Category Archives: University College Dublin

One Last Cast

I was exhausted. My arm burned from hundreds of futile casts. My feet ached from three days of stumbling on jagged rocks that on more than one occasion sliced up my hands. The violent, frigid waves continued to smash me, … Continue reading

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Rain or Shine

I had been cooped up in my dorm room for what felt like an eternity finishing several papers when I peered out the window and noticed the sun shining brightly onto the quad. Having not seen the sun in days, … Continue reading

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A Window Into a Wonderful World

I was three hours into my first day of pike fishing in Ireland when I heard the best words that have been spoken to me since touching down in the Emerald Isle. As an 8-pound pike took a brief hiatus … Continue reading

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Wading Into Ireland

I emerged from the Glenomena dormitory into the grey Dublin afternoon. The air was crisp for a late September day. The sky looked as it often does here, foreboding and on the verge of a downpour. Sporting a waterproof backpack … Continue reading

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Lessons from Ireland

Enjoy Explore Experience Eight months ago, I sat in a corner of terminal A6 in the Philadelphia International airport waiting for my red eye flight to Dublin. I began to list goals for my year in Ireland. I was not … Continue reading

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A Mitchell Year

It is eight months since I first arrived in Ireland, and each evening, I am reminded of my first few days here. The reminder comes by way of sunlight that lingers well into the night. It was one of the … Continue reading

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Liquidation & Renewal

On February 6, just before midnight, a plane carrying Ireland’s president landed at Dublin airport. It was a hastily arranged voyage, interrupting a state visit to Italy so that President Higgins could sign a piece of legislation into law. The … Continue reading

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A year of adventure

In addition to sitting in café’s working on my thesis, pints with my classmates discussing lectures, and walks through Stephens Green on sunny days, I have had the great pleasure of exploring Ireland and Europe thanks to the Mitchell fellowship. … Continue reading

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Familiarity & Surprise

As I understand more about the landscape and people around me, greater depths and layers are revealed. Perhaps it is only naiveté that could have led me to think this would not be the case, but nonetheless, I continue to be fascinated by what I observe. Continue reading

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Abortion: A Change in Ireland and in Myself

On October 28, 2012, the devastating death of Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway led to a nationwide protest in Ireland and a revaluation of women’s reproductive rights in Ireland. Savita was a 31-year-old dentist, who had been starting a planned family … Continue reading

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O’Bama: Election Season Away from Home

As a former volunteer for the Obama campaign, I felt as though I was neglecting my political duties by being away from the US during prime election season. But within my first hour on the island of Ireland, I had … Continue reading

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Business School

As I sit down to write, Post-Tropical Storm Sandy (formerly known as Tropical Storm Sandy, formerly known as Hurricane Sandy) spits its last bits of wind and water across the Eastern Seaboard of the US.  For the first time since … Continue reading

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