When Away From Home, the Little Surprises…

When Away From Home, the Little Surprises…

….mean a lot.  As Independence Day (4th of July) draws closer for me here in Ireland, it is important to appreciate the little surprises around me. This afternoon I had an opportunity to enjoy some time with Jared in Phoenix Park. This is where the President of...
Photo Essay: Witnessing Movement

Photo Essay: Witnessing Movement

Our group is here to study sport and performance psychology, and admittedly I have a specific set of interests within this delightfully broad field of study. This week Melissa, Tina and I “entered the field” in earnest, meeting a few of Dublin’s wonderful dance...
Photo Essay: Dancing In Dublin

Photo Essay: Dancing In Dublin

This week, I was given an amazing opportunity to take a complimentary class at Dance House. I was very fortunate to be able to cross off taking an international dance class from my bucket list. I completed a contemporary workshop with Toni Bravo while she finished up...
A Day of Music and Dance

A Day of Music and Dance

I had the fortune today of attending two dance events in Dublin; one was a performance at DanceHouse and the other was Riverdance at The Gaiety Theatre. Yes, the Riverdance. It was their 20th anniversary tour and they were performing in Dublin during the time of our...
Photo Essay: Fans Face Pressure, Too

Photo Essay: Fans Face Pressure, Too

Attendance to Croke Park Stadium on a Sunday to support one’s team is a staple of Irish life.  It only takes being in the stands for a couple of minutes to notice the level of investment Irish fans have in their community-based teams; it is evident in their...
Photo Essay: UCD vs. F91 Dudelange

Photo Essay: UCD vs. F91 Dudelange

Yesterday was a very important day for my research project. I had been waiting on this day since I arrived to Dublin. After every practice that I had observed we were finally able to see the results of what our team has been working on. The UCD Men’s Soccer team...
Photo Essay: The Students Silence Critics

Photo Essay: The Students Silence Critics

Practices In light of UCD’s upcoming Europa League game against Dudelange, the team shifted practice from UCD’s recreational fields to their home stadium – the UCD Bowl. The switch in locations indicated that the coaching staff were attempting to...
A Photo Essay: Soccer vs. Gaelic Football

A Photo Essay: Soccer vs. Gaelic Football

Soccer On Monday night I attended the University College Dublin soccer team’s practice. Three of my classmates and I arrived 15 minutes early and what seemed to be the conditioning coach was setting up all of the equipment. Practice was supposed to begin at...
Experiential Education In Action

Experiential Education In Action

Designing The Experience When I envisioned how this study program would be implemented I had in my mind several constraints including the duration of time in country; skills and personal qualities of the course members; the personal goals students said they had for...
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