Eat, Sleep, Rave, REPEAT!

If you’re a young, wild & free, hungry partier in search of paradise then look no further, Tomorrowland will have you sorted! If you’ve ever been to Tomorrowland you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say it’s ‘out of this world!’ However, with 200,000 tickets up for grabs, it can be a pretty scary place for a couple of girls. To make things even scarier, we didn’t know anyone who had been before so we were really ‘wingin’ it! Nevertheless, eager to go and failing to pull together a crowd, we thought ‘frig it’- two will do.

Deciding to go only weeks before the festival was due to take place obviously meant we couldn’t get tickets from the Tomorrowland website itself so we got them on Viagogo. Before purchasing we had read many bad reviews about Viagogo and so were a bit nervous that we were about to purchase fake tickets but we were willing to take the risk. Just short of £1,200 later, we were the proud owners of two Tomorrowland tickets. Real or fake? – We didn’t know. We booked the flights to Brussels and we were good-to-go!

With very little thought put into the trip, before we knew it, we were on our way! As we sipped on our ‘Sex on the Beach’ cocktails in the airport, we had no idea what was ahead of us. So here you have it, tip 1: leave all your worries behind, they don’t belong where you’re going.


It’s all fun and games until you find out your tent isn’t included so tip 2: find out if your camping equipment is included before you arrive, unless you want to buy an overpriced tent or run the risk of them being out of stalk. PS. ‘Full Madness Pass WITH Camping’ does not include camping equipment! I repeat, does not include camping equipment!

We arrived to the campsite, Dreamville, where we finally found out our tickets were legit, (much to our relief) got our passes and scanned through. It was like a direct pass to paradise. We made our way along the wooden boardwalk, amidst 40,000 people trying to get settled in, it was a bit overwhelming. Tip 3: get there early to allow enough time to get organised and prepare for the Gathering Party, it’s well worth it and gives you a taster of what Tomorrowland has in store.

Woken by the sound of music much too early when severely hungover, we got up and spent some time exploring Dreamville and all it’s magical creations. So tip 4: bring earplugs if you’re not a morning person. With tons to see and do we weren’t long passing a few hours. All kinds of entertainment was on offer including their own newspaper, radio station, supermarket, tattoo parlour, Mac makeup shop and a hairdressers. We honestly couldn’t get our heads around this place, surprisingly though, it took very little time to settle in and it soon felt like home.

As we made our way from Dreamville into Tomorrowland it became very clear that the incredible line up of EDM DJ’s wasn’t the only reason people travel from every country across the globe to unite together at Tomorrowland. With so much more to offer than the music and in many ways very over-the-top, it’s so incredibly unique. We wandered through what I can only describe as a ‘fantasy land,’ attempting to comprehend what exactly it was we were experiencing. Everything was so finely carved and crafted to suit the magical theme, with surprises around every corner, it was hard to take it all in. Tip 5: explore every inch.

We made our way to the main stage for the opening act, the immense crowd put us off going anywhere near the front of the stage so we opted for the hill at the back which gave the best view and room to dance – double win! The main acts that night were Tiësto, Axwell & Ingrosso and Steve Aoki. As floods of people gathered and the stage lit up, I’ll never be able to put what I was feeling and seeing into words. It’s true that the main stage gives the best atmosphere and it really is the life and soul of the party’ but, tip 6: make sure to visit all of the stages, there are 16 and they all have new experiences to offer with their own unique theme and vibe.

Tip 7, and one from your mum: stick together (and be good!) Festivals are so much fun but they can also be dangerous so it’s important to have a meeting point because with 200,000 people around it’s so easy to get separated. Managing to somehow lose my phone twice in three days meant we relied heavily on meeting points.


Unfortunately though, all good things come to an end with Tomorrowland being no exception. Monday comes around quick and before you know it, it’s time leave the fantasy land and all the people of Tomorrowland and head back to reality! People say there’s no place like home, but really, there’s no place like Tomorrowland! It exceeded all of my expectations and I will be back. Tip 8: book a day or two off work – you’re going to need it!

‘Live today, love tomorrow, unite forever’ – Tomorrowland.

Jessica Patterson is a final year BSc in Communication, Advertising & Marketing student at Ulster University. She can be found on Twitter: @JessPatterson16 / LinkedIn:

F U T U R E (Scary 6 letters)

F U T U R E predicting one day to the next, which may or may not happen.


