NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
KAPLAN I N T E R N AT I O N A L COLLEGES
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Happy 2014! Dear Students, Welcome to a new and excing year at KIC Dublin! We hope you enjoyed the Winter Break Holidays and are ready to experience the me of your life in Dublin!
The ﬁrst edion of the 2014 KIC + Dublin Students Magazine is about New Year’s Resoluons. Many students parcipated in the KIC + Magazine club last month and shared their lists, wishes and funny ideas on how to make this year unforge3able. We hope that by reading their stories you will get some inspiraon to think about your own resoluons. Jill Kirwan, our lovely Accommodaon Assistant wrote a deligh7ul arcle on the history behind our school and its locaon on Lower Exchange Street. Did you know that the school is in the very heart of ancient Dublin? Wood Quay and Temple Bar are at the centre of the very ﬁrst Viking’s se3lement that developed into the Dublin we all know today. Have a read and let us know what you think. If you discover more on Dublin ancient history please share! Last but not least, the arcle on Volunteering in Dublin will give you some ideas on how to contribute to Irish society while you study in Dublin. Most importantly, it is meant to encourage you to get involved in the local community, meet Irish people, gain work experience and of course pracce your English.
As always, read, enjoy and keep sharing your thoughts on living and studying in Dublin. We look forward to hearing back from all of you!
Wishing you an amazing 2014! KIC Dublin Staﬀ
KIC Dublin School History Did you know that Kaplan is located in the oldest part of Dublin? The streets running between Wood Quay and Dame Street are rich with history and there is lots to explore, starting at our doorstep! Our school is a preserved Townhouse built during the Georgian period (1714 - 1830). The building's original purpose was a 'presbytery' - meaning it was a residence for Roman Catholic priests. The building next door, which is now part of Smock Alley Theatre, was originally St. Michael's and John's church, built in 1813.
However, our building could be considered new in comparison to other sites in the neighborhood! Wood Quay (now home to the Dublin City Council civic offices) rests on the site of an original Viking settlement dating back to 1100AD. The construction of the civic offices in the 1970s revealed the remains of over 200 houses, shops, and original stonewalls as well as the remains of wooden palisades. Thousands of artefacts were uncovered, allowing researchers to reconstruct what the Wood Quay settlement would have looked like in the 9th century. You can see many of these artefacts at Dublinia and the National Museum of Ireland. Further excavation during the 1990's revealed a 13th century mediaeval tower on our very own Lower Exchange Street. The tower was originally three storeys tall with four-meter thick stone walls. It was obsolete by the late Middle Ages and was demolished sometime in the 17th Century. The remains of the tower were discovered in 1993 and can now be viewed through the grating at the base of an apartment block just a few yards from our school. Interested in finding out more about Dublin's history? There's lots to see either for free or for very cheap! The vaults at City Hall on Dame Street host a multi-media exhibition, 'Dublin’s City Hall: The Story of the Capital'. Entry for students is only €2. A stretch of the original Viking city wall can be viewed at the Wood Quay Venue. Smock Alley Theatre does free tours of the building before shows, and of course the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street has lots of Viking artefacts on display in the Archaeology and History section. And last but not least, you can check out the remains of Isolde's Tower next time you walk to Spar!
NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS by KIC Dublin Students My first New Year’s resolution for 2014 would be improving my English, that’s why I chose to travel to a foreign country and live a completely different experience in my life. I also wanted to live by myself for a few months, it’s always hard to be far from your hometown and your family and all the things you’re used to but I know this experience will teach me a lot of things for sure. Another New Year’s resolution would be to find a job in Ireland to socialize with English speaking people and I think it is a way to excel at English. After learning English properly I want to start my postgraduate studies in Spain and become an International Lawyer. Those are basically the most important goals for me this year, but certainly I would like to travel a lot too; travelling is a very nice way to spend your free time because you are learning while you’re doing it. So I’d love to go to Greece and learn more about its history and go to every place I can in there. Greece is a very interesting destination for me, because of the culture mixing they experienced in the past and because of its beautiful Mediterranean beaches. I hope I can finish all English levels successfully and then keep going forward in my life always my best.
