Robert Emmet Society’s 15th Scholarship Winner!
Read her winning essay here.
Katelynn’s second letter Home
Katelynn’s First Letter Home
Dear RES Members,
Every day, I wake up amazed that I am really here. When I walked out of the Shannon airport, I knew this was going to be the greatest experience of my life so far. I am currently living at the Glasan Student Village (approximately one minute away from GMIT) with three roommates. Mayetta and Vaqueria are from Brazil and Noelia-who I share a room with- is from Spain. In the past two weeks, I have learned quite a bit of Spanish from Noelia and even a little Portuguese from the Brazilians. We actually call our section of Glasan the “Mini Brazil” because we have so many Brazilian neighbors. Each state in Brazil has its own flag, so Brazilian flags decorate all the windows in our neighboring houses (I’m currently looking for an American flag to hang in ours). I’ve been very lucky to have such welcoming roommates and neighbors; they always invite me on their adventures. Our latest journey took us over to the Cliffs of Moher, where I was introduced to the sheer beauty of this place. Words cannot describe what an incredible trip it was -we even had sunshine- and I hope to go again (and again and again). I still have so much to see, but I did make it over to Dublin last week to do a little exploring. I crossed the Ha’penny Bridge and strolled the streets until I realized that there’s far too much to see in just one day. Then, I took a train through Castleknock and back down into Dublin. We passed the Croke Park Stadium where the GAA All Ireland Championship finals will be taking place this Sunday. I will be heading over to Dublin with a few classmates to enjoy the craic there this weekend. Getting down to business though, I have five classes at GMIT this semester. I’m currently enrolled in Archaeology, Modern Irish History, Irish Biogeography and Natural History, Early Irish Literature, and Spanish. My Biogeography class travels to the beach almost every day to explore the salt marshes and unique ecosystem. All of my professors are very lively and passionate about what they teach. I will be getting a job soon to help fund my “travel wish list” which includes visiting most of the United Kingdom and Europe. I cannot thank you enough for what you have given me.
Message from Katelynn
Dear Robert Emmet Society Members,
Ever since I picked up a flier with Robert Emmet’s name, I had to find out who he was. When I read about him, I was immediately struck by many characteristics similar to my own hero- Jack Diener. Both men had lived for others selflessly, never asking for anything in return for their sacrifices. Your society lives by the same morals today and helps our future generations remember just what it means to be a hero.Everything the Robert Emmet Society stands for has inspiredme, and it will always be a huge part of my life. Someday, when I become a registered transcultural nurse, I can only hope to brighten lives the way you have for the past fifteen years.
Thank you so much!
Message From Jess
Robert Emmet Society’s 14th Scholarship Winner.
Dear Robert Emmet Society Members,
Thank you so very much for this wonderful opportunity. Most days I can barely contain my excitement for my upcoming adventure, which would not be possible without everything you have done. I am so glad historical societies like this one still appreciate the importance of honoring great people who many have forgotten. Researching Robert Emmet has been thoroughly enjoyable, fulfilling, and enlightening. I really cannot imagine an opportunity I would be more excited about, and I will remember it forever. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
The Robert Emmet Society was founded in the early 1990s to honor Robert Emmet, the namesake of Emmet County, Michigan, and to make area residents more aware of Emmet’s brief, but courageous life and his enduring legacy as a champion of freedom and democracy throughout the world.
The Joseph W. McCarthy-William McCullough, M.D. Memorial Scholarship award is the Society’s major activity year year. In conjunction with the Blissfest Music Organization, the Society also awards The Judge Ned Fenlon Music Award. All fundraising activities support these scholarship awards. Join us by becoming a member.