Why the Mitchell?

Why apply to the Mitchell Scholarship? That answer likely varies for each applicant. For me, a major motivator was the community. The community of Mitchell Scholars, past and present, is full of individuals committed to public service. These people are impressive, yet surprisingly down-to-earth and universally kind. For whatever reason, the Mitchell Scholarship committee has allowed me to learn and grow alongside them. For this, I will be forever grateful.

In addition to the community, the island of Ireland has some of the top universities in the world. Mitchell Scholars study a wide range of subjects, from law and politics to business, international security, and Irish language planning. As the Scholars study all over the island, the possibilities for weekend ventures abound. Exploring the island is made that much more fun when Mitchells gather. Together, we are making memories and friends that will last a lifetime.

When I applied to the Mitchell, I knew that studying in Ireland would afford much potential for adventure. Little did I know that I would have so many “only-on-the-Mitchell” moments. Here’s just one example:

Reading the local paper, I saw that the counties of Cork and Kerry were hosting an event for local food enterprises, the 2012 Food Forum.  Intrigued, I signed up.  Upon arrival, I was treated to some delicious food, as well as some food for thought.

At the Food Forum, I learned more about the importance of agriculture and the food sector to the Irish economy and got to sample an array of local beverages, desserts, and foods from  small and medium-sized producers. A highlight was talking with a local black pudding producer about the potential market for puddings in the United States.

As I learned more about food safety in Ireland at the Food Safety Authority kiosk, Simon Coveney, the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, approached. Surprised, I had some pictures taken with the minister, and I’ll be in the Authority’s next newsletter. All for asking the right questions in the right place at the right time.

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