As a professor of business law at St. John’s University, Joyce
Boland-DeVito ‘81SVC delights in teaching students from around the
world. She is especially impressed by the way international
students adapt to life in a new city and nation.
Prof. Boland-DeVito’s admiration for those students grew this
past summer, when she was immersed in the life and culture of
another country. Thanks to a Fulbright
Specialist Grant, Prof. Boland-DeVito, who teaches in the
College of Professional Studies (CPS), spent two weeks at the
Law School of the National
University of Ireland at Galway (NUI Galway).
Mentoring law students and learning the nuances of the Irish
legal system, she experienced what it was like to be a newcomer to
a foreign land. True, her hosts spoke English (though Gaelic also
is spoken in Western Ireland), but there were enough differences to
make those two weeks challenging.
“I’ve always appreciated the challenges my international
students face,” said Prof. Boland-DeVito. “But it was eye-opening
to experience some of them myself. My hosts were extraordinarily
gracious, but at times I still found myself walking on the wrong
side of the road, trying to figure out where to buy food and
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