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10 Weird Facts About Trinity (that may or may not be true)

When colleges reach a certain age, they all have their various mythologies and fun facts, varying in their factual accuracy. Here are some of Trinity’s!

1.       There are several bricked off classrooms in the Museum Building with loads of stuff still inside

2.       When they were digging up the foundations to build the Arts Block, they found a mass plague grave

3.       Underneath Front Square, there are 4 monks buried pointing east

4.       The reason there are two major debating societies on campus (The Phil and The Hist) is because the head of the Phil was in a duel with the Dean of Students, killed him, and was thrown off campus. In the interim, The Hist emerged.

5.       Bram Stoker lived in the GMB during his time in TCD.

6.       There is a cat who lives on campus called Trinity Cat. He used to have a twitter account and in 2011, students received a mass hoax email from trinity.cat@tcd.ie and nobody knows how it happened.

7.       The reason one of the trees is smaller than the other on the way through front arch is that one tree is planted on top of the wine cellars.

8.       When Trinity was founded, it was Trinity College near Dublin and the Liffey ran near Botany Bay.

9.       If you walk under the Campanile as an undergraduate, you’ll fail all your exams.

 And of course everyone’s favourite:

10.   Scholars won’t be admitted to exams unless they’re carrying their sword.

10 pieces of advice that you REALLY need to hear

They say practice makes perfect, but what do you exactly do in situations where you can neither practice nor need perfection? Come January and while the rest of the world is busy celebrating a new year, the entire population of graduating high school seniors (while they should be celebrating a new life that awaits them) are losing sleep over the fast approaching college admission deadlines and wondering if they are mature enough to make such life altering decisions when they still sing the alphabet to see what letter comes next. Let me tell you, all you clueless and not-so-clueless-but-still-equally-worried people, that you are amazing. You are unique and college life is the obvious next, and the best, step to your life and you shouldn’t lose sleep over something that should come naturally to you. There are however some things that you should do:

  1. Start Early: College may not seem an immediate idea but it is an important one. Start early! Create a spreadsheet of all your requirements and get down to one goal per week. Maybe you need a letter of recommendation from your teachers or coaches. Such things are not best left to the last minute, so try doing such things early on!
  2. Research: Throw away your preconceived notions and the problems that come with them at least for a brief while and research. And by research I mean really really research. Read up all that you possibly can. The web is full of resources to help you if only you try. The motive of this exercise is to choose courses and colleges that interest you. (Also look at point 6.) You should ideally make up a list of colleges that you think will be an ideal ‘fit’ for you. Try asking yourself if you would be okay living in another city. Maybe you can move to another country. Maybe there are country specific scholarships in prestigious colleges for courses that you want to do. You’ll never know unless you research.
  3. Talk to seniors: People who have been through the same thing as you are currently going through can not only be a great source of inspiration to keep you motivated, but also provide fresh perspectives on issues that probably didn’t even occur to you. Talk to them!
  4. Talk to teachers: people who have taught you know your potential well. They wish only the best for you and often have more access to information. Opening up to your teachers will help you better get in touch with your goals and chart a clear path to how you should go on to achieve that! Pro tip: Colleges you apply to should be grouped into 3 main categories: Target, Reach and Safety schools. Teachers can really help you select colleges for each category!
  5. College admission essays: arguably the most important part of your admission process, the admission essay is your voice. It tells the admission officers what cannot be read off your resume. It tells them what you as a person can offer to the college. It is probably the only chance you have to tell your story so make it count. Be engaging, introspective and intelligent. Be individualistic and tell them why you would fit in perfectly with their college’s culture. Avoid the 4D’s while writing essays though: Drugs, Divorce, Death and Depression. You might think writing on such topics would make you seem deep but in all honesty, it doesn’t. Also do not talk about something that happened to someone you know. It is about yourself!
  6. Introspection: College is a time when you reinvent yourself. You will discover things you love during this journey and the only way you can make most of it is if you realise what really matters to you. You might want to go to a school with a great drama program and a great science program and that’s perfectly alright! Think now and you’ll love yourself for the journey you have that awaits you.
  7. Keep your grades up! I know about how senioritis can overtake your entire life but staying focused on school is more important than ever. Slagging off and attending each party might seem like fun (probably even is) but believe in delayed gratitude. Trust me it’s worth it!
  8. Proofread but don’t over read: I can understand how your parents and siblings might want to go over your essays but please do not let them take over. It’s your voice not theirs. Do proofread everything, especially if you’re recycling essays (a friend of mine told Yale how Dartmouth was the perfect fit for her, obviously didn’t end too well) but do not let them alter your voice in any way.
  9. Realize that the best part of your life is yet to come and while it is okay to be overwhelmed by everything at this stage, everything is going to be fine. Don’t panic!
  10. Eat as much home cooked food as you possibly can, while you’re at it. You’re definitely going to miss it next year.

