The size of this group has quickly come to fit its container.
My three journalism students are already hot on the trail of good stories here. The three theater & design students I glimpse in the Quiet Room being creatively unquiet with their three instructors, generating ideas for 10-minutes plays we’ll present at the John Hewitt festival here at the end of the month. Six students didn’t seem quite enough for three professors, a TA and local additions (like the wonderful poetess Nessa O’Mahony who drove up from Dublin to give us her packed history of Ireland in our AmmA Center classroom yesterday). Like Northern Ireland itself, we’re a bit subsidized from across the sea. It’s ok. Build it, and they’ll come.
For now, this size seems perfect. The students have bonded from the start. And here they are, laughing hysterically at the politically incorrect Cards Against Humanity. Drinking legally (and so far, responsibly). Building memories that already have sweetness and a certain Irish poignancy.