Where did you see yourself 10 years ago? Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years? Something we don’t often stop and ask ourselves.

 ‘Dream big’ a phrase we are often told when we are young, inspiring to be a singer, air hostess, celebrity the list goes on. Looking back now, surely, I couldn’t be the only one that laughs so much?? An air hostess??? Me who only recently has half got the hang of flying.

Young, full of energy and not a single care in the world at a young age wondering where do we see ourselves in 10-15 years.

Choosing a career path?

Primary school (best years of your life, well best years of my life for sure). I think I potentially changed my mind on what my future career was going to be on a monthly if not daily basis???

I grew up as a pure tomboy in primary school, only for the fact I had long hair looking back at photos it’s the only thing that gave me that feminine side! Everybody has them cute as a button little primary school photos around their houses in frames full of pride and joy! Not me, definitely not. I think I have hidden the majority of my primary school pictures that well I couldn’t find them if I tried.

Never the less, my point is, going into secondary school and beginning first year was an amazing experience. At such a young age, everyone is thinking of their future. Going to careers classes, hearing that the people in your class want to be vets, doctors, nurses, accountants, mechanics, hairdressers, beauticians, zoologists (which I hadn’t even heard of) the endless list of potential jobs was amazing.  It is when I eventually began to realise, I have absolutely no idea what I want to be.


I loved animals and loved people (I still do!). I always thought of myself as a vet from a young age, (after my air hostess fascination), probably due to the fact of living on a farm, having a dog and pretty much being a cat lady minus the old age!

But the thought of 7 years at university was scary plus the fact my weakest subject in the world was Science plus the fact the closest university to study veterinary was Dublin and I was the world’s worst person with euros (still no better). The thought of an animal dying was emotional never mind witnessing it. That went out the window slowly but surely. (So much respect for vets, they really are stars).

Then come along 3rd and 4th year, I had my life planned out, nursing was the way to go. I was going to be a great little nurse and care for the elderly. Little did I know shortly down the line, I really do hate the sight of blood, and especially needles, they both make me uneasy. Around came work experience, inspiring to be a nurse, I went to an elderly care home to see if I liked the thought of nursing as my future career. An eye opener to say the least, nursing wasn’t for me. I have so much respect for nurses, the long hours, the long days, on your feet 24-7 caring for patients, they are an absolute inspiration.

Never the less, nursing wasn’t for me, I concluded that on day 2 of placement and didn’t return.

Really in a tizzy, what career path was I going to follow and actually like??


The light-bulb switched in my head one night, after researching many courses which I found interesting, I thought, would I like the PR industry? I decided to go on work experience alongside already having completed a work experience, I went to the Ulster Herald in Omagh which is my local weekly newspaper. That’s when it clicked, bingo, I really could see myself in this industry.

To cut a long story short for I really could talk for days, my future goals and inspirations had changed dramatically over many years. I felt I had found the path I wanted to go down. After researching many courses at universities, I loved the idea of studying Communication, Advertising and Marketing BSc (Hons) at Jordanstown. The industry is massive and being able to go into either of these sectors would be amazing. With high grade boundaries to this course, it seemed so unrealistic to get into, therefore I had many many backups, which are basically the same course as both courses share many modules.

Meetings with teachers began at secondary school which consisted of advice and guidance on courses etc. I was told that my course was ‘unrealistic’ for me to achieve the grade boundaries, not to get my hopes up and look at alternatives or something similar. Any human who hears them words are cross, your heart drops. But, instead I took a completely different approach. From that meeting, I began to keep my head in the books and work hard on my coursework to ensure that I would get the grades to prove them wrong. I was determined.

  • UCAS BH42  for pending offer
  • Grades BH42

I received confirmation, I had successfully got into my first choice. I was stunned! Plus the face on your principle when he hands your results with a cheesy grin really is amazing and unforgettable! Realising how much they have did for us in 7 years, all in the space of seconds.

Next steps;

  • Begin the life of a student studying CAM BH42
  • Live the life of a lord in first year BH42
  • Shop to you drop and moan about not having a loan left BH42

Final steps;

  • Crap myself when I hear the word dissertation BH42

Four years down the line from applying to UCAS (feels like 10 years ago, ageing by the day, over dramatic as always) I am over the moon to say I am now nearing the end of my final year studying Communication, Advertising and Marketing. I really, without a doubt recommend my course.

