James Doorley, NYCI deputy director said: “Up to 400,000 young people aged 18-25 have the right to vote tomorrow. The high numbers registered recently are an indication of the level of interest in this referendum.”
“The past few months have seen over 100,000 people – primarily young people, students, and first time voters – making the effort to ensure that their voices are heard on 22 May. More than 60,000 people were added to the supplementary register in advance of the May 5th deadline. Moreover, many NYCI members, including SpunOut and BelongTo, as well as the USI and other youth and community organisations ran youth and student-focussed voter registration drives resulting in up to 40,000 new voters being added to the electoral register in November last year.”
“It is your democratic right and a great opportunity to have your say in shaping the future of this country,” concluded Mr Doorley.
Polling stations are open until 10pm tonight so there is still plenty of time to vote. Need your Polling Day Qs answered, click here!
SpunOut.ie is not advocating any side in either referendum taking place on May 22nd in order to provide you - our readers - with unbiased, factual information as to what you are being asked to vote on. We are encouraging all of our readers to get out and vote, no matter how you plan to vote.
On May 22nd, many young people will be voting for the first time ever. SpunOut.ie caught up with some of these first time voters to see how it felt to be casting the ballot for the first time. Stay tuned through the day on Friday May 22nd for more first-time voter updates!
Next up is Benji Foley. Benji is a queer, transgender student living in Offaly. He is 19 years old and studies translation at DCU. A walking stereotype; when he's not at a rally, protest or demonstration for LGBTQ rights, he works part time as a drag queen. He likes pina coladas, getting caught in the rain and long walks on the beach.
For me, the decision to vote yes to marriage equality was not a decision, it was a necessity. Growing up as a queer person, I have always wanted to be treated equally; this has not been the case for most of my life. I am hoping that a Yes vote will help to change the inequalities I and my community have faced throughout our whole lives – I will be able to marry the person I love without fear that our relationship will not be jeapordized by the law. Married transgender people will be able to keep their families without sacrificing legal recognition of their gender. Most importantly, it is a stepping stone towards the end of discrimination against LGBTQ people in Ireland.
My decision to vote yes is an informed one – I have educated myself thoroughly on the implications of a Yes vote by reading impartial information provided by the Referendum Commission and literature from groups such as Marriage Equality and the Union of Students in Ireland. For me, it was easy to tell fact from untruth, but I have come across an alarming amount of people who do not understand the proposed legislation or even the voting process. The fact that people had to be told not to take selfies with the ballot paper is proof of this. The Marriage Equality referendum has nothing to do with adoption or surrogacy – it's about the love of two people. Nothing more, nothing less.
This morning at 9am I dragged my half-asleep parents with me to the polling station to cast my first ever vote. I ignored every No poster I passed by along the way – I've learned to block them out by now. I'm done crying over ignorance.
The whole process was so simple and took less than five minutes, but I've never felt so nervous. This small, white piece of paper had my whole future written on it. I couldn't help but look at the other people queueing up, wondering if they were voting yes or no, wondering if they thought I was equal to them or undeserving of rights. Nevertheless, I kept my head held high, and put a big fat X next to YES.
I thought I would feel elated after the vote but now I feel more nervous than ever. The longest 18 hours of my life have just begun. If you haven't already done so, I implore you to get out and vote; and if you are still undecided, I ask you to consider voting yes. You have the power to change my life and the lives of every LGBTQ person in this country for the better or the worse. Please put that power to good use. Don't waste that power. Vote.
Whether you're voting Yes or No, we'd love to hear from you. Remember to keep all contributions respectful in tone and considerate of LGBT young people in approach. Send us your opinion pieces to email@example.com
On May 22nd, many young people will be voting for the first time ever. SpunOut.ie caught up with some of these first time voters to see how it felt to be casting the ballot for the very first time. Stay tuned through the day on Friday May 22nd for more first-time voter updates!
