Student Stories

Looking to study abroad in Ireland? Many of your peers have embarked on this journey, enabling them to learn more about different cultures, as well as to learn more about themselves. Read about some experiences Kennedy had while abroad. 

Kennedy Heidel

Junior
Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communication/Advertising
Ireland – Summer, 2016

Although you studied in Ireland, were you able to travel while abroad?
Yes! When my program was over, my mom met me and we traveled to Wexford and Belfast.

What was something you did abroad that made it a valuable experience?
While abroad, I was able to make graphics for an Irish children’s book based on what I saw and experienced while I was traveling. This was a great hands-on learning experience.

Why would you recommend going abroad to a friend or a peer?
It’s amazing experiencing a different culture, especially one like Ireland where everyone is so friendly! It’s great to place yourself outside of your comfort zone, but also have a large group that you can rely on.

“The group of friends that I made in Ireland really made my study abroad experience for me.”

Speaking of placing yourself outside of your comfort zone, how has your abroad experience changed your outlook?
It made me realize that there is so much more to my major than I have ever realized in my classes.

Is there anything you wish you knew before going abroad?
How much money I would spend!

Besides saving money, what piece of advice would you give to future SMAD students going abroad?
Experience everything! Don't be afraid to go off the beaten path. I went to the train station one day and just handed over 10 euro and got a ticket to a little beach town. It was amazing and I met so many locals!

Kennedy paid 10 euros at the bus station to visit the beach in a tiny town outside of Cork, Ireland.
Kennedy paid 10 euros at the bus station to visit the beach in a tiny town outside of Cork, Ireland.

Kennedy kissing the Blarney Stone in Cork, Ireland
Kennedy kissing the Blarney Stone in Cork, Ireland.

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