6 life lessons college had taught me!

Friday March 27th 2015

Throughout your life people will constantly try to give you advice and teach you lessons about anything and everything like “never skip breakfast” and “forgive and forget”. More often than not we don’t pay attention to these little lessons because they’re just not relevant. Sometimes you have to learn these lessons for yourself based on your own experiences.

It has been around 6 months since I moved to Galway and in just a month I’ll be sitting my final exams for my 1st year in college (crazy I know!). Although I have learned a lot more this year than what I’m going to be examined on!

So here are 6 of my little ‘life lessons’ that I have learned through experience since I began college.


  1. Once you’re in college, your Leaving Cert (or A-levels) is no longer important/relevant.

Phew… Last year, I put myself through so much unnecessary stress that I could almost laugh at now! Of course you need to work hard to get the points to get you into college, but what I have learned is that you have to do it for you, and not to impress or compete with anyone else, once I got my offer for college I realised that!


  1. It’s less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones.

This is one of the harshest, but most important lessons I’ve learned in the past few months. College will open your eyes and help you realise who your real friends are and how much of a blessing they are. The friends you have had for the last 1-10 years may not be the ones who are standing with you now, but that’s okay – “beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad”. But don’t worry, you will meet some amazing friends in college as well as the wonderful ones you already have.


  1. Time management, assignments and exams!

No matter how much you convince yourself that you’ll start that 2,500 word essay three weeks before it’s due, you’ll always have a moment of panic a few day before the deadline. College students are professional procrastinators. At this point in the semester we are busy, busy, busy trying to finish these end of year assignments and get ready for our exams. Our midday chats in the bialann are now being swapped for study in the library!


  1. There is a world outside class and partying

College should be more than just nights out and 9.am lectures! Surround yourself with good friends, go shopping, take a stroll to the beach, join a sports club, go bowling or to the cinema! Whatever you do, do it with friends. One thing that I regret about this year is not attending enough society events, so next year I’m going to make an effort to go to all the societies I registered for this year and immerse myself in college life!

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  1. It’s nice to be nice!

It’s easier to say ‘Hello’ and give a smile than to walk on and ignore someone. Be kind, smile at a stranger, hold the door open and give your change to charity!
“How do you change the world? One single act of random kindness at a time”.


  1. I can’t thank my parents enough.

I was more prepared for the outside world than I thought! Thanks to my parents I can cook and clean, which is more than I can say for a lot of other college students. I am so thankful that I’m not a student who needs to live on takeaways or beans on toast! I am proud to say that I can cook a full dinner for myself, and clean up after! And although they don’t believe me my bedroom is spotless (most of the time!!!!!). Thanks to my mammy and daddy not spoiling me completely I am now able to fend for myself in Galway Monday to Friday, and even work the washing machine to do my washing when I come home at the weekends!


“Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy!”




The next time I’m submitting my blog I will be mid exams and at the end of my 1st year in University. It’s crazy to think that I’m already planning for the year ahead and have my accommodation sorted with the some of the best girls I have met this year to be my future house mates (shout out to Liadh, Orla, Tara and Aoife for wanting to put up with me next year). I can’t believe it’s almost time to move out of 82 Dunaras and head home to Donegal for 4 months. What a year!!

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Before I go I want to wish my fellow scholar sister Caoímhe a huge congratulations on the money she had raised for her skydive for this wonderful foundation!


Thanks to Raphoe Cub Scouts for having me back for the weekend camping! I have a great weekend and can’t wait for the next one.

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And how could I forget, Aoife who finally has the cast of and has ditches the crutches! It’s great to have you have in fighting form!


………And a birthday wish in advance to my Mammy who is celebrating a very special birthday at the weekend, enjoy the partying!!!


Adiós, arrivederci agus slán!

xoxo Sarah.