Monday, September 10, 2007

University Life

My oldest granddaughter started her first day of college today. She is taking the first semester of her Freshman year at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland. Check out her blog

At Freshman orientation which I attended with her, I heard that less than 2% of students study abroad. I was amazed at such a very low figure, so I checked into it a bit and found that some studies (related article) say it is closer to 1%.

The speaker said that these young adults were part of a unique and special group of people. But I didn't need a college professor to tell me that. I knew from the minute I set eyes on her just 18 short years ago that she was very unique and special.

She just sent me this great photo of her "dorm". This University doesn't have dormitories as we know them here in the States. None of those little cramped "cells" with 2 or 3 students crammed in and bathrooms down the hall.

The students live on campus in apartments. Each apartment has 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and living room. 3 female and 3 male students share the apartment. The guys share one bathroom, the girls share the other, and they all share the kitchen and living room.

The apartments are shared by international students from all over the world.

Sounds like quite an independent and interesting college lifestyle to me. What a wonderful way to get a young adult off and running to be an adventurous, independent citizen of this beautiful global community that we live in.

Gypsy Girl


Garten said...

I feel guilty that my daughter didn't get to do study abroad. I just felt we couldn't afford it at the time. However, she has traveled quite a bit (she's been to Poland, England, Ireland and Scotland).

I'm glad your grandaughter has this opportunity.

your favorite said...

Hey Grammy,
You are doing an excellent job on the blog. it looks like you have been working long and hard on it! i didnt read the whole thing, but i love the picture of us "littles" doing the yoga pose on the beach. Hope you are enjoying yourself. I love and miss you a lot!