My First Attempt at Surviving Alone

By Simran Kapur, Grad Dip/MA in Journalism, University of Limerick

IMG-20161101-WA0002As soon as I touched down at Shannon from India, I had a weird an unnerving feeling in my stomach. This would be my home for the next one year. I will no longer be guarded by my mother’s love and sheltered in the comfort of my house. I had freedom, yet I had a hoard of other responsibilities that fell down upon me as hard as the rain that night. Scrambling with my luggage I made it to guest house, my first night in Ireland was unbelievable a few hours ago.

The next morning sharp at 11:45 am we set down for the Plassey Student Village, it wasn’t a pleasant walk with having to drag suitcases filled with special treats my mothers had packed for me, uphill. If only I could pack her up and get her along with me, one could only wish.

Walking all that distance with minimum amount of sleep to charge me up I was a miserable wreck at the reception, hoping to speed things up a notch and get to my room. All that effort and immense amount of cardio with the suitcases was all worth it the minute I stepped into my room. In years, that is if you have a sibling, I had a room to myself. I could decorate it any which way I wished to and for heaven’s sake it wasn’t pink to begin with.

Gradually my fellow roommates trickled in and by the end of the day I had a greater problem in hand than the great mathematician, Aryabhatta. I was outnumbered and by a huge deal, seven boys to one girl was not a ratio anyone would expect. Thus began my adventure.

My first day at Limerick and my first attempt at independent living, started out with pouring rain. Yet when we all sat at the common room stuffing our faces with pizzas, this beautiful sense of acceptance washed over me. I had a home away from home, and nobody could take that away from me. I had arrived.


My time studying in UL

By Jane Vaughan

I am a fourth year student here at The University of Limerick and I’m studying English and History.

The modules for history are quite diverse which is great because it means you get to study history from different parts of the globe. Sometimes studying these two subjects together is an advantage because they can overlap, especially with Irish Literature and Irish History.

I knew from about third year of secondary school that these two subjects were what I wanted to go on and study in college. English was my best subject in school all the way up through school and history was something I didn’t have to work on until fifth year. At the start of sixth year I wanted to attend UCC but later changed that because why would I go to a different county when I had an unreal college just forty minutes in the road from me?

The key to a good college life is balance and time management. You need to spend the right amount of time getting your work done and also having the bit of craic. (Disclaimer: There will always be things you need to do, but as long as you keep on top of things you’ll be fine.)

There are loads of places around campus where you can go and relax for an hour before your next lecture, The Library Cafe, The Stables, Red Raisins and The Paddocks to name but a few. (The women who work in the Library Cafe are just the best and not only make you a great chicken roll but call you ‘pet’ and ‘hun’ to make you feel extra special.)

UL campus is like a little town itself and to be honest, I’m still finding new parts of it going into my final year, but don’t let that worry you there are so many people willing to help new students here, The First Seven Weeks program offers additional help to UL’s new students by having fellow students stationed around the campus with the aim of helping you find your way around or answering any questions you may have.

Give it three weeks and you’ll be well and truly settled into your new home here at Limerick.


Jane Vaughan is in her fourth year studying English and History at the University of Limerick. She is 22 and from Limerick. You can read her personal blog here  and follow her on Twitter at @_PaulaJane


Hangry in UL!

By Nadine Kimak

Hangry ??? hangry = a state of anger caused by lack of food; hunger causing a negative change in emotional state

Being hangry is never a good emotional state. But I found it quite funny that there is an actual entry in some dictionaries existing.

Ok a hangry student isn’t good for our environment. And I know that you all have to go to a big change. In school you may had a cafeteria or your parents were cooking for you. Now you are on your own. And I know that this could be a hard time. There are young people who love to cook. That’s grand. And there are some who are not interested or experienced in cooking. Fortunately I love to cook. However I want to help you not to starve or get hangry.

So first of all on the campus you have a lot of places to eat. There are some different types of places for example cafés, pubs or restaurants. So just go there, read the menu and pick your favorite. Because when it comes to food everybody has their own taste. If you just want to have a quick snack or a drink. Fine. You can get that to. Or you can just go to the spar on campus. It will provide you with a ton of groceries and a lot more.

Personally throughout the week my schedule is different on each and every day. So sometimes I have a nice lunch break. But at times I don’t. So what I like to do is bring me a sandwich or snack from home. It is really easy and helps me to survive the day ;).

Another great thing is the Farmer’s Market, which takes place every Tuesday from around 12pm to 5pm in the Students Union Courtyard. There you can find different local food, snacks and so much more. You really have to check that out.

I hope you are not starving right now. If so find yourself around campus and try the amount of possibilities.


Nadine is an Erasmus student from Germany. She is studying Social Science in Limerick for two semesters. She loves to work with people, do sports and explore Ireland.

Tips for Staying Healthy in the New Semester

By Ashley Taylor

The second semester of college comes directly after the celebrations and parties of winter holidays, and, with it, comes new year resolutions. The most common of which: get healthy/workout more/lose weight. This goal is complicated, however, with the addition of classes, homework, and the studying required by college. Despite this, it is important to take care of yourself and remain healthy, unless you want to risk getting sick and the possibility of falling behind. So, without further ado, my tips for remaining healthy during school-time:

Tip #1: Sleep

Seriously, sleep is one of the most important factors in your day, because it gives you the energy to continue through your day, as well as helps to regulate hormone levels. Most doctors recommend 7-8 hours of sleep each night, but it really depends on the quality of sleep you get, as well as how much you need simply to function during the day. Remember, lack of sleep contributes to concentration problems, mood swings, and overall tiredness.

Tip #2: Eating!

College life is stereotyped by takeout containers, drinking, and pizza. However, these activities can take both a hit on the wallet and on your health. Instead of ordering out, consider making meals ahead of time or cooking your own meals at home. This can be much healthier, as well as cheaper, meaning you have more money to go out and have fun (or spend on school supplies)!

Tip #3: Exercise

Possibly the most difficult thing to find time for on a busy school day is exercise. However, exercising doesn’t just mean going to the gym for an hour or two. Instead, consider going for a walk around campus or the city, asking friends to play a quick game of rugby, or simply go to the gym with your weekly reading and sit on a stationary bike and tear through.

Tip #4: Mental Health

Please, take advantage of any services offered by your community regarding mental health. Here at UL, there is a campus health service which offers counseling for students. However, if you feel uncomfortable with contacting a community service, there are several online services available to you.

The most important thing is to do what is best for you, and feel free to add any suggestions below!

UL AmbassadorHello, my name is Ashley Taylor, and I am a first-year student at the University of Limerick, currently studying Politics and International Relations. I’m from Northern California, from a town about forty minutes north of San Francisco.

I applied to the University of Limerick because I have always wanted to study outside of the United States. I’m thrilled to be in Ireland, although I was definitely not prepared for the weather. However, after a while, the rain begins to grow on you, and it’s nice to watch rainstorms while I study.