Author: James Key

Books and Milton at TCD
Student Stories
James Key

The Long Room

“My prior impression of library hallways is that they are typically flooded with sterile white light. The Long Room instead relies quite heavily on natural light, which casts itself more carefully across the 65-meter-long hall.”

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Street in Dublin City Centre
Student Stories
James Key

New Leather Boots

“I figure the same thing applies to my boots. They’re not relatively more practical than my hiking shoes for example but I still arbitrate them for separate occasions. Once I’m in my working clothes, the rest of the morning routine passes effortlessly. I arrive at the Luas tramline on time and proceed on my morning commute.”

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Wellington Monument obelisk in Phoenix Park
Student Stories
James Key

The Lessons of Nature

“The one resolution that helps me sit at ease with this outlook is the following: consider the bigger picture. Look at the trees, the plants, the squirrels, the birds not for themselves but as part of a larger machine – the ecosystem that is flourishing before you. It’s an interconnected whole that emerged through the collaboration of many smaller subsystems. Recognize that you, like these smaller elements you are focusing on, are characters in a larger story – perhaps one we cannot understand fully but is being told nonetheless.”

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Halloween gathering
Student Stories
James Key

Passing it Onward

The Celtic festival of Samhain is identified as the cultural foundation of the traditions of Halloween. In honor of this legacy, the Irish appear to have a great reverence for the tradition – the scale of preparation and commitment to the occasion took me by surprise, though perhaps it ought to be expected of them, as a culture that protects its heritage through partaking in it.

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Temple Bar, Dublin
Internships
James Key

This forgiving city

When you’re a fish out of water in another country, even the most mundane of errands becomes an opportunity for culture shock.

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Broom Bridge, Cabra
Internships
James Key

Betting on Beauty

With the arresting beauty that surrounds this quant bridge, particularly on a sunnier day, it is not hard to imagine being confronted with blissful insight, or at least divergent perspective.

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Brand new, high tech student accommodation
Student Stories
James Key

A Deep Legacy

It is only when we travel beyond our familiar frontiers that we begin to recognize what home is.
We define it in hindsight.

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