By Carina Dozier
Hello! My name is Carina, a student from the University of California, Berkeley, and I’m currently studying at Trinity for the spring semester. I chose Trinity, and Dublin specifically, because of the “small-big city” vibe (much like my home city of Berkeley), the exceptional Trinity academics, and especially opportunities to travel all over Ireland and Europe! I have only been here a month, but already I love the history in Dublin, the endless beauty and quirkiness of the city, and the friendliness of the Irish people. I am lucky enough to have been able to travel to a different place in Ireland almost every weekend as well, so I wanted to share my experiences, to help any students uncertain about what to do while they’re here! Continue reading Top 8 places to check out during your first month in Ireland
by Alvise Renier
Visiting Student Blogger, Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy
Dublin is more than a vibrant and chaotic city, more than Guinness and Temple Bar, more than Trinity College. Are you fed up with the bustling and buzzing streets of the city centre, with all the cars, buses, bicycles, people rapidly walking to their job, and students running, trying not to miss their next lesson? Let’s take a journey back to the past and visit the picturesque villages and fishing harbours located just a few minutes from the College. Let’s take a journey to the unknown Dublin!
Continue reading A Journey Around Dublin’s Coastal Towns and Villages
By Patrick Byrnes
The summer before I came to Trinity was a terrifying one. I was scared I’d be just the new kid and then after a month yesterday’s news. Trinity College was nothing like that though, the first month was instead of a euphoric happy experience – a period of adjustment. But unsurprisingly – but surprising for me – after that month things were a lot simpler and easier. I grasped the harsh sarcasm of the Irish and actually understood it, I found a place that didn’t judge me on where I’d been or how my accent sounded, but on who I was and how I behaved.
Continue reading My Trinity Experience…
Departments at Trinity: Economics, English, Sociology
Home University: University of Sydney, Political Economy and Cultural Studies
One of the reasons I applied to Trinity was because I wanted to immerse myself in the Irish traditional music scene in Dublin. Many people’s understanding of Irish music is limited – it involves fiddles, maybe Riverdance, Guinness, Enya? Traditional Irish music is played in sessions, where people meet up, often at a given night at a pub, and then play sets of tunes pulled from thousands that most players have memorised. Often these sessions will be open to anyone who wanders in with an instrument, but many have a certain level of proficiency they expect of you (I have learned).
Continue reading Exploring the Irish Traditional Music Scene