First up we have Robyn Gilmour, 18 year old 6th year student and Action Panel member. She loves reading and writing, hopes to study journalism after school and it's her ambition to write a book someday. Aside from reading and writing, she loves art and enjoys drawing, painting and music.
I think the most important thing about coming to any conclusion is not to be biased towards one side of an argument or another until you have gathered all the information. I'm sure the majority of us have had leaflets delievered to our doors, or watched snippets of debates on Primtime which presented us with arguments both for and against the upcoming referendum. Personally I tried my best to tune into both sides of the argument. That way I was able to agree or disagree with points made and form a counter argument myself. Aside from the political side of the referendum I was predominantly driven by a desire for greater equality in the country. I have always been a firm believer that all people should have an equal right to happiness irrespective of their race, religious beliefs and in this case, their sexual orientation.
I got a lot of my information from leaflets that were sent through the mail, from watching debates on television and even from discussing it (sometimes over-enthusiastically) with friends and family. I'm quite a cynical person in the sense that I don't believe anything I hear first time around, so it was purely through cross examination and cross referencing that I came to any definite conclusions as to what was true or false.
It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be honest, whenever you have a run in with government based events or applications there always seems to be a myriad of hoops you have to jump through before you can cut to the chase. Anyway it was a very simple process, I just handed my polling card to the lady in charge (wasn't even asked for ID despite having brought literally every form of ID I own, just to be on the safe side) was given two pieces of paper and made my way to a booth. I was initially a little bit scared by how much of the paper was in Irish, so I would advise any first timers to read it carefully as one misread vote has the potential to be the defining vote.
Whatever your stance is in relation to the marriage equality referendum I would like to stress the importance of respecting the opinion of the opposing party. Equality is a broad term and stretches as far as freedom of expression. Remember there will inevitably be people who don't agree with you and they have as much a right to their opinion as you do to yours.
Whether you're voting Yes or No, we'd love to hear from you. Remember to keep all contributions respectful in tone and considerate of LGBT young people in approach. Send us your opinion pieces to firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday, May 22nd, the electorate are being asked to decide whether to lower the presidential age limit from 35 to 21. There has been a somewhat lack of debate around this referendum with the majority of coverage surrounding the other Marriage Equality referendum. So we decided to send out our own John Buckley to gauge the response from voters around Dublin City. Watch their response below:
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We all have those days: bad nights sleep, stepped in a puddle, tea gone cold. But sometimes we get a string of bad days, those days turn to weeks. And one day we can wake up, and just not feel right. When stress piles on we begin to think differently and it changes how we view the world. When our surroundings begin to affect our mind in such a drastic way over a short period of time, it’s definitely not a good thing.
In September of 2014 I started studying Zoology in University College Cork. I’ve wanted to study zoology since I was a boy, watching Steve Irwin put crocodiles in a headlock. I remember staring at the TV in my loony tunes pyjamas at 8:30 every morning and thinking “I want to do that!”. Thirteen years later here I am studying my dream subject (I've yet to headlock a crocodile however). After years of dreaming and hard work, life was where I wanted it to be, but it wasn’t completely plain sailing. I normally cope very well in stressful situations, I didn’t bat an eyelid going through the Leaving Cert while those around me were loosing their heads, but settling in to college was rough. Very rough.
Of the 120 students in my class I had spoken to 3 of them in the first few weeks. Out of my depth with the sheer volume of people here I spent many of my classes on my own in the back row, avoiding eye contact with everyone else. I couldn’t make friends, I lost my voice and found it impossible to speak to anyone. I wanted nothing more than for someone to come talk to me, invite me to go get tea, or just acknowledge I was even there. I was alone in a crowd.
