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Time for some Proper 12?

The weeks are already flying by, well they are for me anyway. There has been plenty of drama in UCC over the last couple of weeks and it’s been stressful to say the least. I also realised while writing this editorial that I have three assignments and one in-class test coming up soon within the space of one week. That has led me to question whether it is a good time to try some of Conor McGregor’s new whisky, Proper 12, aptly-named in reference to the postcode of his native Crumlin in Dublin.

In recent weeks, the inevitability that is ‘work placement’ has hit home, and hit hard at that! It’s time to apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. I’m someone who has always felt comfortable in job interviews, in fact I had to do a pretty good one to be here right now talking to you. However, I do struggle in paying homage to myself and the thought of writing out a big long paragraph describing why “I’m the employee for you,” makes my skin crawl. Perhaps, instead, I need to talk to other people, close friends and family maybe and hear what good things they have to say about me. Sometimes we can be so judgemental looking into the mirror, horrified by what faces us in return.

It’s a good attribute to be humble but we’ve got to stop criticising ourselves and putting us down, or else we create a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’ve mentioned Professor Jordan Peterson in this edition of the Express and his first rule for life is to “stand up straight with your shoulders back.” I think we can all do that a little more. Be proud of who you are and don’t take any crap from anyone (remember what they said in Cool Runnings?). Begin everyday like you should, afresh and embolden the people around you to do the same.

I hope this latest edition finds you all well and look forward to hearing your responses as always.