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What’s been happening in Trinity’s international student lounge?

Global Room Student Ambassador Perspective…

By Kelly Konya

Hey everyone! My name is Kelly and I just started working as a Global Room Student Ambassador this very Monday morning. Already today, I have assisted a tour of campus with Byrne Hacking, where we met students from the University of Macau (who all loved Trinity!), and I’ve helped with the set-up of a lunch reception for a graduation ceremony. My first day on the job has already rejuvenated my love for this university and my on-going excitement to be doing research here. I am currently an M.Phil in Irish Writing student but will finish up this August and jump right into my Ph.D with hopes that the momentum will allow me to write my first book!

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Volunteering at the Synaesthesia and Cross-modal Perception Conference

By Cormac Begley (2nd Year Psychology Student)

Last week I volunteered at the Synaesthesia and Cross-modal Perception Conference which was being hosted in The Lloyd. By ‘volunteered’ I mean I helped set up posters and upload various speakers’ presentations to the communal laptop. It wasn’t terribly demanding work so I had the opportunity to sit in most of the talks and be educated on all things synaesthesia. Although defining synaesthesia can be tricky (Simner, 2012)* the UK Synaesthesia Association describes it as “a ‘union of the senses’ whereby two or more of the five senses that are normally experienced separately are involuntarily and automatically joined together”. Synaesthetes may see colours when they hear sounds or read words, or experience other combinations of tastes, smells and tactile experiences.

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A Review Of Trinity Ball

By Anna McAlpine (Visiting Student – Departments at Trinity: School of English – Home Institution: St. Andrews, English Literature and Philosophy MA (Hons))

After deciding to study abroad at Trinity, I read up on all of the fun things to do on campus and there was one event that made it to the top of my list – Trinity Ball. I knew from the start of my semester here that I had to get a ticket. After countless attempts to purchase them online from the crashed website, one missed bus and a sprint to class later, I managed to get my hands on one. At my home university we regularly hold balls and formal events, however, there was a frisson of excitement around Trinity Ball as it is heralded ‘Europe’s largest open air private party’ – quite the claim!

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St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

By Madison Tucky, Visiting Student, Trinity Department: English, (Home University: University of Southern California, English and Narrative Studies Major)

When I told people that I would be studying abroad in Dublin this term, the main thing that everyone wanted to talk about was how excited I was for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve never made a big deal out of St. Patrick’s Day before, but I was also really looking forward to spending it in Ireland. I assumed the atmosphere would be really fun and that there would be a lot of tourists visiting the city. I was right on both counts and had a really wonderful day. I slept in late but eventually got up and got dressed, wearing lots of green of course and a shamrock stick-on-tattoo on my cheek. My friend and I went down to the parade route that goes through Dublin and hung out there for a little while. There were so many people who’d been waiting for the parade for hours so we were just standing at the back, but we just wanted to be out with everyone and didn’t care how much of the parade we actually saw.

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My Experience as part of the Trinity LGBT Community

By Meg Beare  

Trinity College is genuinely such a lovely place to be LGBT. Even before I came here I saw a YouTube series that Q Soc (Trinity’s  LGBT society) had made which talked about members’ positive experiences in Trinity, so I didn’t have to worry at all about whether or not to come out at college.

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First Impressions…

Anna McAlpine

Visiting Student

Departments at Trinity: School of English

Home Institution: St. Andrews, English Literature and Philosophy MA (Hons)

“The streets are busy. Alighting the bus at Grafton Street, the city is intoxicating with people bustling all around me, sprawling in every direction. I know my route – dodging bodies on my quest to reach the old building peering over the shops on College Green. The traffic flows constantly through the streets never pausing for rest – carrying vessels filled with people set on entering the town centre as I seek to escape it. I finally clear the corner, following the black metal fence that winds around Trinity campus. Then finally, the ancient wooden gates stand before me, although I am not permitted to stand still and admire them.

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Luiza is one of our second year international students at Trinity.  Here she lets us know about her experience of studying English at Trinity, one of our Top 10 Courses.

Your name: Luiza Cristina Maddalozzo dos Santos

Your year of study: 2 (Senior Freshmen)

Your programme of study / course: TSM English Literature and Theatre 

What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?

I have always had a great interest in literature and theatre, and I could not make up my mind about which subject to study at university level. Trinity’s Two Subject Moderatorship (TSM) programme gave me the opportunity to study both subjects side by side.  Trinity also has a Broad Curriculum programme that allows students to choose one subject outside their area of study for one semester or one year. This year, for example, I have chosen to study German as well. Apart from the academic side, Trinity has over 200 societies (including sport clubs), and that too was very important to me.

 What, if anything, was the most challenging thing about moving to Ireland to study?

As an international student that had never been to Ireland before, the biggest challenge was planning prior to arriving. The second biggest challenge was registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) here in Ireland! 

How did you overcome the challenge?

I had a lot of help and support prior to arriving in Ireland, and also after arrival. Firstly, I was in constant communication with Trinity while back in Brazil, and they were extremely helpful in answering my queries and even helping solve some minor issues that had come up. Once in Trinity the Global Room was a daily stop! Their student ambassadors helped me figure out how to get all the documents I needed for the GNIB registration, and also helped me with any other questions I might have had. 

What aspect / module of your course have you enjoyed studying the most so far and why?

One of the aspects I enjoy the most is how small our tutorial groups are. The groups are between 7 to 12 students, and this size gives us the opportunity to engage with the texts we read and to better understand the modules. I also really enjoy the way the modules are structured: we are given a good overview of the key periods and movements of our society, ultimately building layers of knowledge with every new module. 

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If you had one piece of advice to any other students about to start your course in Trinity what would it be?

I would say don’t be too hard on yourself: adjusting to a new routine, especially in a new country and at university level is not easy. It takes a little bit of time until you are 100% settled, so take it day by day and enjoy the journey.

What is your favourite thing about Dublin?

Dublin is the right size of city for me. Although it is the capital of Ireland, it is not too big that it becomes chaotic. Dublin is also a student-friendly city, it is very international and safe – in fact it is one of the top 20 safest cities in the world. Dublin is also a very vibrant city, and with great history, especially in relation to my course.

What three words would you use to describe Trinity to someone who’s never been here?

Trinity is vibrant, historical and central.

If you would like to get to know Trinity College and the city of Dublin better, consider coming along to one of our upcoming US events.