Category Archives: class of 2016

Sharing Ireland With My Family

My full name is Micaela Erin Flynn Connery.  We have a sign “No Irish Need Apply” to remind us of when relatives first moved to Newport from Ireland many years ago and how they struggled.  My grandparents, although born and raised … Continue reading

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Sláinte!

Given that this is my last blog post as a Mitchell, it seems essential to do a bit of reflecting. It has truly been quite an incredible year. I’ve couch-surfed with 21 people around the globe, visited 14 new countries, … Continue reading

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Making Work

As a part of our course requirements at The Lir, the MFA directors present a new short piece (scene, devised work, choreography, installation) every week of the first two terms, totaling approximately twenty-four pieces between September and March. This is … Continue reading

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Leaving

The first month I arrived in Ireland, two friends and I boarded a bus from Galway City to Gort with the three train tickets we had mistakenly purchased (fortunately, the bus driver was very kind – or perhaps merely indifferent). … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on an Incredible Year!

It’s hard to believe that this wonderful year is already coming to an end! Without a doubt, this has been the most incredible year of my life – I’ve had opportunities to study alongside leading global scholars in the field … Continue reading

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TGIT: Thank God It’s Tuesday!

“Monday you can fall apart, Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart, Thursday doesn’t even start, It’s Friday I’m in love.” — The Cure, from “Friday I’m in Love” (a Ukulele Tuesday favorite) As much as I like a good ol’ fashioned … Continue reading

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Rowing with the DUBC

The picture above perfectly encapsulates my rowing experience – me trying to poke my head above a taller, stronger, and more superior athlete. You can see my wee glasses over a shoulder near the middle. In all seriousness, joining the … Continue reading

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Perspective in Conflict Studies

Recently, I visited Cambridge University to help me decide whether to pursue a PhD there or attend law school in the United States next year. On the train there from London King’s Cross, I read a book, Between Ourselves: Exploring … Continue reading

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A Basic Guide to Irish Idioms

Last week I was reminded in a rather humorous way of the differences between the Irish and American dialects of English. I was in Lahinch in Co. Clare and needed a way of getting back to Galway, so I posted … Continue reading

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The Art of Science

I didn’t always want to study science. Growing up, I thought I might become a writer. I was enamored by the way in which a good book could provide clarity and meaning to your most solitary thoughts and feelings. It … Continue reading

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West Coast, Best Coast

It is 7am on a Saturday, and the sleepiness in Galway is infectious. Most students have gone home for the weekend, and those who haven’t have yet to stir from the warmth of their abodes. Resisting the temptation to follow … Continue reading

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Center Stage

Throughout Ireland and Europe, the first thing I’m usually asked after stating that I’m American is “what do you think about Donald Trump?” I didn’t think much of it at first, but over time I spotted a trend: I was … Continue reading

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