Coming from a school where the student body is over 35,000 strong, it was quite a change of pace coming to MIC, which has around 3,000 students. But I loved it! There was not one person on staff that I encountered who was unkind. Everyone, including the students, often went out of their way to help you out, if asked.
My study abroad experience at Mary I was so fulfilling and life-changing. Everyone I met in the International Office quickly became my friends and were beyond kind and accommodating. My time in Ireland has helped shaped me and taught me more about myself as a student and a person than I thought possible. It was truly the time of my life.
My time at MIC was nothing short of wonderful. I had the most amazing opportunity as an older student to not only study abroad but bring my 8-year-old daughter along with me. As scared as I was to go on this adventure, I don’t regret it for one second, and I would do it all over again. The international office here immediately made me feel at home. Studying in Ireland was one of the best experiences of my life.
Studying at Mary I is a wonderful experience for me. The teachers are amazing and the international office is so cool and supportive! The scenery of the country is very peaceful and pretty. Plus, I met a group of awesome friends from different cultures and gained precious friendships with them! I feel so lucky and happy to study here!
Coming from so far away, I was concerned about feeling homesick. However, the staff at Mary I became very much like family. I was warmly welcomed and knew that if I ever needed to talk with someone or a hug, I could always count on Ger, Holly, Ben and Seamus. It was comforting to have a wonderful network of people at Mary I and know that I now have an Irish family too.
The educational system at MIC is simply perfect and it made me realise that the smaller the college the better. I had the opportunity to make loads of friends both Irish and international, and together we travelled around the country during our free time, learned about the Irish culture, making the best memories ever. And the great thing of it all is that I had the opportunity to learn the basics of the Irish language, so Go raibh mile maith agat MIC!
The culture is very different from where I come from, I'm still trying to get used to the lingo and the different phrases that the Irish use. The International Office has been very supportive, and the students as well. It's been great.