The Irish experience: studying abroad

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fertility drugs not clomid This summer, University of West Florida theatre, art and music students took a life-changing study abroad adventure to Dublin, Ireland, where they expanded their minds and delved into the world of the arts.

They embarked on their near month long experience May 28 and returned June 21 with a whole new life perspective. Senior theatre major Josh Thomas said, “I can’t describe how amazing Ireland was for me. I can’t explain how it changed me. But as a student, and an actor, the time I spent in Ireland changed my life forever, and I’m so glad I took the risk and went on that adventure.

“I met some wonderful people, and learned so much from them.” he said. “The experience is invaluable and is a treasure that I won’t ever forget, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of that.”

UWF has rich and thriving study abroad programs for students of all majors. With the theatre students participating in the “Irish Experience: Emerald Coast Meets the Emerald Isle,” they were able to experience learning opportunities unmatched in this area.

The students’ headquarters while in Ireland was at the oldest Catholic college in the country, Carlow College. It was here that they began their daily journey to explore more about the country and their own personal artistic identity.

Music professor Howard Reddy, who joined the students on the trip, said, “The experience also included a dynamic and engaging touring itinerary throughout Ireland providing primary research for ‘Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa’ (a play set in Ireland in 1936) for the theater students, and invaluable opportunities to create for the art students.”

Senior theatre major Christopher Warren said he learned about the opportunity through friends and his department head Charles Houghton, who gave him the information he needed to know about audition times and additional information about the trip.

“I think this trip would be majorly beneficial for other students.” Warren said, “This trip was one I will never forget, it was challenging but also very rewarding. I learned a lot more than just about my craft in musical theatre; I learned about myself as a person and a member of the human race.”

For students who wish to travel abroad, but feel this goal is financially out of the question, scholarships are available.

If you are interested in getting a small taste of what these students experienced while abroad, you can come support the Art Department in their Gallery Show, Sept. 8-12 in TAG, the Art Gallery in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 11, and “Dancing at Lughnasa” will be in the Mainstage Theatre at 7:30 p.m. For more information and updates about the show visit the departments Facebook page. The tickets are free for students with a UWF ID.