Megan O’Callaghan

Megan in Glendalough, County Wicklow. "You are supposed to lean on this Celtic Cross and make a wish....I wish I could stay in Ireland forever!"

Megan in Glendalough, County Wicklow.
“You are supposed to lean on this Celtic Cross and make a wish….I wish I could stay in Ireland forever!”

Megan studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland and plans to work as a production assistant or an editor for a television show or at a news station.

Where did you go to school?

Temple University

When and where did you study abroad?

May-June of 2012 in Dublin, Ireland

What was the BEST part about studying abroad?

The best part of studying abroad was the accessibility to get around Ireland. We were living in Dublin and going to class in Dublin, but on the weekends we had easy access to public transportation to get to Galway, Cork, and Belfast in Northern Ireland.

What did you learn about the rest of the world from studying abroad? What did you learn about yourself from the experience?

Studying abroad gave me new confidence in myself. I had never been outside the country. This was my first time leaving America and I was going with 16 strangers. My ability to adapt and explore gave me the opportunity to make 16 new friends. Although I felt alone as I left the security of home and family, I was entering a country where the culture has a foundation of good hospitality. I learned that I can overcome my fears and there is unlimited opportunity that the world offers.

What was your BIGGEST challenge while studying abroad and how did you manage to handle it?

My biggest challenge was being away from my family and friends. I Skyped them every day and kept a journal. Technology made me feel not so far away. The other challenge was managing money; the conversion rates and the name. It took a little while to get use to saying “Euros” instead of “Dollars.” As soon as I got use to the Euro, we traveled to Northern Ireland where they use the “Pound!”

How did studying abroad change your life?

My study abroad experience gave me content for my resume. I studied broadcasting and chose to film my experience. I edited my footage into short videos and posted them to my WordPress blog. I feature this on my resume and highlight it in my interviews. The footage also gave me practice with the editing software, Final Cut Pro, which is a commonly used program.

What are your future plans?

My future plans is to become a production assistant or work as an editor. I want to work either on a television show or in a news station. I enjoy telling stories and I do this through my editing. It is my way of creatively showing where I have been and what I have seen. Everyone has a story. I want to help tell it.

What’s your BEST piece of advice for someone who is thinking about studying abroad?

I would tell someone to go for it. You need to challenge yourself in life and what better of a challenge than to live in a new country? If you can adapt to new cultures and a different lifestyle, you will gain a whole new confidence within yourself. It makes you a better person. The education you receive is far superior to anything you will learn in a classroom.

Emily Maher

Emily studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland. She is currently studying at Temple University and hopes to study abroad again before she graduates.

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