A Welcoming Message From Alex Clark - JCR President 2020/21
Hi! Welcome to Trinity Hall. Let’s not beat around the bush- this year was rough. I said “2020’s gonna be my year” and probably jinxed it. However, 2020 has been a massive year for so many reasons; we have watched the world change over the past few months as society is shaped for the year ahead. But don’t let this scare you - the ethos of Halls remains the same.
Last year we watched our friends flee from Halls, suitcases in hands, in a mass exodus (terrible way to start my presidency btw). However, it is with great pride that I am writing to you (from a social distance) to welcome you all to the Halls community. And if we do our job right, hopefully you won’t all run away as well...
There are going to be 800 other wonderful and talented individuals joining you on this journey. There will be highs and lows, as there is with every year, but the community that is built in Halls is always there to celebrate the highs together and comfort you during the lows.
An online focused TCD, for the first term at least, is bound to be a big change to the school life you’re used to. Many of you will also be living independently for the first time, and it’s a big adjustment. Fortunately, we have an amazing Junior Common Room (JCR) & Welfare Team who’ll be with you every step of the way! Amongst other things, they’ll teach you the best way to make a cheese toastie ~drunk~ at 3am (without waking your flatmates). For real though, we’re here to support you throughout a first year like no other and offer life skills and introductions to online lectures and classes. Our DMs are always open so give us a shout, buzz or call on any of our social media and we’ll be happy to chat.
We, the JCR, are so lucky to be back in Halls. Unfortunately, for many students, you only get to do Halls once. Last year our wonderful time was cut short and so (at risk of being a Debbie Downer) my advice to you is to make every single second count. With the exception of some heavy nights out, you won’t forget a second of it. The second you walk out of Halls you’re going to miss it, so, embrace it!
I am insanely lucky not just to be President of the JCR but also to be able to work with the wonderful people on the JCR and Welfare Team. We have put in hours of work over the summer to be able to give you all the best year possible. This year is gonna look different from any before it, so bear with us (especially Owen) as we try and figure out how we can best support you.
Without further ado, it’s my honour to introduce you all to the wonderful people on the JCR. Please welcome your 2020/21 JCR Committee… (click on their luvly faces to find out more about them!)
So sin é lads, we are your JCR for 2020/2021. The main purpose of the JCR is to be here for you, the residents of Halls. You’re entering one of the most exciting times of your lives. At first it can be daunting, but I can assure you, that you will make friends for life and memories to last a lifetime here in Trinity Halls. My advice would be to make the most of it, take absolutely nothing for granted and really immerse yourself into college life – there’s more to Trinity than just the sesh… although that’s part of it too! Your time here in Trinity Halls will fly, so enjoy every bit of it while it lasts. There are no “do-overs” when it comes to experience, but only you can decide to exert every opportunity that comes to the fore this year. If you need advice, help or just a chat, come find any JCR member – we won’t bite! I’m always around and will never say no to a cuppa so don’t forget that!
And so let your journey begin – welcome to Trinity Hall.
Your JCR loves you x x