Being selected as a Victory Scholar is quite the experience. You apply, go through a rigorous interview process, find out you are selected, and fly over to start your year in Ireland all in under 6 months. To say it was a whirlwind would be quite the understatement. I was one of 34 Victory Scholars going through this journey, and we soon learned that we would be able to lean on each other for support throughout this entire experience.
The first week as a Victory Scholar was unreal. 33 of us (shoutout Mike Riopel) spent the week in Belfast going through a jam packed induction week, getting in workouts whenever we could, and getting to know the other Victory Scholars. What a week it was. Friendships were developed that have been carried on throughout the year, despite the fact that we are spread out throughout the whole country. The support network that has developed amongst the scholars was unexpected, but certainly needed and appreciated.
While all of us are no longer living in the same accommodation complex, the bond between us has not weakened. Whether it is getting together in Belfast for Thanksgiving, or for the classic, going up to Carlow for a weekend to watch all the female scholars compete in a tournament, staying in Limerick for an unforgettable night with Matt, Andrew, and Taylor, or having Garrett and John down to Waterford for a night of board games, it is always a special treat when we can get together. This connections and friendships are some that will last a lifetime. I am blessed to be a part of the 2019 Class of Victory Scholars.