US Postgraduate Testimonial Series: MA in Creative Writing

Name: Christine Kannapel

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of Utah, English major and French minor

Postgraduate Program at UCC (and focus if possible!): Creative Writing (poetry) 

Career Aspirations: writer of some sort and possibly a lawyer

What about this postgraduate experience has been the most rewarding and/or eye-opening for you thus far? My postgraduate program brought me experiences that many have during their undergraduate career. Not only was I no longer living at home, but making new friends and connections became a crucial part of my day-to-day life. I was forced to think outside of the box and to become more open-minded about my future. All of these experiences were eye-opening and important for the development of my personal growth.

What about this postgraduate experience has been the most challenging for you thus far? How did you overcome or how are you working to overcome this challenge? The most challenging part of my postgraduate experience was also the most exciting part. That experience was simply adjusting to a culture and way of looking at academics different than my own. I overcame my uncertainty by improving my patience and by nurturing relationships with my new friends.

Now, my biggest challenging will be going home! That’s how much I have loved living in Cork. 

Beyond your postgraduate experience, in what activities, clubs, societies, etc. are you involved? During the first semester, I participated in the UCC hiking society, played soccer with a group of instructors and fellow masters/PhD students, and attended classes at the Mardyke Arena. I even volunteered for the UCC Simon Society’s, “Poems for Homelessness” event. I was part of The Quarryman (UCC’s student literary magazine) editorial committee during my second semester. I helped create and led “CARA,” a storytelling workshop for people with disabilities. Oh! And, of course, I also contributed to the UCC International Student blog.  

If you could give future postgraduate students in your program one piece of advice, what would it be? 
Go in with an open mind and don’t lose track of what’s most important to you during your educational experience. Also, don’t be afraid to have fun! You’re in Ireland (: 

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