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.