Erasmus and Coop tips

By Tom Wright

I am writing from the perspective of going to Erasmus. I hear lots of fantastic stories about Erasmus and how life-changing and great it is. On the other hand one hears nothing about actually getting there and what is involved in organizing Erasmus and Coop. I would like to use this blog to give some tips and reflect on my experience so far.

So far my experience has been a mixed bag. The overall message is that you get out what you put in. The people at the Coop of office and Erasmus office are very helpful and it is definitely worth approaching them with ANY questions you might have. The more informed you are, the better your choice will be. That’s the first tip. Inform yourself well in advance of the deadline.

Once I started researching possible universities and jobs for Coop I noticed that the amount of documentation required is dauntingly tall. Its not something to be afraid of as its all explained at some stage through emails or meetings. My second tip is to attend all the meetings. It goes back to tip, the more informed you are the easier it will be for you.

 

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Exams

By Tom Wright

So the exams have come around once again. I wanted to take some time and talk about them. For many of us, exams are an intimidating prospect. The time limit is probably the main cause for that. We all have a different pace of writing and there is not much one can do about it. What can we do though to increase our performance in the exam? Speaking from personal experience, taking 5 or 10 minutes to plan your answer works absolute wonders. Firstly it will make your answer more coherent and logical, secondly you will be able to think of more relevant things to mention throughout your answer, I for one find it quite difficult to think and write at the same time, usually I have to stop and think before I can write anything. If you are especially nervous taking a moment to think might also calm you down a little. I hope this little tip helps you all, I am sure the lecturers will tell you this anyway, they told me time and time again. It is definitely worth following their advice.

Arts?

By Tom Wright

Untitled design (20)We live in hard times, we suffered one of the biggest financial crashes in history. For most of us, if you are like me, it was completely out of our hands, there was in essence nothing we could have done.  The world changes around us and all we can do is march on. We humans are strange creatures, capable of wonders and brilliance while at the same time we lay the foundations for our undoing. Over the last decades we have brought the globe together, globalisation has connected us like never before. We built a financial system that spans the globe, using business genius and scientific wizardry we created something astounding and colossal in its magnitude. But as the crash of 2008 showed us we lost control of it. It is a system without thought or empathy. Callous and uncaring in the pursuit of profit…..

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Were was our humanity? At what point did we stop putting our heart into our thoughts and actions? Perhaps we never stopped and it is just me. I cannot help but see a system that has no heart and empathy to it anymore. This is why I will write. This is why I want to speak for and advocate the humanities at the University of Limerick. This is my first blog as ambassador for AHSS and it will not be my last. I believe that we need the humanities, in my eyes it is the study of what we as human beings live for. We don’t live for money or cold calculations. We live for passion. This is reflected in the great works of our writers and artists. In the words of our leaders, those precious few who do not stumble and give into corruption as the might of the system bears down upon them.

I believe in the arts and I can think of nowhere better to study than at the University of Limerick. It is a place full of ideas and people who come from all around the world to study, UL is an experience as much as it is a place of learning. In a way UL is a reflection of what we study in the Arts, we study something that is profound and difficult sometimes to articulate. In other words the human experience. And believe me when I say that UL is one hell of an experience.