Greetings i-studentglobal readers and fans!
It seems that even with the responsibilities I now hold in my new position as North American Officer and US Representative for University College Cork (UCC), I just can’t seem to neglect my pen (well, keyboard, as my handwriting is pretty atrocious) and write yet another blog to all of you.
Last time I checked in, I was adjusting to my new role and my new office in Manhattan, and I shared with you my trepidations about learning to navigate the “Big Apple” as a stereotypical “Small Town Girl” and about how thrilled I was to be working to promote Study Abroad and Postgraduate programs at UCC.
I write to you now, 6 months later, not as that same “Small Town Girl” who didn’t know the E Train from the C Train or who thought that Starbucks was always the best place to get coffee (my new favourite is Ground Central between Lexington and 3rd), but instead as a young woman proud to represent Ireland, Cork, and University College Cork through my travels, words, and actions, and as an individual who has grown more than that “other me” would have ever thought possible.
I came to discover just how incredibly blessed I was, and am, to be representing University College Cork in the United States market.
Along my path to learning the ropes of my new position and, in doing so, figuring out just how much I could accomplish in my new job given the proper time, dedication, perseverance, and (yes) stubbornness, I came to discover just how incredibly blessed I was, and am, to be representing University College Cork in the United States market.
I always knew that I loved Ireland and that my time studying at the University of Limerick, at both the Study Abroad and Postgraduate levels, helped to shape me into the person I am today.
What I couldn’t have predicted, however, was just how perfect a fit my career at University College Cork was for me as a professional and as an individual.
To delve further into the above assertion, I have to first confess something to all of you. While I may have a certain aptitude for speaking my mind and voicing my thoughts and opinions through the written word, I have never been successfully able to do so unless, of course, I truly believe in the cause, organization, or topic that I am choosing to highlight through my words.
It is with this declaration, that all of you can gauge just how much respect I have for the institution that I now call my place of employment. You see, as I made my way through high school, college at Marist and then at UL, and life as a professional, I made a promise to myself that I would always make my livelihood through a job that I not only could accomplish but also one in which I could place my trust and confidence.
I have found such a place via my work with University College Cork.
UCC isn’t merely a historic, culturally diverse, visually gorgeous, and scholastically renowned institute, though all of these aspects add to its appeal. It is also:
- The home of renowned mathematician and scholar, George Boole, who is commonly known as the “father of the information age”. (Follow this link for more information: http://www.georgeboole.com/ )
- The 2nd Ranked Greenest University in the world.
- A campus dedicated to research for not only intellectual endeavours, but also the betterment of international healthcare and human rights, the protection of our planet’s natural resources and living things, and the preservation of culture and history in Ireland and throughout the world.
- A school that boasts an incredible Study Abroad Program (which includes exclusive study abroad classes, an Early Start Program, and 10 new law classes). (For our International Student Blog, follow this link: https://uccinternational.wordpress.com/ )
- A place where students can earn postgraduate degrees in one year for costs lower than most programs in the USA.
- A place where students from any belief, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or background can come to learn in a safe and academically challenging environment.
- A university that promotes physical and mental health through programs like UCC Health Matters and UCC Mental Health Week.
- A school where students and faculty alike have a passion for giving back to the community, both locally and at large.
- An institution of higher education where student voices are heard, acknowledged and respected through countless clubs, societies, and the UCC Student Union.
- A university that prides itself on having a student population made up of scholars from over 100 of the world’s countries.
University College Cork has afforded me that chance to make a living while promoting a university that I consider to be one of the most revered institutions of higher learning worldwide
So, you see, besides giving me the incredible opportunity to travel to countless (okay, 50 so far) colleges and universities in the USA to talk to students who, like me, possess a fervor for travel and adventure and a need to see the world in new and exciting ways, University College Cork has afforded me that chance to make a living while promoting a university that I consider to be one of the most revered institutions of higher learning worldwide.
I am eager to see what the rest of my first year of work brings as I strive to inspire students to take the first steps on their abroad voyages! Go raibh maith agat.