For this year I have new and different expectations. I would like find a job better than the last one I had or at least more interesting. If possible, I would like to work in another country. But my problem is my low level of English. I would like to improve it, and this is the reason why I`m studying at Kaplan. I think now is the best moment in my life to make a change. To learn about different people, places, countries. I like so much experiencing new things. I`m satisfied with my decision. The experience is being so enriching. At the moment my English continues being the same, but I am learning a lot of every day, and I try speak English with all the people; this is so good for me. I expect to improve my English and visit a lot of places of Dublin. This country is wonderful. I`m happy with the school, the host family, the food, the city…. I have good vibes for this year. VANESSA PUERTO SECILLA
This New Year promises a lot of good things for all of us. I’m really waiting for incredible changes in my life. It will be the year of big decisions for me, such as “Where will I do my Masters?”, “What Could I write my Dissertation on?”, “What do I really want to do with my life?” and the most important of all this things, “How important are the Dreams that I still have today?”. Some of my dreams are no longer as important as before, and sometimes I ask myself why they no longer are. I thought for a few minutes that I was giving up my dreams, but then I realised I was not giving up my dreams, but they were about to become true. Now, I can see how many things I want in this new year, and I can see how much I will need to do accomplish them. No one said told me that playing an instrument and being a musician would be easy. And now, although I know it is very hard, I believe in my music and in my dreams, and I will work hard as possible as I can. And obviously, in this new year can I do not want to miss a good pinch of love. A big passion is welcome as well. And a big passion in all the things I will do in my life. GUILHERME CARDOSO BOMFIM
MORE STUDENTS’ NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
I believe that 2014 will be an excellent year for me. It has started with my Language Interchange in Ireland. After that, I’ll be focusing on my Master Thesis, because I want to finish a Doctoral Project in August. Until July I have to decide which Non-Brazilian Universities I’ll submit my project to. As my intention isn’t to study in Brazil, I must improve my English as well as my writing skills. In my personal life, I would like to travel to London and Amsterdam. Also, I’ll read the Lord of Rings Trilogy as well as all the Hunger Games books. João Bentes Junior
For this year 2014, I have many objecves: To learn English, because it is a universal language. To ﬁnd a new job in Dublin. It’s a perfect city for friendly people. I also thinking of taking a masters degree in an Irish University. To travel around Europe. To make friends around the world and learn about their cultures. The most import thing is to make the most of this experience abroad and enjoy it! This biggest challenge is how to use the me at the best. I am hoping to ﬁnd me to do all I have planned to. I hope this year will bring good vibes, blessings and health. I think it is all I need to succeed. I have started with the right foot, I have friends and I feel comfortable with them. My host family is wonderful, they make me feel at home, they give me all I need, they are the family anybody would love to live with at their arrival in Ireland. AAer dinner we oAen take a cup of Tea and eat chocolates and chat about everything. I hope in the future, they’ll visit my country so that I can host them in my home. I miss my family, but I know they are ﬁne! Maybe they will visit me and we will travel to-
Every year we decide to make New Year’s resolution, maybe it’s because in January we have a lot of good ideas or projects. But in many cases the ideas we make at the beginning of the year, remain in the drawer. Many people want to loose weight or go to the gym but I think that they make project, for the future, because they don’t want to do these things in the present and maybe they think that as the months pass by they are allowed to change their mind. However, there are also a lot of people that make New Year’s resolution because they hope that these things can truly happen in the future. Personally, I have a good proposal for this year. I want to improve my English and find a job in my favourite area, that is commercial import/export. I am going to do all I can because I am a very determined person and for my future I have to turn this plan into reality. I know that it will be very hard but I think that if I go straight for it, I can do it. In the end I can say that only with time we’ll find answers to our questions. VITTORIO BIANCO
My first New Year’s resolution is to learn English in Dublin for the next 5 months, this is the first language in the world. It is very important for a new job anywhere in the world. I’d love to meet more people in Dublin, to visit different streets, museums, going to the cinema and find out about Irish culture and food. I am planning to travel to London, Portugal and get to know different cultures, food and people. I will continue to play the piano, my level is basic, the music relaxes me and I’d like to learn new melodies on the piano. I will tell my new friends about my country where there are various beautiful places and people are friendly. YULI SANTOS New Year’s Resolutions are universal, people in most countries knows about these and at the end of each year they plan to change something in their lives. When the New Year starts, gyms are full, most of the people are on a diet, they start saving money, paying credit card bills, buying things, learning English, go to other countries….etc. I think most people that began classes in Kaplan in January, chose the last two options. I had the same idea and I thought that with the New Year, I wanted to start a new life which offers more opportunities for the future. On December 31st 2013, I made a really long list about all the resolutions I had for 2014. The list is made of 20 resolutions, including going to the gym and doing exercise, not only going to the place but I am going to pay the subscription fee too! Most of us quit after a few moths, but this year I started in the good way, I have started two resolutions since January 1st, studying English and going abroad. I am ready to face the opportunities that Dublin offers me, and I am not going to abandon it like the gym! Maria Selene Espinosa Torres
VOLUNTEER IN DUBLIN Ever thought of volunteering? Make it one of your top resolutions for this year! There is plenty of opportunities in and around Dublin. Have a look at the national website www.volunteerireland.ie for up to date options. No matter what your background is or how much time you can spare, you’ll find a suitable match. Why is volunteering good for you and the people around you? WHAT? Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. WHY? This activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. WHO? Volunteers may have special training as rescuers, guides, assistants, teachers ...although anyone can be a volunteer! WHEN? Whenever you can. It is a flexible activity. WHERE? Locally or Internationally.
Ireland has been praised as one of the most charitable countries in Europe. So why not start form here?
Ireland is the most charitable country in Europe (WGI 2012) GIVING MONEY 76% of Irish people donate money to charity HELP A STRANGER 66% of the Irish popula5on ‘helped a stranger’ in the previous month VOLUNTEERING 34% of Irish people volunteer 5me each month