By Sadhbh Hendrick
Woahhhh, we’re halfway there, woaahhh, living on a prayer.
Alas, we have hit the halfway mark. Yay. Ha ha. There are few things that provide as little comfort in college as the proclamation of what week it is. Week 6, great. Only 6 weeks of lectures left, sure, but also only 6 weeks until the NUIG exam papers website gets hit with more traffic than the M50. Is that something really worth rejoicing? I think not. Perhaps it is with a slight hint of desperation/realisation that I am so willing the slow movement of these last few weeks. As that villainous ‘real world’ guy gets closer and closer, suddenly a 9am double in IT125 seems a little more bearable. Just about.
Since I do enjoy a half board residency within the walls of the James Hardiman, I feel entitled to broach the following topic; snacking in the library. Firstly, let it be known that snacking of any form in this book laden building is actually forbidden but since few of us students seem to abide by that, please let us commence a discussion on library snacking etiquette. Before we begin, despite what you may be inclined to believe after considering my snack proposals, I do in fact not suffer with misophona. Which, according to WebMD (totally reliable, trust me), is a disorder in which certain sounds trigger emotional or physiological responses that some might perceive as unreasonable given the circumstance. Let the games begin. To begin, we examine all hydration methods; tea, White Monster, coffee, White Monster, hot chocolate, White Monster and oh yeah, water. Whatever floats your boat is acceptable in this department. Hydration is, in fact, key. One exception to this rule is downing some Cully & Sully from your Thermo Flask at 11am, yeah nasty. On a secondary note, a quick mention of the water filters. It’s great that we have gone all #SaveTheSeaTurtles with our hydroflasks, however, the queue for the filter is often unacceptably long. As lovely as it may seem to go and fill up every single person’s bottle at your desk, the resulting queue is practically a fire and safety hazard. You’re doing more harm than good as the man says. On to snacking of the edible sort.
An assortment of nibbles, if you will. Can we all please accept that munching away on crunchy/crumbly/odour emitting foods is just. not. okay. Yes, that does include, and is not restricted to; apples, chilli nuts, crisps or entire packets of rice cakes (controversial). Don’t get me wrong (or hunt me down), I am not impartial to any of the above mentioned snacks in the appropriate environment. My studious little eardrums absolutely do not appreciate a symphony of apple crunches or rice cake nibbling, though. Pretty certain I’m not alone in this one either, jus’ sayin’.
By the time this entry is published, the finale of Love Island will have been and gone. I don’t really fancy making predictions but know this, not having an excuse to shut myself off from socialising from 9pm onwards won’t be appreciated, if I’m honestttt.
So, let the days get longer and the Sparch weather get closer. Enjoy the quickly passing remaining weeks loyal SIN readers.