Aoífe’s Pearls of Wisdom

Friday November 8th 2013



Dia dhaoibh,
I have decided to go with a slightly different approach to my blog this month for the simple reason that there is so much to tell. So much has happened in this past month agus bhí mé ag streachailt for the past week or so to come up with an effective way to convey it all to you. In the end I decided to compile a list of some of the little things I have learnt during my first month as a Psychology student in DCU. Hopefully these pearls of wisdom will give you a snapshot of what I have been up to.
When I finally get internet in my apartment it will be a wonderful day for the parish.
On the other hand, huddling in the corner trying to scab the unbelievably temperamental campus Wi-Fi is simply embracing na dushláin a ghabhann le saol an mhic léinn.

• Dropping two different phones down the toilet and locking yourself out of your apartment a grand total of four times might possibly qualify you as a walking disaster.

• Running after Henry Shefflin in front of a crowd of students in one of the busiest areas of campus is perfectly acceptable behaviour.

• No feeling surpasses that of driving along Mulroy Bay knowing that you are almost home.
Níl aon tinteán…

• I owe my life to George Foreman.
Do people even use ovens these days?
Also, you need to turn on the main cooker switch before your pasta can boil.

• One of my best friends thinks it is okay for us to have Niall Horan’s face on the front of our fridge.

• The washing machines in the Laundrette don’t take powder or tablets.

• Eating Raspberry Ripple ice cream in the middle of the night contributes to a well-balanced diet.

• It is possible for a French girl to speak English with a Northern Irish accent.

• One of my housemates thinks that the Gooch is a Cork hurler.

• It is not a very good idea to leave your USB pen in one of the library computers.

• Taking three Brazilians to a Trad night can turn into clubbing and a midnight feast in Burger King.

• I’m the only one on DCU campus that doesn’t like free pizza.

• People actually live in Carlow.

• It is useful to ensure that your gym leggings aren’t see through.

• You can get the best donuts in the world in a little hut on O’Connell Street.
This information, along with Chocolate Digestives, Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Jammie Wagon Wheels, is dangerous in the wrong hands.

• For 9am lectures, you must make a choice between proper makeup and proper breakfast.

• Trying to stay awake in two-hour lectures can often be the hardest work that you do.

• To-Do lists are crucial for survival.

• There are people living in Larkfield Apartments who like to listen to Barbie Girl at a high volume i lár an lae.

• You know you have made a good friend when they threaten to throw your shoe out of your apartment window.

• Before deciding to go for a swim check to ensure that your chosen time for a doggie paddle does not clash with the DCU Elite Swimming Team training.
As well as that, it comes in handy to take your goggles with you and not your sunglasses.

• There is rain up here that Donegal would be proud of.
Also, people steal umbrellas.

• You have made it to the big time when you spend your hour off between lectures cleaning your shower aided by a pair of Marigolds and some cheap cleaning product from Aldi.

• Club an Chonartha is a guaranteed oíche den scoth.

• Food tastes 100 times better when you don’t have to do any work to produce it or clean up after it.

• Good friends are those who will abandon a plan for going out in order to sit in and watch Aristocats while drinking tea.

• Milk can go sour and bread can go mouldy.

• The Wi-Fi at home is actually pretty sound.
Bheinn ag inse bréagach if I said that moving away from home and getting into the groove of college life has been easy or even enjoyable ó thus go deireadh. There have been days when I wished I could go back to school and see all my friends and family again. There is a safety net with secondary school that is pulled from under you when it comes to college. Here we have been very much thrown into the deep end and we have no choice but to cope. School might have been tedious and God knows there are flaws in our education system but at least there was some sort of comfort in the fact that you knew the drill.
Living in Dublin is like living i ndomhan go hiomlán difriúl. I suppose I came to college with a certain amount of naivety about what it would be like. I was holding onto the fact that everyone says your years in college are some of the best of your life but I forgot that I was embarking on those years as a young adult and expected to look after myself. Every day I miss mo chlann and the comfort and security of home. Having to contend with two enormous milestones at once- moving away from home for the first time and beginning university- is by no means a dander in the park and it is only in these last few weeks that I have learned that. So much is changing and at times it can be incredibly overwhelming. Some nights I wish to God that things could go back to the way they were because I tell myself I can’t handle na freagrachtaí uilig. You feel as if you are being pulled from all sides and there is always something that you have forgotten to do.
It is so easy to fall into this mindset but then little things happen every day that encourage you and make you want to keep climbing. It might just be that you speak to someone new in a lecture or you manage to make a good meal without giving yourself food poisoning. At these times you remember that sometimes it is good to push yourself out of your comfort zone because is é ansin a thig leat dul chun cinn a dhéanamh. I have made so many friends in DCU from all corners of the country and come to realise that everything will be alright. These things take time and nothing good happens overnight. I understand now that’s it’s okay not to want to leave home on a Sunday night and that there are loads more who feel the same way. Being homesick doesn’t make you weak or uncool, it just means that you are lucky enough to have something at home worth missing.
I know that my future will not be as rosey or as pleasant at all times as I would like it to be but is é sin an saol. It’s about balancing the scales, yes there will be bad days when you imagine the world is trying to keep pushing you, in the hope that you will fall off the edge. But then you come upon the good days and realise that because you haven’t fallen off yet, you must be doing something right. So many good things have happened to me since I made the big move and I have no doubt that there is so much more to come. Le cuidiú Dé I can push myself to grasp every opportunity and take a leap of faith each day as I attempt to live a life without limits.
I would like to extend a sincere word of thanks to everyone who has wished me well on this new journey and to everyone who has made the transition that little bit smoother in any way.
Slán agus beannacht, a chairde,