Each month, Office of International Students and Scholars introduces one international student/scholar by highlighting their cultural background, personal experience in both home country and U.S. It is our hope that this mini introduction will help Lehigh community to have a better understanding of the international students and scholars on campus. We encourage every student to participate in this activity. If you would like to be featured, send your message to email@example.com.
When I first had a look around the campus I couldn’t get over how beautiful the campus is (and that’s coming from a guy!). The buildings look so historic and in my opinion look way better both internally and externally than my home college back in Ireland. So needless to say the campus is brilliant except for that small detail of it being built on a mountain….. and all those steps and hills! You get used to it though.
Hmm these questions are getting trickier. The American culture is definitely different to Ireland…this might be a terrible example but I had a team meeting for one of my course recently. I arrived prepared but I didn’t bring my laptop as I normally don’t, however the rest of the team showed up with their apple macs and all of them just started working on the assignment on them I felt pretty out of place! That seems to be pretty normal to bring your laptops with you to class and meetings etc. … Language, even though I speak English there is definitely a difference between Ireland and America. I have had to be careful at times about what I say or how I say it in case I may unintentionally offend someone, as slang and common words used in Ireland mean something completely differently over here and also don’t make sense. I often have to say, reword or slow down what I have just said so I don’t look like an Idiot! With regard to American culture everything seems bigger or brighter here and also a lot of the products that we both actually have in both countries are very very different often sweeter here for whatever reason. One big cultural difference that I have just thought of is that American Colleges seem to promote sports in their college way better than in Ireland. I have just come home from a basketball game (which Lehigh won) and the support, facilities and teams are more supported, funded and of higher quality than that of colleges in Ireland. Our sports in college aren’t as well supported or promoted and the funding and money issued to the sports is definitely a lot smaller which is a pity because that is something I really love about American college and sports here!
The learning system or teaching system in place at College. Ireland’s educational system and especially College system is in the Stone Age I believe. We show up for lectures or class and sit there take the information we have been given and try to remember as much of that as we can for the exam. There is very little continuous assessment or group work in a lot of the modules back home. Here in America it’s much more interactive, you are encouraged to speak, question and share your thoughts or opinions.
It depends on the day really? I never really have two days that are the same which is a good and bad thing as I do like to have some aspects as a routine. I could have college which is pretty self-explanatory, some days I might have a few hours of college and have to rush to my part time job to finish off the day. Other days might be a bit quieter but I could have training or a match. Often then we could be going out which is always great fun at home, meeting up with friends and just having a laugh. It really depends on the day. One day I could be in college another day I may have to help out on the farm at home if my dad is stuck so yeah! Always start my day though having breakfast with my Mam and Dad which is nice to take a few minutes to talk to them before the day really starts.
Hobbies – would be sport and keeping fit. I love sport and playing matches and training it’s a great way to forget about the outside world for an hour or two and plus it’s great for your health and also a great way to make new friends and also see friends. I love meeting up with my friends too.
Well I have already been to Las Vegas but that was a three years ago when I was young so I guess that doesn’t count. I have been to NYC and will be going again on Saturday coming. I have plans to hit Florida for spring break and am aiming to go to Washington, Philly, Baltimore and Pittsburg before the semester is over. After that I will be heading for Las Vegas again and will try to get to California before I head for home. I am going to try and make the most out of this experience as it’s a great opportunity!
Well Ireland is a pretty small country. I think the entire country can fit into the state of Pennsylvania. Adventures can be big or small in my opinion. I have been to the capital and seen all the ‘tourist’ things up there. I’ve been in just about every county in Ireland (there is 32 altogether). I have climbed are two highest mountains. I can’t think of many adventures as I probably don’t see them as adventures in my opinion.
I definitely miss my Family, my Nan, my two dogs and my friends. Family is very important to me and being so far away from them can be tough at times. What I miss really though is all my favorite foods and I can’t believe I am saying this but the weather too! It’s very cold here and although I love the snow it gets boring very quick. Ireland’s weather is mild and wet so that is saying a lot!
Definitely, a big tradition in Ireland is Gaelic Football which is our own Irish sport. It’s very hard to explain but it’s like a cross between soccer and rugby. There are 15 players on each team, 1 goalkeeper, 6 defenders, 2 midfielders and 6 forwards. Each has to score into the opponent’s goal. You can score a goal into the net (below the bar) which equals 3 points or you can score a point (over the bar and within two posts) which equals one point. It’s huge in Ireland and every County plays it. The game last 70 minutes, the ball is shaped like a soccer ball but made of tougher leather and the size of the pitch is 130m (metres) to 145m and width: 80m to 90m. Below is a photo of my local under 21 parish team who I play for we recently won out the county Championship. Also this link (skip to 1:05) will show you what it looks like to play football.
I would tell them to stay away from Dublin and all the main tourists’ spots that you would find on the internet. Dublin is the main hub for tourism and it does have a lot to offer but if you want to see the real Ireland after all the shopping, drinking and everything else go visit Connemara in Galway, go and climb Croagh Patrick in Mayo, see the cliffs of Moher in Clare. Go to the more unknown counties like Longford, Roscommon. Go to Donegal, go witness a game of Hurling or Gaelic football first hand and see exactly what it is like to play. Really though it doesn’t matter where you go or what you see in Ireland I really believe you will enjoy your time there, unless you are coming for good weather in that case you will be extremely disappointed!