Rajsi Rana is a first year Computer Science and Business student at Trinity College Dublin. Originally hailing from India, Rajsi loves the Beatles and fairy tales, believes that code is poetry and represents Trinity as an ambassador with Enterprise Ireland. She is also a highly successful blogger on Quora. 

Where to catch a film in Dublin

A great way to spend an evening (especially if it’s raining outside!), Dublin has some great cinemas to suit all tastes:

  1. The Irish Film Institute: A great Irish institution situated in the heart of Temple Bar that boasts an on-site restaurant where you can catch a bite to eat or a glass of wine before the movie starts. Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.ifi.ie/
  2. The Light House Cinema: Located in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Smithfield, The Light House reopened in 2012 and is a little-known gem showing independent films. Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7, www.lighthousecinema.ie
  3. The Savoy: Where to go if you want to catch the current big block buster film in a central location. O’Connell Street, www.savoy.ie/.
  4. Cineworld: Another big cinema in a central location, they offer foreign language films. If you’re a regular visitor to the cinema it may be worth investing in their unlimited movies card, which costs €20.90 a month for a 12 month subscription. Parnell Centre, Parnell Street, Dublin 1 www.cineworld.ie
  5. The Screen Cinema: Just across the road from Trinity, Screen offers a mix of big name films and quiet indies. A great place to escape to during exam time! www.screencinema.ie 

Guest Blog: Ireland in 5 essential tips

When embarking on an adventure in the Emerald Isle, it helps to be fully equipped with the “must-knows” of the country. Nobody wants to be stuck in an awkward situation due to a misunderstanding – may it be yours,or someone else’s. So, I’m going to share with you five tips about living in Ireland that I’ve learned during my time here.

1. “Grand”

The Irish have a very useful and multipurpose word – grand. This word can be used in almost every imaginable situation! Some examples to illustrate my point: A: How’re you doing? B: I’m grand; A: What’s the weather like? B: ‘Tis grand sure; A: Would you like to eat some healthy vegetables? B: No,you’re grand; A: I’m going to fail my exam tomorrow! B: Ah, you’ll be grand. These examples are of course, not exhaustive. So, if you’re ever asked a question that you can’t answer, the word “grand” might save your skin.

2. Like, like, like…

Many Irish people have the word “like” deeply embedded within their conversations. This word is just part of the slang as a sort of sentence filler, as far as I can see! In their opinion, it completes their sentences. For instance, “whatever, like d’you get what I mean, like?, I don’t know like, and what are you talking about like?

3. Telling the time

Learning some shortcuts is essential here when it comes to telling the time. This was one of the struggles I first faced when I arrived, I didn’t understand how the time was read! In Ireland, 5:30 is half five or half past five, 5:15 is a quarter past five, 4:45 is a quarter to five, 4:55 is five to five and so on and so on! However,it is very common for people to assume that you know what the hour is and totally omit the word “five” altogether. So often you’ll just be told “quarter past” or “quarter to” when you ask someone the time!

