Looking on the Bright Side: Studying abroad during a Pandemic

By Natalie Schmidt

As I reflect on my adventures in Ireland, I think about the rich history that I’ve been so lucky to explore. I got to visit the Cliffs of Moher, a famous sight that many people have been blessed to view over the years. I also got to experience Bunratty Castle, walk around the Medieval village, and learn about its history. 

Cliffs of Moher

I’ve come to realize that we’re living in a momentous part of history right now: the COVID-19 pandemic. Future generations will look back on how we handled the crisis. I wonder what they will think of our actions. So although my experience abroad isn’t exactly what I imagined, I know that the sacrifices will be worth it so that I can tell future generations that yes, we handled the pandemic the best that we could.

Bunraty Castle

Online classes have given me the flexibility to enjoy UL’s gorgeous campus by taking long walks with a friend by the river. On these walks, I’ve come upon Castle Black and climbed it many times, again experiencing more amazing history. If the pandemic weren’t happening, I don’t think I’d be pushed to experience the beautiful outdoors: the River Shannon and walking trails. And let me tell you, I’m so glad that I did. 

Walks along UL’s Campus

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