Advice From Maynoothians
SAGE ADVICE FROM VETERAN MAYNOOTHIANS
We took to Facebook and asked your fellow Maynoothians what sage advice they would give First Years...
€1.50 chicken rolls and €3 chicken roll and soup meal from Pugin. Also Junior Gardens behind Pugin as a chilling spot.
Maths students: you don't need to buy the book and all of the assignment answers are online anyway
Save your timetable as your screensaver! Got me through the first few weeks!
Screenshot maps so you don't get lost
Callan Hall isn't in the Callan Building
Don't buy the books. Get them from the library!
If you have food that you feel you won't eat anymore - give it to your flatmates instead of throwing it away (or make a "free to use" box on the kitchen table) - they will thank you!
Learn how to cook: it is healthier, cheaper and, let's be honest, better than pizza every day. And it's a great way to make friends: no student will ever say no to getting cooked for! :)
And: Charity shops are life! Get nice clothes for cheap and do something good at the same time!
The budget tea and coffee venues around campus 👌
“College is, for most of us, the first time we all truly venture out on our own and begin the work of deciding who we will become. It is a beautiful time of discovery and one that you wont get to repeat. So freaking go for it! Maynooth is way too good and you should milk it for its lifelong experiences and wealth of friendliness and openness”
“Get out there, join a club or society. I know alcohol and freedom is new and exciting, but be safe and try not to be too stupid. There’s much more to this place than a degree, and college is much more than just partying!”
“I think one of my favorite quotes does a pretty good job at summarizing the advice I would give: “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald. I was not what you could call popular or whatever in secondary school, but this place has a role for everyone, just open up and figure yourself out!”
“Take yourself out of your comfort zone. Make yourself deliberately uncomfortable. It is an unparalleled character-building exercise, and you might be able to discern the things you want out of life as well as the things you don’t as a result. Maynooth is a grand trial ground for you to just do silly things, experiment, try out for different sports and activities and find the real you. No pretence. This place thought me who I am and what makes me content!”
“Participate in EVERYTHING, even if its not your thing you’ll probably find that if you participate you always have fun. Do not be that kid who is “too cool for school” because you will miss out. You could be epic at archery and not know it, proper legolas style!”