Spring is here!

A famous Irish poet once said that life imitates art. As I walked through the South Campus on the last weeks and saw the first attempts of spring to come, I could not help to think that it is interesting how, at least for me, life, in fact, tends to imitate nature. I have mentioned in a previous post how incredible it is to see the seasons changing. As this is my first time ...

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Do we need equality?

My friend asked me “Why do we need equality?”- It is an interesting question but not easy to fully answer at all. Firstly, I want to put a question “Do we want to be discriminated against because of any reason?” “Do we want to be discriminated against just because of our gender, age, culture, geography, social status, etc.?” Of course not. Nobody wants to be separated or left behind. This is one of reasons why ...

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Dealing with Exams

My name is Siddhartha. I have been a student with Maynooth University since September, 2018. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Law. My time spent here in the beautiful town of Maynooth has been very memorable. I have rejoiced every moment of my social and academic life. However university is about academics and a healthy social life. The academic aspect does get hectic at times, but its highly manageable. All students need to do is get started ...

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Academic life here at Maynooth compared to at home

The concept of academic studies is very different from the concepts that are followed back in my country. The Indian way of teaching is to a reasonable extent, theoretical, without any practical applications being taught while the module is taught at universities. When I started my degree here at Maynooth, I was reasonably happy to find the extent to which the lecturers were approachable, and how everyone, irrespective of their age, preferred to be ...

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A weekend in London

One of the advantages of living in Europe is that you can get to many different countries in just a few hours. London is one of the cities I had the chance to visit recently in a weekend, taking a one and a half hour flight with the low-cost airline Ryanair. Although there are tons of things to be done in such a vibrant and lively metropole, here is a suggestion of a two-day itinerary ...

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Missing Vietnamese Tet and the taste of home

As I'm writing down these words I’m celebrating Vietnamese Lunar New Year with my family members and friends. We call it Tet in Vietnamese. The traditional Tet of Vietnamese people is calculated by the lunar calendar, thus Tet often occurs at the end of January or early February. I had a chance to talk with my Irish flat mate about ways that Irish and Vietnamese people celebrate their New Year. Some ...

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Orientation and Arriving

I knew when I was getting ready to come to Maynooth that it was going to be very different from what I’m used to in America. I prepared myself by researching the cultural differences, finding out how Maynooth’s class scheduling goes, and telling myself to keep an open mind no matter the circumstances. I knew there was going to be a lot of things I wasn’t going to be able to prepare for in advance ...

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Exam Time!

Hello, all!  I’ve noticed a majority of my time this month has been spent in the libraries, so I figured this months blog would be the perfect time to talk about finals, coping methods, and studying techniques! Maynooth’s fall term starts in September so depending on if you’re a full year Erasmus student/one-term it will determine when you take your finals. If you are here only for the one semester then late December you ...

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Accommodation on Maynooth Campus – so like home

Time flies. I have been here, in Maynooth, for four months already. I have friendly and openhearted classmates and meet very helpful lecturers. Every day that goes by, I have learnt or known something new in my life. It may be a new way of learning, new interesting stories or even a new melody. I am living in a cozy place. It is located on Maynooth campus, which is such a convenience to students, especially international students ...

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Clubs, societies and integration

My journey to Maynooth has been filled with numerous adventures. An integral aspect of being a part of a University of high global repute is that you get to meet students from multiple nationalities. University life abroad is not solely limited to the academic aspects. Assimilation into the culture of the country in which one lives as a student is also very important. Here at Maynooth University there is a huge diversity among the students ...

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