John Swift

Dublin

Majors: Neuroscience and Behavior
Email: jswift2@nd.edu

Why did you choose your program? I chose Dublin because it had the perfect mix of a strong Notre Dame presence while still being immersive in a different university. Unlike other programs where you either only take classes with Notre Dame kids or only at your host institution, in Dublin I was able to take three classes at UCD, and two through the Dublin Global Gateway with about 60 other Notre Dame students.

Favorite story: I have a lot of great stories from abroad so it's hard to choose, but one that sticks out is seeing the murals on the peace walls on both the Catholic and Protestant sides of Belfast.

One piece of advice: Choose your program independently of what all your other friends are doing. I was the only person from Steds who went to Dublin and it meant I got to meet all new people who have become some of my closest friends at Notre Dame.