnight. Looking back to these past days, I had lots of good times, also I have many feelings about this experience. Maynooth University actually provides me lots of opportunities, not only in better educati… read more

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Annamae Beeler Sax - “Across the Pond - Christmas in London”

No matter how excited I was to spend Christmas by myself in a completely new city, there was no denying I was also really nervous. The friend I would be with left two days before I did, so I traveled to Dublin by myself to catch my plane. Thankfully it’s a short flight from Dublin to London, just … read more

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Felipe Guapo - “5 Nice Things About Spending the Christmas Holidays in Dublin”

When we think about Christmas it is almost impossible to ignore that picture that comes to mind of a big table full of food and surrounded by our relatives. Christmas may be losing its religious nature to some people but it will never lose its familiar touch, the ending of the year is still a date t… read more

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Jenny Chang - “What I Like About Maynooth As A Uni”

I could not help but notice the differences between my college and Maynooth University the second I stepped onto the campus grounds. Its spaciousness first surprised me. After I became familiar with the area I would constantly visit, I no longer found it a struggle but an enjoyment walking in Mayno… read more

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Muhammad Reefath Rahman - “How to be a student leader in the Business World”

Since early childhood, I always had a dream to complete my higher education in the field of business from a higher ranked international university and today I am proud of my decision to study at the UniSA Business School.   UniSA Business School Currently, I am in the final semester … read more

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Annamae Beeler Sax - “Finding My Own Way”

Christmas has always been my absolute favorite time of year, ever since I was a child, kind of to a frightening degree. I get an almost violent joy from decorating a Christmas tree and baking cookies, and I start playing my favorite Christmas music November first. (Who am I kidding? I listen to that… read more

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Yufei Huo - “My Start At Maynooth University”

With hope and excitement, I arrived at Maynooth University in September 2016. I am studying for my Masters in Accounting. Ireland is such a beautiful country far away from my hometown in China. So everything here to me is novel and well worth exploring. Ireland’s landscape, its history, its langua… read more

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Felipe Guapo - “Ireland Winter Fun”

Don't let the weather get in your way, you can have fun in Ireland from winter to winter! Another frozen morning If you are in Ireland, you probably noticed that the temperature dropped a few degrees in the last few weeks. To someone like me, that is used to a tropical weather, the cold is not a… read more