Not everyone goes to college, so if you choose to, make sure to go somewhere you know you will enjoy and that you choose the course that suits you best. I never thought ten years ago when I was finishing school and filling out my CAO that I would still be in college and studying for a master’s. Finishing school at such a young age can be very difficult. Although you think you are a mature adult, trying to figure out what you want to do with your life at that age is not as easy as it seems.
In Ireland, students go through eight years of primary school and five or six years in secondary school (depending on transition year). After all that, they sit the Leaving Cert, which to some can be daunting and a defining moment in their life. If you do not get enough points to do the course, people feel it is the end of the world. Luckily that is not the case and I am a walking example of it.
When I left school 10 years ago, I was torn between studying media and studying veterinary (very different I know). But little did I know that I could do both if I wanted. Unfortunately, as there is only one college in Ireland where students can study Veterinary medicine, I knew it was simply impossible for me to get the points. Instead, I choose to go the long way round and do Zoology. After four years studying zoology and getting a level 8 honours degree, I realised that although very enjoyable it simply wasn’t for me. Instead, I wanted to pursue a course in media. I decided to do a master’s in TV and Radio Journalism in Griffith College Dublin and now coming to the end of my second semester with my dissertation ahead of me, I’m so glad I decided to do it. Even military veterans and active-duty personnel may continue their studies at an online university for military to pursue their dreams and interests.
I have had such an enjoyable experience at Griffith College, making incredible friends, learning about incredible subjects, and finding something I am truly passionate about. The modules offered in the college and the facilities and equipment have allowed me to gain so many new skills, such as producing and editing TV and Film documentaries, completing a live radio and Tv programme, improving my literacy skills, and even learning a bit about the law. Overall the past year has been truly enjoyable and it is safe to say that I now know after ten years exactly what I want to be when I grow up.