Happy New Year and why January isn’t so bad

Happy New Year to all students and staff at UCC. We wish you all the very best for 2014.

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself” Neil Gaiman


As the campus awakens from Christmas break, here in the International Office we are contemplating the positive sides of resuming study and work and realising January is not so bad after all. Here are a few encouraging thoughts on January……

Routine is good: Sick of Christmas lie-ins, overeating and idleness? It actually can feel good to get back into a routine in January and shake off the lethargy and listlessness from spending too much time on the couch during the break. Re-immerse yourself in academic classes and research interests. January can bring a fresh appreciation and appetite for routine, activity and new ideas.

Fresh start: January is the perfect time to make a lifestyle change or start something new. This doesn’t mean aiming for the impossible but setting new doable goals such as improving health and fitness, spending more time with friends and family and pursuing positive outlets. Why not start by joining a UCC Club or Society?

Movies: Maybe this one is for movie buffs only, but January is a great month for movie releases that aren’t popular blockbusters. Check out the Triskel Christchurch cinema and other cinemas in Cork for times and pricing.

Lower prices: Being very aware of how cash strapped students are we had to put this point in here! January is a great time to pick up bargains and good quality goods at reduced prices.

So embrace January, try to make a positive lifestyle change and and remember you are one month closer to summer!


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