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By: Alin Marin | January 01, 1970

The UCD campus is somewhat away from the city in a place of its own, separated from the city life... except the few drunkards that may end up in the campus in the evenings, trying to get a bus or some chat...
The campus is build, or better said, is being build in some 60-70 urban style. A mixture of half cooked grand ideas from that period, that makes you to think that the architects spent too much time in the church or taking LSD, devoting very less to their creations.
The campus is a nice example of symbiosis between students and cranes/scaffolding/diggers. Consider yourself unlucky if you have to go in a building and it appears to be in a finished state, you miss all the point of the UCD campus. A living, pulsating building site.
The vast g...

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By: Alin Marin | January 01, 1970

or the canteen how is known on the campus.


I already wrote few days ago about the "excellent" value for money that the students get in the UCD canteen.
Today as a bloody idiot that I am I went early to the office. Nothing strange unless you counted the two people that have to supervise the four unhappy souls that work in the cleaning department.
So I decided that I need a tea to start the day... and of course due to road works... or the Irish tradition of useless car parks building I was almost forced to go to the canteen as the only other shop opened at that middle our of the morning is too difficult to reach. I was simple too lazy to do trekking or take a bus to reach a place that in normal conditions is reachable in 2 minutes.
So back in can...

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By: Alin Marin | January 01, 1970

Imagine that you go to the university with this silly idea that you will get the opportunity to study.
Imagine that you can go an study out of simple pleasure, outside your official subjects, modules, other subjects.
Now stop imagining or do not go to UCD.

As I study physics I thought that maybe can be useful for me to follow some pleasures and study Italian. I went to the Language Centre in UCD asked them about the courses and I found out that, no I cannot do it.

Why? Simple cause is not part of my study programme. I explained to the girl that I am not interested in credits, exams or marks I just want to attend the classes and I was told that is not possible. I suspect that she thought I am crazy to try to study something out of pleasure, as...

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By: Alin Marin | January 01, 1970

As a PhD student you may expect to have to teach.It is a great way to engage with the students and to transfer some of your love for physics to the others.

In UCD it seems that the leaders of School of Physics took this to some extreme by volunteering all the PhD students to do some teaching, taking tutorials and other lab activities. And of course all these have to be made for free due to the poor financial state of the school.

As for sure I am not in physics for money, as some of you already know. I really have the strange habit of wanting to be respected as a human being and be asked if I would like to offer some of my free time for teaching, demonstrating and other good causes rather than being forced to do it.
It is more interesting that...

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