While trying to make new friends was hard enough, it felt like my friends from school had left me behind as they thrived in the new environment. I would hear from them rarely and see them even less. They took to student life-like ducks to water, going out on a Thursday having fun and embracing the new lifestyle in the pubs and clubs of the City. The idea of clubbing terrifies me; huge crowds, drunks and noise. I was in a relationship at the time and had no reason to join my friends on the prowl. They invited me along, but when I say invited, it felt like I was hounded with a chorus of “You should come with us!” .. Should. Said like It was something expected of me from day one, something I was obliged to do. That made me feel isolated. I declined the invitation every time, knowing I’d be abandoned like an unwanted pup at the side of the road.
Come October I came to terms with the fact my mental health was slowly deteriorating, the stress of my academic life coupled with the isolation of my social life was taking its toll. I suffered daily headaches, a bad sleeping pattern and a lapse in concentration. And after a long day of college, it all came to a boil.
It was one of those days, nothing went as I wanted it to and the world seemed against me. I had just finished a 3 hour chemistry lab which I hated to even think of doing. I nearly lost myself in that lab, staring at a list of measurements and terms I didn’t understand. One of the girls in the class I had managed to make friends with must have noticed I was distressed, she came over and asked “You ok?” to which I gave the only answer I could manage: “I’m fine”. Now I was on the train home at 8:30pm after being on the go for nearly 12 hours. I wanted to cry, I just wanted to go home and cry and never have to leave again. My brain felt like it was trying to break out of my skull, I had bottled up 2 months worth of stress and negative emotion and it had come to a head. I had to drive home that night in the dark with my head swimming and concentration crumbling and it showed, I stalled every time I had to stop the car and narrowly avoided causing a side-on collision with another driver. Driving that night was a very bad idea. Half way home that night I had a terrible, horrifying thought that still shocks me: “If I just swerve into that wall, I won’t have to go any further”. It was at this moment I realised how bad I let things get, I didn’t care what happened, my own self-preservation had been blocked out, and it scared me. It made me even more determined to get home, I didn’t want it all to end. At my house I didn’t bother turning off the ignition I just went inside and did exactly what I wanted to do in the first place: Cried. I collapsed against a cupboard in the kitchen and broke down completely in front of my parents who didn’t have a clue what to do. It was the worst I’ve ever felt in my life. Needless to say, I didn’t go to college the next day.
Following this episode I knew I needed help, there was no hiding it anymore and no denying it either. I had serious anxiety. I was afraid of college, afraid to go to lectures, afraid to go out, afraid to face the crowds, afraid to face my friends, afraid to look my parents in the eye, afraid to talk to anyone about it. In the weeks that followed I slowly fought a bout of depression that had reduced me to a shell. I didn’t feel anything for a few days, no joy or sadness, just emptiness. Anyone that tried to get through to me got one word answers or a nod. It was especially frustrating for my parents, when I came home every day I’d curl up on the couch and stay there in silence. Dinner wasn’t always an option, I sometimes struggled to eat and was unable to stomach food no matter how hungry I was.
On my return to college I met with my mentor, the staff member assigned to help me should I ever need it. I also met with some close friends over a few days, which helped more than I was expecting. Just knowing that others were aware of what I was going through made me feel so much better.
I’d like to say this is an isolated and unique incident for me, but it isn’t. I still struggle managing my emotions. I still struggle on nights out, when I’m bored, tired, alone, or just have too much on my plate. I still struggle with Anxiety & Depression.
I’ve shown this article to a few close friends and family in the weeks before publishing it. I’ve gotten a mix of reactions from hugs, to tears, to the odd “Ah shit :/” , but my favourite reaction was from my Mam. After showing her she simply said “I knew you had it, I’ve known for a long time.” She said I always found things difficult and recognised my social anxiety years before I had any clue, but stayed a silent guardian the whole time and always did her best to steer me away from tough situations.
Living with a mental illness isn’t easy but it doesn’t have to be crushingly hard either: I have a close network of amazing friends and a loving family that understand and care, they check up on me when they notice I’m acting differently, and always offer help should I ever need it. If I could offer any advice to someone reading this that is going/gone through a mental illness, It’s to have at least one friend that understands. Let someone know, be it your parents, a sibling, a friend, a neighbour, girlfriend, boyfriend, a trained professional, a teacher or colleague you’re close to, or even your pet! To use the cliché: A problem shared is a problem halved.
