By Darren Casserly In the immortal words of Jim Morrison’s 'This is the End', the one thing I can say about this year is that it flew by. It only feels like yesterday that I was submitting my first diary just hoping that I didn’t screw it up. To be totally honest at first I regretted taking the column because I don’t live that interesting of a life, and I thought I’d … [Read more...] about First year diaries: goodbye and good luck
By Darren Casserly Another month goes by and you know what that means, another month closer to exam time. It also means that there is only a few more weeks of lectures, and for some people that is a joyous thought. No more 9 o’clock lectures where all you want is the sweet release of death. I know I’m being a little hyperbolic there but, you have to exaggerate if you want to … [Read more...] about First year diaries: Procrastination
By Darren Casserly If you’re reading this, it means you’ve survived unofficial RAG Week, and for that I applaud you. Even compared to previous years, it was like someone let the patients of an insane asylum out onto the streets of Galway for a week and let them run wild. I mean, if you’re drunk before noon life is either really good, or really bad, or it's RAG Week, so … [Read more...] about First year diaries: can you complain too much?
By Darren Casserly Now that we’re in midway through the semester the workload is increasing again. I really missed not having four assignments due in a week. I could have done with a couple more months of no assignments, but what’s the point of being in college if we’re not here to learn. On a completely different, but at the same time, similar topic, (unofficial) RAG … [Read more...] about First year diaries: spring cleaning
By Darren Casserly Now that we’re back a few weeks, things seem to be getting back to normal. However, with most of the tutorials only starting up again this week it left many people with a fairly sparse timetable, well for me anyway. The added space for the most part was nice, but there are times when I had a few hours off in between lectures and there is only so much time … [Read more...] about First year diaries: second semester improvements