August 25, 2011
Send Me To Ireland! ...Please?
You may have heard (because I think I've told everybody in the world by now) that I'm going to University of Limerick, Ireland in the spring! I'll be studying multiculturalism, gender, and Irish politics and society - the interplay between religion and politics is one of my favorite research topics, so I'm really excited to get to study the Good Friday agreement, while also taking the really unique classes Limerick has on theories and practices of multiculturalism (which seems particularly relevant after this summer, for a lot of reasons.) This is also going to be my first time traveling outside of the United States, and I hope to see lots of exciting things in the UK and maybe even elsewhere in Europe!
While I got a scholarship that covers some of the program costs, it'll still be more than I can afford, and I'd like to get out of school with as few loans as possible, so I'm asking anyone who's willing and able to help me make up the difference. If I can get about $2,500 I won't have to take out a loan, but really, any amount I end up with helps! You can donate at SmartyPig. The trip is sure to provide endless inspiration for blogging and I promise frequent updates!
Thanks so much!
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But I can't give you any money because I'm not a US citizen! That sucks.
When you do make it over to Ireland, we may have to come and mug you for a quick visit :) You can hear me rant about how much I hate Gerry Adams!
Aww, that's okay! A visit would be completely fantastic. :D Who's Gerry Adams, dare I ask?
Gerry Adams is the voice of Sinn Fein, who are the political wing of the IRA. You'll meet him when you study Irish politics, I'm sure. But as far as I'm concerned, he's the public face of murderers and terrorists. Every time there was an IRA bombing in the eighties, he'd come on TV and tell us how it was all our fault and we were evil, how the blood of those innocent civilians was on our hands ('our' being English). Intellectually he may have a point, but emotionally when you're eight years old and the news shows pictures of dead bodies in London or Birmingham and then someone comes on TV and makes out like it's a good thing and we're the ones responsible for it all anyway...
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