Annamae Beeler Sax - “Rolling Under the Stars”

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Annamae Beeler Sax

Annamae Sax is a double major in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry and Gender and Women's studies (specialising in Queer and Trans Studies) who is traveling from Tucson, Arizona to Maynooth, Ireland. When she's not in class or stuck in a book, she loves to act, hike, and explore the world with her friends.

“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 time here would go by in the blink of an eye, and I was right. I tried my hardest to savor every second I’ve had in Europe this year, even in the sky or sick with one of the many colds I contracted; I did my best, and sitting here reflecting, the day before I go back to the states, I don’t have any regrets.

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My two best friends from back home came to visit me last week (the three of us sharing a twin bed and an air mattress was fun) and I got the chance to show them around my home for the past year. That was when it really hit me, how much this country and this campus has grown to mean to me, as I was showing it off to people who know the Arizona girl, not the Irish one. They were as taken with the green and cold as I was when I first arrived, and it was so bittersweet seeing them fall in love just like I had, knowing my time was almost up.

The three of us and my roommate spent the day at the Cliffs of Moher, stopping along the way to explore several other castles and rivers. Reaching the cliffs, we found our way to the edge, the light rain spattering our face but the fog just holding off so we could see the the ocean stretching to the horizon, crashing against the side of the cliffs.

Even though peering over the side to the far drop below terrified us, it also filled me with awe, and I found myself comparing it to studying abroad. Sitting there on the damp grass at the edge of the world, with nothing but the wind in your hair, is both frightening and exhilarating, and so is travel; that leap into the sky when you leave home will be the scariest thing, and simultaneously the best thing, you will ever do.

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