Category Archives: Trinity College Dublin

Reflecting on the year

It is hard to believe that my Mitchell year is already coming to a close. In less than a month I will leave Dublin, enjoy a brief respite in my childhood home in Cincinnati, OH—and then fly to Washington, D.C. … Continue reading

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Acting the Ambassador

As a Mitchell Scholar, one of my responsibilities here in Dublin is to act in an ambassadorial capacity on behalf of America. Thus, a couple of weeks ago, I found myself participating in a debate hosted by the College Historical … Continue reading

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Fears Can Hold Us Back

I am writing this particular blog post on the eve of St. Patrick’s day in Dublin, Ireland 2015. If you would have told me in 2008 when I graduated from High School in South Dakota, that the next seven years … Continue reading

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Disability and Development in Dublin

Ireland is known for many things. In the short few months that I’ve been here, I’ve found that its reputation for arts and culture, friendly people, beautiful scenery, and lively atmosphere is well deserved. Fewer people know that Ireland is … Continue reading

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New Traditions, New People

“What can I say—life is good.” This is the general go-to answer I’ve employed every time a friend asks me how my year in Ireland is going. It is a concise and fitting description most definitely. In the last couple … Continue reading

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MATHletes

Fostering an emphasis on quality maths education is important for a variety of reasons. Math literacy promotes analytical thinking. Math is the language of science. Math, taught properly, encourages creativity and synthetic “outside-the-box” thinking. An emphasis on math, as part … Continue reading

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Something Irish

“Is it true that, in America, they think eastern Europe is like, just a single country? And they don’t know the difference?”  I was in a hostel in Budapest yesterday and overheard (re: eavesdropped upon) a German girl asking a … Continue reading

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Some Things I’ve Been Thinking About

When you think about it, math is pretty simple. I don’t mean to say that math is easy. “Simple,” rather, in a sort of ontological sense. Most of the basic formulas of mathematics are constructed from a remarkably small set … Continue reading

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Unwiring the brain

As the new year has rolled on, I have started to enter the “business” end of the year, as it were.  Classes have wrapped up for the most part, and now I am spending most of my time getting my … Continue reading

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Looking Forward

I cannot believe that it’s already March! I’ve settled into a great rhythm with my research project, seeing friends, and continuing to explore Dublin. I also recently found a wonderful little ceramics studio that I’ve been going to some evenings. … Continue reading

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Islam in Ireland

Last Friday, I was finally able to attend Jumu’ah (Friday) prayers at a masjid (mosque) in nearby Clonskeagh. Jumu’ah is a congregational service that takes place once a week on Friday afternoons, bringing together the Muslim community and offering an … Continue reading

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Midyear Update

My time in Ireland has been valuable and constructive for so many different reasons. I have had the opportunity to explore Dublin, a vibrant and historic city, and to immerse myself in a new and foreign culture. There is something … Continue reading

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