This factsheet is an extract from the publication Know Your Rights: The Rights of Children and Young People, published by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and the Children’s Rights Alliance. It is reproduced here with the kind permission of the ICCL and the Alliance. Download the publication in full from www.knowyourrights.ie or www.childrensrights.ie. Know Your Rights is a public information project of the ICCL designed to inform people in clear and accessible language about their rights under key areas of the law in Ireland."
Yes. All children and young people in Ireland have the right to education. This right is protected under the Irish Constitution. In addition, the Education Act 1998 requires the Government to make sure that everyone living in the State is guaranteed “a level and quality of education appropriate to meeting the needs and abilities of that person”. The Government must make sure that you receive a certain standard of education. This right is generally defined as covering primary and second-level education.
Young children are entitled to one year of free pre-school care and education. This is called the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme. Children are eligible for this if they are aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months on 1 September of the relevant year. The ECCE scheme is available to all children for three hours a day during term times in the year before a child starts primary school. The Government pays for this scheme.
If you have a general complaint, you should first complain to the service provider or child-minder. If you are unhappy with their response, you may contact your local county childcare committee at www.dcya.gov.ie. You can also contact Tusla’s Early Years Pre-School Inspection Services at www.tusla.ie.
All organisations providing crèche and pre-school services must be registered with and inspected by Tusla’s Early Years Pre-School Inspection Services and must follow rules about hygiene, health and safety, and staffing. This applies to both public and private providers. Registered childminders who mind four or more pre-school children privately in their own home must also be registered and inspected.
If you have any concern about the safety of a child, contact the Child and Family Agency or the Gardaí.
Yes. You must go to school from the age of 6 until you are 16 years old, or you have finished three years of secondary school. The only exception is if you are being educated at home.
Your parent or guardian can choose to educate you at home. To do this, they must register you with the Child and Family Agency’s Educational Welfare Services which will work with them to make sure that your education meets the required standard.
Yes. Your parent or guardian must make sure that you go to school every day and must tell the school and give a reason if you are going to be absent.
If you are unable to attend school, your parent or guardian should contact the school, preferably in writing, to explain why. If you miss 20 or more days in a school year or if your school is concerned that you are missing too many days, the school must tell the Child and Family Agency’s Educational Welfare Services. If there is no clear reason for your absence, the agency may send someone to visit your parent or guardian to work out how to improve your school attendance.
Your parent or guardian will usually decide which school you will attend. You do not have an absolute right to attend the school of your choice, but the State must provide you with a school near your home that meets your parents’ or guardian’s religious or philosophical beliefs. Schools do not have to admit a child if there are no places available. You do not have the right to choose which school you attend.
Each school must have an admissions policy which is available to the public. In general, schools cannot refuse to admit you based on any of the following equality grounds:
There are some exceptions. For example, girls' schools are entitled to admit only girls. The same applies to boys schools. Also, religious or faith-based schools can give preference to pupils of that religion or faith.
Yes. If a school refuses to enrol your child, you may appeal the decision to the school’s Board of Management. If this is unsuccessful, you can appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills. You can also ask for help from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to make a complaint to the Equality Tribunal or the Ombudsman for Children.
The Minister for Education and Skills sets the curriculum (the subjects to be taught) taking into account the advice of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Your school and teachers decide what you will learn from that curriculum every day at school.
For your first eight years in school (from junior infants to sixth class), you will study the set curriculum (seven study areas, some of which are further divided into subjects).
The curriculum aims to:
In secondary school you will be able to choose certain subjects within the curriculum. However, you must study English, Mathematics and Irish.
For more information see www.curriculumonline.ie
Yes, but only if your parent or guardian agrees.
