Whiskey and the Truth…

“Whiskey and truth should both be served straight up, Doctor.”

Hello everyone!

For those of you who only know me through my recent blog post, there’s something I should tell you right now, at the start of this post, that will make the rest of its content make a lot more sense.

I, Caela Provost, am a huge fan of the hit 1990’s television programme, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.

I know this startling confession may not make a whole lot of sense to any of you right now, but bear with me and I promise everything will be set right by the end of my 500-word blog limit. This being said, I have another startling confession for all of you:

I, Caela Provost, was terrified of coming over to Ireland to get my MA in English degree.

For someone like me, who not only has a ton of experience travelling to new places (I was in Ireland for a semester before) but also loves embarking on new adventures – let’s just say that the idea that I was scared to come back was more than a little embarrassing.

All of last year, as I was applying to graduate schools, I knew that I wanted nothing more than to return to the University of Limerick to earn my Master’s Degree.

I loved everything about UL: the campus, the people, the atmosphere, the extracurricular activities offered, and especially the English programme. When I got my acceptance letter this past spring, it was like a dream come true. But then, as any of my friends can attest to, I began to worry. A lot. A wicked lot. Entirely too much, but I digress…

Thankfully, just as I was about to lose my mind with worry and potentially make the terrible mistake of not following my dream to come back to Ireland for my graduate studies, my friend Evie introduced me to Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman. (See, I promised this would all come full circle.)

Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman is an amazing show that follows Dr Michaela “Mike” Quinn as she struggles for acceptance as a “woman doctor” in a small town in the Colorado Territory (a few years after the American Civil War). Dr Quinn’s courage and independence were an inspiration for me and, somehow, during the course of several Dr Quinn movie nights at Evie’s house, I had an epiphany.

My realisation was simply the following: you should never let fear, worry, insecurity or the scepticism of those around you, keep you from achieving your dreams.

Dr Michaela Quinn moved all the way from Boston to Colorado Springs, Colorado so that she could practice medicine and she did it on her own. Just a few months ago I, Caela Provost, came all the way from Winchendon, Massachusetts to Limerick, Ireland so that I could achieve my dream of getting my MA in English from the University of Limerick.

For me, it was never a question of what university was right for me; in fact, most students say they just “know” when they’ve found the right one.

I, Caela Provost, needed to find the strength within myself to believe in my dream.

So, from one woman with a dream to another, thanks Dr. Mike for that extra push.