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How this Argentinian student won a scholarship to study in Ireland

Almost every aspect of modern life revolves around social media and an increasing number of people are jumping on platforms like TikTok to create and share popular content. The app’s popularity means that everyone – from young people to professionals – is Obsessed with creating what they hope will go viral on TikToks.

With users desperate for influence and opinions, viral TikToks range from being educational to downright ridiculous. Stunts like a woman sharing her hair with gorilla glue for young teens using files to shape their teeth are examples of things you should never do.

With that, Augusto Thomas Gill, an Argentine English student in Ireland, has chosen to create a viral TikTok that will help him enjoy the coveted study abroad experience under a scholarship. Jill’s social media project started with his application to study in Ireland.

“I had to film myself, upload the clip and then get likes. My video was the most popular, so I won the scholarship,” he says in Article with DublinLive. Continuing with his plan to create engaging content, he regularly uploads videos on places to go in Ireland. Below, we talk to Jill about what it’s like to live in Dublin as an international student and TikToks is viral:

What made you choose to study abroad?

I’ve always wanted to study abroad but I was never able to decide. After many years working as a lawyer in Argentina, I got tired of my office job and decided to enter a competition in 2019.

This competition brought you the chance to win a scholarship to study in Ireland. Spoiler alert: I won the scholarship.

@augus.tom #ireland #irelandtiktok #dublin #travel ♬ Jr Stit x bruno mars x adele – Margaux_lbt

Tell us more about creating viral TikToks in Dublin. What do you love most about Ireland?

I love the contrasts and Dublin has a lot. I think I have a lot of things to discover here, so I’m excited about that.

In Argentina, my city – Buenos Aires – took part in videos and started doing reviews of various sites. I put myself in the shoes of a tourist visiting my city and through this perspective, I got TikToks viral.

My idea then was to do the same in Dublin. I think it started well because after my first video I got invitations to visit different places. Now, I am compiling a large list of sites I want to visit.

Besides being an international student in Ireland, do you also work there?

I never had to find a job in Argentina because I worked as a lawyer there for 10 years. When I came to Ireland I took a barista course because that’s what most students do and the baristas make good money.

I searched on TripAdvisor for “the best coffee shop in Dublin” and visited. Then I spoke with the owner and told him I am inexperienced but wanted to learn from his coffee shop which has been called the best in town.

“I love the contrasts and Dublin has a lot. I think I have a lot of things to discover here, so I’m excited about it,” he says. Source: Augusto Gil Thomas

He ended up hiring me. I love my job and gain a lot of memories along with experience through it. I improved my English and my boss is amazing. He always shares my story with clients.

This is so sweet. What about your hometown? What can you tell us about that?

You have so many things to do in Buenos Aires and I enjoyed sharing them. My viral videos on TikTok are all about recommendations of places not many have visited.

My favorite place to view is the Museum of Contemporary Art which belongs to a French family who made a château inspired by Versailles in France. Most important is the free entry I showed in a video of the free activities.

How about food in Ireland compared to Argentina? What is your more and less favourite?

My job as a barista means we serve local food. Hence, I am trying the entire menu – which I loved so far.

Next on my list is the traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie (a mixture of lamb and beef with mashed potatoes on top). I have to find a good place to go.

My favorite is fish and chips and my least favorite is the “black pudding” (blood sausage) that comes at Irish breakfast. Back home, we have something similar called “morcilla” and I eat it anyway!

However, I miss Argentine food like “empanadas” (fried and salted pastries) or “asado” (roasted meat). I can find similar options here so I don’t get homesick.

Is it difficult as a foreigner who does not speak English to converse with the locals?

I’m a student of English here, so I’m not fluent yet. For me, it’s hard to speak to the locals with a strong accent. But Irish people are very kind and friendly, so they don’t mind explaining or repeating what they are saying.

What do you think first of Dublin?

I loved it from the first moment I visited the city as a tourist eight years ago. I never believed I would be able to go back and make my own home.

What do you feel most grateful for in your life right now?

The decision I made to come to Ireland. In that moment, you realize all the things you can do when you decide to step out of your comfort zone. I left a very good career and life in Argentina but I have absolutely no regrets.

Is there something in Dublin you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time?

I wanted to get a job in social media, but that proved impossible in Argentina. I would like to try it here but my level of English would make it difficult.

My dream is to work in social media for a large company.

If you had a deadline and it was a week left in Dublin, what would you do?

Too many things – I will hurry to complete everything on my list. I can’t leave Dublin without visiting the Old Jameson Distillery, Dublinia and Temple Bar. I also want to visit a secret bar called Blind Pig and enjoy the view at Ryleigh’s Rooftop.

@augus.tom Let’s go have a drink in Perez #Argentina #viajes #buenosaires #turismoargentina #tiktokbuenosaires #vacaciones #bares ♬ New Soul – Yael Naïm

Make a list of three things you don’t leave the house without.

My phone (I can’t live without my social media and my camera), my earphone and my wallet.

choose one:

rice or bread

coffee or tea

rewind button Or the pause button for your time

super power or high speed

drive or He walks in Dublin

summer or autumn in Dublin

. Café garden

stay in o Get out

clubs or Hiking

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