“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
Dr. Seuss knows what Equality is!
“Today you are you!
That is truer than true!
There is no one alive…
…who is you-er than you!
Shout loud, “I am lucky
to be what I am!
Thank goodness I’m not
just a clam or a ham
Or a dusty old jar of
sour gooseberry jam!
I am what I am! That’s a
great thing to be!
If I say so myself,
I AM EQUAL, GO ME!
As well as your go-to gal in the SU I also am here to ensure that students of all shapes and sizes, colours, genders, tastes and textures are respected and their specific needs catered for. Whether you’re only after your sweet sixteenth or your sweet sixtieth I’m here to help you. With MSU we don’t just accept diversity: we welcome it, celebrate it, jump up and down and shout: ‘you are you, this is truer than true, there is no one alive as youer than you!.
Throw in a wordle here similar to the one above using the following:
Gay, straight, mature student, disabled, international, Irish, Erasmus, black, white, Islamic, catholic, protestant, atheist, male, female, bisexual, transgender, lone-parent, overweight, bald, skinny, depressed, OCD, virgin, sex addict, disabled, divorced, single, unemployed.
Here is list of a range of supports available that students can turn to for help and information:
Victims of sexual assault www.rcni.ie
Gender Identity: www.gender-id.com
For some of you over the course of your college years you will find discover yourself in a way you never thought possible. Embrace it. Be yourself! Reach out and allow yourself to grow. For some of you that process will involve coming out and discovering your true sexuality. Talk about it. Don’t bottle it up, confide in someone and get help in what can be a difficult time. I’m always here to talk and so are these wacky wild and wonderfully welcoming folks:
A word from your MSU LGBT Society
Maynooth University is a vast community that promotes equality and diversity. Whether you’re gay, straight, lesbian, bi, transgender, none of the above or everything in between, Maynooth is a place that you can fully be the you that you wish to be. Why settle for being the person everyone else wants you to be? College is the time to stand out and be just who you want to be, so do!
Maynooth is proud to have one of the highest percentages of mature students in the country, with over 400 newbies coming to do a degree every September. As your welfare and equality officer it is my job that you connect with the fantastic resources available at your disposal. This year the SU will have a part-time Matures Students Representative to ensure that all relevant concerns are brought to the executive. I look forward to working with him/her to ensure that matures are treated equally while respecting and catering for their specific needs. One way of how the union supports matures is via our Childcare Fund, find out more information about this from myself or the SU HQ.
There are a variety of services and supports available from the Mature Students Officer in the Access Office including:
- Mature Orientation Programme
- Advisory Service
- Academic Supports
- Other Supports
Some wise words from your Mature Students Society
Hello to all the incoming first years of Maynooth university. A very warm welcome and well done on making it here. The next period of your life will be enjoyable, informative, and rewarding. That is not to say, however, that there will not be challenges. We, in the mature student society, are here with a few helpful words and supportive encouragement for those times you need them. This being your first tentative steps into third level it may be one of those times. Above all, relax, it will be fine!
Peer mentoring service
FREE to all members of the society and in these you will be able to speak to second and third year students (and a couple of post grads) about problems you are having in your particular subject. This service will take the form of module and subject advice in the first couple of weeks of each semester. After this the same volunteers will proof read or critique essays. Also with so much of the University delivery through the Moodle page and emails, there will be assistance in computer skills and those all-important research skills.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, should you need anything please do not hesitate to contact us directly in person or if you prefer by any of the means described above.
Best of luck in the year ahead, and remember relax, you are not alone, you can do this.