11 people in our IFSA group with 6 of us from Colby! We spent the first few days in orientation together–here we are in front of the main gate to UCC and the main quad. There is a superstition that if you walk on the grass of the quad you will fail all of your classes here.
As part of our orientation we had a cooking demonstration. My group made salmon cakes which were really good and easy to make!
Our first grocery shopping trip at Tesco, one of the mains stores here. Not used to cooking for myself after having a meal plan but here are some of the meals I’ve been cooking so far.
Our apartments are really nice…we all have our own room with a full bed and bathroom which was surprising since I was expecting to have to share with everyone.
Just finished our first week of classes. I am taking Irish Archaeology: Prehistoric, ‘Celtic’ and Historic, Travel Writing, People, Place and Politics: Ireland, 1660-1960, The Great Famine: its Making, Meaning, and Memory, and Principles of Nutrition. 2 of my classes involve field trips throughout Ireland which I am excited for. I really like them all so far but am nervous about adjusting to a different academic system where instead of more of a continuous assessment, most of our grade depends on the final papers/exam. The different grading system where what would be a failing grade in the US (a 60%) is actually a really good grade here is also a lot different than what I am used to.