Colleen Wilcox | December 12, 2018
Khaoula Morchid is a Notre Dame alum (17’) and a former Naughton Fellow (18’) who completed her masters in Transport, Engineering, Policy and Planning at Trinty College Dublin. She is now working for AECOM in Dublin. Celebrating 20 years in Ireland this year, the Dublin Global Gateway invited Morchid to share her story at the annual Thanksgiving event held at the Round Room, Mansion House. Below is a transcript of the speech that she wrote as a thank you letter to Ireland.
Six years ago, I was sitting in the auditorium of my boarding school in South Africa listening to a Notre Dame admissions officer talk about the Fighting Irish. His emphasis on the strong community aspect of the Notre Dame family sounded exciting, but I didn’t quite understand it until I showed up on campus. Little did I know that the Notre Dame family extends beyond the borders of Indiana or the United States and that I would be joining the Irish side of the family after graduation. Little did I know that Dublin would be my home base, Wicklow mountains my go-to national park, and Ceili my favorite dance.
I remember walking into the Notre Dame International office my freshman year and reading a quote by Father Malloy that said: “Our campus is in South Bend, Indiana; our classroom is the world." I took that quite literally and went on to study abroad in Australia, did research in different parts of Europe and Asia, but somehow never made it to Ireland.
Cheering “go Irish” for four years and hearing about all that Ireland has to offer made me eager to visit the Emerald Isle. When I came across the Naughton Fellowship, I immediately decided to apply and make the move across the Atlantic Ocean. It’s been fourteen months since I moved here, but it feels much longer than that. Dublin quickly became home and the opportunities I was offered here made the past year an eventful one.
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