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President’s Welcome Speech 2018

President’s Welcome Speech 2018

Barry Murphy, UCD Students' Union President 2018/2019

Hi guys, how are you?

My name is Barry and I am your Students’ Union President this year. This time 4 years ago, I sat just like yourselves during my President’s welcome. I was wrecked from my first college night out the night before, anxious and excited about starting here in UCD.

I don’t remember what my SU President said in his speech back then. If I could remember, I’m sure it was something like this:

Fair play for getting here, UCD is the largest University in Ireland with a student body of over 27,000. To put it in perspective, it’s the 4th largest town in the country. I remember being daunted by its size, thinking I’d never make friends in such a huge place. Many of you are probably the same. Some of you come from rural Ireland, others only over the road here in Dublin 4 and more of you again come from other countries around the world.

UCD is a mixing bowl of huge diversity. Whether you were the nerdy kid in school or part of the popular gang who were mad into GAA, you’ll find your people here. There’s always going to be someone just like you. College is the place where you make friends that’ll come to your 50th birthday down the line. Many of you will end up marrying someone who’s also in this room. You’re going to meet so many new people, it’s hard to keep track.

You’ve come to UCD to earn a degree but there’s also going to be a whole lot of craic along the way. The best thing to do is just to get involved. With over 80 student societies, 50 sports clubs and your Students’ Union to get involved in, your spoilt for choice. 

There’s societies that get together, sit around and just eat good food for fun. There’s dance and music societies, debating, political, languages and much more. I myself got involved in a society called UCD Volunteers Overseas and spent two summers during my time here, teaching computers and English in Tanzania, Africa. It made my college experience and I made friends for life from it.