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Anna Bartman

Bio Summary
Cohort Year: 
2017
Home Institution: 
Waynesburg University
Heinz Programming Area: 
Children, youth, and Families
Study Abroad Country: 
Ireland
International Experience

Anna Bartman spent four weeks in Maynooth, Ireland studying at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Before landing in the country she would call home for the next month, she had no idea how much she would learn and experience in those few short weeks? While studying at Maynooth University, she studied modern Irish literature along with the Irish Famine, two subjects that were very different from her regular science courses at her home university. Through both courses she gained a greater knowledge of what life was like for the average Irish person a few hundred years ago. From the outside, Ireland appears to be a great country to live in with a successful economy. Ireland is a great country, however, after learning of all the struggles Ireland faced in the past, she quickly realized life was not easy for the people. Although the classes she took taught her more about Ireland than she thought possible, she learned even more from Irish people and the conversations they had together. Anna plans to work in the medical field in the future and after hearing the troubles of the economy her first question was, “What was healthcare like for the people then and even now?” After a number of conversations and visiting multiple museums, she quickly learned that in order for women to attend medical school, they would have to dress and even live as young men in order to be able to go to school in the mid 1800’s through the 1900’s. Life in Ireland was difficult for almost everyone, especially women wanting to pursue such a career. This is very hard to accept in today’s world, considering Irish women made some of the greatest advancements in healthcare, like the institution of birth control. Hearing this has given her a new appreciation for the opportunities she has been given in America and her ability to openly apply to medical schools. 

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