4. Slang words

In every culture,there are new created words that sum up many different situations. The Irish are no exception to the rule. Here is a little list of some of the most common:

Craic: Lots of fun

Banter: Exchange of sarcasm and wit

Shift or meet: French kissing or making out

Fair play: An expression to say well done, and an acknowledgement of effort

Happy out: Filled with happiness

Sound (person): Good (person)

Genie Mack: Oh my gosh!

And my personal favourite, I’ll be there in 2 minutes: I’ll be there in 20 minutes (this may be better or worse in different situations!)

5. Penney’s finest!

Shopping is always great when in a new country. However,the exchange of smaller currencies to the euro might cause your funds to dwindle a little. The solution? Pennys! It’s a department store available throughout Ireland which sells clothes, accessories and more for a very reasonable price. The merchandise available at Penneys never fails to impress in terms of style. So don’t be surprised if you hear this A: “oh that’s such a lovely dress, where did you get it? B: “Penneys’ finest sure!”

I have many more tips to share with you but these are a few for now. I hope you enjoyed them! All tips were done in good humour. Don’t worry if you can’t remember all of them, you’ll be grand!

Audrey Chew Ernern is a first year undergraduate student. She loves to try all things but is a Malaysian at heart. Audrey is a Student Ambassador for Education in Ireland,representing Trinity College Dublin.

Trinity volunteers

Volunteering is an activity many people begin for the first time when they study at Trinity. Trinity provides a large variety of volunteering for everyone,with differing time commitments and types of work involved. It’s a great way to get involved with the Dublin community, the wider Irish community and even travel around the world. Some of the opportunities that we’ve taken advantage of are below:

The Trinity Volunteer Opportunities Forum is a student initiative working to promote the spirit of volunteerism across campus and to support current volunteering activities within Trinity. TVOF endeavours to raise support and awareness amongst the local and business community and to provide a forum for the discussion of volunteer issues,sharing resources and information,as well as providing rapport between the different voluntary groups.

The SUAS Educational Development Society endeavours to raise awareness and promote fair education throughout India, Kenya and Ireland. The Trinity Suas Society gives you the chance to contribute directly to improving the lives of children in the developing world. With Suas, you can participate in the ever-expanding Suas Volunteer programme in primary schools in Asia and Africa,as well as Ireland-based Literacy Programmes. You can organise or participate in fundraising events,the proceeds of which go directly to specifically chosen projects. Or you can explore development issues by participating in the Suas Development Course.

The Voluntary Tuition Programme is a partnership between Trinity students,parents and volunteers from the local Dubin communities of Pearse Street and Ringsend. Every year they match Trinity students,graduates and staff-members as tutors with children and teenagers studying in nearby schools. Each pair spends usually one hour a week in one of our four centres, getting to know each other and working together on homework and other educational activities. They encourage anyone and everyone to sign up,get involved,and do some teaching. If you would like to get involved,contact VTP on VTP@csc.tcd.ie or on their Facebook page.

Trinity FLAC‘s main aim is to provide free legal advice to the most financially vulnerable members of society. Trinity FLAC focuses mainly on common issues,such as tenant’s rights,and our goal is to make for a more legally aware student populous. FLAC run clinics throughout the year at which students can avail of free legal advice from a qualified solicitor. These are held every second Tuesday at 7pm in our room in the Atrium; any student can come along and seek help with their problems in an atmosphere of absolute confidentiality

Trinity Vincent de Paul Society is the largest division of the NGO St. Vincent de Paul in the world. It boasts over 20 weekly activities ranging from Homework Clubs to Soup Runs,Music Club to Kayaking. There is something for everyone in Trinity VDP. The society also hosts weekly fundraising meetings and last year held the infamous “Jailbreak” event which saw students try to get around the globe without spending a penny. The event raised 15,000 euro and the winners made it to Argentina. The society also has the annual Pantomine where students and kids take the starring role in a large stage show and the annual El Camino De Santiago sponsored walk across Northern Spain. For a full list of activities and events visit trinityvdp.com

Some of the best cafés in Dublin city centre

Dublin has a lot to offer in terms of cafes.  Here are just a few to whet your whistle!

