Hello everyone, my name is Caela Provost and I’m a postgraduate student studying English at the University of Limerick!
I hail from Winchendon, a small town in Massachusetts, where I did most of my growing up with the three best brothers a girl could ask for. After graduating high school as my class Valedictorian, I went on to attain a BA in English and a Minor in Music from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York where I loved every minute of my undergraduate experience.
Now for a little bit of who I am… Words are my life, and I honestly don’t know where I’d be or who I’d be right now without the written word. I enjoy travelling, exploring new and exciting places, boating and working at Lake Winnipesaukee, mocha chip ice cream, fireworks, making music, Christmas time, and spending time with my family and friends. I dislike most vegetables, that Gwen Stefani song about the bananas and I’m terrified of clowns.
Most of all, I am looking forward to writing and talking to all of you about why I chose to get my MA in English here at the beautiful University of Limerick!
I anticipate hearing from you soon!
Firstly, I want to thank all of you for reading! For me, writing is just as meaningful to the “reader” as it is to the “writer,” and I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to thank you all for your interest in studying in Ireland; without you, I wouldn’t have this amazing opportunity to write and share my experiences. Thank you!
I should preface the content of this blog post with the following: I studied abroad at the University of Limerick (where I now go to school) in the spring of 2009. This being said, you’d think after spending a full six months in Ireland when I was 21, and then coming back for my postgraduate education, that I’d be able to quickly and eloquently give a definitive reason telling you why I chose to attend university in Ireland. The truth is – I can’t.
However, this inability to give you a straightforward reason for studying here should by no means tell you that I can’t think of something good to say about my education, and has little to do with the fact that my mind may or may not be swimming with the content of three research papers due in two weeks or so. No.
The reason I am struggling is that I really can’t seem to put into words how incredibly ecstatic I am to have been afforded the opportunity to study here.
I could tell you I chose to come here because of the unbelievably breathtaking landscapes and views. Even on rainy days (which do occur here from time to time), everything is green, vibrant, and full of life.
I could tell you I chose to come here because of Ireland’s rich history. How whenever I walk down the streets of Limerick I discover something different and interesting, or how every day I learn something new even when I’m not in class.
I could tell you that I chose to come here for the amazing education offered at my school. Not only do I get to heighten my knowledge and love of literature but also broaden it by reading and writing about new ideas from a different culture.
I could tell you that I chose to come here because for some reason, a reason not even I can put my finger on, I feel safe here in Ireland. Welcomed by everyone I meet, I feel at home.
I could tell you all these things and I’d still feel like I’m missing something. I guess the best thing I can say to all of you is this: I knew I was taking a risk in coming to Ireland to study. What I didn’t know, was that the risk I took in coming here, would turn into one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Ireland has been an adventure – my adventure, and that choice is one I wouldn’t change for the world.