Niamh O'Reilly

Niamh O'Reilly

I'm Niamh, 20 from Herefordshire UK, I study Geology at Cardiff University and am embarking on a year abroad in UBC- Vancouver, Canada


Latest posts

Foreign Fieldwork #2

Posted on 6 October 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

Today I embarked on my second (likely my final) fieldtrip here in Vancouver. I really enjoyed writing about my previous fieldtrip, and you seemed to enjoy reading it so why not write about today too! Like last time we left UBC at 8am- a struggle for me as my beloved Aston Villa kicked off at
Read more


Mount Meager- Foreign Fieldwork

Posted on 26 September 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

Early on Saturday morning I packed my bags with all my brand new fieldwork gear ( literally brand new- after learning about this fieldtrip on Tuesday  had to go on a shopping spree and buy a coat, a sleeping bag and various other bits and pieces ) before heading off to uni at half 7.
Read more


My Homecoming Experience

Posted on 17 September 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

I believed Homecoming was just an American tradition so when I arrived in Canada I was surprised to be surrounded by numerous advertisements for the event. For those that don’t know, Homecoming is the day when the school/university American Football team play their first home game of the season. There are lots of attractions on
Read more


Class Differences- Adjusting to Canadian Courses

Posted on 13 September 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

Today marks the end of my first full week of classes at UBC. I have noticed some major differences in teaching/learning styles between the UK and Canada. I’ve listed 5 main differences I have noticed so far. Interactive lectures My lectures are in small classrooms with drop-down screens; the lecturers walk around, engaging with students,
Read more




Top 10- Fears and Cheers!

Posted on 29 August 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

It’s now just over a day until I embark on my journey to Vancouver- I have contemplated the parts I am most looking forward to as well as those I am definitely not. Here’s my top 10 fears and cheers for going abroad. Cheers last so it doesn’t get too depressing! Fears (In no particular
Read more


Applying for a year abroad- my story

Posted on 22 August 2019 by Niamh O'Reilly

One of my major inspirations for studying Geology was the opportunity to travel- this dream has finally come true! This is due to some very hard work and a pinch of good luck. My A-Levels weren’t what I expected, and I ended up at Cardiff through clearing (best thing that ever happened to me) so
Read more