Practise Imperfect

Gemma Kent discusses the paradoxes of being a perfectionist. I started writing for Motley just over twelve months ago, having spent my first year in college fleeing from the thought of trying to get my work published. The reason? The long version is that, in those hallowed, glossy pages I had been witness to a range of novel and engaging discourses on fascinating topics, and … Continue reading Practise Imperfect

Au pairing: not all it’s cracked up to be!

Ruth O’Dwyer sets out some of the key things to take into consideration before deciding to work as an au pair. Have you ever considered working as an au pair for the summer in order to improve your fluency in a particular language, or maybe just to gain some experience living in a foreign country? Well, before you start making any set-in-stone plans, I highly … Continue reading Au pairing: not all it’s cracked up to be!

Love in the Time of Followers

Staff writer Cormac Dineen offers up his take on our complicated relationship with the world of internet dating. A few months ago, I had an interesting conversation with a work colleague during which I pressed him for his opinion on the phenomenon of internet dating. As we talked I saw him slowly and deliberately scroll through Facebook on his phone, pausing at brief intervals to … Continue reading Love in the Time of Followers

Motley Tries: Quitting Smoking

By Hassan Baker It’s worth noting that this article is written more so to document the struggle one encounters when attempting to quit smoking, rather than as a confessional essay or a success story, as it by no means is one. I started a very different article a few weeks back. One that pinpointed the pros and cons of smoking, and highlighted why I wished to … Continue reading Motley Tries: Quitting Smoking

Becoming a Student Again

Michelle Rumley describes her return to education as a mature student, and her experiences as a non-traditional fresher. Becoming a student again was not a decision I made lightly. I have a checkered past when it comes to doing courses; I was in my mid 30s and broke. I had thought about it seriously for a few years, world-weary from working in jobs that lead … Continue reading Becoming a Student Again

On The Waterfront: Tales of the J1 Class of 2017

Éamonn Grennan talks about the haven of the San Juans and the novelty of a more holistic, community-focused J1 Off the coast of Washington State lie the San Juan islands, consisting of Lopez, Orcas and the titular San Juan, with an oasis of smaller islets dotting the periphery. 12,400 people call these islands their home, a number which swells impressively come tourist season. A haven … Continue reading On The Waterfront: Tales of the J1 Class of 2017