Settling into Spring Semester Two

Spring-Colours-WallpaperBy Judy Sheehan

Welcome everybody!

We find that Semester Two has sprung up on us, and the Christmas break seems like a distant memory at this stage. Having just entered week three of a fourteen week semester, time seems to be flying already!The Christmas exams went really well thankfully and no repeats so far!

Lets talk business. With my course, Arts Joint Honours, in the second semester of first year you can pick different subjects to those you chose to study in semester one. For me this is a brilliant opportunity to sample new subjects and to thread unknown territory.

This semester I am studying…

  • English- Renaissance Literature
  • Early Modern Irish History
  • Culture and Language Studies
  • Introduction to Sociology 2
  • Law- Criminal Procedure

Whereas last semester I took…

  • English- Academic reading and writing
  • Sources for History
  • Legal System and Method
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Media

Certain areas of my chosen subjects over-lap, something I find makes it easier to study as you can connect your learning in all subjects. Already, deadlines are being given and groups assigned for projects so its a matter of hitting the ground running.

Last Wednesday I got a little over-excited. Why so, I hear you ask? Last Wednesday we had a meeting about the option of going on Co-operative placement abroad A.K.A Co-Op. Semester two of second year allows AHSS students to gain experience either at home or abroad. The speakers representing opportunities in Spain and Argentina were enthusiastic and informative, with further meetings planned in the next few weeks. Having the process explained was real encouragement to get involved with such fantastic opportunities. I hope to do another blog with more in depth information and updates on my Co-Op endeavours soon.

Enough academic information for now. There are already talks about the upcoming RAG week (Raise and Give or Charity week) taking place the week of February 29th. Fundraising for four very worthy charities while having great craic? What more could you want. As well as that, Student Race day is being help in April so that will be a pre-exam boost. Like I said, this semester is FLYING! Maintaining the study-socialising balance is a constant struggle. Such is college life!

Untitled design (11)My name is Judy Sheehan (most people call me Julie-really annoying), I’m twenty years old and I am in first year Arts! Hailing from the beautiful county Cork, home is only down the road. Let me tell ye a bit more, if ye are brave enough to read on…

Some useless facts about me: I am the eldest of four, with three older step siblings, have 8+ cats, am from a little town in West Cork called Bandon, LOVE animals, laugh at absolutely anything even remotely funny,drink  far too much hot chocolate and consume too much pizza and chocolate (not at the same time though).

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Christmas Cheer ft. Exams

By Judy Sheehan

exams1Greetings all!

Yes, I am procrastinating a little and yes,I should get back to studying but I feel I have neglected the AHSS blog recently. How semester one of first year is coming to an end is beyond my belief! Week twelve saw the last of tutorials and lectures of the five modules I studied this semester, with this week being reading week. Today the Christmas lights were switched on by the President of the University on campus, during a festive market with free food, music and (fake) snow! Safe to say there weren’t too many stressed individuals on campus today.

Besides the Christmas cheer, we must broach the subject of…EXAMS! When it comes to study, I usually leave it too late and panic,resorting to pulling all night study sessions over cups of cold coffee (#leavingcertmemories) but this time I am more prepared.

A  few relatively helpful ways to study I have discovered…

-Print off previous year exam papers in the subject. The link to past exam papers is in the student links section of the University website. Use these to test yourself and you will get a better idea of what could appear in the exams.

-Attending tutorials give a useful insight into possible exam topics which can be reassuring. Ask about anything you are worried about and any general queries-what is needed in the exam, exam rules etc.

-Look over your notes and ensure you know key concepts/ideas/theories.

-Flashcards and highlighters will make even the more tedious aspects of a subject easier to break down and learn. Staring at chapters of text is monotonous and you will than likely get distracted.

The best piece of advice I can give is to not stress too much. To do so will only cause you to panic before and during the exam. Arriving early to the right exam center with your I.D card is a must according to all knowledgeable sources. So , deep breath, the very best of luck and Christmas wishes!
Untitled design (11)My name is Judy Sheehan (most people call me Julie-really annoying), I’m twenty years old and I am in first year Arts! Hailing from the beautiful county Cork, home is only down the road. Let me tell ye a bit more, if ye are brave enough to read on…

Some useless facts about me: I am the eldest of four, with three older step siblings, have 8+ cats, am from a little town in West Cork called Bandon, LOVE animals, laugh at absolutely anything even remotely funny,drink  far too much hot chocolate and consume too much pizza and chocolate (not at the same time though).

Loving Arts at UL!

By Judy Sheehan

My journey to becoming a UL student isn’t your typical ‘straight out of Leaving Cert’ craic. Since 4th year, I had always wanted to come to UL but being a naive 18 year old filling out the choices, I let other people influence me. So I spent a year in college in Cork but it wasn’t my cup of tea, so off I went and worked for a year. This cemented my original idea of coming to UL! Thankfully the auld CAO treated me well this time and I got my first choice of Arts.   Now, having spent roughly 6 weeks in the magnificent University of Limerick, I can say with certainty that I have found the college for me. Between making new friends, enjoying the banter on campus, moving out of home and settling into  the actual course itself its been a hectic few weeks but I’ve loved every millisecond of it!

What really attracted me to the Arts Joint Honours course was the wide variety of subjects you can try in first year. Whittling it down to five was tough but I went with English, History, Criminal Law, New Media and Sociology! Before you ask-no,I have no idea what I want to do after college, but I’m really enjoying the mix of subjects so far. Although there are a lot of people in the course, and a mix of courses in the lectures and tutorials, its so easy to meet people and not a day passes when you don’t meet someone new.

Something that really struck me during orientation, (shortly after my parents and youngest sister sped off, probably crying hysterically) was the easy-going, friendly atmosphere on campus. I was searching for somewhere to buy water and a security man spotted me wandering aimlessly and before I knew it, he fixed me up with one  (for FREE) and off I went happy as Larry! Its that sense of community and caring that has made me feel so at home in UL.

Now that I have introduced myself and have relayed some rough idea of the spectacle that is the University Of Limerick I will bid you all adieu for now.  With any luck I’ll be writing again soon, so until then…

Untitled design (11)My name is Judy Sheehan (most people call me Julie-really annoying), I’m twenty years old and I am in first year Arts! Hailing from the beautiful county Cork, home is only down the road. Let me tell ye a bit more, if ye are brave enough to read on…

Some useless facts about me: I am the eldest of four, with three older step siblings, have 8+ cats, am from a little town in West Cork called Bandon, LOVE animals, laugh at absolutely anything even remotely funny,drink  far too much hot chocolate and consume too much pizza and chocolate (not at the same time though).