5 Ways to Make a College Room Feel Like Home.



This time two years ago I was starting my first year in NUIG aka National University of Ireland Galway and I really had no clue what to bring. Two years on, I’m going into my third year of college and I have picked up some tips and tricks on the way. Often enough college accommodation can be bleak and basic. So, for the freshers who are embarking on your first year of college or the returning students, here are some of my tips and tricks on how to make your college accommodation feel like home!

1. Candles



I LOVE candles. They smell amazing and for the most part they cost very little. I picked up these candles in ikea. Candles can be placed anywhere and come in different sizes to suit any room. I really like the candles pictured above because they look unique.

2. Pictures


What better way to remind you of home then having your nearest and dearest on display. I love hanging up pictures on the wall to remind me of fun and good times. However, you can’t always hang thing up on the wall because it can be damaged. So buy some quirky frames and pop your pictures inside. You can place them on your bedside table or on your desk.

Tiger have some great frames I’ve linked the website below so you can find the nearest shop!


3. Colourful Duvet Covers



Penneys have a great homeware section so I’m always picking up affordable duvet sets. Buying bright colours makes the room brighter. Your bed is usually the main focus of the room so why not make it stand out. The duvet set above is from Penneys last year homeware collection!


4. Cushions



Another thing to add to your bed is cushions. They come in all shapes and sizes and can really add personality to your room. I love pugs so I’m fond of my pug cushion! The cushions above are all from Penneys and I have picked them up over the years so I doubt they’re still in stock!


5. Fairy Lights



 Fairy lights are not for everyone but I think they can add to a room. These bad boys are from ikea and I wrap them around my bed!
I thought I’d give you an example of it all together! My room last room last year 🙂

Until my next post,

happy reading & tea drinking,
Caitríona x

The Smedias 2015.

I entered Make Up Don’t Fake Up into the Smedias on a whim. For those who don’t know what the Smedias are, Smedia stands for the student media awards. It is the only recognition media and other third level students get for their projects. There are 36 categories and some of the awards include Journalist of the Year, Best short film  and my category of course was Blog/ Vlog of the Year. I was really excited because it was my first time entering the competition and I was really surprised when I was shortlisted never mind nominated. Unfortunately, I didn’t nab the prize but I was delighted to be nominated especially since it was my first time entering 🙂
This year the smedias took place in the Presidents suite in the Aviva Stadium.

What to expect!

– A great presenter, Oliver Callan presented the awards and he had some great impressions. From the get go he had the crowd laughing! 
– A ton of people your age and you’ll be surprised who you’ll run into!
– Celebs. The smedias is a great way  to network and ask for a few cheeky selfies. You get to meet really interesting people!
– Great after party, the party was held in Krystal in Hardcourt Street! A great way to celebrate!





I wore a electric blue Closet dress, from Dorothy Perkins (it’s not featured on their website ) and my strappy black kitten heels are from Penneys. I bought them last year so I’m not sure if they are in stock now but I’ll list similar shoes down below. The little purple band on my wrist was free on entry and if you come to the Smedias next year you’ll get one 😉

Dress : http://www.closetclothing.co.uk/closet-blue-t-band-panel-flared-dress.html

Similar shoes :



I had an unreal night and I’d recommend any third level student go!
Until next time,
Cait xo


College Life

I am a media student in  Acadamh na hOllscoilaíochta Gaeilge based in Carraroe which is  a branch of NUIGalway. I am studying Na Dana Cumarsáid! As part of the course I learn about Radio,Television/Film and Journalism through irish. I’m in my second year of a four year degree and next year I will begin my 9 month placement in TG4 ( excitinggg eeeep).

As a media student we get to do a ton of practical stuff with cameras and with microphones and studio time.  I’ve had 12 week radio programme as Gaeilge on Flirt Fm, where I learned how to present and produce a radio show with a team. I mainly did presenting and I got to interview a lot of cool people! So far this has been my favourite module!

Other modueles have included script writing, producing a film, editing sound and video, presenting skills in front of the camera, learning HTML and Gimp.

I plan to write about some of the stuff I’m working on and stuff that I have completed as part of my course !

So watch this space there’s more to come,
Cait xo


P.S If you want more information on my course you can find it here!  http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/undergraduate-courses/arts-cumarsaid.html