University College Cork

Assalamualaikum w.b.t =)

Cork County is The Rebel County. So yes, we are always unique to the rest of the state.

Personally, when I first heard of it, I was like, ""Cork? What an uncool name!"" Well, indeed it is! but definitely not the people! Believe me!~ Cork has such a vibrant and positive aura, exception - on Thursday and Friday nights where the roads are busy with drunk people *sigh*. The people are friendly and we have a significant number of Muslim community here.

UCC is considered not only a respected University but also one of the nicest 'gardens' belonging to Cork as a whole. The campus is situated along a riverside garden setting, radiating a warm, personal charm, which greatly enhances the learning environment. I took this from the university website. But, I can assure you, it is not something like "indah kabar dari rupa". Needless to say more. It is better for you to experience it yourself.


Facilities

Hmm.. in terms of the facilities, UCC has almost everything a student could want. We have a huge Sport Arena with first-rate sporting facilities; swimming pool, climbing-wall et cetera. And of course, it is FREE for all students. And the new Boole Library is just MASSIVE and SUPERB. Oh, our university ID is better-looking than the other uni as well. Hik hik hik..

For us, the Muslim students, the school has provided such a comfy prayer room in the Health Science Building and it even has a sink and basin for us to take wudu'. Just don't forget about the swapping every Friday between the brothers and sisters. Talk about some day-mare when you open the door to just a whole different species staring at you. @_@

Course

Most undergraduates are studying Medicine and a small proportion are doing Dentistry. There are also Post-graduates who are studying Nursing and Engineering. In total there are roughly 120 Malaysians; so it's a much smaller community compared to Dublin, but hey, we are much more happier and friendlier than the Dubliners!


Accommodation

Basically, first year students will be staying in the Students' Hall, known as the (not-so-white-) Castlewhite Apartment. I hate saying this but you have no choice but to live in an apartment with local students and other international students. It was a good experience anyway staying with non-Malaysians but sometimes, you really have to be extra patient with them.

But fret not, who knows, insyaAllah you'll meet some of the coolest vegetarian Americans and non-party-drinking-Irish ever! Amin to that!!

Life as a Muslim

IT'S AWESOME!! Do I need to say how many times I'm blessed to actually be a Muslim?? Really, Islam pulls you through every single day in Medicine (and Dentistry!!) and when you get to learn Psychiatry one day, oh my...:)

UCC has our own Islamic Society called Muslim Cultural Society; it's a great society which has better themselves (or better, ourselves, insyaAllah) since its beginning. Every single Muslim Malaysian student of UCC have associated themselves wth MCS's history, so why don't you be a part of the history as well??

We also have the Cork Mosque; and the whole Muslim community always try to get together in every single event organized by either the Cork Mosque itself, the Cork Mosque Women Group and UCC MCS.


Halal Food

Halal food is not a problem:) Just come here and we'll show you more (or better, we'll cook for you!! One house has all the machines to become a bakery, really)


Malaysian Community

Malaysians are not the majority here (as you may have pictured); but our experience of living in a multi-cultural country will help us to adapt to new people and the new things surrounding us. Encountering new people, new dialect (oh, the Cork accent can be quite difficult to follow; be ready to speed up that speaking speed!), new buildings, new air and atmosphere can be exhausting at times, but most of the juniors who arrived here, in 3 months time will be obliged to say how happy they are to come to Cork. Oh no, not because they have the most loving and caring seniors ever (thank you¬) but Allah has blessed Cork with great people overall.

Here, we hope that all Malaysians will be able to grow into better people that can shine and contribute their best for the Ummah, Islam and our beloved Malaysia now and in the future.

What to prepare?

Passport. Haha. You need to pass the security check first!

Okay, here's a summarized list. The rest will shared more at JOM:
1. Al-Quran (with terjemahan is better)
2. Stationeries (you thought you wouldn't be needing them, won't you?)
3. Notepads (for taking down notes in lectures)
* don't buy 5-6 of them, just 1-2 is enough for the start of the term. Notepads are pretty expensive here.
4. Clothes- your usual daily clothes, socks, pants, tudung etc3.
5. Rempah makanan Malaysia that you just can't live without. Like Ruski, right? Or serunding! Or your mom's secret ingredients.
6. Medical books!!- contact your person listed below.

Okay, for coat or sweater, DON'T bring the winter thick ones from Malaysia. Because there are still time before winter when you get here and plus, they have better designs here as well. Seriously. If you have to bring one, best to bring the one that have hoodies as well. Cause if you haven't heard, Ireland rains all year round.


When you have reached this paragraph, you'll probably realized that we're trying to exaggerate, a lil bit romanticizing but not distorting or fabricating the truth about living in Cork nor studying in UCC. It's a great city to live in insyaAllah. If you're the city-person type, Ireland is not the place for you anyway; but open your heart and sooner than later you'll be missing Cork each time you went away :)

Credits : JOM! - http://www.jom2011.com/
Have you registered for this UK&Ireland pre departure program?
Just click on the JOM website to register - i't's a great opportunity to learn how life as a muslim is in overseas and to make new friends =)
Let's be part of this wonderful experience, insyaAllah =)

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

salam,
is it possible to rent a house (with the seniors probably :D) instead of staying at the ucc provided apartment...or is it compulsory to live at the apartment for the 1st years?
thanks

Aishah Masika said...

