Why I choose to study at the University Limerick

By Aine O’Neill

The University of Limerick: I chose this university for multiple reasons. The sports, courses, and location are just a few reasons why I found UL to be the place for me. The high-quality facilities and easy going atmosphere have made it possible for me to excel in a place that doesn’t seem quite so scary.

The main reason I chose here, was the numerous amounts of co-op which you get to experience not only helps you decide on your future path and instill a fire for the course you chose but also is useful for employment opportunities in the future. The courses when you look at them as a sixth year student are diverse so you don’t feel as if you are confined to the tittle of the course, the sheer amount of electives allow you to shape your degree and follow your genuine passion. This is a major deciding factor as you are constantly changing with the varying changes in your personal tastes.

 

 

I chose University of Limerick due to its tranquil location, you are away from the bustling city lights and I knew I would have a sense of security within the UL grounds, the campus itself is hard not to fall in love with and when I was browsing places to go for college it stood out as one of the most memorably beautiful places, from the living bridge to Plassey house you cannot help but admire UL for its natural beauty.

The sports aspect of things is somewhat of a foreign aspect to me, or so it was until I went to UL. I never realised upon arrival the type of sport orientated campus which it was even me, the laziest person cannot help but be influenced by the giant UL gym which towers over Kilmurry village. I also chose UL as unlike places such as Dublin which have a housing crisis, UL has copious amounts of villages at your disposal which are spacious and have friendly staff in them.

In conclusion I chose University of Limerick for its diverse courses, friendly atmosphere and vast opportunities which is at your doorstep, it proves everyday why UL is a place I now consider home.

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Aine O’Neill is a 1st year English and History student at the University of Limerick.

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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.

 

Tips for Staying Healthy in the New Semester

By Ashley Taylor

The second semester of college comes directly after the celebrations and parties of winter holidays, and, with it, comes new year resolutions. The most common of which: get healthy/workout more/lose weight. This goal is complicated, however, with the addition of classes, homework, and the studying required by college. Despite this, it is important to take care of yourself and remain healthy, unless you want to risk getting sick and the possibility of falling behind. So, without further ado, my tips for remaining healthy during school-time:

Tip #1: Sleep

Seriously, sleep is one of the most important factors in your day, because it gives you the energy to continue through your day, as well as helps to regulate hormone levels. Most doctors recommend 7-8 hours of sleep each night, but it really depends on the quality of sleep you get, as well as how much you need simply to function during the day. Remember, lack of sleep contributes to concentration problems, mood swings, and overall tiredness.

Tip #2: Eating!

College life is stereotyped by takeout containers, drinking, and pizza. However, these activities can take both a hit on the wallet and on your health. Instead of ordering out, consider making meals ahead of time or cooking your own meals at home. This can be much healthier, as well as cheaper, meaning you have more money to go out and have fun (or spend on school supplies)!

Tip #3: Exercise

Possibly the most difficult thing to find time for on a busy school day is exercise. However, exercising doesn’t just mean going to the gym for an hour or two. Instead, consider going for a walk around campus or the city, asking friends to play a quick game of rugby, or simply go to the gym with your weekly reading and sit on a stationary bike and tear through.

Tip #4: Mental Health

Please, take advantage of any services offered by your community regarding mental health. Here at UL, there is a campus health service which offers counseling for students. However, if you feel uncomfortable with contacting a community service, there are several online services available to you.

The most important thing is to do what is best for you, and feel free to add any suggestions below!

UL AmbassadorHello, my name is Ashley Taylor, and I am a first-year student at the University of Limerick, currently studying Politics and International Relations. I’m from Northern California, from a town about forty minutes north of San Francisco.

I applied to the University of Limerick because I have always wanted to study outside of the United States. I’m thrilled to be in Ireland, although I was definitely not prepared for the weather. However, after a while, the rain begins to grow on you, and it’s nice to watch rainstorms while I study.