The vast majority of students who move to Dublin come straight out of ‘the shticks’; the only other times they were in the ‘big smoke’ for a significant period was on December 8 for farmers day, when they dressed in their Sunday best and descended upon the Ilac Centre like bargain-hungry vultures. After four years of living in Dublin, I’ve noticed the not-so-subtle changes that have affected my persona and views on life – some for better, some for worse.
Thousands of students are set to descend upon Leopardstown Racecourse for this Monday for the Spin 1038 annual Student race day. It’s a day consisting of alcohol, gambling and dressing up; in other words, it’s an opportunity that’s never going to be shunned by your typical Irish student.
It’s the countdown to summer and for the unfortunate few in sixth year it also means the count down to the Leaving Cert. Students are rigorously filling out CAO application forms while attempting to memorise as much information as humanely possible for the dreaded LC and considering possible Irish college courses to take next year.
Last week it emerged that the Irish Leaving Certificate points system is forcing young Irish people to look to our European counterparts and the option of studying abroad for college education.
Ever wonder what the natives in your class are on about? No? Me neither, but this video depicting Dublin accents is hilarious regardless.
This is a cure for a studenty hangover. What’s the difference between a normal hangover and a studenty hangover, I hear you ask? A student hangover is worse, as you don’t have the experience of how to minimise hangovers and your body hasn’t built up a tolerance for alcohol as drinking is new to you. So we are talking red eyes and a pounding headache here.
In the last few years we have seen a major epidemic sweep most of the Western world. The epidemic in question is the behaviour of over indulgence. Obesity is a growing trend that unfortunately has failed to escape us as a nation. The statistics on this prevalent issue are truly shocking: it is reported that 70% of Irish men and 52% of Irish women are now overweight or obese. Obesity not only attributes to psychological issues but it also increases the likelihood to develop serious diseases in later life.
“I’m Broke.” “I’m skint.” “I’m smashed.” If we had a Euro for every time we’ve said that during our student life, we’d ironically be living a very affluent life right now.
Irish students across the country have revealed the quandary regarding abortion in Ireland and what they were faced with when they experienced an unplanned pregnancy. Many expressed that a trip to Britain was not feasible, forcing them to turn to online sources in order to obtain abortion pills.
It is well renowned that January is the most depressing month of the year. Everyone is impoverished after the expensive festive season, you’re ten pounds fatter than you were before December came along, and drinking solidly for a week is no longer socially acceptable. So, to the universities who came up with the fantastic idea of having post-Christmas exams in January and compounding our misery, THANKS A LOT.
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