This week in college I have learned that time-keeping is essential when trying to balance out several different projects going on in my life. The phrase ‘bitten off more than I can chew’ comes to my mind here. I am associated with several different groups in college such as the Filmmaking Society, student council and ULFM to name a few.

I dedicate certain hours to volunteer with these groups on a weekly basis. However, this week I have learned that too much dedication to societies and other projects such as these leaves me little time to focus on why I attend university in the first place. My studies have suffered this week due to that fact. Therefore, it is crucial that I make use of good time-keeping skills in order to balance out my studies with my extra-curricular activities.

In order to do this, I have decided to make a study timetable in which to designate hours to study. I find that having these extra-curricular activities make college more fun and less grueling when it comes to assignments and exams. Hopefully this will help me create a balance between my college workload and my volunteering duties. It is already week 5 so now is the time to start focusing on time management.


After Erasmus

I am home approximately three weeks from my Erasmus stay in Ghent, Belgium. After having an amazing time, which I will definitely blog about, I feel the need to share my after Erasmus experience. Everyone gives you advice and guidelines before your Erasmus and even during your Erasmus, but no-one tells you how to deal with the after effects. I am happy to be back in UL studying media again, but I am left with this feeling of longing for Belgium. I am definitely unprepared for this. I thought that I would naturally miss it for a week or so but three weeks later and a part of me wishes I was back there.


Ghent, Belgium

It’s strange how you can get accustomed to a place and how it feels like home when your University home has been Limerick for the past two years. I miss walking through the plaza with St. Pieter’s Cathedral staring down at me. I miss the smell of chocolate I got when I walked by the sellers on the street. I miss beer. I am not a beer drinker, at least not in Ireland. The beer there is amazing; cherry-flavoured, mild beer, any beer you can think of, they have it. I never realised that I would miss these small things when I came home. I was lucky that I enjoyed my Erasmus experience, but the negative side of that is wanting to go back.

Picture is my own.