Hey guys! My name is Niamh and this is my final year diary. It’s the first piece I have ever written for the iconic SIN newspaper so please go easy on me. I am a final year Music and English student currently drowning in assignments, much like my fellow campus goers.
The last few weeks have been absolutely painful when it comes to actually getting work done, but if I am honest, my social life has actually gotten a boost! I’ve just come off of three back-to-back weeks of housemate birthdays as well as my own dreaded twenty-second birthday celebration. Please enjoy this photo of my housemate Noel in his all of Marvel birthday presents (don’t worry I got his permission to use this photo.) The celebrations were great but once the confetti had been cleaned up, the cakes eaten and the hangover cured, the dreaded assignment anxiety returned with a vengeance. This has not been made any easier by the cyber-attack.
Now I know what you’re going to say. “You’re just using it as an excuse to procrastinate, that attack was weeks ago,” and honestly you’d be right in saying so but at the same time it was a valid excuse. My initial reaction to the cyber-attack was “unreal! I don’t have to go to class now!” But, this then turned into “how on earth am I going to write these essays without library resources?” But ironically upon the news that most library resources are now accessible, I have yet to actually use them. My motivation is severely lacking. Does anyone have any tips?
The one productive thing I have done over the last two weeks is decide to properly take part in Coldvember this year. It has genuinely made my life so much more enjoyable (and dare I say it, it has motivated me to actually do some assignments.) The absolute rush of adrenaline upon yeeting yourself off the Blackrock diving board at high tide couldn’t be matched by anything else in this world! The sense of community felt upon stepping down to Blackrock is unbelievable! No wonder there have been record numbers coming down this year and it is fantastic to see so many people raising money for such a good cause. Not only is it raising money for a good cause but the Coldvember crew are fighting the good fight against seasonal depression by bringing a great attitude and banging tunes to Blackrock every morning for a good auld sunrise swim.
That’s it from me folks, thank you for reading my very first final year diary. Hope you liked it! Can’t wait to see you in the next issue.