Student Notes and Experiences
Come a few days early to settle in and get acclimated. Get used to your apartment, explore the city and campus, and meet people. By the time orientation and classes begin; you will be adjusted and ready to take on everything else.
Try not to get too overwhelmed. Things will work out, and it will all be worth it in the end. You will have learned so much in terms of independent living, yourself, Ireland, and the world!
UCC has an impressive number of student clubs and societies. They are open to all students, even if you are only there for one term. It’s probably the best way to integrate into UCC student life and meet people outside of class, so join at least one!
One of my best decisions in Ireland was joining the UCC Mountaineering Club. They met every Sunday to hike in the mountains. Each week was somewhere new and little more challenging, but beautiful. It was by far the best way to see and enjoy the Irish countryside. You have the opportunity to hike in remote places you’d never get to yourself such as mountains in counties Tipperary, Waterford, and Kerry. A large group went each week, and there were always familiar and new faces. In addition to Sunday hikes, they met twice a week in the Mardyke Arena to use the climbing wall. On top of it all, most outings finished with a pint at a pub!
- Written by Joel Rhodes who studied in Cork spring 2012