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Eurotravel: How to see Europe from Dublin

By Céline Brandstötter [Visiting Student Blogger]

You will meet a lot of students on exchange who have plans to travel around Europe. People’s excitement to travel is contagious, so you will definitely also want to travel. However, student budgets are small and you will want to get the most out of your trips. Living in Ireland has many advantages and one of them is Ryanair, the low-cost Irish flight company that can bring you to almost every place in Europe, so definitely make sure to check out their website. For low-cost housing options, see Hostel World and Airbnb. I have listed my favourite European cities and what I enjoyed the most during my time visiting them.  Hopefully this gives you some tips on what to see, what to eat, and maybe inspire you to visit, too!

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Trinity team leading €3.4m EU project to improve energy efficiency in Irish and Welsh water industries

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin are leading a new €3.4m EU-backed project to improve the long-term sustainability of the water supply in Ireland and Wales. The Dŵr Uisce project, which partners Trinity with Bangor University, aims to improve the energy efficiency of water distribution by developing new low carbon energy-saving technology, including micro-hydropower turbines.

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Hozier Receives the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage

Hozier (a previous student of Trinity College Dublin) recently received the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage at a special ceremony at the Ed Burke Theatre in Trinity’s Arts Block. Hozier was completing a degree in music here in Trinity when he was forced to drop out so he could begin recording his first demos at the request of Universal Music Ireland.

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Amr Dawood, Trinity Student Ambassador, Entrepreneur with TCD international non-profit organisation Enactus, writes about his trip to the UN Youth Summit in New York

It’s almost time to board my flight, I have my ticket, passport, and suitcase all packed, and I can’t wait to get to New York. Let me tell you why I am excited: I am going to be a delegate in the 2016 Annual Youth Summit at the United Nations.

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Blowing into Dublin

Ariane has come to Trinity from Aberdeen for an exchange semester, she is originally from Germany. 

Dublin is windy. I learned this when I was bouncing at 20,000-15,000 feet for a little over an hour (yes, in a plane). As soon as we landed, everybody took out their mobile phones and immediately called their loved ones. I called my dad. “I have landed.” I told him, “I proudly announce that I have just started my exchange semester in Dublin!”

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Trinity’s architecture conjured up figures like Queen Elizabeth the first and Harry Potter in my mind. It sounded like a new adventure. While I couldn’t realise my childhood dream of feeling like Hermione when studying in the library (I thought the Long Room was a study area!), I could do a lot more things than I would ever have dreamed about.

My second encounter with the wind happened on the day I had to hand my essay in to the politics department, which is in the lucky position of being situated between Starbucks and Costa. I proudly printed off my essay (with the credit I had just successfully added online, thanks to the Datapac help desk in the library) and started my trip to my lecturer’s office, when it suddenly started to rain. In a nutshell: I had to print off my essay again (it got wet, it fell in a puddle and eventually, I had to let it go with the wind). From that day on, an umbrella got a special place in my handbag, just next to my extra jumper and leap card.

Getting a leap card is like getting Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, except the stunningly beautiful Irish landscape beats every chocolate river and candy flower. Where I’m from, it takes me ten hours to reach the sea. Here, I could reach the seaside within a few minutes.

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One thing that took me a few minutes to understand was the Irish accent. Oh, you didn’t ask me if I could take the garbage outside, but you said it is gorgeous that the sun does shine? Grant! Oh, you didn’t want a carrot cake but a carrier bag? These misunderstandings are the stories you will tell your grandchildren one day. One thing you learn when you live abroad is to laugh about yourself.

Here is the thing about going on an exchange semester – we may be a little selfish in our motivations. “Exchange Semester at Trinity College” definitely makes every employer have his eyes on sticks. Your friends’  plan to visit you before you even set foot on Irish ground suddenly makes you the coolest person alive. You’re the number one conversation topic at your grandmother’s tea time table. “Oh she is going to Iceland, isn’t she?” (not really, but close). Still, that doesn’t stop your pride from putting a huge smile on your face.

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The truth is – going abroad is the least selfish thing you can do and could be the most honourable decision you have ever taken. Let me warn you – you will not be the same when you come back. You will sit at the dinner table telling your younger brother that it is okay to eat close to midnight and ignore the 6-sharp-German-dinner time, because after all, that is what people in Spain do. You will tell your sister that you know someone in Hong Kong who could help her with her Chinese homework. You will urge your mother to take her own bags to go shopping and please not buy the cheapest peanut butter because it contains palm oil which is the main reason for the extinction of the rain forest. You’ll tell your dad that it is fine, you can change the light bulb on your own and yes, you can fix your bike as well!

My semester abroad will not stop once this term ends. All the memories, the friendships and the experiences I made will last for a lifetime. Yes, it has had its up and downs, but I was warned at the very beginning – Dublin is windy. And if it hadn’t been for the wind, I would never have been so appreciative to land safely on Irish ground!

From California to Trinity and Back Again

Alice Gavin ChambersIn looking at colleges in high school, I was planning on going to Boston or a UC school when a Trinity representative came to my high school and told us about Trinity. I thought traveling during college sounded like a great idea. It’s the one time in your life you aren’t really tied down to family or career and being in Europe sounded fun. Not to mention that the education at Trinity is one of the best in the world.

Having Trinity be a mostly enclosed campus, it felt more like a community than I was expecting even though it’s in the middle of a busy city. I could always walk into Trinity and see someone I knew. Dublin is a wonderful city for a college student. There are so many young people and tons of things to do from pubs and clubs to museums, art galleries and theatre. Not to mention all the great places you can visit outside the city and in the rest of Europe. Traveling around during weekends and holidays was one of the best parts of going to Trinity. I wish I had done more!

I loved my course. I did Psychology at undergraduate level and then did a master in Neuroscience. Not only was the material interesting, it was really well taught. Both departments had wonderful professors who felt more like colleagues than teachers. I felt comfortable going to their offices to ask questions and they usually knew us all by name which is rare to find in a University.

Coming back to San Francisco after my Psychology BA and Neuroscience Masters, I found it easy to get a job with my degrees. Employers love to talk about Ireland. Everyone seems to have an Irish uncle, cousin, great grandmother twice removed or some kind of connection with Ireland and it was always a positive talking point in interviews. They also seemed impressed that I was well traveled by 22 years old. I’ve been working mostly in medical research and now I am a health and nutrition counselor working with patients in a medical office.


Alice Galvin Chambers is a Trinity graduate from California. She completed a BA (Hons) in Psychology in 2007 and an MSc in Neuroscience in 2008 at Trinity College Dublin.

Teaching English in Poland

Teaching English abroad during the summer sounds like a good idea to many students, combining the opportunity to travel and the chance to contribute to society. However, many available programmes show a preference for students with teaching qualifications, or who are currently studying teaching courses. That was until I found a ‘golden ticket’ among my college e-mails from Trinity, advertising for students from any course to teach abroad together with Learning Enterprises (a non-profit, student-run organization) during the summer.

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