Category Archives: Uncategorized

About the Birds and the Beeves

Of all the creatures in Ireland, great and small, bright and beautiful, wise and wonderful, or otherwise, the first being with whom I bonded were a group of cows on the edge of Maynooth University’s campus. I’ve written about the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Being On Time

At 9:17pm, watching the latest in a series of sunsets that stretch surprisingly deep into the night, I established some common ground with the sun: these days, we are both drawing out saying a difficult goodbye to Dublin. At 53.3448° … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Every Person is Connected

Mitchell 2018-2019 Year in Review Video             Over the course of my Mitchell year, I read two books that encapsulate some key wisdom I gained from my time in Ireland. In the Knowledge Illusion, the researchers remind readers of a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pedals & Petals

Forty-something degrees with 20mph winds…a perfect day to be outside? Yet we decided to go biking anyways, because what could be more Irish than that? If you wait for perfect weather, you could find yourself waiting a while. On this … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What Time Is It?

Yesterday, I stepped into the Dublin Airport, confused and exhausted after travelling from Hanoi, Vietnam. The clock on the wall said 11am, my phone said 1pm, and my mind and rumbling stomach said 6pm, almost dinner time. And I had … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Listening

Echoing reverberations from the choir bounced around St. Finbarre’s Cathedral, around me standing in the center aisle listening for problems. After a few seconds the director turned, smiled, and asked, “was that okay?” “Are you kidding?” was my unspoken response. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Connecting and Redefining Relations

Whenever I introduce myself in these past months and say where I am from, people always get excited…No NOT about Guinee of course, because most people do not even know which continent my birthplace is, especially when I don’t lead … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

26.2

I love a good metaphor. My love is so strong, in fact, that I’ve been icing my shins with bags of frozen fruit in the name of metaphor these past few weeks. I’m a reluctant runner, so nobody is more … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

With an Irish Accent

To my family and friends who keep asking:          No. When I return to the U.S. in August, I can promise that I will not have an accent. My apologies in advance. What I cannot promise, however, is that you … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thank you to bridge clubs

My number one fear about doing a memory research project in Ireland was not being able to find enough participants (difficult accents came in a close second). In the US, we benefit from undergraduate students who are required to participate … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Eleven Reasons to Visit Ireland

Yes, this is a listicle. (You’re welcome, Ted! Consider this the start of my contemplation of the fuller picture). In keeping with data scientist Gilad Lotan’s research on engagement with Buzzfeed listicles, I opted for a double-digit, odd-number listicle. What … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Stroll on

Our foyer at DCU faces out toward two buildings that have enough breathing room between their parallel structures to create a diagonal sliver. Through that sliver, I normally just see the street—compromised by cars lurching over pesky speed bumps—and the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment