This past weekend the Thunder had a tournament held at UCD, one of the larger colleges out in Dublin. We finished second, as we lost by 1 in the championship, but overall I felt even better about the way we all played together. We lost by 1 to a team who’s been together all summer and our team has only been together (completely) for about 2 weeks. I’d say we held our own, but we certainly should’ve done better. You could see spurts of greatness and chemistry both on and off the court. Whether it was a perfect extra pass for a better shot, or even a player volunteering to pick us up to go out to the game, I really can see a lot of potential in this team. Those little things go a long way!
Yesterday was my first day of class for my Master’s degree in international business; I had two of them actually. The bad part about having it at 9am, means having to catch the 7am bus into the city and walk the rest of the way or catch another bus. It was great because I was with my teammates Marcus and Sam (the Americans) and Juan (from Spain) in the first one, so we all could share that awkward “first day of school” feeling together. Unfortunately, the class itself was 3 hours long and not exactly the way you want to start your Monday morning: Management Accounting and Control. Lucky for us, it was just the first day so it wasn’t too bad.
After the first class, my teammates, who are studying Global Brand Management, and I parted ways. They went home and I went back to class. I was the only American in this one and it was fascinating to hear all the different accents and find out about all the different backgrounds in the school. Apparently there’s about 80 (I believe) different nationalities being represented on our campus, so that’s pretty cool to be apart of. You get to see so many different perspectives and insights based off other cultures. It’s also funny to see what other countries think of Americans.
I’m currently writing this blog on the bus ride to the city center, it definitely makes for some entertainment on this long bus ride but it’s kinda nice being able to think back about all that I’ve done so far. Today, my schedule gets worse; I go from 9am and finish around 6pm with 5 different courses through the day. Let’s hope they’re at least interesting! And then I have to rush back to make it to practice in time tonight to prepare for a game tomorrow. We have another set of games this weekend too, so wish us luck!
I’ll keep you guys posted on the outcomes of the games and how the rest of my school week pans out. This pretty much sums up my second week in Ireland! Until next time.=