Jimmy Clemens is a sophomore Mathematics and Spanish double major with minors in Biology and Statistics at Truman State University. He recently attended a faculty-led program with professor Dr. Mark Jennings in Ireland. Below is a short statement from Jimmy and pictures from his trip! Click here to find out more about the “Music and Culture in Central Europe: Ireland” program.
“A lot of students get stuck thinking that all study abroad experiences revolve around the ability to speak a second language. I believed that very thing, until Dr. Jennings offered a chance to sing in a different country. As part of Cantoria’s tour choir, we sang at five churches in a matter of ten days all across Ireland. What more could anyone ask for? Well, a ton of stuff apparently, that I didn’t even know about. Every other day we would travel and sight-see. Treacherous Cliffs and massive castles were only some of the beauty we witnessed. The last night of our stay, we experienced a show of traditional Irish music and dance. After a while, the performers realized they were playing for another musical group, and at the end, us Truman students were the ones singing to the crowd. Arm in arm, we belted the one Irish tune we knew.”