Joining the University of Limerick Wolf Pack

By Nadine Kimak

wolves_1When you are at University your major priorities are your academic studies. But you will not have to invest 24 hours 7 days a week. You will have plenty of time to do whatever you want. Because this is my first year at UL I am so glad that they have a range of Clubs & Societies to choose from. For me the Clubs & Societies are a good way to get to know other students who enjoy the same things as me. You find friends, do things you like and just have a good time.

The only problem for me was the big selection you can choose from. To give you a little insight the UL has about 70 Clubs & Societies (https://ulsu.ie/clubssocs). They have a lot of sports, for example basketball, rugby, karate, athletics, surfing and a lot more. If you are not into sports or workout don’t worry. I know there will be a society that suits you. UL offers drama, dance, tea appreciation, debating, film making and some more.

And now I had to choose the right ones for me. But I can tell you there is now wrong and no right. I looked at some Clubs & Societies which sounded really interesting to me and I just joined them. Because you can quit or even join during the Clubs & Societies during the whole semester. After a little bit of debating with myself I decided to join basketball, surfing and trampoline and I was really excited for the first meetings and training sessions. But I was also a little bit nervous, because I wasn’t sure how intensive and hard the training sessions going to be. Actually all my concerns were for nothing. The coaches are really nice and the training is either on a level everybody can participate or split up in different groups.

I am really thankful for the opportunity to be able to join that many different Clubs & Societies. I get to know really amazing people, learn new sports and qualities and spend my free time in a wise way. But I think the most important thing is that I get to learn about myself and about hidden talents, by trying something new and getting out of my comfort zone.

I recommend you to enjoy your free time while you’re in UL and join a Club or Society. I love it.

There are lots of photos of Clubs and Societies at UL at this link.

nadineNadine is an Erasmus student from Germany. She is studying Social Science in Limerick for two semesters. She loves to work with people, do sports and explore Ireland.

 

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Applied Languages at UL

By Aoife Martyn

There’s a lot of choice within the Applied Languages course but after careful consideration at the start of first year, I now find myself studying French, Irish and Politics along with Linguistics and two French Literature modules. Although, if time was no object, I’d probably choose to do everything.

Possibly the best thing about the course, and certainly the most interesting aspect to outsiders, is the year we spend abroad. If you’re researching courses anywhere in the domain of Arts and languages, you’ll probably have heard all about Erasmus, which is a study-abroad that we do for the first semester of third year. Co-op though, was one of the main things that attracted me to UL even before I had Applied Languages on my radar. A degree is one thing but work experience along with it? Yes please! And we get to do ours abroad, so I’m moving to Spain after Christmas. How crazy is that?

UL is really a fantastic college. When some of my friends mentioned to me as they were making their own CAO choices last summer that they were thinking about UL, I think I went a little overboard with my recommendations. The beauty of the campus speaks for itself, the lecturers and staff are very helpful and the social life is great, aided by the very active clubs and societies scene.

So how did I make my decision to study Applied Languages? I’d love to say I was one of those people who always knew what they wanted to do after the leaving cert but I’m afraid that wouldn’t be true. During the small slots of free time during sixth year when my mind wandered to the future, I realised I had no idea what kind of job I wanted but I knew that I loved languages. I considered probably every course on the entire CAO at some stage and almost ended up going to a college closer to home, but in the end I chose to come to UL to do a course that I knew I’d enjoy and let the rest take care of itself. So far it has.

More from me later – Aoife

untitled-design-13Hey everyone! My name is Aoife Martyn, I’m nineteen and I’m an Applied Languages student from Mayo. I’m in second year and, a year and a half into the course, it’s safe to say I’m loving it!