Volunteer Blog

08 Mar

Underrated 80’s Albums: A Connoisseur’s Perspective – Graham Kelly (Public Face)

Music has a lot of emotional power, and the 1980s was a decade that produced some incredible music. Trinity College Public Face Graham Kelly unearths some hidden gems. We most all have hobbies or interests that we can rely on to help put us back in a better mood when we’re feeling down, and for me music is something that can kind of help transport me to a bit of a different world when I want to...

27 Feb

Staying Social in a Pandemic – Anonymous Volunteer

The pandemic has seen an increase in loneliness and isolation for many: young people transitioning from secondary school to college as well as students who are dealing with a gaping hole where their social life once was. It is very easy to feel like you are alone in college at the moment which can make productivity and motivation really tough. I was struggling to see how to keep social when I was unable to meet up with...

19 Feb

My Experience Training with NiteLine – NiteLine Volunteer

Back in the summer, I heard that the lovely people at Niteline were looking for volunteers, and I was interested in getting involved with an organisation that is helping so many students. I joined the organisation and began training in August, albeit under much different circumstances with coronavirus! The training took place on Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday for three hours at a time to learn the various skills needed to provide the service. The first session was...

12 Feb

“Shur look, don’t we have our health, isn’t that the main thing?” – NiteLine Volunteer

The fear that COVID-19 could come knocking at our door any moment has created a reality with two rival thought patterns. On one hand, we are critically aware of our mental health. We hear ads for helplines that will aid the loneliness, see exercise regimens that are supposed to combat the anxiety, and bake banana bread to give ourselves a sense of purpose and accomplishment. We understand that we can’t be at our happiest right now, and we...

05 Feb

Staying Open-Minded In College – Beth (Maynooth Public Face)

I still remember filling out my CAO, not having a clue what I was doing, and scared about the uncertainty of the future. I was putting down courses just for the sake of it. Two years later, and this uncertainty has turned into a wonderful experience filled with laughter, stress, cramming, adventure, excitement and memories that will stay with me forever. College so far has been an experience that has taught me so much, and I have yet to learn more....

01 Feb

How to Keep Calm in Lockdown – Anonymous Volunteer

Being a university student right now isn’t easy. Lately, I have found myself feeling angry, panicked, or disheartened by the opportunities we’ve lost and the uncertainty of what’s to come. It’s hard to listen to celebrities preaching from their million-dollar mansions about how lockdown is a time for self-growth while we’re stuck back in our childhood bedrooms with an abundance of college work. With the surge of Covid cases after Christmas and several deadlines looming, I found myself in an...

07 Dec

Exam Stress – Getting Through It!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? The Christmas lights on Grafton Street, hot chocolate with friends and trying to figure out what to get for your secret Santa. But yet, there seems to be something stopping you from enjoying it to its fullest – exams. We’ve all been there, sitting in a cold exam hall on a dark December evening, trying to write out that five page essay as quickly as possible, or remember that...

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11 Oct

Letting Go of the ‘Perfect’ College Experience – Anonymous Volunteer

I remember my first freshers week really vividly – I felt a strong mixture of emotions, from anxiety to hope. I think the strongest feeling I felt was the sense of possibility, that my life would finally begin in college – I envisioned myself living the ‘perfect’ student life. In my mind, this included a wardrobe of trendy clothes, an instant friend group full of cool and intellectual people from all around the world, endless parties and social events, and...

11 Oct

How Changing My Course Was the Right Option for Me – Anonymous Volunteer

Sometimes I worry that I’m a quitter. When I was 16, I went to the Gaeltacht for the first time. It was just 3 weeks long, I spoke decent Irish, and I went with friends. Somehow, my friends all took to it, and I just didn’t. It wasn’t so much that I was home-sick, I’d been away from home plenty before, but I just really strongly didn’t want to be there. And when my parents came to visit at the...

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11 Oct

Expectations of College Life a First Year Vs. Reality – Anonymous Volunteer

My first year of college was pretty terrible. Looking back, I can see that there were good moments as well as the bad, but at the time everything was just a blur of anxiety. I was obsessed with having the stereotypical, wild time that first years are supposed to experience – getting blindly drunk every night, having questionable one night stands, and throwing myself at any interesting opportunity that came my way. And in many ways I did have that...