Wslm:)

honestly, i think it's also possible. it all comes back to: 1) whether ur sponsor has allocated ucc apartment or not; and if yes, is it compulsory or not to stay inside ucc 2) pros n cons living inside or outside uni apartment.

past recent years all 1st years are living in the ucc apt bcoz ucc has provided enough quota for msian students.it's jz for this upcoming intake there is a yet unsettled decision abt accomodation as the number of intake (juniors coming in) is much more than years before.

so i would suggest that you try to get in touch wth ur sponsor n ask abt this; if you can stay outside and wish to, get in touch wth ur seniors here:)insyaAllah, everyone will help!

p.s. has anyone told u abt the pros n cons living inside or outside as 1st yr UCC?:)

Anonymous said...

assalamualaikum.
since u've mentioned it, may I know, what r d pros n cons of living either way; outside n inside of d cmpus, n which one wud be better off for us...

Anonymous said...

thanks kak.
I think I've read about the pros and cons somewhere (living in apt is good coz its nearer to the lecture hall or something like that...)
but if you dont mind, can u tell us the pros and cons please...i think it is better to hear them first hand from the seniors
And also (more questions coming..:P), i heard that it is cheaper to buy med books in malaysia...would you suggest to buy the books here or from ireland?
thanks again :D

Aishah Masika said...

wslm sisters:)

dua-dua soalan di atas adlh sama kan? so iA leh jwb sekaligus iA.

pros n cons tinggal di apt vs rumah:

Apt:
pros- main campus UCC is jz 5 min; behind the castlewhite apt. arnd 15 mins walk to brookfield medicial building where ur lectures etc3 are mostly placed. bus no. 8 punye bus stop depan apt; also to city centre 15 mins walk too.

-other than that, iA it's much more calming for ur parents n u to be assured that dah ade rumah dh kt sana b4 fly.

Cons:(of course, depends kpd individu kan)-akan mix dgn non-msian; hv to be prepared to deal dgn kwn2 laki mereka coming in and out, alcohol, party especially. worse kalau dpt hosmet yg xreti kemas dapur..huhuuu..

-tp xsemua irish ppl is bad as hosmet; i was fortunate to live wth really good irish n americans that we became really close in such a short time:)we had our girls' nite in, baking 2gether, bday parties 2gether, walking to the shop 2gether etc3..

Rumah: Pros-lebih homie; sbb duduk sama2 msians and dpt makan masakan msia everyday (kalau awak masak^^). bilik xperlu kongsi jugak, sbb Cork xsemahal Dublin iA.

-if ure really a know-how-to-save; duduk rumah mmg lebih cheap drpd duduk apt UCC.

Cons:- rumah yg adik-adik akan dpt xsemestinya dekat dgn Brookfield medical building, city centre, bus stop. so kena jalan jarak jauh sket la. sbbnye rumah2 yg betul2 sebelah UCC mmg mahal; so seniors2 sendiri mmg xduduk la dekat2 UCC.at least jalan 15mins jugak la ke brookfield.

-satu lg, if duduk rumah, seniors lah akan kena carikan; that is not the problem, cumenye rumah kosong baru available skrg, during summer itself. xbyk rumah kosong slalunye available b4 May. so, depends on the situation kan, easy atau tak, ade je possibility by Sept nnti masih ada among adik2 yg xde rumah lg. TAPI, if that happens, jgn risau, sbb ye all akan tnggal dgn seniors2 dlu di rumah mereka, and at d same time, rumah adik2 akan trus dicari:)

i think ive said it all abt accomodation iA.

pasal buku: YES, IT'S MUCH CHEAPER TO BUY IN MSIA.

the problem is how to bring all those books to Ireland sbb berat kan?

so one option (yg akak sndiri lakukan) adlh post those books before fly gune laut ke udara ke to ur seniors' house address in Cork/Galway/Dublin.

only bring 1-2 books in ur check-in luggage if you hv to.

dont worry much kalau buku2 belum smpai if awak dh smpai dlu kt sana. ur library will hv copies of those books as well iA. plus, the earliest exams is usually in late Nov and Dec.

if u really need to buy medical books kt sana, UCC ade bookshop at the student centre yg ade jual secondhand book punye. cheaper than buying first hand:) still, depends on how old the book is, buying it in msia usually still much cheaper.

ok..hopefully dpt tolong adik2 semua:) ape2 lg, jz shout ok!^^

Anonymous said...

Waa..tq kak...sgt2 complete :-) tq1000x
n...sy boys :-P
have a good time stdying there...soon it will.be us the juniors :-D

TFKSHHRL said...

a'salam.. thnx for sharing kak.. many questions that confused me have been answered.. thnx =)