I still cannot explain how receiving the George J. Mitchell Scholarship has influenced my life in only positive ways. A little over a year ago I received a letter in the mail congratulating me on winning this scholarship, little did I know that effect it would have my life. I was just excited to have a chance to study and explore a part of the world I've never been to but oh, didn't I gain and experience so much more! My semester abroad allowed me to grow as a person both academically and socially. I remember my first day back in the States (after spending Christmas with my sister and father in Germany) in January my older sister said "you've grown so much, I barely recognize you and I mean that as a compliment."
One of the requirements in order to be considered for this scholarship I had to write an essay detailing how this scholarship would benefit you personally and academically.. in my essay I talked about becoming more independent, becoming less shy, and adapting to new environments. Reflecting back on my time abroad I believe I've made great progress towards all these things (obviously, there's always room for improvement) but I'm on the right path.
I hope this blog can be beneficial in easing the nerves and providing guidance or as a insiders looks into how this amazing this scholarship is for future applicants and winners. I am elated and honored to be a part of this George J. Mitchell Scholar family and hope to stay an active member and inspire others to apply in the coming years!
I want to keep this blog post short so I just wanted to say thank you to Dorry French, the Board Member, and Senator Mitchell for selecting and allowing me to have this once in a lifetime experience and to Greg Swett for being my mentor during the application progress!
Obviously, a HUGE thank you to all the wonderful people I met and all the great friendships I created in Ireland from all around the world.
With this chapter of my life closing I'm now off to Nursing school at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.