This afternoon I was able to meet with the other exchange students that will also be studying agriculture, our international program administrator, and the dean of international students in agriculture. The dean, who is also a professor at UCD, was a study abroad student himself. Dr. Alan Fahey studied abroad at Purdue University for a semester and enjoyed it so much he returned for 7 years doing masters and PhD. I'm proud every day to call myself a Boilermaker, and I love meeting new people that share that same passion (especially from the other side of the world!). As many times as I have felt small in this big world, there have been so many small world moments like this and it reminds me that you can find a piece of home wherever you are.
[Picture below from St. Stephen's Green Park by Jacie Anderson]