If you do not share the religion of your school, or do not have a religion, you do not have to attend religious instruction. Your parent or guardian can ask for you not to participate in this class and the school should agree to this. If you belong to a different religion from that of your school, the school does not have to provide you with instruction in that religion.
Each school sets its own rules and policies for homework and as a pupil you are responsible for following the rules and policies of your school.
You must follow school rules or policy which may include sitting tests and exams. Pupils in primary schools will do standardised tests in reading and maths in 2nd, 4th and 6th classes. The law does not say that you must sit the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate exams. However, the Leaving Certificate is the most common way into third-level education (universities and third-level colleges).
There are also other education options such as the Leaving Certificate Applied, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Awards (some of these awards used to be called Further Education and Training Awards) and other courses and access programmes.
Children who are educated at home do not have to sit formal examinations but they can arrange to do so. You can get more information on the website of the State Examinations Commission, www.examinations.ie.
Yes. To appeal a result in a Junior Certificate subject, talk to your school which will apply to the State Examinations Commission on your behalf. To appeal a result in a Leaving Certificate subject, you must fill in an appeal application form which you can get from your school. You must then send the form to the State Examinations Commission. For both exams there is a fee for each subject you wish to appeal.
Student councils let second-level students work with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.
Yes. Students in post-primary schools have the right to set up a student council and to get help from the school to do this. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has a resource pack on student councils which you might find useful – see www.dcya.ie.
Schools must have a system to deal with students who cause trouble or break the rules. By law, the Board of Management of every school must have a code of behaviour for students. The code of behaviour explains what will happen if you do not obey the school’s rules.
Your school will give a copy of the code of behaviour to your parents or guardian when you enrol. The school may ask your parents or guardian to confirm in writing that they agree with the procedures in the code and that they will do all they can to make sure you obey the rules.
If you cause trouble in school, the school may consider a number of options such as:
If your behaviour is more serious, the school can suspend you or even expel you. However, the school must act fairly and give you a chance to have your say.
Suspension means you are not allowed to attend school for a set number of days. A school may suspend you if you have seriously misbehaved. The school’s decision must be reasonable and reflect the seriousness of what you have done. Schools must have procedures in place which outline what steps must be taken before you can be suspended.
Expulsion means you cannot attend this school again. By law, schools must have procedures in place which outline the steps to be taken before you can be expelled. For instance, the school’s Board of Management must tell the Educational Welfare Officer that the school plans to expel you.
The school must then wait at least 20 days before it can expel you. The Educational Welfare Officer will try to find a way to make sure that you still get an education, perhaps in another school.
You cannot appeal it yourself but your parents or guardian can appeal it for you. They must first appeal to the school’s Board of Management. If this is not successful, they can appeal to the Department of Education and Skills. An appeals committee will hear the appeal and make recommendations to the Secretary General of the Department on what action to take. The Secretary General will then write to your parents or guardian and to the school’s Board of Management with the reasons for the decision. The Secretary General may also tell the Board of Management how to resolve the issue.
No-one is allowed to hit you or be physically abusive to you in any way. If you have been physically abused at school by a teacher or anyone else, you should tell your parents or guardian, or an adult you trust. You, or your parent or guardian acting on your behalf, can make a complaint to the Gardaí. Your parents or guardian may also complain to the school on your behalf.
Your parent or guardian can make a complaint on your behalf directly to the teacher. If you are not happy with the teacher’s response, your parents or guardian can complain to the school principal. If the issue is not resolved, your parent or guardian can make a complaint to the school’s Board of Management. Finally, if you feel that the way your complaint was handled by the school was unfair, you can complain to the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO).
If the complaint is about discrimination, your parent or guardian may complain to the Equality Tribunal. If the complaint is about a data protection issue, you can complain to the Data Protection Commissioner.
