Category Archives: Class of 2009

My Experience in Mozambique

My life has changed remarkably since my Mitchell year eight years ago. I am still living abroad, but serving in a much different capacity. In January 2015, I became a U.S. Navy Foreign Area Officer (FAO) with a focus on … Continue reading

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March 2010 Reflection

The fourth week I was in Galway I did not know what to do with myself. The second I had been livid. The eighth I was impressed. And now, I am pondering a crusade. In college philosophy class Shelly Kagan … Continue reading

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November 2009 Reflection

I am not the type of person that can quickly adjust to a new environment. It took me almost six months to get over my desire to return home to Alabama and to finally feel at home in Washington DC. … Continue reading

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June 2009 Reflection

This time last year, I was in a hospital, visiting a good friend who had just swallowed a bottle of pills. His hospital room was packed with friends and family, and we played flute and guitar and sang. The nurses … Continue reading

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June 2009 Reflection

Relaxation always seemed a strange thing. My friends talked about times without activity, without thinking, without action, without feeling like they were missing something, and I never really understood why they craved it so much. Then again, maybe I’d just … Continue reading

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June 2009 Reflection

At Duke, my senior column was titled “A Senior Column.” Creative, I know. I had spent four formative years sitting at various desks in the Chronicle’s endearingly bedraggled, 1970s-chic newsroom. There, I had reported on jejune Duke Student Government policies, … Continue reading

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June 2009 Reflection

As I walked down Dame Street with Chris, Katie, and KC the day after the Mitchell graduation ceremony, my taste buds ecstatic after ingesting Queen of Tarts’ phenomenal strawberry and rhubarb crumble, I realized what I would miss most about … Continue reading

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June 2009 Reflection

The main interest in life and in work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. Michel Foucault This has been a Foucauldian type of year for me. I came across the writing of Michel Foucault … Continue reading

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June 2009 Reflection

Without a doubt, the past three months have been the most exciting and rewarding for me in Ireland. In this time, I attended two separate and equally enjoyable Mitchell Scholar Retreats, explored Europe and North Africa with my beautiful wife, … Continue reading

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June 2009 Reflection

I think, on occasion, that I’ve adjusted to Ireland. It’s the little things: freeze-dried coffee, bringing your own bag to the grocery store, being detached from e-mail access for a day – and the world not entirely stopping. But at … Continue reading

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June 2009 Reflection

Throughout my undergraduate years at the Irish-centric University of Notre Dame, there was much discussion about a ‘new Ireland’—a dialogue that presumed the ongoing departure of the ‘old Ireland.’ This discourse declared that the Celtic tiger had brought wealth to … Continue reading

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June 2009 Reflection

As the giants and elves of Block 12 bustled about the kitchen of our dorm flat yesterday morning, trying to clean out our things before a moving deadline at noon, Brigitta paused from packing tea boxes to suddenly channeling the … Continue reading

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