Hannah is one of our international students from the US.  Here she lets us know about her experience of studying Computer Science at Trinity, one of our Top 10 Courses.

Your name: Hannah Devinney

Your year of study: Senior Freshman / 2nd year

Your programme of study / course: Computer Science and Language (French)

What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?

I wanted to study computational linguistics, which Trinity offers through CSL, without having to take general education requirements.

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

I honestly had the most trouble keeping track of what floor of a building people are talking about (the ‘first floor’ in the US is the ‘ground floor’ here).

How did you overcome the challenge?

Asking for clarification when I need(ed) it – but you really do pick up a fair amount of slang and/or speech patterns so it’s not that difficult to adjust, particularly as a native English speaker.

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

I’ve really enjoyed most of my classes, but the Computational Morphology module I took last term was great! The end project for it really felt like I’d attained a skill I’ll use in the future.


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

Keep lists! What you need to do, what steps you need to do it in (important for banking, international paperwork), etc. It helps a lot to manage stress levels when you can see everything laid out in a clear plan.

Also, I hope you like puzzles, because that’s a lot of what this course is.

What is your favourite thing about Dublin?

Having not grown up in a city, I like how walkable Dublin is! Things aren’t impossibly far apart, but there’s still plenty of green spaces around.

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

“possibly secretly 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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