In a nutshell: student life at Trinity College Dublin
Life at Trinity College means spending your days in the centre of Dublin. The city genuinely built itself up around the college. Or so I heard from the loud guide of a passing tour group trotting through the middle of campus last week. Yes, another part of studying at such a large and idyllic city centre campus is encountering the congregations of tourists from all over the world that flock to the famous Book of Kells daily.
However, it is not just the chance to study in the heart of Ireland’s capital surrounded by the many exciting food opportunities and other tourist attractions that marks Trinity College out as different from the rest. There are over 100 student societies and 50 sports clubs for students and often making the choice to join a debating society, soccer team or one of the varying publications paves the path for the four years that you will spend there.
The week before lectures begin each September is entitled Freshers Week where the society fair reigns supreme. For just about every passion, whim or activity that you can imagine, you can find a group of kindred spirits waiting patiently at a stand during Freshers Week. However, be wary of Freshers fever, an overexcitement that strikes during the society fair. Joining many activities because they gave free food out/the person at the stand was so friendly/you feel fencing is your undiscovered passion leads only to many society cards floating unused at the bottom of your wallet. It is vital to choose wisely, otherwise many students face being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of unread emails from societies they forgot they signed up for.
Every week of term, there are a dizzying list of exciting events, balls, trips away or guest speakers that you aim to go to but ultimately you find yourself having to choose wisely. One event that cannot be missed is the annual Trinity Ball. Even though losing your friends to the swarms of students is an inevitable and frightening rite of passage, it is quite striking to see the campus transformed into the scene of an outdoor festival.
Now to the academic side of college, unlike other Irish universities, Trinity doesn’t have Christmas exams. So even one semester modules won’t be tested until the end of the very year in May. So while that may seem fine and dandy when your comrades in other colleges flock to the library before the festive season, it can be a frustrating reality check when the exam timetable is released.
In a nutshell, choosing to study in Trinity means also opting for a college life that offers the chance to spend time in the centre of a bustling city, a chance to become involved in one of your passions while meeting likeminded individuals.
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