“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
Dr. Seuss knows what Equality is!
“Today you are you!
That is truer than true!
There is no one alive…
…who is you-er than you!
Shout loud, “I am lucky
to be what I am!
Thank goodness I’m not
just a clam or a ham
Or a dusty old jar of
sour gooseberry jam!
I am what I am! That’s a
great thing to be!
If I say so myself,
I AM EQUAL, GO ME!
As well as your go-to gal in the SU I also am here to ensure that students of all shapes and sizes, colours, genders, tastes and textures are respected and their specific needs catered for. Whether you’re only after your sweet sixteenth or your sweet sixtieth I’m here to help you. With MSU we don’t just accept diversity: we welcome it, celebrate it, jump up and down and shout: ‘you are you, this is truer than true, there is no one alive as youer than you!.
Throw in a wordle here similar to the one above using the following:
Gay, straight, mature student, disabled, international, Irish, Erasmus, black, white, Islamic, catholic, protestant, atheist, male, female, bisexual, transgender, lone-parent, overweight, bald, skinny, depressed, OCD, virgin, sex addict, disabled, divorced, single, unemployed.
The Students Union is a safe space of support for students of all shapes and sizes. Everyone has earned their place to be here and has a right to be treated equally. If you have been bullied or discriminated against please let someone know in the Union. Just ask Siona. You’re lucky to be apart of The Friendlist University in the country (official) and I want you to be respected, treated equally, welcomed, helped, healthy and happy. My number and e-mail address are littered all over this book but here they are again:
Here is list of a range of supports available that students can turn to for help and information:
Victims of sexual assault www.rcni.ie
Gender Identity: www.gender-id.com
For some of you over the course of your college years you will find discover yourself in a way you never thought possible. Embrace it. Be yourself! Reach out and allow yourself to grow. For some of you that process will involve coming out and discovering your true sexuality. Talk about it. Don’t bottle it up, confide in someone and get help in what can be a difficult time. I’m always here to talk and so are these wacky wild and wonderfully welcoming folks:
A word from your MSU LGBT Society
Maynooth University is a vast community that promotes equality and diversity. Whether you’re gay, straight, lesbian, bi, transgender, none of the above or everything in between, Maynooth is a place that you can fully be the you that you wish to be. Why settle for being the person everyone else wants you to be? College is the time to stand out and be just who you want to be, so do!
Maynooth is proud to have one of the highest percentages of mature students in the country, with over 400 newbies coming to do a degree every September. As your welfare and equality officer it is my job that you connect with the fantastic resources available at your disposal. This year the SU will have a part-time Matures Students Representative to ensure that all relevant concerns are brought to the executive. I look forward to working with him/her to ensure that matures are treated equally while respecting and catering for their specific needs. One way of how the union supports matures is via our Childcare Fund, find out more information about this from myself or the SU HQ.
There are a variety of services and supports available from the Mature Students Officer in the Access Office including:
- Mature Orientation Programme
- Advisory Service
- Academic Supports
- Other Supports
Some wise words from your Mature Students Society
Hello to all the incoming first years of Maynooth university. A very warm welcome and well done on making it here. The next period of your life will be enjoyable, informative, and rewarding. That is not to say, however, that there will not be challenges. We, in the mature student society, are here with a few helpful words and supportive encouragement for those times you need them. This being your first tentative steps into third level it may be one of those times. Above all, relax, it will be fine!
Wise Words of wonderful wisdom
Over the next few days and weeks you will be asked to pick your subjects and decide your future. Our advice? Talk to other students and ask about subjects, inform yourself. You are in the friendliest University in Ireland (with the mature students being the friendliest of all), people here like to talk and listen. If you are in the science block, then all you have to do is buy them a beer, anywhere else its two but the science guys are just happy to be with a living organism that speaks. Computer geeks may ask you to ‘add them,’ don’t worry this is not some sordid sexually driven mathematics thing, it refers to Facebook. Which we have a page on, so to hell with it, add us!
“All for one, and one for all!”
Unlike the support offices in the University we are in the same boat as you. We too, are trying to survive on one, or even no weekly wage. Although, we are only a society and unable to financially assist any students we have been pointing members in the right direction for information and help. We can advise on schemes, funds and aids for students.
“Step with great care and tact, and remember that lifes a Great Balacing Act!”
This year the mature students society is undergoing something of an overhaul. We are altering our constitution to allow for the inclusion of those not classically defined as ‘mature students.’ We see this as a way to open our doors and our membership to the younger students of the University in need of some support, advice or even just a kind word. Due to the economic downturn the face of the mature student has changed.
To better serve the changing assemblage of mature students, we are changing how we do things somewhat.
Gone: the ‘mature only’ nights out, the coffee mornings in the cave of the dead and the dying, and the depressing moanings over cups of cheap coffee and tea.
In: sports events open to everybody in the University, Thursday tipples in the SU bar, monthly newsletters, free coffee and tea and a committee of lunatics who want to make the year memorable as well as educational.
Peer mentoring service
FREE to all members of the society and in these you will be able to speak to second and third year students (and a couple of post grads) about problems you are having in your particular subject. This service will take the form of module and subject advice in the first couple of weeks of each semester. After this the same volunteers will proof read or critique essays. Also with so much of the University delivery through the Moodle page and emails, there will be assistance in computer skills and those all-important research skills.
Banter in the Bunker
This new centralized location is we envisage going to be an exciting hub for students of all ages to meet and socialize. We are lucky also to have our own research and resource room adjacent to the bunker where society members can go to study, work or partake in peer mentoring. Throughout the year we will be running a number of events during the day (sports days, careers seminars, physical exercise classes and social events with other societies to assist members to fully participate in the full University experience) Coupled with these will be the free tea and coffee facilities, and the banter in the bunker.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, should you need anything please do not hesitate to contact us directly in person or if you prefer by any of the means described above.
Best of luck in the year ahead, and remember relax, you are not alone, you can do this.