Thursday, April 16, 2009

MY FOURTH IES Blog Video- Dublin Food


My 4th IES video.

It can be scary being away from your typical food comforts when studying abroad. That's why I am recommending to you, after much experimentation, some of my favorite restaurants and types of food in Dublin. Cheers!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Buses with Wi Fi

So, I am riding back after a fabulous visit to see Mike in Galway, and guess what, the bus has Wi Fi! So I can keep you updated on the happenings of the bus! FYI, we had to stop at some slummy hospital because a guy on the bus wasn't feeling well. I will be so pissed if that adds five minutes to this bus ride.

So, anyway...

This past weekend was my first Easter (holla at my sista) without my family! Sad face. I made them a video to tell them I missed them, and my mom just commented that is was nice I was trying to be funny.

Speaking of trying to be funny, my super Canadian friend, Sammy, succeeded. At least in my opinion. She made a hilarious video, and I want to share it with all of you.
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1024905956486&ref=mf
I don't actually know if that link will work. If it didn't and you are super pissed off and you really NEED to see it, go to my facebook page and view the video posted by Sammy Breslauer.


I am really happy about the friends I have made in Dublin, and I am really gonna miss them. I am trying to convince several of them to transfer to Penn State, because I think they would be lovely additions to my friend circles.

On the other hand, I really do miss my friends from home. It is weird that I won't see them for so long. The summer separates many of us because we come from far and wide. Well, mostly just Pennsylvania. But some people are interning in New York! I hate those people. So much.

<3

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My Third IES Blog Video

Don't make too much fun of me for this video blog. When I imagined it in my head, I assure you that it looked a lot cooler. 



I have been studying abroad for 3 months, and I have traveled a TON. This super artsy music video is a mash up of everything I have experienced and seen. I hope it get anyone considering studying abroad pumped!

Let's Play in Bray!

Here's another reason why I love Dublin: there are so many playgrounds! And by playgrounds I don't mean your typical seesaw and slide, I mean beaches and hills and rocks and places that kids dream about exploring! Not to mention the abandoned castle you pass every so often. So this past Sunday we went to Bray. You can get there via the Dart from Dublin, it's only about 2 euro and a thirty minute ride. But the sites are breathtaking! It made me feel like a child again. 
Not this child though. Trevor, that is so creepy.
And here is a video treat!


video

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Irish Grading System: Nobody Likes You

There's nothing like some shit grades to remind you that you aren't just on vacation but in school.

My first grade of a 43 was on my International Economics midterm. I knew I blew that one. I could feel it, even if I didn't know i did that bad.

My second grade I had confidence in. I have never worked as long as I did on my Democracy and Development essay. Seriously, I did so much research, I wanted to do well. I got my grade (or "mark" as they say) back yesterday.

57.

EFF. THE. IRISH. GRADING. SYSTEM.

Don't they realize that my GPA is going to be bombed this semester? Not to mention that these are both one of two grades that will make up my final grade.

I remember back to when my mentor was so excited she got a 41 on a test. "I didn't fail! I didn't fail!"

I should explain the grading scale, I guess. The rough conversion is 70+ is an A, 65-70 is an B+, 60-64 is a B-, 55-59 is a C+, 50-54 is a C-, 45-49 is a D+, 40-44 is a D-, and below 40 is an F.

So, I am very unhappy. My finals are going to stress me out, and that will be a super fun way to end my study abroad experience. CAN TRINITY BE LESS HARD PLEASE?