Searching for the right person is difficult. So when Champlain decided that it would be a good opportunity for Dublin students to connect with students outside of the college, they set out to find just the right match. Luckily for us, they found the perfect match with the National College of Ireland right here in Dublin.
One Friday night, my two Co-RAs and I were set up on the “first date” of the semester. We met with three students from NCI to grab some dinner and meet. Sitting down to pizza, there was the usual small talk. Introduce yourself: name, major, role at the college. Then someone brought up the Yule Ball which brought up Lord of the Rings which brought up Doctor Who. It turns out that nothing bonds college students together quite like eating chips and talking about what to watch on Netflix.
That night we organized an entire semester full of events, starting with an informal pizza and board games night. Students from NCI came over to our campus and played everything from Jenga to Risk for a few hours, talking to interested students about upcoming events.
Thanks to NCI’s Student Union, Champlain students have the opportunity to go out and participate in really fun events like Trampoline Dodgeball, as well as other student events during the semester. In turn, NCI students are welcome to Champlain events like Wine and Poetry and BBQ evenings.
Most importantly, this year we’re planning on starting an annual Champlain versus NCI tournament, at the end of which one collegewill receive a trophy for winning the most points in events such as Gaelic football, rugby, and video games.
Tonight the excitement really begins as NCI kicks off their Fresher’s Week with the annual Fresher’s Ball. Three Irish acts will be playing music throughout the night, as students get to meet new people and learn about new music. It’s followed by events all week at the NCI Student’s Union, culminating in Friday’s Movie Marathon Day.
It’s a good time to be a student in Dublin.
Champlain Abroad Dublin, Fall 2014
Champlain College, Professional Writing, Class of 2016