TESTIMONIALS - FROM OUR STUDENTS
Dan Cronin - Major: Physician Assistant
Courses Taken: Microbiology, Q201 Tradition, Culture, Ireland in Europe - Historical Perspectives,
Q203 Literature, Language, and Culture, BIO330 Anatomy, Practicum: Q401 Comparative Medical Systems
A Lesson in Living
24th November 1999
Since I arrived here in Ireland I have achieved so much. I feel like I have reached a
turning point at which all of my future experiences will be placed in reference to.
There are now pre-Ireland experiences and post-Ireland experiences. In a way I have reached
a memory landmark. I have developed so much as an individual and learned so much as a person
that nothing will ever be the same.
I don't want to sound melodramatic. I truly feel as if I have had a life altering experience
here. Before I came here, home was in Amherst, New Hampshire at 7 Woodland Drive, the gray
house with red doors. In a way, that house will always be my home. My parents live there,
and my love for my family will keep it a place where I will always go to feel that love again.
But there is a difference now. I feel ready to make my own home somewhere. I don't mean that
I am ready to get married, settle down, have kids and own a mini-van. I mean that I now have
the confidence to reach away from the comforts of the house my parents live in and develop my
own future. I always thought that I was ready for that the second I left high school and moved
into my career as a college student, but I realize I was missing one vital thing, life
The world has become much smaller since I have spent four months in Ireland. I have visited
and become familiar with Dublin, London, Galway, Cork and soon Belfast. I now understand what
it means to be a European, and to see the U.S. from a different perspective. Travel is easy,
when it becomes a priority.
I see myself making travel a priority for the rest of my life. I need to see more. I want
to experience a wider variance of cultures, from Africa to Zurich. I want to live in, not
just visit, different corners of the globe.
I would ask anyone who is thinking of taking a semester abroad to understand that they will
leave unsettled. When I say unsettled, I mean that they will remain unhappy unless they are
taking or planning their next trip. I'm already planning mine.