Student Blogger

Falling in Love with Life Overseas: More from Becca

But the thing about studying or living abroad is that there really is no guarantee you will enjoy the experience. You can read all of the promotional material and Google Image search all you want, but there’s no way of telling whether you will be thriving or enduring the next three months until you have actually settled into your new life overseas. And to my slightly surprised gratitude, I have discovered that I love the abroad life. Read More »

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Study Abroad

Lost in Translation: Becca in Northern Ireland

Since I’m a native English speaker studying abroad in an English-speaking place, many people would assume language would not be at the front my mind. Read More »

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Study Abroad

A Land of Aching Beauty – Becca in Northern Ireland

Photo Credit: Clare Schaefers Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Becca Carcaterra will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Northern Ireland program this spring semester. Becca is a senior at St. Olaf College, majoring in English with a Race and […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

Unheard Voices in Northern Ireland

A ‘peace wall’ separating Protestant/Unionist and Catholic/Nationalist communities in Derry-Londonderry. Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Hilary Wickenhauser will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Northern Ireland: Democracy and Social Change program this fall semester. Hilary is a Gustavus […] Read More »

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Behind the Scenes

Meet the Faculty: Northern Ireland Program Director Nigel Glenny

We’re lucky to have talented and passionate faculty here at HECUA, in our domestic programs and abroad. HECUA’s Program Director in Northern Ireland, Nigel Glenny, has been a member of the HECUA teaching team since 2007.  Nigel is a serious scholar of civic engagement and action. In addition to his role as Program Director for […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

Spring Break in Zagreb with student blogger Molly Dubois

So yes, my chapter of rolling hills, walking Strand Road, talking and working with extraordinary ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds, watching Netflix in bed with my flatmates while eating Zora’s Takeout, visiting the sea, castles, and historic spaces, reading Jonathan Swift on the train, enjoying a quality Guinness, and really looking in on myself and my country from a different perspective is coming to an end. Read More »

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Study Abroad

Internships in Northern Ireland – More from student blogger Molly

Photo via Derry Blue Badge Guide.  This is the second post in a series of blogs from HECUA’s student correspondent in Northern Ireland: Molly Dubois. Molly is a senior at the University of Minnesota, pursuing an individualized degree in Youth Studies, Political Science, and Democracy and Social Change through the College of Continuing Education’s Intercollege Program. […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

How in the HECkUA did I get to Northern Ireland? – Student Blogger Molly

HECUA’s classroom is far from conventional. We had multiple field trips and meet with many people working in areas of commemoration, reconciliation, education, and more. It has been amazing reading texts for reference and then talking with such honest people about their lived experience. Read More »

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Student Blogger

St. Patrick’s Day in Northern Ireland – More from student blogger Pelle

St. Paddy’s day is very different here – and that difference was a frequent topic of conversation between us and locals we encountered in various settings. While it is a holiday here (we got the day off from our internships and attended a parade) the festivities were much less extravagant then those in Boston or New York. Read More »

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Student Blogger

Thoughts on re-entry – Liza’s story

As I prepared to return home to my college campus after studying abroad for a semester, I was naturally both excited and nervous. Of course I was sad to leave Northern Ireland, to say good-bye to friends and for the semester to be over, but I was looking forward to being around my family and friends, to sleep in my own bed, and to jump into the rest of my studies. Read More »

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