Exchange Student Enjoys a Taste of Texas
TEXAS – NOV. 11, 2013 – A native of Dublin, Ireland, Alice Chubb is an
adventurous business student who is spending a semester at The University of Texas at Brownsville. As a foreign
exchange student, she will be participating in the International
activities taking place on the UTB campus from Monday, Nov. 11 to Thursday,
Nov. 14 in the Main courtyard.
here has been lovely and helpful, and my roommates are great,” said Chubb, who
lives in Casa Bella student housing.
is Chubb’s first time living out of her family home, an ironic situation
because her parents’ business is student housing in Dublin, where they own and
manage student apartment buildings in several locations throughout the city.
from my school, Dublin Institute of Technology, there are
numerous other universities and colleges in the city,” Chubb said. “All these
schools can’t manage to accommodate their students on campus, so off-campus
student housing is quite common.”
family is involved with students in another way – through basketball, a sport
that is gaining popularity in a country where Gaelic football is the national
sport. Basketball in Ireland is played by all ages in county and national
aunts, uncles and cousins have brought Chubb to the United States before on
several occasions, but this trip is her first time in Texas. She selected UTB
from a list of schools that have reciprocal agreements with Dublin Institute of
Dr. Alla Paroiatnikova, Executive
Director of the Office of Global Engagement at UTB, said
Chubb is the first student from Dublin to participate in the exchange, but
hopefully not the last; she hopes to see UTB students soon taking advantage of
the program to spend a semester in Dublin.
there, UTB students might be interested in studying Irish, a language that
Chubb said is mandatory for all students from ages 5-18.
all speak and have schooling in English, along with the Irish; then when we are
12 or 13, we add a third language – French, German, Spanish or Italian – that
we stick with until we are 18,” she said. “Another option is to attend a
Gaelscoil, where it’s all Irish all the time. Over here I’ve heard our language
referred to as Gaelic, but at home we simply call it Irish.”
now knows she was misinformed that she would need to have some command of
Spanish in Brownsville – by a man in the visa office and again by the taxi
driver when she arrived – and she admits to having learned only a few Spanish
phrases thus far.
academics at the School of Business include classes in e-commerce strategies,
new venture creation, supply chain management and business principles. She said
she prefers the approach to classes at UTB as opposed to what she describes as
the typical method in Ireland.
we attend class about 20 hours during the week; there might be one essay or
project, a mid-term exam, and then the final exam counting about 70 percent of
your grade,” she said. “Whereas here, I spend about 10 hours in the classroom
and there are a lot more assignments that add up to contribute to the final
grade, making the final exam weigh a relatively small percentage. This gives
you more continual assessment, so you know where you stand. Honestly, this
approach makes me stay more on top of things – and still have time for
said she was lucky with the roommates that she was assigned. They enjoy doing
things together – going to parties, shopping and cooking Mexican food in their
student apartment kitchen. Chubb said she often prepares Mexican dishes for her
family at home.
so lucky, they’re sweet girls, just great roommates,” Chubb said. “Really,
everyone here has been tremendous, from the first day in class, when everyone
gave me their numbers and said to text if I had questions on the assignments or
about anything. It’s true what I heard about Texans – they’re great people.”