If you want to make a complaint about your child’s education or treatment, you should follow these steps:
Bullying is negative behaviour by a person or group against you which is repeated over time. Bullying can be verbal, psychological or physical and can take place to your face, by phone, online or through social media. Bullying behaviour can take many forms including:
If you are being bullied, you have a right to be protected. No-one should bully you for any reason.
First, you should tell your teacher, school principal or other trusted adult about the bullying. Schools must have a policy for dealing with bullying. This should state clearly that bullying is unacceptable. The school should have: procedures (instructions) for investigating and dealing with bullying;
Privacy in school means attending school without any interference by the school in your private life, your personal space, your body or your belongings. There are some situations where a school can interfere with your privacy. For example, a teacher can search your bag if he or she believes that you are carrying illegal substances or alcohol. However, both you and your parent or guardian must agree to this.
Your parent or guardian must be present if a teacher wants to search you, for example, to check what is in your pockets.
Your locker is school property but you are entitled to privacy while the locker is assigned to you during the school year. A teacher may search your locker if he or she has a good reason for doing so. The teacher should tell you the reason for the search.
Your parents or guardian have a right to be kept informed about your education and behaviour in school. This is usually done through school reports, which parents receive once a year, and through parent-teacher meetings.
Not until you reach 18 years of age. This is when the school has to make school records available to you if you ask for them. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian can access school records on your behalf.
You can apply for support from the Department of Social Protection to help with the cost of your child’s schooling. There are a number of grants available. These are means-tested so, to qualify, you will have to meet a number of conditions.
The types of financial assistance include:
You can find out more on the website of the Department of Social Protection, www.welfare.ie.
Some schools have their own schemes to help parents with costs. To find out if your child’s school has a scheme, contact the school.
If you have special educational needs, you have the right to education that is suitable to your needs.
You can be educated in:
The law says that children with special educational needs should, where possible, be educated in a mainstream school with children who do not have special needs. This should happen unless it would not be in your best interests or the best interests of the other children in the school.
You may be given additional teaching support from a learning support or resource teacher. You may also be given access to a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) if you have significant care needs to help you with practical tasks, such as getting around the school. All primary schools have a number of learning support or resource teachers and you will not necessarily need to be assessed to access these teaching supports. It is up to the school to decide how to share these teachers.
A primary school can also apply to the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) for additional teaching support or access to SNA support if you have a more severe disability, such as a hearing impairment or autistic spectrum disorder. A formal assessment will be required to access this support and the support of an SNA.
You will not automatically get additional supports such as extra teaching support or a Special Needs Assistant when you go to post-primary school. However, if you have an ongoing need, the school may provide you with some additional learning support from its existing learning support resources, or it may apply to the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) for additional resources. This means that your parents or guardian will have to submit medical reports about your specific needs so the NCSE can assess whether to give additional supports including SNA support if you continue to require it.
Bus Éireann operates a school transport scheme for the Department of Education and Skills to provide transport to and from school for children who do not live near their school.
If your child is in primary school, they may be eligible for school transport if they live more than 3.2km from the nearest suitable national school. To be eligible for school transport at second-level, your child must live over 4.8km from the nearest suitable post-primary school and attend that school.
If your child has a special educational need arising from a diagnosed disability, they may be eligible for transport under a special scheme. To find out more see the Department of Education’s website, www.education.ie, under ‘school transport’.
Yes. You may appeal some decisions under the School Transport Scheme to the School Transport Appeals Board. There is no charge for making an appeal. You can find information about the Schools Transport Appeals Board on the Department of Education and Skills website, www.education.ie, under ‘bodies and committees’.
For many school leavers and college graduates, the first step on the career path will be a job in a call centre. This was the case for me and for the six months I worked in that environment, I was experiencing levels of stress and anxiety that I had never experienced before. From the angry customers to the pressure of monthly targets, there are plenty of things that this type of role can throw at you that may get you down.
To give an example, on one particular occasion in the company I was working for, I was given out to by my team leader for being 7.2 seconds over on my lunch break. This may sound extreme but it was the norm. Also from what I have heard from my friends in similar jobs, their experiences weren’t too far off.
