Luiza is one of our second year international students at Trinity. Here she lets us know about her experience of studying English at Trinity, one of our Top 10 Courses.
Your name: Luiza Cristina Maddalozzo dos Santos
Your year of study: 2 (Senior Freshmen)
Your programme of study / course: TSM English Literature and Theatre
What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?
I have always had a great interest in literature and theatre, and I could not make up my mind about which subject to study at university level. Trinity’s Two Subject Moderatorship (TSM) programme gave me the opportunity to study both subjects side by side. Trinity also has a Broad Curriculum programme that allows students to choose one subject outside their area of study for one semester or one year. This year, for example, I have chosen to study German as well. Apart from the academic side, Trinity has over 200 societies (including sport clubs), and that too was very important to me.
What, if anything, was the most challenging thing about moving to Ireland to study?
As an international student that had never been to Ireland before, the biggest challenge was planning prior to arriving. The second biggest challenge was registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) here in Ireland!
How did you overcome the challenge?
I had a lot of help and support prior to arriving in Ireland, and also after arrival. Firstly, I was in constant communication with Trinity while back in Brazil, and they were extremely helpful in answering my queries and even helping solve some minor issues that had come up. Once in Trinity the Global Room was a daily stop! Their student ambassadors helped me figure out how to get all the documents I needed for the GNIB registration, and also helped me with any other questions I might have had.
What aspect / module of your course have you enjoyed studying the most so far and why?
One of the aspects I enjoy the most is how small our tutorial groups are. The groups are between 7 to 12 students, and this size gives us the opportunity to engage with the texts we read and to better understand the modules. I also really enjoy the way the modules are structured: we are given a good overview of the key periods and movements of our society, ultimately building layers of knowledge with every new module.
If you had one piece of advice to any other students about to start your course in Trinity what would it be?
I would say don’t be too hard on yourself: adjusting to a new routine, especially in a new country and at university level is not easy. It takes a little bit of time until you are 100% settled, so take it day by day and enjoy the journey.
What is your favourite thing about Dublin?
Dublin is the right size of city for me. Although it is the capital of Ireland, it is not too big that it becomes chaotic. Dublin is also a student-friendly city, it is very international and safe – in fact it is one of the top 20 safest cities in the world. Dublin is also a very vibrant city, and with great history, especially in relation to my course.
What three words would you use to describe Trinity to someone who’s never been here?
Trinity is vibrant, historical and central.