Is College Better when living independently

No By Gemma Kent   Let’s start with a bit of conceptual analysis: what does “living independently” really mean? There seems to me only one way to do it properly: you forego the homely sanctuary of the nest once and for all, and venture out into the wilderness determined to claim for yourself the coveted title of ‘Fully-Functioning and Self-Sufficient Adult’. Being truly independent means no more … Continue reading Is College Better when living independently

Enviously Green

Gemma Kent surveys two of UCC’s core endeavours in the field of sustainability, the “Love Our Library” Campaign and the work of the Environmental Research Institute. In 2010, University College Cork became the first institute of higher-education in the world to be awarded a Green Flag. At the heart of this first milestone in UCC’s efforts to promote and improve its work around sustainability was … Continue reading Enviously Green

Force of Habit

Ruth O Dwyer takes on anxiety I wouldn’t be inclined to label anxiety as a mental illness or medical condition, although it most definitely comes under the realm of mental health. It is more of a tendency that is provoked within us, to react in an anxious way before particular people or in some situations, predominantly because our past interactions and dealings with certain people … Continue reading Force of Habit

Cheap and (Not So) Cheerful

High street fashion comes at a high price for the environment, writes Caoimhe Coleman At the beginning of the year I, like many people, set myself some resolutions. One of those was to stop buying ‘fast fashion,’ a concept which I really only became conscious of in the last year or so. Fast fashion puts an emphasis on making fashion trends from the catwalk quickly … Continue reading Cheap and (Not So) Cheerful

Welcome (back) to University!

Arts Rep, Amy Poland, follows up on her September survival guide with a few tips and tricks to get you through semester two.   Holidays are officially over and if you’re coming back to (or newly-joining us for) the grind of college work and deadlines this second semester, then this article — where I’ll share some tips and points of information that I think you … Continue reading Welcome (back) to University!

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