Not in a million years did I picture myself where I am today. I’m speechless and so happy, so much changes in 4 years and I really and truly am blessed to gain so many great friends for life!

I was never an intelligent person at school, nor am I today! Something that seemed so distant at the beginning, I now have at arm’s reach.

So, my advice is dream big for the future, and if you think you’re dreaming big, dream bigger!!!!


Let your dreams stay big and your worries stay small


(I say this so much, I probably say it in my sleep)

Exams approaching, dissertation nearing its due date, graduation creeping around the corner, all so exciting and nerve wrecking. But where does the f u t u r e hold for little old me now? Stay tuned!!

Create your future YOU want, not anybody else’s and let the past fizzle away.

Breige Hollywood is a final year CAM student at Ulster University. She can be contacted on LinkedIn at Twitter @ HollywoodBreige

Losing a Limb Taught Me a Lesson

Breaking a bone wouldn’t usually be a big deal or something I’d call a life changing experience’, but after 24 weeks in cast, two surgeries and countless appointments filled with disappointing news, I’m not the same person I was.

Despite the fact I have on-going issues with my ankle and it limits me at times, there are many reasons why breaking my ankle changed my life for the better.


When I somersaulted from the saddle, the several snaps I heard were like alarm bells in my head. Hitting the ground my first thought was; ‘thank god it wasn’t my neck.’ This is where my first point comes in: things can always be worse and life can always be crueler. However, I am aware that you can still be upset about something despite others having it worse. Nonetheless, this was the overall lesson for me; it could always be worse.

Sent home in cast and crutches to recover and discover all the joys that come with being one limb down inevitably resulted in me spending a lot of time by myself which got me thinking about how my life was going, where it was going and was it going the way I wanted it to. I realised a few changes which were essential, dealt with them and I have never looked back. My point here is, sometimes we are so busy settling into a life we don’t really want. It’s convenient to settle and unfortunately many of us don’t take the time out of our busy lives to re-assess, thankfully though, finding the time was easy for me. Remember: it’s okay to change direction if it’s for the right reasons.

It wasn’t all doom & gloom either, like everything in life; there are positives in every situation if you look hard enough. I mean, who doesn’t love breakfast in bed everyday, a personal chauffeur and endless movie marathons? It gets old real quick though, sometimes all you want is your independence back. Luckily for me, my mum turned into my full time nurse and I honestly couldn’t have got through it all without her.

It taught me that pain is temporary and this lesson proves valuable in every aspect of my life these days. With the initial break and two separate surgeries, I went through a lot of pain, the worst pain I’ve ever had to go through and no matter how sore it was at the time, the only thing that often comforted me was the thought that ‘this is temporary.’ So next time you’re going through something that’s painful, from a deathly hangover to a never ending assignment, just keep in mind, it’s not a permanent situation.


Being in a somewhat vulnerable situation, life as an invalid made me a more grateful person. Crutches taught me to never take my legs for granted. It’s true that you don’t know a good thing until it’s gone. Life is truly about the simple things for example, not having to drink your tea by the kettle when you’re home alone.

They say that time heals and this is true; the pain decreased as time went on, I got more mobile on the crutches and life less-active ended up being not that bad after all.

The beauty in your life is not about what you go through but often how you perceive what you go through. Experiences shape our lives and therefore make us into the people we are meant to be. People get so hung up on whether their glass is half full or half empty and maybe sometimes we should just be thankful that there is something in the glass.

Hardship is not something to be bitter and question ‘why’ but often; ‘thank-god I went through that.’ Being grateful is so important, so if you take nothing from this blog and you think ‘what is she on about?’ (which I’m sure some of you are) just remember; dance while you can, make the most of everything because it’s true, we never know what’s coming next. Life is full of challenges and opportunities and it’s important to make them matter. So stretch yourself while you have the chance, work a little harder, run a little further and be a little kinder and don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do something because you can do whatever you want to!



Jessica Patterson is a final year BSc in Communication, Advertising & Marketing student at Ulster University. She can be found on Twitter: @JessPatterson16 / LinkedIn:

Providing Service to be Proud of!

Providing Service to be Proud of!

My name is Nicole Service and I’d like to be Ulster University’s next Campaigns and Communication Vice President.

