Meet Grace Keegan, a junior here at Nazareth College! Grace is a communication sciences and disorders major. In the future she hopes to work as a speech language pathologist in a hospital or school setting.
Last spring, Grace had the opportunity to study abroad in the charming country of Ireland. She spent the whole spring semester traveling all around Ireland. She also had the chance to explore many other countries, including Italy, England, the Netherlands, Hungary, Germany and Scotland.
Hear it from Grace herself:
“Going abroad changed my life in so many different ways. Living in Ireland and traveling to eleven other countries expanded my worldview and broadened my horizons a lot. Being in new places with different types of people taught me a lot about the world around me. I now feel as if I tasted what it was like to see new and amazing places and it only caused me to want to go out into the world and experience even more. I am more drawn to new experiences and adventures than I ever was before, and I constantly seek out new culture so I can learn more from the people around me that are unlike myself. I will always love to travel, and will hopefully be able to embark on exciting trips in the future”.
One of Grace’s favorite memories abroad was on her twentieth birthday. Grace and her roommates visited the Cliffs of Moher with their travel group. When they arrived it was rainy and cloudy (typical for Ireland). Disappointed that they were not able to see the other side of the cliffs, they headed back to the bus. As they were about to leave, the clouds disappeared, allowing them to see the beauty of the cliffs. “We got to see it perfectly, and it was one of the most beautiful sights”. When they were ready to head back to the bus, the bus driver told Grace that the clouds went away for her birthday. “He proceeded to play a traditional Irish song about a girl named Grace for the whole bus. It was such a great example of my time in Ireland because it not only showed how fickle the weather can be, but how caring and personal the Irish were”.
Grace loves traveling more than anything, in the future she can’t wait to set out on many more exciting journeys.
If you have the opportunity to study abroad, take the leap! Don’t think about it, just do it! For more information visit, The Center for International Education’s website.