Life In The Rain

Trinity College

by on Oct.13, 2007, under Education, Travel

Another one of those quick posts just to tide things over between proper posts (the Japan post clearly long over due). Since getting back from Japan I’ve been doing some contract work and I just spent the last week or two moving down the country and getting settled into College. It’s clear that I will have to devote all my energies to the course, there’s plenty to do. Particularly tricky will be the maths elements, giving presentations and learning proper systematic researching technique. I suppose none of it sounds sexy in comparison to world travel blogging, but well we all have to have a career and this stuff keeps me entertained.

Trinity is an interesting college. First up, I’d forgotten how bureaucratic colleges can be. I would not be the first person to have been surprised by the rudeness of some of the admins. Curt but polite is fine, even mildly incompetent and polite is fine but rude has no place. I’ve also seen lots of the different offices in a very short amount of time trying to get a basic D.O.B. error fixed. The negatives end there though. The college has an extra sense of academic push that I didn’t see in my time at UCD. Maybe that’s because I’m currently surrounded by some very talented people, but it also seems like they like to live this life and want to push for more credibility if possible, for both them and the college. Everyone is aware of the more talented previous scholars at the college like William Hamilton (of Quaternion fame), Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. The college is also pleasant to be in and I often forget how close I am to Dublin just outside the walls. Being perhaps more aware of the extra privileges that students get (having lost them after finishing my degree six years ago) I’m taking the time to hunt out those in Trinity such as cheap meals, transport discounts, a cheap gym, access to almost all written papers and books and finally not least, student banking.

Now that I’m settling into a more normal life I can start to appreciate how exotic and alternative my last 11 months have been. That is, if you don’t consider going back to college as too left field. Typically my brain has started to forget the long bus journeys, the lonely days, the boring tours, the early mornings, tiredness and occasional bad weather. Thankfully these lows were relatively small in comparison to the highs. And the highs are now popping into my head all the time (usually accompanied with their own melancholic soundtrack and slow motion play back,.. fantastic). I try not to focus on them too much, as hard as that is (talk to anyone who’s met me in the last two weeks and they’ll confirm I’m having trouble here), because to sit on past victories is some sort of acceptance that the future is bleaker. I’m with Roy Keane on this one, if you aren’t going forward it’s because you are going backwards. Or in the words of the Mr Scruff song, “you’ve got to keep moving or you’ll be left behind”.

6 Comments for this entry

  • Darragh

    Alright John,

    So what’s up with the maths elements stuff? I’d have though you’d be well up on the maths side of things (who else would make a passing reference to William Hamilton before Oscar Wilde?), I’d be interested to hear what you’re covering. Need to get back at my maths – always felt it was one of my stronger points, but not getting to use any of it in my current job.

  • John

    Hmm, I wouldn’t have known very much and you can never have enough maths. The lectures so far are pretty fast paced (most of university linear algebra in one hour) and are covering this sort of stuff:

  • Darragh

    So if all that was covered in the first lecture – the rest of them must be going to get pretty heavy. I know the stuff in LYIT masters maths – where I sat in for a couple of lectures was pretty heavy – but as my degree was in engineering, I’d covered most of it allready.

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