Friday 9 December 2016

New York stories of a proud J-1er

She was determined to partake of the J-1 experience, and her adventures that long-ago summer still resonate with Dearbhail McDonald

Published 21/06/2015 | 02:30

LIFE LESSONS IN THE US: Dearbhail McDonald’s diary and various mementoes from her J-1 experience in the summer of 1999
LIFE LESSONS IN THE US: Dearbhail McDonald’s diary and various mementoes from her J-1 experience in the summer of 1999

I was 22 when I fell in love for the very first time. It was the summer of 1999 and 16 years later, with countless relapses in between, I'm still completely smitten.

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My love affair with New York City has been one of the most unconditional, enduring and rewarding relationships in my personal and professional life - it was living in New York during the 9/11 terrorist attacks that led me out of law and into journalism.

But New York might never have been were it not for the J-1 Visa exchange programme.

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