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Away from Home – Life as an International Student

As an international student, I have two homes.  I am constantly away from a place I call home. I am away from my family, or away from my friends. Moving halfway across the world for college was difficult. But the most difficult part is getting attached to two places at the same time. At first, I struggled with feeling homesick no matter where I was. I was homesick here because I missed my family, and homesick with...


‘As a Gay Man’: Loving Myself For Who I am

It is so strange looking back on my life and how I came to feel so positively about my sexuality. Now, I have accepted myself so much, that I struggle to remember how frightening it can be to be gay, to come out, to freely express yourself. Now, I would happily kiss another guy in public, or bring up the topic of homosexuality in a conversation with people I don’t know so well. Whenever I experience discrimination, I...


Imagining a post-COVID world with Niteline Dublin – Anonymous Volunteer

Since January, I can count all the people I’ve met up with in person on one hand. To tell you the truth, I’ve coped with it the same as most people. Sometimes I feel lonely, sometimes I feel stressed, and sometimes I feel like it’s possible the world actually ended three months ago, but I haven’t looked outside to see it. But I think the weirdest feeling of all is when I feel hopeful. With the sun out...


Graduation – Anonymous Volunteer

Graduation. That big day we all work so hard towards, the cap and gown, staged photographs, and hoping you don’t trip across the stage. Or in a year of a pandemic, watching your name scroll past on a screen and celebrating in lockdown. It’s what we work so hard for, years of being a student and getting to experience all those highs and lows and sticking with it regardless. I know I barely focused on much else when doing my...