High times for harm reduction

13.8% of adults aged between 15 and 34 in Ireland have consumed cannabis in the last year. A figure that has increased from 10% in 2011. A larger amount of students are now using drugs, and yet very little is done at a governmental level to reduce the risks associated with substance use. Irish drug…

The Psychology of Attraction

Attraction is a funny thing. It isn’t a choice; we don’t really get to decide who or what traits and characteristics we are attracted to. This isn’t a problem if you happen to be attracted to what’s good for you, but interestingly that isn’t always the case. Strictly defined as “the action or power of…

The Psychology of Happiness

Happiness is the state of being happy (no seriously, that was the best google had to offer), but it does nicely segue into the topic of how happiness changes from person to person. For some it’s oodles of money, for some it’s their children and families, for others it’s as simple as a lie in…

7 Things You ‘Realise’ in College

Disclaimer: Yes, the title is a direct reference to Kylie Jenner’s infamous “year of realising things” statement which, although totally taken the piss out of, applies quite accurately to many of our First Year experiences in college. One could argue that our First Year of college is in fact the official year of “realising” stuff….

Confessions of a Graduate Student

My name is Aisling Coleman, and I’m a graduate student… And one with a confession to make, at that: the more into the world of academia I delve, the more confuddled I become. I graduated in October, and started my M.A. in English the month previous. I love English and the written word, I always…

Drug Reform: One of Many Needed Law Reforms

Casually walking through Tralee Town Park, on the grey pavement I observe many things including leaves, the odd decapitated flower and drug paraphernalia. It is not a rare sight but not a common one either, just the odd syringe here and there. After “yokeapocalypse” several months ago, many Kerry people from Tarbert to Rossmore Island…