When I first started, I would be getting home from work absolutely exhausted and in a bad mood because of all the negativity that was being thrown at me on a daily basis. As I settled in however I started to find ways to lighten my own mood and make sure that when I clocked out at the end of my shift, I was leaving any negativity or stress behind me. Here are some of my own tips which may help you cope and possibly send you home in a good mood:
I have worked a few different jobs at this point but without a doubt my call centre experience was the most difficult one I have ever had. On the plus side, I managed to build lifelong friendships that will never be broken. It is true that every cloud has a silver lining and you will find that if you try to adopt a more positive approach, your days will start to become much more manageable.
As those exams approach ever closer, what to study? and how to study effectively? are probably the two most asked questions on student’s minds at the moment. So for those of you who have found yourself reading this post, here are some study hacks for you togged through your exams!
Remember those notes that you were taking down four months ago? Well now is the time to gather those and form them into easy to remember bullet points on sheets of paper. Anything on Moodle or Blackboard is also key by the way, and don’t forget to ask your lecturers about anything you are uncertain of.
This is the other option if you haven’t done anything all semester. Not the best method as most results will be vague and probably not specific to your course outline, but you have gotten this far, so give it your best shot. Google “site:edu [subject] exam” to find some exams or questions that might relate to your course.
If your gadgets are distracting you with social media and videos of dogs amazed by magic tricks (cough, cough), then maybe it is time to ditch them in favour of the pen and paper. Handwriting your notes will increase productivity, unless of course you have good self-control and are a reasonably good at touch-typing, then continue as you were.
Take short intervals in between your studies. Caffeine is one solution, treating yourself to whatever you fancy now and again may give you a confidence boost too. Some fresh air and water to keep you alert and hydrated are also key. Some chewing gum will also help you concentrate and possibly hold off any hunger.
Give those notes of yours a bit of colour. Highlighters are a bright colour for a reason, so maybe the intense yellow, pink, or blue might catch your eye to those important buzzwords.
If you have a large chunk of information to take in, why not break it down into manageable blocks of study. You may remember more by digesting pieces at a time rather than skim-reading all your notes to no great effect.
Sometimes reading those words aloud and hearing them will help you remember better. Even team up with a friend or classmate to help tackle those languages and previous exam questions.
If studying in the same room everyday isn’t your thing, or you become tired of the library. Change your place of study to somewhere that you find stimulating but not distracting.The other option is to create a den (NOT A SOFA FORT!) to spread out your notes and knuckle down.
Yes, you have read that correctly, stay in bed and get some sleep. You need sleep to function properly and not feel fatigued throughout the day, so ditch the all-nighters and shut your eyes.
Listening to your favourite music will only distract you, so listen to some ambient (Sigur Ros) or new music through those Spotify and Deezer accounts you have been using the past few months. A good example of the balance between music and concentrating are video games, which curate their soundtracks to keep you motivated and in a particular frame of mind throughout the story.
Only you know the best way to study and retain notes you have written. If you cram or space out your study, revise collectively or individually, find your way and stick to the plan.
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Firstly, let’s be clear, there is only so much you can do to protect yourself from a naked picture or video of you getting into the wrong hands. Other than not sending one at all, there is no guarantee you can prevent it from being shared with a wider audience than you initially intended.
For lots of people, sexting will be relatively incident-free and your messages will generally remain confined to the person you initially planned would see them.
But there are also many cases where something that may seem like a bit of harmless fun at the time ends with massive regret at having sent a photo or video in the first place.
Remember; you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, and should never feel pressured into it. No matter how much you fancy the other person or how much pressure they put on you. If they respect you, they will completely understand, and if they don’t understand then they’re probably not worth your while.
If you’re in a situation that makes you uncomfortable and the other person keeps sending you sext requests, and you’re not interested, don’t be afraid to block them.
