Jasna Rajnar Petrovic - “A tale of a Slovenian coming back to Ireland”


Jasna Rajnar Petrovic

My name is Jasna Rajnar Petrovic, a recent graduate coming from the beautiful green capital of Slovenia which goes by the name Ljubljana. I did an Erasmus exchange semester at Maynooth University 4 years ago, but I fell in love with Ireland so I was looking for an opportunity to come back. It presented itself in the form of an Erasmus+ internship in the International Office which will keep me here until the end of June – afterwards, who knows?

Coming back after 4 long years proved to bring a mixture of feelings to me. Firstly I needed to finish, submit and defend my masters’ thesis before coming here, which I managed to do in the nick of time. Secondly, my flight got cancelled because of Storm Emma. So I arrived at Dublin airport with a big balloon of anticipation, a bubble of anxiety but mostly very drained from the previous two intense thesis-writing months.

MU campus in snow

Before we embark on my journey, I’d like every prospective student, intern, or whoever is coming to Ireland to take this to heart: Don’t lose hope if you don’t find accommodation straight away. Don’t lose it if people you know in Ireland keep telling you that finding housing is hard. It’s all going to work out when you are physically present in the country and available for viewings.

When you like what you see at a viewing, don’t hesitate to say that you want it and have the necessary rent and deposit on you. I promise you that everything will be fine and that the accommodation will seem the biggest problem for you in Ireland – and after you have it, you’re sorted and ready to lead a problem-free life!

Dublin houses

I’m forever grateful to my friend Zarja, who hosted me in Dublin for the first five days of my stay. It, of course, meant that I had to commute to work every day initially, but without this factor I would not be able to make a fool of myself only on the second day – I was so proud of myself for arriving at Tara Street train station on time in the morning that I didn’t realise I boarded the wrong train! I ended up in Malahide, not Maynooth!