So, What Have We Learned?

I’m coming to the end of my first year of college (WHICH IS INSANE), and this week, there’s been a lot of talk of goodbyes, and what we actually got out of this semester of college. Mainly because this week is the last week of lectures, and the radio shows are finishing up. I’ve heard more goodbye songs this week than I thought existed (including Time To Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli, I’m Not Crying – Flight of the Conchords, and the slightly more unsusual choice, the Goodbye Song from Bear in the Big Blue House. I’ve had it stuck in my head all week).

On that subject, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I actually learned this semester. Sure, there’s the usual ‘improving your skills’ and the like which comes with your course, but I’m thinking more along the lines of what I’ve actually learned from college so far. Basically, this is what I came up with.

  • 9 times out of ten, a night out will be better than staying in.
  • But choosing to get a good night’s sleep instead of going out is seriously underrated.
  • 20c noodles and 99c pizza baguettes from Aldi are lifesavers.
  • Keeping up with your old friends will be harder than you imagined and you will lose contact with people, but it’s grand.
  • Beer before spirits is rarely a good idea.
  • Everybody has one drink which doesn’t agree with them. As soon as you find it, AVOID IT FOREVER.
  • FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) will simply become part of your routine. It’s inevitable.
  • If you choose to drink a lot, The Fear will become your new worst enemy the morning after a night out. Accept it and move on.
  • The worst notification you can get on facebook is the ‘________ has tagged you in 40 photos’.
  • Everybody feels lonely and crap at some point during the year. It’s grand.
  • You will eat more junk food than you have ever eaten in your life. It’s grand.
  • Going to McDonald’s every week is ok until the workers ask if you want your usual.
  • Always go for the Golden Week.
  • …but if you’ve got a two hour lecture on philosophy and the sun is shining and your friends are going to the beach, GO TO THE BEACH.
  • Alcohol: because no great story ever starts with eating a salad.
  • Alcohol will make you do things you will regret the next morning.
  • Having a camera to capture the moment is great, but when you’ve got 300 photos of a night out, you’ve got a problem.
  • The best times you’ll have will be the spontaneous trips to the park or the beach, the unplanned movie marathons and the sudden decisions to go out.
  • You can never go for ‘just one drink’.
  • Playing beer pong with spirits can get very messy very quickly.
  • No matter how many times you promise yourself that the next assignment will be different, you will be still working at 2am.
  • Alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.
  • The person you were in September is probably drastically different to the person you are now.
  • The first thing you’ll notice about people in photos from a few months ago is their haircuts.
  • House parties are often better than nights out.
  • Getting involved in clubs and societies is always a good idea.
  • Your accent and slang words will change. Accept it. (I never thought I’d be using ‘Yerrah’ in conversations…and it still happened. Curse you Kerry!!).
  • Learn which lecturers care about you showing up and which ones don’t. It’ll be easier when deciding whether or not to sleep in.
  • College canteens are rip offs.
  • By the end of the year you’ll have a ridiculous amount of taxi numbers and fast food numbers in your phone. And probably a lot of menus in your house.
  • Nothing good ever happens after 3am.
  • Front-facing cameras when you’re drunk are the stuff of nightmares.
  • You will meet a ton of awesome people in college and you may wonder how you lived without some of them.
  • You will also meet a lot of people like the people you thought you’d finally escaped.
  • You will always find new ways to procrastinate doing assignments (hello blogging!)
  • Time flies. Like, really really fast. Is it seriously May tomorrow??
  • You can repeat the exams but you can’t repeat the craic!

It’s crazy to think that this year is almost over. It really does seem like yesterday that I was accepting my place on the course and having major panics about moving 3 hours away to a place where I knew absolutely nobody. 8 months later and I know I was worried for nothing. I’ve had some great nights out (and some not so great ones), discovered new music, pulled all-nighters to finish assignments, directed, shot and edited a short film, taken thousands of photos, attended a protest, taken part in a few radio shows, and made some awesome new friends. (Shoutout to the ginger legend himself, Mr. Sean Darcy, who has also got a blog which you can find here, Aine, who’s blog you can find here,  and Jess, who’s blog is here. Obvious shoutouts to the rest of the gang who don’t blog, you all know who you are).

It’s been an amazing few months, and while it’s weird to think that once we finish in 2 weeks time, I won’t see everyone for 4 months, I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone back home!

I’ll finish with one of my favourite quotes about college. 🙂

See you all soon! 🙂


6 thoughts on “So, What Have We Learned?

  1. I absolutely adore this. I can really relate to College being an invaluable experience in life. Great training for an array of things regardless of your course or the consistency you attend your classes. I may have failed, repeated and then dropped out but the last 2 years where invaluable to me. They moulded me to be the person I am. I’ve met some quite extraordinary people who I know will become even more exciting and awesome in the future. I’m glad I had a wild enough time in college. If I’d of just sat down, did my work and passed by the 4 years without any socialising, I would be worse off. College is a lot more than a degree. I’d go so far as to say in some cases it doesn’t matter one but what you study. If you find it interesting that’s enough. Ciara, I hope you have another awesome 3 years and that you give me a passing mention in an interview after you accept some prestigious award. I will do the same when I win my first Oscar.

    Also make sure people CHECK THE LEVELS.


      Thanks so much Peter.
      I agree completely – the socialising and meeting new people and just the general life of college really is invaluable. At the end of the day, you can study and study and study but if you don’t make any friends or experience new things and make mistakes, how are you going to learn? How is it any different than secondary school? The college experience is so different to anything else we’ve been through before, and whether you choose to spend all your time studying or socialising, the choices you make form the person you are when you leave.

      I’m gonna hold you to that mention in the Oscars interview! I’ll mention you in my Oscars speech (and by Osxars I mean Golden Globes and by Golden Globes I mean IFTAs and by IFTAs… I mean the Kerry Film Festival).
      And I hope everything works out for you Peter, whatever you choose to do. We’ll meet up at the Oscars after party in a few years 😀

  2. I fucking love this post!!! Thank you for the mention :* I laughed so much at the list! I think you may have forgot to mention the person who has tagged you in those 40 photos is the one and only ciara murphayyy! I has been a great year, I think we all learned quite a bit, whether or not it be about the actual course or finally attempting to cook after 21 years (cough cough you know who you are :p) Anyways I leave it at that, see you tomorrow to capture this footage!!! (god damn you final cut work with me!!!) Brilliant advice peter! Oh and also, make sure the lens is open #’disaster

    • Cheers Aine!!
      shh… the people who read my blog and don’t know me don’t know that it’s me who takes all the photos and tags people… 🙂

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