A New Adventure Lies Ahead!

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”

– Ambrose Redmoon

Hi everyone! My name is Gracie Malcomb and I am a senior studying Humanities and English. This semester I am studying abroad in Ireland, which is a dream come true for me! I have been in Ireland for about three weeks, and I am already loving my time here so much. It is such a surreal feeling to finally be here, and I am so excited to have the chance to showcase why Ireland is such a special place in my heart with you over the course of the semester!

My travel jar I have been saving up since I was 16 (hoping to use it for my first independent travels)!

Although I am a really indecisive person, I have always known that if I were to ever study abroad in college, it would be in Ireland. So last spring when I decided to take a leap of faith and submit my study abroad application, I chose to do a direct enrollment program at a local university in Limerick, Ireland. Being in a direct enrollment program has been such an incredible experience for me! I have had the opportunity to meet students from around the world from places like Germany, France, the Netherlands, Zimbabwe, and Brazil; and I also have the opportunity to attend weekend trips and events planned by the International Office! The University of Limerick is a much bigger school than Wofford, but I am loving experiencing a new and different kind of school. One of my favorite things to do on campus is to go on walks and explore the hidden charms near and around campus! I am also living in a six-bedroom apartment on campus with four first-year students from Germany, and a third-year student from the States! When I first arrived on campus I was a little worried that I would be missing out since I wasn’t technically in the “city center,” but now that I have been in Ireland for the past three weeks, it is such a blessing living in an on-campus accommodation because the public transportation in Ireland is so accessible! The city center is about a 15-20 minute bus ride, and I am beginning to become more comfortable with navigating the bus system in Limerick.

Over the next four months, some of my goals are to go outside of my comfort zone, to join some clubs and societies offered on campus (like the surf club and outdoors club), to explore Ireland, and to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. See you next time!