MU blogger Elisabeth Koopal

How holidays bring us together

From Halloween to Sinterklaas: how holidays bring us together Introduction During my exchange in Maynooth, I celebrated the Irish festival of Halloween, as well as Sinterklaas; a traditional Dutch holiday. Partaking in various celebrations, I saw how holidays bring people together, both within and across cultures. In my inaugural blog post, I’m going to tell you more about these holidays and my experience celebrating them in Ireland. Halloween: an ancient Irish holiday Halloween – ...

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“Fitting in” at Maynooth

Culture hides more than it reveals, and strangely enough what it hides, it hides most effectively from its own participants. Edward T. Hall How to fit in Maynooth: Cultural and Social Shocks Embracing diverse cultures and exploring social differences can be an eye-opening experience, especially when comparing two unique destinations like Ireland and Mozambique. In this blog post, we will delve into some of the intriguing cultural and social differences that I ...

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A Guide through Maynooth

Coming to a new city can be challenging, as you don’t know where to get the best coffee, where you can go for a walk or a run, or where to meet your new friends. But before you know it, you will have new favourite places and here are mine. https://youtube.com/shorts/ts4Y_vUV_gc?feature=share 1. The UniversityI’m not getting paid to say this, but I really like the University! As I am an intern in ...

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From Classroom to Community: How Clubs and Community Enriched My Educational Journey

After working for many years, I never thought I would find myself physically back in a classroom. I have always enjoyed learning and researching online for continuous development and growth. The thought of becoming a committed student again in a school and discovering that it might be too late was a bit scary. However, my insatiable curiosity pushed me to make one of the best decisions of my life, and ...

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GAA Croke Park

One thing I didn’t know about Ireland before I got here, was that the Irish have different national sports that you won’t find anywhere else.  While soccer is the most popular sport in Ireland and a lot of Irish follow the Premier League, Gaelic football and hurling are ranked on the second and third place among the most popular sports here.   I was lucky enough to go on a tour ...

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My Journey at Maynooth University: A Symphony of Personal and Academic Growth

As a Ph.D. student trying to find my way through the vast sea of education, I found a safe harbour on the shores of Maynooth University. From the first day I came here, I felt like I was at home. It had a unique mix of intellectual freedom and a reassuring sense of safety. It was a place that both encouraged and celebrated my individuality.Starting a Ph.D. is like going ...

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Culture shocks I had when moving to Ireland

Moving to a different country will confront you with a lot of new things: a new language, new cities and a lot of culture shocks you won’t be prepared for!Here are the biggest culture shocks I had when I first moved from Germany to Maynooth, Ireland. The Weather Still in Germany, everybody predicted that there would be a lot of rain and mostly bad weather in Ireland and when I arrived in ...

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Hitting the gym on campus

As a fitness enthusiast, ISSA(USA) certified nutritionist and a student at Maynooth University, I am lucky to have access to the amazing gym facilities on campus. Maynooth University Campus Gym is a state-of-the-art fitness centre that offers a wide range of equipment, classes, and services to help students and staff achieve their fitness goals. The range of equipment at the Maynooth University Campus Gym is one of my favourite features. The ...

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My Maynooth

I genuinely knew very little about Ireland when I moved here as an international student in 2022. My search for graduate programmes was based solely on the content and reputation of the courses themselves and wherever they were located was a bonus. So although Maynooth University was an obvious choice academically, I honestly had never even heard of Maynooth, let alone researched the town before moving here. Having lived here ...

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A Cathedral of Trees

I am struck by the beauty and tranquillity of Maynooth South Campus, it reminds me of a recent trip to South Africa where I visited the botanic gardens in Pietermaritzburg. The luminous beauty of the old trees on South Campus reminds me of a particular area where I walked through on the East Coast of South Africa. It was described as a ‘Living Cathedral’ of plane trees planted in 1908 ...

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