Don­abate Com­mu­nity Col­lege stu­dents at­tend ‘Zem­i­nar’

Fingal Independent - - LIFESTYLE - BY JENNY THOMP­SON, TY STU­DENT AT DON­ABATE COM­MU­NITY COL­LEGE

NINE mem­bers of the stu­dent coun­cil of Don­abate Com­mu­nity Col­lege, ac­com­pa­nied by four 5th year stu­dents, re­cently at­tended Zem­i­nar to talk about the well-be­ing of young peo­ple.

In their own words, ‘Zem­i­nar is a so­cial en­ter­prise cre­ated to bring all those in­vested in the de­vel­op­ment and well-be­ing of young peo­ple in Ire­land to one place’.

Zem­i­nar is tar­geted at 15 to 20-year olds, with a view to liv­ing a hap­pier, safer and more ful­filled life.

Run­ning for three days, DCC stu­dents were priv­i­leged to be able to hear talks from many won­der­ful, var­ied and in­spi­ra­tional speak­ers.

Dublin foot­baller, Paul Man­nion spoke about the value of lan­guage and hu­man con­nec­tion in a tech­nol­ogy-dom­i­nated so­ci­ety.

Lau­ren Guil­foyle spoke about the im­pact of sport and pos­i­tive think­ing on well­be­ing.

Rory O’con­nor, per­haps bet­ter known as Rory’s Sto­ries, spoke about his own ex­pe­ri­ence with loss and ad­dic­tion whilst also speak­ing about the joy that hav­ing the abil­ity to ex­press his pre­vi­ously un­tapped cre­ativ­ity has brought him.

Jack Ka­vanagh shared his own ex­pe­ri­ence with paral­y­sis, and fac­ing life’s chal­lenges with the fear­less­ness of a child.

Stu­dents ex­plored the mul­ti­tude of char­i­ties, busi­nesses, clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions which had set up stalls there.

From a stu­dent’s per­spec­tive, Zem­i­nar was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to meet new peo­ple and learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence of oth­ers. They were given great in­sight into over­com­ing dif­fi­culty while striv­ing for suc­cess in an age where ev­ery­thing is dom­i­nated by so­cial me­dia and the con­stant need for val­i­da­tion.

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