For two hours, scores of women paraded in front of me like a Golden Corral buffet. First, I’m reaching “the decade friends disappear,” an age when sociologists and psychologists say you’re most likely to lose your closest friends.
The same scent of desperation and loneliness that characterizes actual speed dating events on TV permeated the air. “New research recently found that starting at age 25, we lose more friends than we make each year,” one writer reported at Vox last year.
The event was organised by guidance counsellor Elizabeth Urell as part of College Awareness Month at the school.
Past students shared their college experiences with the 6th year students, telling them about travel, accommodation costs, the transition to third level, their specific subjects and the ups and downs of daily life.
Elena Donea, now at TCD, Kelly O’Toole, now at Carlow IT, and Patrick Burke, now at NUI Maynooth, with 6th year students, Andrew Nolan, William Tsang, and Tara Hanlon, at the KTCS Careers Speed Dating The annual Colleges Career Speed Dating event in Kildare Town Community School, which took place on Wednesday, December 22 last, has been hailed as a huge success again this year.
A total of 27 past pupils returned to the school to share their college experiences with the present leaving Cert students.
“A total of 12 colleges were represented on the day including UCC, DCU, TCD, NUIG, UL, IT Carlow, IT Tallaght, DIT and GMIT.” According to Elizabeth, the idea of the event is a little like speed dating, in that if a pupil likes what he or she hears about a college then it could be a ‘match’ and something to aspire to in Leaving Cert year.
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It’s a line I repeated to myself, a line I almost blurted out loud, at a “friend speed dating” event I attended in Washington, DC, earlier this year.
It was designed for women in their 20s and 30s to find not love, but friendship.