I want to make the most of my time at Trinity

After successfully surviving one year of college, and spending four long summer months considering how I am going to approach this year differently, there is so much that I aspire to be in the next year.   Studying law and a language presented huge challenges for me, both academically and socially, in my first year. […]

Has the HPAT really failed to measure empathy?

A study from University College Cork has recently been published investigating the link between medical students’ scores on HPAT Section 2 and a questionnaire called the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy.     The researchers’ conclusion was that “JSE [Jefferson Scale of Empathy] values did not correlate with HPAT-Ireland scores”. Is this something we should […]

Charlottesville: Tolerate or Condemn?

The images from Charlottesville this summer were truly horrific. The actions of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in killing a counter-protester, making racist, anti-Semitic, and intolerant statements shocked the conscience of the United States.  The dark underbelly of American society was uncovered for all to see.   There is absolutely no questioning that what these violent, […]

In praise of cycling

Cycling in Dublin is an experience in itself. It is an eco-friendly, healthy and efficient mode of transport in a city with an ever-growing population – yet it still remains a difficult and hazardous task to successfully navigate the city by bike. Every day, cyclists face the challenges of a city that runs on engines, […]

The end of the J1 will be a tragedy

Just days after returning from my summer on a J1 visa in the US, I received an email from my American sponsors, Interexchange, asking me to take action to help save the J1 Visa. They wrote that “elimination of these programs would keep dynamic young people like you from experiencing life in the U.S”.   […]

Where you come from is irrelevant here

I write from inside my empty kitchen, overlooking the Halls courtyard, the night before 1000 first years descend on this miniature concrete rainforest, like I did: apprehensive. Tabloids and broadsheets alike herald Trinity as the sole relic of the class divide in Ireland, and this lie, so commonly told to our young people, often does […]

George Hook and his comments have no place on the airwaves

At time of writing, George Hook has been suspended from Newstalk with immediate effect, following the furore surrounding his now infamous comments on rape earlier this month. Most will now be familiar with what he said. The substance of Hook’s intervention was essentially to say that, while rape is an awful crime, surely some blame […]

What does Trinity stand for?

In a few weeks, thousands of freshers will be going to orientation lectures. They’re going to be told, as you were, and as I was, that they’re lucky to be here – that they’re privileged to be going to the one of the great, internationally renowned universities.   In the last number of years, Trinity […]

Pro-life to pro-choice: confessions from a convert

I was working as a research assistant in College the summer after my first year. I saw the Rally for Life posters every day on my route to and from work but hadn’t seriously considered attending until the day of the rally. It was a Saturday and, since I had nothing else to do, I […]

Do Millennials really buy too much avocado toast?

What is a Millennial? When Tim Gurner, an Australian millionaire and real estate developer, criticized Generation Y, the so-called “Millennials”, for buying $19 avocado on toast instead of saving for a house, it’s safe to say the outrage was well aired across social media, the pen and paper of the millennial generation.   Avocado toast, […]


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