Olivia Hanna - Journalism with Arts
"I had put a lot of planning and, frankly, over thinking into my decision to come study at NUI Galway. I had certain expectations for the duration of the four years, and less than one year into my course my expectations have been exceeded. I never thought that I would change as much as I have in such a short time. I’ve learned quite a lot in lectures and classes, but the real education has come from the experience of being in a culture unfamiliar from my own, teaching myself how to navigate and communicate across borders and barriers, and trusting my instincts. The benefits of the hard work of leaving home are well worth it; I’ve seen the sights of Ireland and beyond, listened to traditional music on the way home from the grocery store, and compared cultures with people all over the world. There’s only so much time we have to explore and to adventure. I’ll never regret packing my bags and seizing the opportunity to study at NUI Galway."