The Sunflower in Ireland

Hazel Mayca Start Date: Dec 19, 2016 - End Date: Apr 18, 2017
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • Vacation/Personal Trip
  • Galway, Ireland

My Travel Story

by: Hazel Mayca Start Date: Dec 19, 2016 - End Date: Apr 18, 2017
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • Vacation/Personal Trip
Hello All! :)

My name is Hazel Mayca and I am a junior at Arizona State University, pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology, and Family and Human Development. I have been accepted into the Liberal Arts, Business & Irish Studies Program at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I have been blessed enough to have the privilege of studying there for five months beginning January 3, 2017.

I am the oldest of four children and the oldest of seven grandchildren. I am also the first in my immediate and extended family to attend college, which makes me a first-generation college student. Because of this, I have always had tons of eyes looking over my shoulder. There has been a lot of pressure from everyone including myself, to raise the bar high for all those who are to follow me. I am involved in many clubs and positions at ASU. I am a sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Incorporated and our mission is to empower women of all cultures. Being a part of this has made me love every bit of my college experience even more. I graduated from North High School with honors and that is where I first learned about studying abroad.

I have always loved traveling, even if it was to other small towns or states. When I learned about students going to other countries to attend school, I knew it was something I was going to do. This amazing opportunity is going to broaden my horizons and allow me to experience a different part of the world first hand. This is a chance for me to travel, learn about different cultures and traditions all while empowering myself and using this experience to further my future and career.

Everything I do is not only because I want to better myself as a person, but it is because I want to show all those that have believed in me that I did it all and much more. I want to be a role model to my younger siblings and cousins. Through my actions I hope they will become inspired and follow their dreams just as I am doing by studying abroad. Reminding them that they can also reach their goals with a little help from their community.

In general, traveling to Europe is expensive. I am reaching out to my friends, family, sorority sisters and anyone who is willing to help me out. Thankfully, I have worked two part-time jobs since I started college, but have used that money to pay for my remaining tuition at ASU. There is still a big amount of money that I need to come up with and could use some help along the way. I have provided the amounts that I need and what they would be used for below. I know and understand how life can be (especially this time of year), but I am asking for help, because I cannot do this alone. If you have even just a dollar to give, it would mean so much to me! If you cannot donate, I ask that you please share my link. I would love it if any of you had advice on packing and preparing tips, traveling tips or saving while abroad to pass on to me. If you can contribute a minimum of $10, I will send you a postcard from my trip.

$2000.00 - Meals (not included in program fee)
$250.00 - Books and Supplies
$300.00 - Local Transportation
$300.00 - Register with Irish Immigration Fee

I am so very grateful, and I cannot wait for this life changing experience. I am eternally thankful and I cannot wait to share my blessings with you all while abroad.
  • Galway, Ireland