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Marissa Piccolo

MA Global Security and Borders | 1st Year | USA

Hello! I am from Connecticut, USA, where I grew up and attended university. I spent a semester studying abroad in London, which in large part inspired me to pursue my Masters degree abroad. I studied political science and economics in undergrad, and am a self-confessed political junkie, having worked as a campaign manager and for my Congresswoman back home. I am passionate about learning, travel, meeting new people, and trying new things. In my free time I enjoy reading, running, and exploring around Belfast and the North Coast.

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Four Places that will inspire you to visit Donegal

6/07/2018 - Did you know the most northern point of Ireland is in the south? You read that right: it’s in Donegal, the county of the Republic of Ireland that borders Northern Ireland in the Northwest.

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5 Things To See on a Day Trip to Derry-Londonderry

6/07/2018 - Want to explore Northern Ireland? Derry-Londonderry makes a great day or overnight trip from Belfast.

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Postgraduate Student Housing Guide

11/06/2018 - Belfast has affordable student housing to suit all lifestyles and budgets.

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4 Reasons to Discover Kinbane Castle

5/06/2018 - On your next Causeway roadtrip, don’t miss this hidden gem.

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A week in the life of a Global Security and Borders postgraduate student

11/04/2018 - Borders are a hot topic these days (Brexit, anyone?) and as Master’s student Marissa Piccolo explains, it’s incredibly rewarding to study some of the greatest challenges facing us all.

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10 Hours in Winterfell: Inside a Game of Thrones Tour!

11/04/2018 - When you arrive at Queen’s, prepare to get your GOT nerd on and express your inner Stark., says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Four Things to do in Downpatrick (just in time for St Patrick’s Day)

14/03/2018 - Master’s student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA, on why a cultural trip to Downpatrick is a must while you’re studying in Belfast.

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5 things to do on a Sunday Staycation in Portrush

9/02/2018 - Just over an hour and forty minutes by train at the reduced Sunday fare of £7.50, Portrush inspired a #StaycationSunday tradition for Master’s student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Why Whitehead is the unsung hero of the Causeway Coast (and it's only 40 mins from campus!)

1/02/2018 - Need a study break? Dramatic limestone cliffs and an old-world charm make this coastal resort a must-do day trip, says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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5 Reasons Your Next Day Trip Should be to Murlough Nature Reserve

25/01/2018 - Combining sea and mountains and more fresh air than your lungs can handle, the stunning Mourne Mountains should be top of your Northern Ireland travel bucket list, says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.