Hello everyone! Just popping back to give a little update/insight into my progress with Hibernia so far! Firstly, I feel it’s important to admit that I definitely underestimated how time consuming and intense the course would be. I knew it was a Level 9 Masters and I knew it would be an immense work load but I didn't realise it would be as intense!
However, I'm now nearly four months in and I feel I have finally gotten a handle on it and developed a routine. I try my best to keep up with the work weekly so that I won't fall behind - I learned quickly that it's hard to catch up because the work keeps coming. I purchased a weekly organiser from Dealz for €1.49 and every Monday I write in the times of my webinars, tutorials, the onsites, my work plan etc. My average week (depending on assignments) consists roughly of 7/8 hours a day (Mon-Fri) whether it's sessions, blogs, readings, webinars and tutorials. I enjoy the webinars because I get to sit down in the evenings with my cup of tea and listen away in the comfort of my own home which is a real perk!
The onsites are my favourite element of the course so far. At the moment we are doing PE, Drama, Visual Arts and Music which I’ve always loved personally and I've already developed great friendships with my classmates! Our WhatsApp groups have without a doubt been my lifesaver! We all remind each other of webinars, due dates and help keep each other up to date and help to minimise each other’s stress levels! – well, we try to J
I recently got back from the Gaeltacht in Dingle. Truthfully, I was a little apprehensive as I wouldn't consider myself a fluent Irish speaker! However, I'm pleasantly surprised to say it was the best two weeks of my Summer! The classes were genuinely so helpful and the craic was great! Our days were planned pretty much from morning to night but the classes were varied and well organised and the night time sessions were fun as they generally consisted of Céilís, singing etc.!
The house I stayed in was beside the sea and the view waking up every morning was beautiful. Our Bean an Tí was like a second Mammy to us, so kind and an amazing cook! We also managed to fit in the majority of the tourist attractions of Dingle including Fungi, Blasket Islands and the Ring of Kerry Drive. AND we got to cuddle baby lambs! I can confidently say that my Irish has improved greatly! The Gaeltacht gave us all the chance to develop friendships with the other cohorts too! I'm looking forward to next year already!