Sierra Melick - Northern Ireland at the University of Ulster

My name is Sierra Melick and I studied abroad for one semester in Northern Ireland at the University of Ulster. I attended classes designed for Psychology majors, and the fact that they were styled differently than classes in America only added to the richness of my experience. While attending school I stayed on a campus located in a lovely and vibrant city called Coleraine that held the exciting appeal of college life with a cultural twist, as well as the warmth and friendliness one might expect to find in the less populated cities of America. Having lived in America all my life I never truly knew how it felt to be a stranger to an entire culture until I found myself alone and wandering unfamiliar streets, with unfamiliar money in my pocket, and unfamiliar dialects of the English language being spoken all around me. This adventure I took, though scary at first as any major transition might be, has meant more to me than anything I have done thus far in my life.  My time spent abroad made me more confident in myself as a person because by the end of my amazing journey I realized I had successfully created a whole new life in a world that was  far removed from what I was accustomed to. I traveled to places I never thought I’d see; Scotland and Spain being among them.  I made a million memories with some of the most amazing people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I walked along spectacular beaches, ran into the beautiful yet frigid waters of the Irish coast for fun, and even sang Karaoke to a crowd for the first time in my life. I became bold and brave, and most of all I started myself on the track of becoming the person I have always wanted to be. The experience I had changed my life, and I hope that whoever reads this might feel inspired to have an overseas adventure all of their own.

Sierra Melick