Can you believe that we are almost half way through our semester here in Dingle? We certainly can't!
Our days here have been pretty full, between lectures and studying for multiple exams, and the occasional adventure. A few weekends ago, there was a big Gaelic Football tournament in Dingle which brought teams from all over Ireland and even a team from the UK. I only say part of one game but it was interesting because I had never need the sport played before. To me, it seemed like a mixture of soccer and volleyball because players can handle and pass the ball with their hands and feet.
Last Tuesday, we went on an amazing hill walk in the afternoon- it was a fantastic day and we were so happy to get to be outside and in the fresh air. We saw sheep farmers and their dogs rounding up a flock of pregnant sheep that were to be transported for the lambing season. It was obvious the dogs loved their job and they were so good at keeping the sheep in line. It was a bit comical how terrified of the dogs the sheep were- they would climb over each other trying to get away from them!
In Coastal Ecology, last Wednesday, we went to a rocky sea shore to do a field study. We observed and deducted the types of plant and animal life found there using keys which guide your deduction through basic questions about the organism in question. For example, the key would ask whether the organism had a shell or not, or if the sea weed was green, brown or red. I was enlightened about marine life in a way that I never would have gotten the opportunity to learn about with nursing. The ecosystem is fragile and an invasive species or a disease targeting one organism can effect the whole habitat and the things living there. It gave me a new found appreciation for hands-on learning too because we really had to observe and figure it out on our own and that was how we learned!
The nursing majors are currently very busy studying for our Health Assessment final exam (Tuesday) and Practicum (Thursday). It is still amazing to me that we covered a solid textbooks worth of material in only seven weeks! It's a lot of work but it is exciting to me that we are getting into nursing material and really starting to learn what it will take to be nurses.
Also, congrats to Sacred Heart for receiving an honorable mention in the 2016 Institute of International Education Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International education! Check out the link below if you would like a bit more information about this amazing honor.
Until next time!