With almost three years of knowledge built up from studying my degree (Communication management and Public Relations), I feel I am equipped to talk to others confidently, run a strong campaign and have enough artist flair to decorate some campaign bedsheets which will be displayed proudly around the Ulster campuses (just wait and see).

I thought I would write a short blog post answering a few of the commonly asked questions I get before my campaign begins running.

So Nicole, tell me- What is the student election and what does it do?
Simply put, it’s an opportunity for students to better our Students’ Union. It takes place once a year and candidates put their names forward for one of the seven positions available:

· President of the Students’ Union

· Sports President

· Vice-President of Campaigns and Communication (Hey there!)

· Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs, Belfast

· Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs, Coleraine

· Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs, Jordonstown

· Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs, Magee

These seven Student Officers form the Student Executive, one of the main decision making bodies within the Students’ Union. The role of the Student Executive is to gain feedback from students so that ideas can be discussed, debated and decided upon in order to make the UUSU better for everyone who uses it.

So what exactly is your role as VP of Campaigns and Communication?
Well, I like to think of myself as the middleman between the students and the Student Executive. It will be my job to keep the students of Ulster up to date with what their Union is providing via clubs, events and news. As well as that, as your VP of Campaigns and Communications, I’ll help students provide feedback on how to improve their Union and ensure their feedback is given and listened to. Don’t feel your UUSU is welcoming enough or lacks something important? With your help- If I’m your VP – I aim to fix that. Let’s create a loop to make the Union better and better.

Do I have to come into university to vote?
The answer is a big NOPE. Convenience is key so the process is entirely completed online, from the comfort of the library or as you browse the Netflix library in your halls/home/bed.

You just need to follow these instructions:
1. On the 5th, 6th or 7th of March 2018, go on to

2. Enter you B number (B00123456, etc) to verify you are an Ulster University Student

3. Vote for Nicole Service & have a great day!

It’s that simple. Log on and cast a vote for me- one minute could potentially change you or someone else’s university experience for the better.


I will be travelling around the Ulster University campuses, hanging posters, preaching my manifesto to passing by students and giving away treats. So come along and talk to me about what you want from our Students’ Union- you’ll probably be sick of seeing my face around your campus but it’s only because you deserve the best Service you can get! To read my manifesto online check out:



Ps. Whilst you’re here, if you like the drawing of me in my manifesto, check out my friend Lauren’s work. She is insanely talented and is an Animation student at Ulster University as well, her work is fantastic and you can check it all out here:

Nicole Service is a third year student on the BSc in Communication Management & Public Relations at Ulster University. She can be contacted on LinkedIn:

Living Abroad; to Move or Not to Move?

I moved home last summer after spending 6 years away from Belfast. I spent over 3 years in London and another 2.5 years in China- yea, that’s right China. And I would recommend everyone to do it. If not China, at least get out of your comfort zone and work abroad for a few months. Ireland is a fantastic country but the experience of living abroad will enrich your perspectives of people, work and stresses. I understand not everyone can do it and honestly, it isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve been seriously thinking about it, then this listicle is for you. So without further delay, here are my top tips for living abroad:

  1. Just do it.

Nike had some sense with this line. Just go for it. This is the biggest challenge of moving away and is the hurdle that most people fall at. Living in another country, let alone a completely different culture is scary but you have to just trust me on this one, the benefits out-weigh any negatives you have. Now go, book your one way flight!

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  1. Learn the language

This is my biggest regret. I have mediocre Mandarin, or as the Laowai (foreigners) in Shanghai call it; taxi Chinese. I know how to order a cold beer or ask for someone’s name but if I had a HSK2, it would do wonders for my career prospects. Whether you did GCSE Spanish or French, take some lessons before you go and while you’re there. Not only will it help you after you leave that country, it’ll also stop any confusion when you say ‘horse’ instead of asking a question- very easily done in Chinese.

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  1. Find a club

I don’t mean party-til-6am club, even though they are great, I mean a sport’s club or knitting group or a ‘I love my Cat’ group. Whatever tickles your fancy! I joined the Shanghai GAA club and I met fellow Irish expats plus people from all around the world and locals. It was a great place for me to meet friends and help me find my feet. I recommend you do it as well. Having work friends is nice but you need a life outside the office as well.

