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Turtle on its Way to a Rave

I’ve spent a good portion of my life trying to differentiate myself from my older sister. She was a cheerleader, so I was a tomboy. She moved to Hawaii, and I moved to Ireland. She chose the sun and I … Continue reading

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International and Ireland: Lessons from Irish Politics

In my childhood, I aspired to be a public servant. A politician, maybe. I wanted to serve my communities and to get involved in American politics right after college. Yet as I read political research, listened to talking points, and … Continue reading

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Places to Live, People to See

A few days ago, I received a wonderful Christmas present in the form of an email. My aunt, uncle, and two cousins wrote that they had booked tickets to spend their spring break in Dublin. In addition to the news, … Continue reading

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Reflections after Longer Exposure

In all my limited time on this earth, I have never particularly appreciated casual photography. For much of my life I have attempted to avoid being in photos, largely in order to best prevent the horror of my visage from … Continue reading

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A Little Feeling of Home?

A few months ago, I was sitting in Nando’s with two of my Mitchell fellows getting ready to have my first ever experience at the “Afro-“ Portuguese chain restaurant, when I heard a familiar song—“La Guinee Sore” by Fode Baro, … Continue reading

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On Resolutions

Much of the fall semester, I felt drawn back to the U.S. through applications and other projects I had carried with me to my new home. Having completed all of my applications and nearly all of my transatlantic projects now, … Continue reading

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Ciaran’s Question

What are we teaching our children? This was the question repeatedly asked by our guide, Ciaran, on my family’s visit to Belfast earlier this month. We were on a black cab tour of the Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods of Belfast … Continue reading

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Lucky

The crowd of sixty that gathered in front of the Dublin immigration office chanted according to the commands of an indefatigable migrant activist named Lucky, whose pursuit of justice is matched in optimistic intensity only by his thunderous voice.   … Continue reading

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I Am, I Am, I Am

I have a complicated relationship with the United States Postal Service. The story begins back in Boston last June, when I realized delaying packing up my belongings would not in fact delay my departure from college. In a stunning rush … Continue reading

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Sinecure

I learned the word “sinecure” this semester.  Sinecure: a position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit. Now entering the second half of our Mitchell experience, I’m programmed to start looking for what’s next. … Continue reading

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Sláinte: Cheers to the Future of Health Reform

I had set my sights on studying in Ireland to see firsthand how another country took on major health reform, hoping it might provide a powerful example for the American health system. Just a year before I arrived, Ireland’s parliament … Continue reading

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Second to Nun

With her spectacles, walking trousers, and sensibly short graying hair, Susie, an Irish Dominican sister in her fifties, is not exactly the image one would conjure when picturing a member of the Trinity Women’s Freshers Rowing Team. “The girls had … Continue reading

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