Becca Saran - 2013 Program Participant
Becca’s first day in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. It happened to be the weekend of a huge football match between Ireland and the Netherlands that determined who would be in the World Cup, so the Temple Bar area had Dutch flags and decorations everywhere.
What were the housing arrangements like during your internship in Dublin?
I lived in a suite style dorm that had a kitchen and common area. There were five rooms in the suite, with two people per room. It was nice to come home at the end of the day, have dinner with each other, and reflect on our day and time in Ireland.
During her first weekend in Dublin, Becca went hiking in a nearby fishing town named Howth with some new friends. Howth is known for its cliffs, hiking, and seals. The hike was a little difficult, but the views were breathtaking and the town was unbelievably charming.
What advice would you give to other students interning abroad in Dublin?
Keep an open mind in your internship. At times it can be tough and you may not know exactly what you’re doing, but your supervisor wants what is best for you and it will help you grow. The experience is really invaluable.
How has your experience interning abroad impacted your life?
My life completely changed thanks to my study abroad experience. I have become confident in my abilities to live past graduation, confident in my work experience and ability to overcome adversity, and I made lifelong friends. The lessons you learn and experiences you have while abroad are unmatched. Whenever I have job interviews, employers comment on my international experience. A huge benefit of interning abroad is that you are trusted with more work and you do not necessarily need a degree to work jobs that you would need one in the US.
What important tips can you give to future participants of the Dublin Internship program?
Be open-minded and take the time to get to know the country you’re living in. While it can be fun and tempting to travel every weekend, you really want to know the locals and discover your home country.
Though it is technically not a part of the Republic of Ireland, Antrim and the Carrick A Rece rope bridge are a must see in Ireland. A few of Becca’s friends took a bus tour of Northern Ireland with her to see The Giant’s Causeway, Antrim, and Belfast. This bridge stands hundreds of feet in the air above cliffs; only seven people are allowed on the bridge at a time. Terrifying, but absolutely worth it.
Did you experience any kind of reverse culture shock when you came back to the U.S.?
Coming home from Dublin was difficult because you have just spent four months with amazing people and then you have to adjust to not seeing them every day. There were a lot of little things that I experienced when I came back to the U.S. that I had not noticed before. People in Dublin (and Ireland in general) are extremely friendly and talkative, so coming back and going into a store in the US felt like a completely different experience. I also noticed people rushing around a lot more than they do in Dublin, and my personal favorite was looking the wrong way to cross the street.
If you could go on another BU program which one would you choose?
I have applied to BU’s Washington, DC Internship Program and am impatiently awaiting to hear if I have been accepted. I decided that I wanted to get more internship experience and specialized academic courses that pertain to my major and my interests. Additionally, I wanted to stay in the US for my last semester of college but still “go abroad.” Washington, DC is such a unique city and BU has such a fantastic program that I felt it was an opportunity I could not pass up.