Perhaps Ireland's most famous university, Trinity College Dublin is an idyllic, world famous institution that has carried on a 400-year-old tradition of schol arship on the Emerald Isle. This "beautiful and prestigious university" boasts a lot on offer, both academically and socially, and the degree graduates receive is highly respected internationally. "Personal development is available for those who pursue it," says a student. "You grow up to be an adult here, one that has diverse life experience and a broad exposure to classical and modern study."
Professors in general are “pleasant and fluid,” “bring their passion and enthusiasm for their subject to every lecture.” “A professor of mine has cried during a lecture when explaining why Kant's attempt at revising metaphysics was so important,” says a sophomore. The school “really holds you to a higher standard” so self-motivation is key, and “the teachers don't baby [students]. You are expected to be responsible for your own study.” “Your job is to be a university student and to do it well,” says another student. However, if help is needed then teachers are “extremely good at helping you outside class hours. Just email them and they will arrange a time to meet.”
The scene here is “more like a master’s program in the states, but with [student] societies that are given millions of euros to make sure you have fun and opportunities.” There is always room for discussion in lectures, and “classes tend to be really interactive so students aren't just sitting there passively learning.” Many do feel that there could “be a slicker process administratively,” particularly with regard to registration and exams. The libraries “own an incredibly broad selection of works between them,” and is “absolutely incredible both in selection of books, and space to study.” On top of the very active clubs and societies, a great strength is the “small tutorials that correspond with lectures,” as well the “great speakers giving talks on a weekly basis.”
In general, people are “fairly studious and interested in their course, [but] they make room in their schedule for partying though as well.” Students have great choice for meeting people and fitting in with a large number of societies, which “are inclusive and social, [and] all are catered for in the vast smorgasbord of college life.” The annual Trinity ball is “an amazing event, Europe's largest private party.” Alcohol plays a big part in college life (there is even a college bar, the Pav, “overlooking the cricket pitch”), and “outside of society events it is by far the most common social activity.” However, by the time exams roll around in May, everyone is “all about cramming into the library and getting to work.”
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