Read our article on peer pressure here.
Pretty much what it says on the tin - the sending of sexy texts and/or images to another person for a textual turn on. Obviously it’s not restricted to the dinosaur medium of SMS, and spans WhatsApp, iMessage, FB Messenger, KIK, BBM, Snapchat and dating apps such as Tinder, Blendr & Grindr.
Intimate pix are one thing, but sexting can include videos, made easier by Instagram direct and SnapChat - either way - you don’t want photos or videos getting out there and going further than you intended.
Sexting can be with a partner you’re mad about, a pal for whom nothing is TMI or an acquaintance/stranger on a dating app.
It can make total sense in the heat of the moment.
Maybe you are mad about a guy or gal and think sending a sexy pic is a great idea and will cement your love for eternity(JK!).
Maybe you are both horny and far away from each other and therefore decide it’s the only option available to you at that moment in time.
Or maybe you’re using a dating app like Tinder, Grindr or Blendr and the person you’re sending a nude to is someone you’ve never met or chatted to before.
Not everyone is sexting, but if you do decide to do it , here are some things to consider and some ways to limit your exposure (literally!) if things go wrong…
Sure, it’s meant to be a bit of fun, but what if an image or video were used in a way in which you didn’t want them to be? Having something as intimate as a nude shared without your permission can have a big impact on you psychologically. Be sure to think about the emotional stress of having pictures of yourself distributed to everyone you know by an ex or former friend.
Keeping in mind nothing is totally secure, here are some ways to avoid the trauma of having a picture or video of you leaked;
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Deciding to quit smoking is a process. You might start by thinking of stopping - this is when you know it’s bad for your health but don’t really feel ready to quit. After that you start to motivate yourself to stop and maybe even tell others about your plans. Finally you decide you’re ready to stop smoking.
Nicotine is highly addictive. When you think of all the reasons not to smoke, it seems bizarre that anyone would continue with such an expensive and unhealthy habit.
Only one reason perhaps could possibly override all the good reasons to quit and that is addiction. Quite simply, nicotine is one of the most addictive substances out there. Nicotine works by stimulating the central nervous system, increasing the body's heart rate, blood pressure and metabolism. When you take a pull of a cigarette, you will experience the effects of nicotine in 10-20 seconds.
Quitting smoking: set a quit date, tell people, identify & avoid triggers, review past attempts, plan ahead for difficult times #stlukes14— RCPI (@RCPI_news) October 13, 2014
Nicotine is one of the fastest-acting poisons there is. When inhaled nicotine temporarily releases the body from longing a cigarette, while strengthens the need to smoke another. Each cigarette smoked strengthens the desire for the next one. It's a cruel circle but it can be broken.
Regular exercise contributes to good health, helps to manage your weight and can also improve your body's ability to meet the daily demands and stresses of life.
Treat yourself at the end of each week, fortnight or month.
Avoid snacking on chocolate bars and biscuits; try some fruit or chew sugar free gum instead.
Take one day at a time: every day without a cigarette is a success.
What if I just cut down on smoking? It’s not enough to just cut down on smoking, there is no 'safe' level of smoking, and the reality is that cutting down just doesn't work.
Stick with it. You have to remember all the benefits of a smoke-free life. For example:
Condoms are the ONLY contraceptive that protects against sexual transmitted infections.
What are they?
A female condom is a sheath, made of a soft, fine material, which you insert into the vagina (like a tampon) to create a barrier against sperm. Unlike the male condom, the female condom can be used with oil and water based lubricants.
When taking the condom out of its packet, be sure not to tear it, as sharp fingernails and jewellery can easily tear a condom. It is also very important that you check the expiry date. Never use a male and female condom at the same time.
Advantages of the female condom:
Where can I get one?
Female condoms are available from pharmacies, and from GOSHH.
Remember: The age of sexual consent in Ireland is 17. If you're over 16, you can consent to medical treatment including any treatment or tests needed.