After spending a few days in Dublin, I met plenty of Americans who were in Ireland for the Emerald Isle Classic football game between Notre Dame and Navy. At the pubs, I saw many more Americans having fun and enjoying a little Irish craic. However, this was the College Football Travel Tour and I was determined to sample a little of Irish college life at Trinity College.
While I drank a few pints of Guinness, partied in Temple Bar, and walked the streets of Dublin, the best thing about Ireland was the people. On Monday morning, I toured Trinity College and talked to the younger Irish generation about college life in the big city.
Trinity College – history and campus life in Dublin Ireland
Trinity College is one of the most popular tourist spots in Ireland because of its most famous piece of literature – the Book of Kells. Over 10 million people have visited the old library to see this colorful manuscript and the Harry Potter like Long Room upstairs.
While tourists and scholars spend time in long lines to get a glimpse of history, Trinity College has been educating the best students in Ireland for centuries.
Established in 1592, the original buildings were funded by the Irish government after the land was sold back to them by King Henry VIII. The bell tower remains from the original location of a Augustinian monastery that was established many years before the college.
There are 16,000 students that attend the campus in Dublin. About 12,500 are undergraduates while the rest are graduate students. Sixty three percent of the students on campus are women and every major is offered except veterinary science, journalism, fine arts, and architecture . Currently, Trinity College is ranked as the 65th best university in the world. It gives Irish kids and international students one of the best educational opportunities in Ireland.
While I enjoyed the tour, I wanted to learn more about life on campus. So I interviewed a couple of Trinity College students – Kevin Jacob and Marina Rosca.
Kevin is a third year medical student who wants to focus on sports medicine or neurology. He’s also spent some time in Florida and Texas and enjoys sports.
Marina Rosca is originally from Moldova but moved to Ireland when she was 10. She is a third year pharmacy student who enjoys life on campus and in the city.
Trinity College’s history and educational achievements are impressive. However, my experiences in Ireland taught me that the best thing about Ireland is the Irish people. In my short time spent with Kevin and Marina, they were a testament to that.
Listen to them tell their story about campus life, their experiences at Trinity College, and what they love about the school and Dublin.
If you enjoyed this interview with students at Trinity College, check out more interviews and stories from the College Football Travel Tour and my travel guide for Dublin Ireland. This series about sports and travel introduces you to the people, passion, and culture of college towns in the US – and Ireland.