Le Petit Parisien, Wicklow Street – Formally known as Gibson’s,this little gem is situated down Wicklow Street,an easy walk from Trinity College or Stephen’s Green. Boasting a stylish orange and black exterior, this café also hosts a range of delicious breakfast choices, sandwiches, hot and cold beverages, and a cosy intimate atmosphere.

Fallon &Byrne, Exchequer Street – Just about everything made, grown or otherwise perfected on the good earth, much of it organic and all of it delicious. Not only does the café boast a range of tarts,quiches, delectable sandwich fillings ranging from the finest duck to the choicest pieces of ham and cheese, but the Food Hall also houses some of the most delicious Irish produce, including organic Irish vegetables and Irish mussels from the West Coast.

KC Peaches, Pearse Street and Nassau Street – A wonderful vibrant café,with an ethos for all-natural food at affordable prices. A vast array of delectable cakes, chocolate filled morsels, and sandwiches to name but a few things, side by side with wonderful lemonades, teas,coffees and other beverages, and against the backdrop of a stunning interior, this café is one of the best in all of Dublin.

Fumbally Cafe, Fumbally Lane – The Fumbally houses a wonderfully cosy atmosphere and boasts some of the most delicious sandwiches known to mankind. Its high ceiling and stylized décor provide for a wonderful lunchtime bonanza, with soups, breads, tarts, cakes and hot and cold beverages, as well as having a vast range of Irish produce and Vegetarian options. A wonderful place that offers something for everyone!

Wall &Keogh’s, Richmond Street South – You name it,they have a brew for it. Housing over 150 varieties of loose leaf tea for your perusal, and fairy-lights on an outdoor terrace at the back of the café,this wonderful spot is a great little place to happily pass away the soirée. Sit in and enjoy or, alternatively, take a bag of tea home to someone you dig.

Foam Cafe, Strand Street – This funky café is fun and vibrant,and it’s menu reflects the spot’s wonderful décor. With soups to die for,cakes to make you break your “just one more bite” policy,and sandwiches so good they’ll make you go ballistic, who would want to be anywhere else?

Paris Bakery, Moore Street – Lying in the centre of Dublin’s historic older city, the Paris Bakery has been making quality artisan breads and pastries and top quality hot and cold dishes since 2010. The smell of freshly made bread wafts around a lush café,where one can also find some delicious soups,and delectable pastries. The proof is in the pudding.

Queen of Tarts, Dame Street and Cow’s Lane – This café was created by two sisters who trained as pastry chefs in New York in the 1990’s,who wanted to return home and create a café with the best breakfast and lunch menu in town,along with delicious scones,brownies,and sweet and savoury tarts.

Fixx Coffeehouse, Dawson Street – At Fixx, coffee is not just a drink – it is an art. Fixx has a wonderful warm ambiance, in addition to the finest baristas in town.  As well as having their own cycling club,the Fixx Rouleurs,the café also has a wonderful little library, where you can peruse many of the books available and read them at your leisure, and then swap them for something else if you didn’t quite get to finish that last chapter.

Avoca Café, Suffolk Street – The Avoca café is situated inside the Avoca shop,full of knit scarves and interesting trinkets to look at. They sell the usual selection of tea, coffee and hot chocolate, but also sell their own homemade lemonade and elderflower juice. Desserts include cinnamon doughnuts, pear and almond tart and a sweet raspberry cheesecake.

