Walking the fields of the French Pyrenees Mountains at Bordeneuve, a retreat for writers and artists, junior Alex Muller, who was there are as a poet-in-residence, experienced an epiphany. The English major, a recipient of a Geraldine Trammell Hurley Fellowship for Study and Travel, realized his experiences in France would change him – permanently.
“I had a moment when I realized, ‘There’s no way I can leave here the same as I was,’” said Muller, a music minor. And he was right. Muller used his Hurley Fellowship to travel France for three weeks during summer 2013. He began his trip with sightseeing in Paris and then completed his residency at Bordeneuve, located in the idyllic French Pyrenees. Muller described the residency as “an incredible experience” that helped him “grow in my education, my art, and my environmental consciousness.”
“I connected with France in a way that most travelers don’t get to do,” added Muller. During his residency, he completed the drafts for six poems (which he hopes to turn into an honors thesis his senior year), recorded two songs, and began writing several additional poems and songs. He explained that he sees the Hurley Fellowship as “a great example of how much Winthrop trusts its students to do great things and to support them along the way.”
Muller’s recent trip to France is just one of the many ways he’s made the most of his Winthrop experience. The Murrells Inlet, S.C., native serves as editor-in-chief of The Anthology, Winthrop’s art and literary magazine and works as a tutor in the Writing Center. In addition, he volunteers for the Arts in Medicine Club and serves as a volunteer musician for Winthrop’s Catholic Newman Student Mass. Muller’s also a member of the Winthrop Honors Program, Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society.
The atmosphere of support at Winthrop, Muller noted, has helped him to gain the confidence necessary to face the future – and life after college – without fear.
“I feel so connected and taken care of that I feel excited for the future and not scared of it,” said Muller, who also is a recipient of the Nancy Ann Garrison Scholarship and the Rose Vrooman Scholarship.
Last updated: 07/23/13