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  1. Travel

This seems like a silly point given you’re in a new country, possibly continent; why would you not travel? But honestly, it is something you’re going to have to remind yourself to do every month. When work, leaving parties and birthday parties start to build up, you’ll find yourself in a position when you haven’t left the city in 5 months. Not only does that drive you up the city walls, it’s a wasted opportunity when you live in this brilliant new country.

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  1. Phone home

This is an iffy tip. Yes phone home, it’s nice for your parents to know you’re alive but also, don’t let it hold you back. Being homesick is awful and is something you’re going to have to deal with at least once. I didn’t get my first bout of homesickness until after 2 years in China. It can hit at any point, but don’t let it control your life and decisions. If you do get homesick, I’d suggest getting out of the house. Get your mates and go for a hike, go discover a new part of the city or book a weekend away. There’s nothing like exploring the country you live in to remind you why it’s so good to live there.

  1. You’ll get ‘those days’

And nicely leading on from homesickness, you will get days where you hate everything about that country. This is acutely different from homesickness- we called them ‘China Days’. Sometimes it’s the culture difference that gets you or the work culture, or the simple fact you can’t communicate that you want a Fanta, not an orange juice (see point 2). They start to kick in around the year mark, once you’re properly settled in and feeling at home. They’re normal. Just carry on, have a tea or beer, have a rant and then forget about it.

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And that’s it. There are many more things I haven’t mentioned but I believe these are the main things to remember when you move away. And honestly, whether you’re thinking about doing a J1 this summer or moving to Singapore, do it. If you have any questions or want to talk about moving, shoot me a message.

Emma Catney is a MSc student in Communications, & PR with Advertising at Ulster University. Contact her on Twitter at @emma_catney

Choose PR

Before heading back to uni in September I had to choose which modules I would like to undertake as part of my final year degree. The choice was between; Communication and Organisation or Critical Perspectives of PR. Being a Communication, Advertising and Marketing student made me think the communication module would go more in line with the title of my degree. However, aware of the fact that in previous years I found the communication modules to be lifeless and a bit ‘dull’, I opted for the PR module and quite frankly, I’m so glad I did.

If you had asked me at the beginning of the semester, ‘whats PR?’ I would have responded with some sort of amateur answer like ‘free advertising’. But with a little more milage under my belt it’s clear to say, that’s certainly not the case.

At the start of the semester I was a bit overwhelmed, the lectures seemed to be made up of a string of riddles and the weekly readings left my head in a ‘spin’ and I was starting to rethinking my choice of a module in PR. However, I found that, after the weekly seminar, if I re-read the reading, it all made a little bit more sense. Sometimes it just takes you to look twice at something to comprehend what it’s trying to say.



As the weeks rolled in, the lectures and seminars left me with many questions and wondering what was actually said but, I started to realise that this was the aim and therefore got me thinking about what the lecture meant and forming my own opinions.

The more I came to terms with PR, the more I found the classes fulfilling. PR is endlessly interesting due to it’s highly creative nature. It allow you to express your own opinion about what you believe to be right and wrong. With creativity and writing being such fundamental players in PR; it’s so satisfying when you finally think you’ve ‘hit the nail on the head’ with a creative idea to fit the job at hand. With consumers responding to emotions more than sales pitches now more than ever before and storytelling being a vital component of PR today, how could it be boring?

Throughout the module I have realised the importance of PR in business. In order for businesses to compete, constant human interaction and communication are central functions.  We live in a world where it’s easier to criticise now more than ever, with social media and the internet we can ruin reputations with the click of a button. Failing to acknowledge PR can increase the risk of the public assuming the worst if something does go wrong and ultimately, destroying the reputation of the business. Having a PR employee will mean that you can combat these risks and divert public attention, saving the name of the business before things get out of hand. With consumers expectations on the rise along with ease of criticism, PR is an essential part of success today.

PR is a mix of everything and definitely not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ subject. PR involves writing, pitching, researching and strategising which means you’ll rarely be doing the same thing for too long. Being such a broad subject helps to keep up the momentum and excitement, keeping you on your toes. One minute you’re writing a press release and the next working on promoting a product; so being able to adapt quickly is a must! Being such a fast-paced industry that is constantly changing and evolving, it’s great for those who like a variety and get bored easily.


PR is an excellent skill to have and in many ways is totally invaluable. The world is not decreasing in problems anytime soon, only increasing so there will never be a shortage of PR jobs. It’s true that people usually do not get employed solely based on what they have learnt, but often on what it is they can add to the future of a company and PR gives you the ability to add value to any business.

