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VIEW FROM OUT HERE
By Linea Johnson

Welcoming the Rain in Ireland
A student with bipolar disorder trades the rain of Seattle for the rain of
Dublin while studying English and creative writing in Ireland.
IT'S TEN O'CLOCK AT NIGHT and I am sitting on the seawall in Galway, Ireland. With my

knees to my chest and my arms wrapped tight around my legs, I crouch on a low stone bench
watching the last of the day's fishermen pack up their coolers and head home. My gaze follows
their slow procession as they vanish into the damp night. Then I feel the rain begin to fall.
Slowly and begrudgingly I put on my hood. I remind
myself that this is nothing new. I am from Seattle after all.
And it is for this reason that I have a hooded sweatshirt
rather than an umbrella. I somehow think that I can beat it.
That I can stay warm and dry under a thin layer of cotton.
"I allowed myself to take chances all the while knowing
my limits and my need to find space to soak in the meaning of the experiences."
It is at this moment that my mind begins to slow down;
the world around me begins to fragment.
I watch an endless stream of swans move toward the
shore, their heads slowly tucking beneath their wings.
I listen to my friends talk drunkenly and adamantly
about the importance of our frequent swims in the freezing Atlantic Ocean.
I listen to the water hit the wall and the faint laughter
of teenagers across the canal.

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I know this feeling. It is a frequent occurrence in my
life as someone struggling with bipolar disorder. This feeling is anxiety, intensity, love, pain, and extreme emotional
engulfment. It is everything at once-and overwhelming.
It is at this moment, as I look over at my laughing
friends, that I realize that I need a moment alone. Unlike
many other students-I must make the time to process my
day. Having spent almost two inseparable weeks traveling
with newfound kindred spirits, I have not let myself take
in all I have been experiencing.
I have not let myself fully feel the power of the ocean
crashing against those cliffs.
I have not allowed myself to cry at the beauty and pain
of Yeats's poetry as I come to better understand his country.
I have not permitted myself the joy of simply sitting
quietly on my own.
I have always been an intensely emotional and passionate girl. But it wasn't until I was 19 years old that these
emotions overcame me, eventually landing me in several
hospitals and earning me a new label: bipolar disorder.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - July/August 2015

Degrees Without Borders
The Right Prescription for Internationalization
InBrief
Global Spotlight
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - July/August 2015 - International Enrollment
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