New Year, New Mindset

Here we are at that time of year again, the beginning, with a new clean slate and a chance to start afresh. Every January we witness the influx of resolutions; gym memberships spike as people vow to get fit, there’s a rise in sales of “healthy foods” (rather foods we have as a society labelled…

Skills Centre is here to help

The Skills Centre is a unique space designed to help all students maximize their potential here at UCC. It offers a wide and varied programme that can be booked through its website, skillscentre.ucc.ie. The sessions are designed to develop study skills and writing skills that help enhance your learning and communication. Some of our most…

Student Loans, failing

There’s never a dull moment at a demonstration. Like many other students, I turned out to protest at the visit of Leo Varadkar and his leading lights to our university. In passing, an older lady challenged me about the sign I was holding – about the need to get rid of college fees. “When I…

Why Instagram makes you feel bad

Instagram. Everybody’s on it. You, Me, Celebrities, Kid, Mams, Dads, Teachers, Dentists, Politicians and Priests (the cool ones, anyway). Everyone. All fending for ourselves on this huge, weird acreage of cyberspace. Hundreds of millions of lives captured and shared, all existing alongside one another, separated only by a few taps and scrolls on a screen….

In Defence of Mature Students

It is harder to be a mature student than it is to be an undergraduate. (Gasps of outrage, anarchy erupts, sirens in the distance) Big statement, I know, but just bear with me! Mature students are, from a Department of Education perspective, classed as being in their mid-twenties and beyond. “Well…so what?” (I hear nobody ask). Well, I’ll tell…

Tattoo?

Tattoo culture is undoubtedly a thing. The tattoo trend isn’t a modern phenomenon though; the tradition of tattooing dates way back, as far back as the prehistoric era, to 12,000 BC. Most if not all cultures practiced some form of tattooing and body art, but each culture had its own reasons for and meanings behind…