Your name: Caroline Holland
Your year of study: 2nd Year
Your programme of study / course: Law
What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?
Unlike in the US, to study law in Ireland it is not necessary to undertake an undergraduate degree first. Moreover, once in Trinity I did not need to take general education classes to fulfill credit requirements. From day one I was able to focus on studying law, something I was always interested in. Trinity’s global recognition as well as its prime location and historic campus made it an obvious choice.
What, if anything, was the most challenging thing about moving to Ireland to study?
I had lived in Ireland when I was younger so I wasn’t worried about the move, but I was anxious about how my abilities would measure up against Irish students. Although Law is a course which most incoming 1st year students have not studied in depth before, I was nervous that coming from an American education system might affect me when transitioning into an Irish university amongst mostly Irish students.
How did you overcome the challenge?
I quickly realized that for US and other international students the college experience was as new and exciting as for national students in all aspects. In terms of academics, it was simply a matter of working hard and attending lectures. I also found that AP classes had really prepared me for the critical thinking required in college.
What aspect / module of your course have you enjoyed studying the most so far and why?
I’ve enjoyed the variety offered by the Law School. We study the backbone of Irish Law such as Tort Law and Constitutional Law, yet we also develop a broader understanding of law through modules like Legislation and Regulation and EU law. The lecturers are experts in their fields and engage the whole lecture hall, while the seminars allow for classroom style learning.
If you had one piece of advice to any other students about to start your course in Trinity what would it be?
Get involved! There is no better way to meet new people or to feel like part of the Trinity community. The clubs, societies, and sports teams are fantastic and the events they host are attended by all. In the past few months for example, LawSoc has hosted Sarah Rafferty, Donna in Suits, the Phil has hosted Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and Snow Sports took a trip to Les Arcs, France. Of course, the highlight of the year is Trinity Ball!
What is your favourite thing about Dublin?
Dublin has the unique ability to operate as a capital city while also maintaining the charm and friendliness of a small town or village. It presents its residents with many opportunities and events, yet there is a real sense of community and closeness when walking around Dublin. Dublin is also a gateway to Europe so it’s easy to travel at weekends!
What three words would you use to describe Trinity to someone who’s never been here?
Beautiful, energetic, welcoming!