Courtney Uhlenhake

Courtney Uhlenhake
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Name: Courtney Uhlenhake
Majors: Agricultural Business and International Agriculture
Year: Junior
Program/Location: Exchange to University College Dublin (UCD) in Dublin, Ireland
Ireland scene• While it can be really exciting to discover a new culture, some students are nervous about spending a whole semester abroad. What made you decide to “take the plunge?”

Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine. I have talked to many individuals about their study abroad experience, and I have only heard great things. I believe taking the opportunity to spend four months in a different culture will provide exponential growth for personal, academic, and professional development. I also believe communicating with peers from various backgrounds provides knowledge in cultural understanding that one may not be able to obtain from a regular university experience. Along with my studies, I have the chance to visit other countries, something I have always wanted to do! Ireland has a very active agriculture community; having the opportunity to learn from the agriculture advocates and professionals here will be new and exciting! For me, it was a no-brainer to take advantage of the study abroad experience in exchange for a little homesickness.

Describe a quick highlight or favorite new experience so far (or something you have learned):

In Ireland, sheep are EVERYWHERE. In the first week of adventure, we were followed by about 50 sheep when driving down the road!

Dublin sheepHow do you think your experience is impacting you personally and professionally? Or, what is something that has surprised you so far?

I have only been here for a short while, and I can already feel personal and professional development. In this program, I will learn from agriculture and economic professionals in Ireland. This will grant a new perspective on my future career and planning. By the interactions I have and will have with the local community and others that have traveled around the world to be here, I will gain many perspectives on different doings of life, which I assume will have a major personal impact. (I am surprised by the fact that nobody here wakes up before 9 am, it is a very relaxed environment)

Tell me something you are excited about for the rest of the semester:

I am most excited to meet new people and travel around Europe! 

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