Therapy: The New Form of Self-Care. 

  By Roisin Noonan   By now we are all well accustomed with the term “self-care” and all that it encompasses. We millennials are even sometimes referred to as the “self-care generation”. In a world where we whizz around every day on an endless merry go round of work/study/exercise/eat/sleep/repeat, there is no doubt that self-care…

Girlboss: Motivational Motto, or Demeaning Drivel?  

By Maeve O’Keeffe  The term “girlboss” was coined by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal, a fashion retailer that she grew from an eBay store aged 22. When Amoruso published her 2014 memoir,  #Girlboss, which was adapted into a Netflix series, the term suddenly became part of the  modern workplace vernacular, emblazoned on coffee…

Understanding Consent 

By Maeve O’Keeffe  The new #unmuteconsent campaign has just been launched in partnership with the Higher  Education Authority, Irish Universities Association, Technical Higher Education Association, and Union of Students in Ireland. This important campaign aims to recognise and amplify student voices in driving change against sexual harassment and violence on college campuses.   It is assumed…

Resilience, Recovery, and a Return to Campus Life 

By Maeve O’Keeffe In March 2020, if you’d told me that my Thursday afternoon tutorial would be the last  hour of ‘in-person’ college I would have until September 2021, I would have cried. Whether  naivety, ignorance, or optimism was to blame, I had anticipated a mere fortnight of lockdown  with my family in rural Kilkenny….

COVID FOMO

By Billy O’Connor In the weeks and months preceding the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, social engagements and activities have never been more in vogue. For many, this transition at such a warped speed has been difficult to adjust to. There is a myriad of reasons as to why this transition has been very bittersweet for…

College in a time of Covid

 By Roisin Noonan And so, begins another year. “La rentrée” or the return as the French say. Classes, timetables, assignments, exams. In previous years these words induced a sense of dread and fear perhaps, of wishing they would just up and disappear. End of summer thoughts creeping in like that Sunday night Glenroe theme tune.  But…

Bystander Intervention in UCC: How we can all stand against sexual assault, harassment, and violence

By Maeve O’Keeffe An unfortunate reality of university life at present is the prevalence of sexual assault. According to a 2020 study of sexual experiences, 29% of females, 10% of males and 28% of non-binary students reported non-consensual penetration during their time in college. A 2018 survey completed in NUIG reveals staggering percentages of students…

Optimising Your Online Presence

Elisha Carey, Features Editor The importance of building connections and networks cannot be overstated when it comes to career planning and there has never been an easier time in history to connect. Being able to use not only just LinkedIn, but Facebook and Twitter too, as tools to carve out career opportunities is a must…