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New Year New Me? Debunking the biggest resolutions out there

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Happy New Year, welcome back to West Coast Style, this week i'm debunking the biggest new years resolutions out there...
Every year, without fail, we promise ourselves we'll finally join a gym, start eating right, severe ties with toxic people, go for that new job, live our best life. Unfortunately that lasts about a month before we hit the valentines day crisis, when all the singletons out there are desperate to find love before the commercial holiday, when tinder dates spike, when flowers and candies are ridiculously priced and fluffy bears with lovehearts are a must have for any girl out there. 
That's the thing about resolutions, unless you want to make a real change in your life, they tend to be forgotten about by the time paddys day rolls around. That gym membership you bought the little fob they gave you at the desk is left covered in dust sitting in your gym bag which you're now using as storage at the bottom of your clos…

College Diaries: Why I chose NUIG?

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Happy New Year! Welcome back to West Coast Style. I know I've been M.I.A lately but this week's post is worth waiting for. If you're new to this blog, hi there, my name is Aileen, I'm a third year arts with journalism student in NUIG, and this is West Coast Style. I've talked a little about my college experience in the past but for those of you out there who are applying to college for the first time, maybe on a year out, or thinking of transferring colleges, I thought i'd let you guys know why I chose NUIG, and why it should be a college to consider when it comes to your cao.

Yes I still look 17 nearly three years later...
So... back in 2015 I was doing my leaving cert and it was around January when I started filling out my cao, I was studying for my mocks and I had decided to do journalism (if i got the points) in NUIG, of course I had a few back ups, like U.L, Maynooth, DCU, but I knew I wanted to go to Galway. The…

What I've been up to?

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Welcome back to West Coast Style! It has been awhile since I've written on this blog, apologies. The last month has been chaotic to say the least, and to celebrate a year of West Coast Style I took some time off to reflect and regroup in terms of what I want to do with the blog moving forward.
So this week I'm going to show you guys a behind the scenes look at what I've been up to and what's next for West Coast Style.
Here's a few snippets:

Moving forward I will be working full time on this blog, November will be the comeback for West Coast Style so stay tuned for more content, from music, trends, lifestyle, entertainment and more.

Until next week, Aileen xo

Celebrating One Year of West Coast Style!

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Last October I had an idea, to write a blog all about the little things that interested me. To have a place to write about college, careers, life in general, music, and more. Exactly one year ago today I took a chance and set up this blog. I haven't looked back ever since. Its been a long year but days like today make every late night post and early edit so worth it.

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I stood on the same  beach and took this photo, a year later. Its amazing how much can change in twelve months, I started this blog with little experience as a writer and now I'm honored to call myself's lifestyle editor, a contributor to Student Independent news and now a communications intern for Cycling Ireland. 

None of these things would have been possible without this blog, without the experience I gained, I would not be where I am now. I would just like to say a massive thank you to the small group of people who actually re…

The college diaries: Freshers

Welcome back to West Coast Style! This week I wanted to launch something a little exciting, the college diaries. If you didn't already know, I'm a third year in college (Yes shockingly enough yours truly made it to third year), but this year I'm away from my second home working as a communications intern, but for those of you who actually read this blog, most of you are still in college or starting college for the first time.

Having been through the system and experienced all of the great and not so great things college has to offer, I can truly say it is an experience like no other. Between living away from home, tackling a new timetable, getting to know your new city, making friends and going out it can be a handful. Honestly it is going to test you and you'll struggle with some things but once you settle in and find a routine and make some friends, its the best time of your life.

With freshers now well and truly in full swing here's some advice from one student…

Behind the scenes : Getting to know Hare Squead

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Welcome back to West Coast Style! This weeks post is a behind the scenes look at an interview I did back in March with one of Ireland's up and coming group's on the music scene, Hare Squead. If you haven't heard of these guys head on over to itunes right now to listen to their EP Supernormal and their latest tracks Flowers and Pure for the best chilled out tunes you'll listen to as summer winds down and college is about to start.
As I've mentioned before very briefly, I am a journalism student in NUIG and I have had some great opportunities on my door step in Galway, writing for my college paper Student Independent News (SIN) last semester really paid off as it allowed me to build my portfolio and make some great contacts. I was lucky enough to land this interview last minute before Hare Squead headlined brooklyn zoo in the famous Four Four venue formerly Halo on Galway's Abbeygate street.
Unfortunately due to a rush to get t…

Leaving Cert Results: Advice 101

Welcome back to West Coast Style! This weeks post is a bit of a trip down memory lane, for those of you out there getting your leaving cert results today, this one is for you. Two years later I can still remember waking up the morning of my results, right after my debs and praying that by some miracle I didn't fail anything. I'm now heading into my third year in NUIG, so for me it really has come full circle since getting my results. The best advice I could give, accept that there is nothing you can do to change those results.

I've been through the wait and the stress and I can tell you now it was all worth it. Its like the old saying, 'What's for you won't pass you', and I'm a firm believer in that. Whether you get in to your course or not, remember it isn't the end of the world. You're young, you have every opportunity to make something of yourself, don't let a few letters on a piece of paper define who you are. College is not the be all …