Going Home Stories
"We found out that study abroad was going to be requiring students to return home by March 30th on March 11th. When I heard this I was bummed, but I called my parents and told them. We were working on figuring out tickets home for later in March when we got the news that Trump was shutting the border for European travelers. Luckily that didn't include Ireland. Then SNC called my parents and told them to get me home ASAP. That was at 2am my time. I went into panic mode. I tried to get on the phone with Aer Lingus, but was on hold for hours so I wasn't able to switch my tickets that night. I was up until 5am trying to call, then I woke up at 9am the next day and continued to call. My dad tried calling from the US and was also on hold then hung up on. It was a nightmare trying to get tickets rearranged. By Thursday I had found tickets home for Monday. Then Trump announced later that he was closing borders to Ireland starting Monday."
"I had so much planned for Ireland in the months of March/April. I regret not doing some stuff sooner. I wish I would have taken the weekends where I had down-time and done something on my list. I don't regret anything I did and my experience was still the most amazing of my life, but I went in assuming I had plenty of time to cross things off my list and I ended up not. Someday I'll have to go back and finish the things I'd dreamed of doing."
-Olivia Biskobing, study abroad in Dublin, Ireland
Read more about Olivia's experience coming home on the St. Norbert Times page.