Bitesize Top 10 Courses: PPES

Elli, one of our student ambassadors, let’s us know what it’s like to study one of our Top 10 Courses, PPES


Your name: Elli Brennan

Your year of study: 2nd year

Your programme of study / course: PPES (Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology)

What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?

I chose PPES because I had taken politics, economics, sociology, and philosophy classes in High school and knew those were subjects I wanted to pursue in the future. PPES was a great opportunity to go in depth into all of them at one of the best universities in the world, without having to fulfil unrelated classes requirements in my first two years like in American colleges. Also the size of the course, only 36 people, was very appealing because you get to know everyone really well and become really close. It was all the benefits of a small liberal arts college within a big university. I became very interested in moving to Ireland and studying at Trinity ever since visiting after sophomore year of High School. I saw college as the only opportunity in life to easily live abroad, and didn’t want to waste that by staying close to home.

What, if anything, was the most challenging thing about moving to Ireland to study?

The hardest part about moving to Ireland for me was getting the courage to go 5,000 miles away from my friends and family to a place where I didn’t know anyone.

How did you overcome the challenge?

Skype, long summer and Christmas holidays, loads of fun things going on in college, and living in Trinity Halls surrounded by lots of very friendly people who are all away from home for the first time too made being far not nearly as scary as it sounds. The time has flown by.

What aspect / module of your course have you enjoyed studying the most so far and why?

So far, my favourite part of my course has been statistics and international relations. These were things I had taken in high school as well, but going more in depth in college and getting a more global perspective has been a great experience and really reinforced the idea that I’m definitely in the right place doing what I love.

If you had one piece of advice to any other students about to start your course in Trinity what would it be?

The most important thing you can do is balance school and fun. Especially in your first year there’s fun things to do every day and night and you’ll want to do it all. You should definitely try new things and meet new people, but make sure you don’t forget you’re also here to study!  You don’t want to find that out when you get to finals. That being said you can definitely find a good balance between the two.

What is your favourite thing about Dublin?

I think Dublin is the perfect city. With just over a million people it’s big enough that there’s always something going on, loads of great shops and restaurants, and a great buzz in the city centre, but not too big that you feel overwhelmed. It’s very walkable, but also has safe and reliable public transport. Not to mention it’s stunning with beautiful old buildings, parks, churches and even castles around every corner.

What three words would you use to describe Trinity to someone who’s never been here?

Welcoming, Impressive, Hogwarts!

If you would like to get to know Trinity College and the city of Dublin better, consider coming along to one of our upcoming US events.

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