I came to Ireland about 15 months ago to embark on an exciting journey of personal and academic pursuits that has culminated in several life-changing experiences and the completion of an MA in Ethnochoreology. I'm relieved/ecstatic/grateful to say that I'll be graduating this coming January from the University of Limerick.
To be honest, when I left New York I had no intention of remaining in Ireland beyond the completion of my MA, but I can't help but feel like my time here hasn't come to end just yet. I've fallen in love with it here: the constant green, the rough waters of the Atlantic, the music and dancing, and yes, even the weather. I remain excited about the prospects of pursuing projects I've dreamed of starting for the last several years, including collaborating with the local library and museum here in Clare to document and preserve the dance practices in County Clare, which I hope you'll be hearing more about in the new year!
Due to a nifty post-graduate scheme in conjunction with the US and Irish governments, I can legally stay and work in Ireland for another 2 years. However, in order to stay, I'll have to pay 600Euro for this visa and I'm humbly requesting any kind of assistance from you, my closest family members, to help with the expense. I won't have the opportunity to take advantage of this visa again, which is why I am writing to you now. I am eternally grateful for any level of donation you are able to make. I'm always accepting visitors to my home in Ennis and will happily play tour guide for you! You are always welcome :-)
With love and gratitude,