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Valerie Woods Start Date: Sep 28, 2015 - End Date: Jan 25, 2016
  • Intern Abroad
  • Professional Development
  • Leadership/Training Program
  • Dublin, Ireland

My Travel Story

by: Valerie Woods Start Date: Sep 28, 2015 - End Date: Jan 25, 2016
  • Intern Abroad
  • Professional Development
  • Leadership/Training Program
The most meaningful travel exerience

Since entering my first year at Wilkes all I've wanted to do was study abroad. I started working at the Center for Global Education my second week into school. Getting to interact with the international and study abroad students at Wilkes has taught me just how valuable the experience is. I have become involved on campus with being an RA, Mentor, WUPB president that I believe the best time for me to study abroad would be Summer 2016. 
Getting accepted to Global Experience internship program is a dream come true! I have never been more excited in my life. I would be working as a Marketing/ Event planning intern in Dublin. I would take away so much from this oppurtunity. Getting to first hand experience the Irish culture, while working as Marketing/Event Planner paves the way for a bright future.
  • Dublin, Ireland


  • Christmas In Dublin

    Christmas in Dublin

    Christmas in Dublin! Some Ireland Traditions

    This time of year is filled with time spent decorating, shopping, taking part in festive activities with family, friends, and even doing something extra special for strangers. Christmas in the United States is a holiday that billions of dollars are spent on each year. Neighborhoods are decorated with lights, Christmas sales are underway, holiday movies are played on repeat, and we cannot forget one of the most favored traditions of picking out and decorating a Christmas tree. Other common December holidays in the United States are Kwanza- a pan African festival celebrated December 26-January 1st. Along with Hanukkah- an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple.

    This got me to start thinking about what it’s like in the country I will be visiting in 6 short months. How are these December holiday months spent in Ireland. From what I’ve learned Christmas is the biggest holiday in Ireland, much like the United States this holiday is one that is growing bigger and bigger each year.

    December 8th is the start of Christmas in Ireland, compared to the United States where the celebration of Christmas seems to begin right after Thanksgiving and officially on December 1st. The greeting for "Happy Christmas" in Irish is Nollaig Shona Duit translated to mean "Happy Christmas to you" ( I also found that the British English expression "Happy Christmas" is more common in Ireland than its American English equivalent of "Merry Christmas". In Ireland children eagerly await Santa to leave them presents on Christmas eve, it is tradition to leave mince pies and a Guinness out for Santa ( I’m happy that Santa is enjoying more than just milk and cookies! And an addition to turkey for Christmas dinner, sometimes spiced beef  is eaten. This can be served hot or cold. Dessert is commonly a Christmas Pudding ( />
    Other Ireland traditions include swimming in the sea on Christmas morning, often done for Charity. A common swimming destination is The 40 Foot Rock on the Southside of Dublin Bay. There are hundreds of people that take the leap into the chilling 50 degree (Fahrenheit) 10 degree (Celsius) water ( />

    I found it very interesting the similarities the Irish have in regards to celebrating Christmas along with the unique traditions they have of their own. I would like to wish everyone very Happy Holidays!

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