Jessica Patterson is a final year BSc in Communication, Advertising & Marketing student at Ulster University. She can be found on Twitter: @JessPatterson16 / LinkedIn:

Student Daddy – Me, Myself and I


M3From my point of view, I am not your average normal student that you see walking down Jordanstown Mall on a Friday morning, late for a lecture after their mad night out at ‘Sketchy’ Thursdays in Limelight. Don’t get me wrong though I’ve most definitely had my fair share of that and nowadays still occasionally get to dabble, occasionally… Maybe I’m being a little stereotypical of students (not) I’m totally spot on. However, in relation to me, my life as a daddy and as far as my university experience has gone, I am yet to find another young student male that has the absolute delight of having a baby, so in some way, I feel that sets me apart from the rest.

I’m 23 years old, the youngest of 4, having two older sisters and an older brother all of which are extremely, EXTREMELY successful in their careers, one being a manager at PWC, the other the manager of Google’s outsourcing on a worldwide basis and the other a former Google designer, now the CEO of his own company in San Francisco, so without a doubt I have taken a different route… no pressure. Being 23, weirdly enough I’m classed as a ‘mature’ student and in some sense of the matter indeed I am mature even though at the best of times I definitely do not feel like it. All my friends, (a group of about 12 of us), with the majority of us knowing each other since p1 and some nursery are all pretty much graduated and in full-time jobs. I’m the last one to yet breach the inevitable fate of adult-hood and a 9-5 job and with the arrival of my son Zach, I am actually very grateful that it worked out for me this way.

It has given me the opportunity to properly adjust to being a father and given me the opportunity that the majority of other fathers do not get, the freedom of being a student. It has granted a lot of free time and has enabled me to be there significantly more than the average dad who is sent back to work 9-5 after 2-3 weeks’ paternity leave. As for me, I was off university for the Christmas holidays when Zach was born and did not return until the end of January. I also got 3 weeks off of my part-time job and even at that, it is only part time which at most equated to 15 hours a week.

As for my son, Zach Johnston (baller name) he was born on the 19th December 2016, at 5.15am, weighing in at 8 pounds, 3 oz. Would you believe it though that we did not actually get out of the hospital until Christmas day! So I must admit it was a very surreal Christmas experience and certainly one me nor my girlfriend will ever forget! It was the craziest experience of my life, but I will spare you the finer details for obvious reasons. The upcoming months after that were in all honesty pure mayhem! I had 3 exams in the month of January just shortly after Zach arrived, but we pulled through and now not only will Zach be turning 1-year-old and It is scary to think I will have a child of that age but I will also be graduating this July (and then there is seriously no escaping adulthood). I loved when Zach was a tiny baby but now he’s getting scarily big it’s starting to freak me out slightly… he’s becoming a  toddler and will be walking any day now! Honestly, his attempts at standing up on his own are comedy gold. Part of me of though wants him to stay a baby but there is part of me itching for him to get a bit older so that I can do more things with like play football and whatever else that may interest him! As for the time prior to Zach being born, I genuinely cannot remember what I did in my spare time! I think I must of lay about the house and played Xbox or something…

Considering my actual studies there has been no detrimental effects that I have experienced. Don’t get me wrong, without a doubt I have to manage my time a lot more than I use to and plan ahead more… there is no longer last-minute cramming of assignments. Nowadays I really need to address when I’m going to get work done but if anything I’m more motivated to do work and do well than I ever was before. Once you have a child it most definitely changes your perspective on a lot of things in your life. My future career was without a doubt one of these things and ensuring I do well in university really shot up in my list of priorities and in a sense that’s probably one of the aspects in which becoming a dad has made me mature and grow up.M8

There has been a lot of sleepless nights and a lot of turning up to class late for different reasons than being hungover but it really has been a gift to me in my life and we are both very grateful that Zach is a happy, healthy baby. We would not have been able to do it without the great support that we have from both of our families and toward Zach, he was the first grandchild on both sides! for that we are eternally grateful. I am extremely excited to see what the future holds for Zach and for me whenever I graduate from University.


Matthew Johnston is a BSc in Communication Management and Public Relations final year student at Ulster University. He can be found on Facebook at: Matthew Johnston and on Linkedin at: