Study Abroad Stories: Alex Guastaferro

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Meet Alex!
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Meet Alex Guastaferro, a junior health science major from Buffalo, NY who studied abroad last semester at the University College Cork in Ireland!!! The UCC program at Quinnipiac University is a direct program offered through the university, and is one of the programs that is more flexible towards health science majors.

University College Cork (UCC) campus
Photo courtesy: Alex Guastaferro

“One of the main reasons I chose Ireland (and UCC) was because it was more geared towards health science majors,” said Guastaferro. “It was really the only place that I could go.”

Though a bit overwhelming at first, Guastaferro says that he adjusted to living in a different environment about a week after he arrived.

“It’s definitely overwhelming at first…you’re in a brand new city and a different country where the customs are not what you’re used to. That being said, after the first week, Cork began to feel more familiar and like home,” he said.

View of Cork City
Photo courtesy: Alex Guastaferro

Fitzgerald's Park in Cork City Photo courtesy: Alex Guastaferro

Fitzgerald’s Park in Cork City
Photo courtesy: Alex Guastaferro

Guastaferro spent five months in Cork, and got to see and travel to many places while he was in Europe. One of his favorite trips while in Ireland? A trip to the Ring of Kerry, a popular tourist trail along the coast in south-western Ireland.

Trip to the Ring of Kerry Photo courtesy: Alex Guastaferro

Trip to the Ring of Kerry
Photo courtesy: Alex Guastaferro

Ring of Kerry Photo courtesy: Alex Guastaferro

Ring of Kerry
Photo courtesy: Alex Guastaferro

Guastaferro and other QU students in Ireland Photo courtesy: Alex Guastaferro

Guastaferro and other QU students in Ireland
Photo courtesy: Alex Guastaferro

“The Ring of Kerry was a great way to see more of Ireland, and was included in the tuition,” said Guastaferro. “Some of the things we did were hold the lambs, go to Derrynane Beach, and we also learned how to Irish dance!”

Since coming back from Ireland, Alex has enjoyed sharing his experiences with others and giving advice to anybody who is looking to study abroad in the future.

“Definitely appreciate and try to make the most out of your experience while you are abroad,” he said. “Talk to locals, join a club. It goes by faster than you can imagine, and before you know it, you are on a plane headed home. So make the most of it!!”

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