Center for International Programs - Study Abroad

Student Profile: Katherine Rice- University College of Cork

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Major(s): Food Marketing; International Business

Abroad Program: University College of Cork

Location: Cork, Ireland

Term: Fall 2013

Favorite Course: Food Marketing Supply Chains

Highlight:  Traveling around Europe (cheaply) and making international friends 

Best Excursion: Berlin, Germany/Back-packing trip

Favorite Dish: Salmon from the local English Market (bought it and pan fried it in my apartment every week, all of the fish is fresh at the market)

Least Favorite Dish: Black pudding (made with real pig's blood, but a traditional Irish dish)

Next Destination: Costa Rica

Describe your living situation.

In Cork, Ireland I lived in an apartment called Farranlea Hall. It was located a 10-minute walk from the college, and a 25-minute walk from city center. The bus stop into the city was located right outside of my apartment, making it easy to get around. There was also a small C-Store across the street, which was very handy when I needed something quick to eat. My complex was full of 1st year students (freshman).  I lived in a three-bedroom apartment with two girls from New York, students at SUNY Universities.  We each had our own bedrooms ensuite, kitchen and common living area. The complex had a laundry room, but one load to wash and dry was $7.00, very expensive.  It was also gated, only allowing access after 5pm and on the weekends with the swipe of an entrance card outside of the gate. 

Describe your best travel experience.

My best travel experience was my last 10 days of being abroad. I planned a backpacking trip across Europe with an American girlfriend that I met in Cork. We traveled to; Prague, Czech Republic, Salzburg, Austria, Zurich, Switzerland and Paris, France within 10 days. We stayed in hostels, traveled from city to city via train and bus and toured tons of Christmas markets in the cities.  We were able to eat local foods, visit the sites that the Sound of Music movie was filmed at, rode through the Swiss Alps and climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower. 

What was one fear you had before going? Would you have this same fear if you were going to study abroad again? Why or why not?

One fear I had before going abroad was that I was not going to make friends. I was going to Cork alone, living with random girls that I did not know and taking classes with all new people. I was afraid I would not be able to relate to students at the college and even Irish kids around me. If I was going to study abroad again, I would still fear the same thing, but too a less extreme. I know that I am outgoing and able to make friends, but it is still always a small challenge and you have to be willing to put yourself out to meet new people.