Is your favourite not on the list? Let us know,maybe we’ve missed another of our city’s gastronomic gems! Contact us at tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

Must-See Destinations in Ireland

So you’ve been living in Ireland for a while now. You’re getting to grips with life at Trinity, had at least one Friday night at the Pav and have mastered the 8am rush on Dublin Bus. Hopefully you’re starting to feel comfortable with your new surroundings, but be careful of falling into the ‘trap’ of never leaving Dublin. Ireland is so much more than its capital city. In order to help you figure out your ‘must-see’destinations, here are some top places to visit in Ireland.

A valley in County Wicklow, known primarily for its early monastic settlement its most popular feature is the range of hiking trails and mountain walks that suit everyone from the novice hiker to the most avid mountaineer. For a true taste of Ireland’s untouched rural beauty,Glendalough is a must see.

Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway
An hour-long train journey away this city is famed for its outstanding music scene, troubled history and links to the ill-fated Titanic. There’s also a bus tour which will show you all of the city’s main attractions including the famous Northern Ireland wall murals. A short distance outside of the city is the natural phenomenon, the Giant’s Causeway. Regular tours will take you to this unusual UNESCO heritage site where you can see geological structures such as the hexagonal basalt formations and learn about the Irish myths surrounding them.

The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher
The second most diverse floral landscape in Europe is one of the most stunning geographical places in Ireland. Vast sheets of limestone dominate the surrounding vista. The west coast of Clare and the Cliffs of Moher boast the longest continuous cliff face in Europe, standing at an impressive 120 metres at their highest point. For cave dwellers lovers,the Ailwee Caves are a must see, as is Poulnabrone, a Neolithic portal dolmen which is over 5,000 years old. The entire coastal road is also full of lovely quaint Irish towns, beautiful Irish country lanes, stripy cows and little Irish seaside villages.Cliffs of Moher

Galway and Connemara
Home of the craic. For the best nightlife in the world, and a late night Supermacs (an Irish takeaway), there is no place quite like it. Come on in and share a Guinness with some friends,talk to the locals and listen to some live traditional music in all the pubs, have a scrumptious bite to eat in the Latin Quarter,or walk along the quay beside the beautiful Galway Bay. Galway has it all,and is a must see place in Ireland. Great for a few days or a weekend away, there are a number of cheap hostels and B&Bs in the city, as well as some wonderful hotels. Nearby Connemara is also one of the most beautiful places in the world. With its ancient bogland,wonderful roving hills,and sharp valleys crafted by the glacial melt in the last ice age, Connemara is a site to behold. There are also beautiful beaches, as well as wonderful green fields and sheep galore.

Newgrange and the Boyne Valley
Situated in the heart of the Boyne Valley in County Meath this Stone Age Passage Tomb is over 5,000 years old making it one of the oldest ‘buildings’ in the world –older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt! Apart from the obvious incredible engineering involved in this monument,the most striking aspect of Newgrange is the remarkable link between this ancient temple and the Winter Solstice, December 21st. On this day each year the rising sun aligns with the entrance to the tomb at such an angle that the morning rays creep along the passage, illuminating the chamber within. As the chamber is so small only a handful of people,the lucky winners of a free annual lottery, are present to witness this incredible event. For those of us who are not lucky enough to be there on December 21st there are tours held daily where the kind guides at Newgrange will re-create the experience for you.

Carlingford Lough
For anyone interested in sports and outdoor activities, Carlingford should be one of your top destinations. Along with its picturesque lough and neighbouring mountains this small town boasts the very popular Carlingford Adventure Centre. Offering a variety of activities that range from rock climbing and abseiling to kayaking to archery,you can be sure that there is something to suit everyone’s interests and abilities.

The Ring of Kerry
From Killarney to Dingle,and Tralee and all the other places in between,Kerry houses some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery, with glorious rolling mountains and lakes,lively pubs,and wonderful food. A wonderful spot.

These are only a few of the places Ireland has to offer! There are so many more places to see so don’t be afraid to go out and see them on your own!
Trinity College Dublin’s international student society organise trips to many of these places and more. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates!

Aoife and Duncan are Student Ambassadors in the Trinity Global Room