Northern Ireland Student Blogger

Exploring Languages Near and Far: Creating My Independent Study Project

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. AV Lee-A-Yong is HECUA’s student blogger for the Conflict, Peace, and Transition program in Northern Ireland this spring. Ze is a student at Swarthmore College, majoring in peace and conflict studies, minoring in psychology. Read […] Read More »

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Northern Ireland Student Blogger Study Abroad

AV’s Unofficial Guide to Managing Quarantine Longing

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. AV Lee-A-Yong is HECUA’s student blogger for the Conflict, Peace and Transition program in Northern Ireland this spring. Ze is a student at Swarthmore College, majoring in peace and conflict studies, minoring in psycholgoy. Read on […] Read More »

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Northern Ireland Student Blogger Study Abroad

Time to Craic On: Working, Learning, and Having Fun at The Rainbow Project

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. AV Lee-A-Yong is HECUA’s student blogger for the Conflict, Peace and Transition program in Northern Ireland this spring. Ze is a student at Swarthmore College, majoring in peace and conflict studies, minoring in psycholgoy. Read […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Landscapes and Learning: Our Initial Residence at Corrymeela

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. AV Lee-A-Yong is HECUA’s student blogger for the Conflict, Peace and Transition program in Northern Ireland this spring. Ze is a student at Swarthmore College, majoring in peace and conflict studies, minoring in psycholgoy. […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Final Reflections from Northern Ireland

As I finished my internship with the Verbal Arts Centre, I began to reflect on the power of storytelling. The opportunity to read and talk with nursing home residents in one Verbal program made me excited, but also nervous since I did not think I would be able to connect to the group. Nevertheless, the stories I listened to and told in that first session and the many sessions afterwards, as we laughed, talked, and sang, erased the vast gap in our experiences and backgrounds. I began to truly understand how literature and stories bring people together. Read More »

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news release

What’s in a name?

In this article, Northern Ireland Program Director Nigel Glenny explains the importance behind the program’s new name, “Conflict, Peace and Transition in Northern Ireland.” Growing up in Northern Ireland, during an extended period of violent conflict, it was very clear to me that names can mean a lot. One’s name could easily identify you as […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Thank You, Derry-Londonderry

During the last couple of days, as we tried to say goodbye to each other and the town we'd come to love so well, I struggled to find words. Even now, a whole week out of there, I still can't grasp the right words. I don't know how to write this post and convey the sadness I felt in leaving, or the profound joy of life I discovered while there. As a big talker, I find myself in a massively uncomfortable situation. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Still Learning in Northern Ireland

From the many interactions I've had, I learned that everyone we meet is broken somewhere inside them. I learned that no matter how put together or perfect a person's life may seem, they have all experienced deep hurt and pain. With that being said, I also learned the power of speech, in voicing in your troubles, and the potential positive effect this can have. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Happiness in Dublin

Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Giorgia Piantanida will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Northern Ireland program this spring semester. Giorgia is a junior at Swarthmore College, double-majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and Environmental Studies. Read on for […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Stories, Not Statistics.

One thing that has been repeated in and out of the classroom during my time in Derry/Londonderry is the power and importance of relationships. I see this at work at the Pat Finucane Centre. Read More »

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