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BITESIZE TOP 10 COURSES: LAW

Sinéad is one of our US students who is in her first year in Trinity.  Here she lets us know about her experience of studying Law at Trinity, one of our Top 10 Courses. 

Your name: Sinéad Flynn

Where you’re from in the US: Chicago, IL

Your year of study:  First year

Your programme of study / course: Law

What made you decide to study your course at TrinityIn Trinity?

I had always known I wanted to become a Lawyer. I was excited to discover that Trinity, like the rest of European countries, offers a Law degree at the Undergraduate Level. This was enticing to me as I have the opportunity to commence by Law studies right away, as opposed to a Bachelor’s degree in the US, and then a three year JD programme. I am able to engage in my ideal course in my first year of college. Further, there are a few options to explore after the completion of the degree. One can pursue work in the US, by taking the Bar in certain states, or pursue a career in Ireland. Of course with an Undergraduate degree in Law, one can explore other options that may not fit into the traditional lawyer role, such as journalism, politics, and many other types of jobs. This is a great course for someone who wants to start studying Law immediately, rather than waiting to pursue it after a Bachelor’s Degree.

 

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5 YEAR’S TIME: FROM VISITING TRINITY TO MY GRADUATION – Experiencing Trinity as an American

Eli is one of our US students who is in her fourth year in Trinity.  Here she lets us know about her experience of moving to Ireland to study at Trinity. 

The first time I ever set foot in Trinity was November of 2012. It was Thanksgiving break of my senior year in high school and I convinced my family to fly half way around the world with me for what I knew would be a very important college visit.

The moment I walked through the front gate of college I was sold. There’s something magical about strolling in from the loud bustling street into the dark tunnel of front gate. Those big wooden doors transport you into another world, a bright imposing and enduring oasis. After over 400 years of change, so much remains remarkably the same at Trinity. The history really drew me in.Photo 3

We got a tour from an American girl with an Irish accent who had just started her third year here and spent the hour singing its praises. Her stories and reassurances really made me confident that if she could do it so could I.

I met for coffee with a member of the Global Relations Office and a lecturer from the Political Science Department. They both made me feel important, like I was welcome and wanted at Trinity. That feeling, I’m happy to say, has never gone away. As I was leaving campus I wondered if walking down those cobblestone paths between the old stone buildings would feel just as magical if I was there every day. Five years later the magic still hasn’t worn off.

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Almost a year later, in September of 2013, I showed up for my first day of college. The whole first week was a blur. Meeting tons of new people with names I couldn’t pronounce. Joining a million clubs and societies unsure of what I even liked to do. Trying to translate Irish slang. Struggling to cook dinner for myself for the first time. Drinking gallons of tea with my new housemates in Trinity Halls and talking incessantly about what life in Ireland is really like. Everyone was friendly and amazingly welcoming. I can’t appreciate enough how kind and inclusive everyone in this country is. It’s so easy to feel at home here, even amongst strangers.

The entire first year I was so busy making friends, going to balls, trying to understand the weather, having dinner parties, traveling, and panicking over exams, before realising they weren’t really that bad, to stop and think about being homesick or scared. When I went home for the summer I couldn’t wait to come back.

Throughout the next two years I settled into life in Ireland and travelled a ton, taking advantage of Ireland’s amazing sites and proximity to Europe’s most iconic destinations.

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I got a job in the Trinity Global Room giving tours and helping other international students. I moved out of Trinity Halls and rented a house with friends. I put my head down and studied more than ever before for the Schols exams and ended up spending my first Christmas away from home.

I became so much more independent, something I think a lot of American college students miss out on. One of the things I appreciate the most about Trinity is the fact that they don’t coddle you. It’s on you to study, to show up for classes, to find accommodation and to ask for help if you need it. The support services at Trinity are second to none, but at the end of the day it’s up to you to take advantage of them and to push yourself to succeed. While it was intimidating at the time, now that I’m finishing up my time here I feel so confident that I can go out into the real world and take the initiative. I think this is a big reason so many entrepreneurs come out of Trinity. Going to Trinity taught me how to push myself and to earn everything I accomplish.

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I’m in the second semester of my final year now, trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life. Only now looking back, I realise how much I’ve learned, both in and out of the classroom, in the years since I first set foot in Front Square. I’ve gained a global perspective, friends from all over the world, a masters level undergraduate degree, a new home and confidence in who I am. These four years have been the best years of my life. While there have definitely been hard times and some tears and homesickness along the way, I know I’ve grown so much from my time here. I’ve decided I want to stay in Ireland after college is over. I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready to leave. My experience here at Trinity has changed my life for the better and I wouldn’t give it up for the world.

In November of 2017, I’ll be walking through the front gates again, this time to graduate. Five years ago, going to college at Trinity was my dream. I’ve been so lucky that that dream became a reality. While it’ll be hard to say goodbye, I’m happy to know the time I’ve spent here will be a part of me forever.

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If you would like to get to know Trinity College, consider coming along to one of our upcoming US events from 25 March to 4 April in Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

TOP THINGS ABOUT LIVING IN DUBLIN AND IRELAND

Our Global Ambassadors here at Trinity  hail from a range of countries: from Brazil and the US to India and Hong Kong.  They have co-written a blog post about the top things they love about living in Dublin and Ireland. 

Dublin:

Dublin is an extremely student-friendly and international city. Every time I walk around I hear at least one different language other than English, and that makes me feel even more connected to it. In Dublin you also get the best of both worlds, as the city offers everything you would expect from a capital city, but it is much smaller than other urban centres. In a way, you have the same opportunities just not as much chaos! Dublin City CenterAs a literature student, I love “getting lost” in the narrow streets of Dublin. Whenever a new semester begins I go on a hunt for cheap books. My favourite shops are The Secret Book and Record Shop, Chapters and Oxfam.

Luiza Maddalozzo, 3rd Year English Literature and Theatre Student from Brazil

 

Dublin is booming as an international hub. I love wandering around Grand Canal Docks where all the multi-national companies like Facebook and Google are located. Combined with the gorgeous Bord Gáis Theatre, it feels like you’re in a more futuristic setting and the opportunities are endless.

Audrey Chew, 4th Year Sociology and Psychology Student from Malaysia

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Eurotravel: How to see Europe from Dublin

By Céline Brandstötter [Visiting Student Blogger]

You will meet a lot of students on exchange who have plans to travel around Europe. People’s excitement to travel is contagious, so you will definitely also want to travel. However, student budgets are small and you will want to get the most out of your trips. Living in Ireland has many advantages and one of them is Ryanair, the low-cost Irish flight company that can bring you to almost every place in Europe, so definitely make sure to check out their website. For low-cost housing options, see Hostel World and Airbnb. I have listed my favourite European cities and what I enjoyed the most during my time visiting them.  Hopefully this gives you some tips on what to see, what to eat, and maybe inspire you to visit, too!

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Trinity team leading €3.4m EU project to improve energy efficiency in Irish and Welsh water industries

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin are leading a new €3.4m EU-backed project to improve the long-term sustainability of the water supply in Ireland and Wales. The Dŵr Uisce project, which partners Trinity with Bangor University, aims to improve the energy efficiency of water distribution by developing new low carbon energy-saving technology, including micro-hydropower turbines.

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Hozier Receives the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage

Hozier (a previous student of Trinity College Dublin) recently received the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage at a special ceremony at the Ed Burke Theatre in Trinity’s Arts Block. Hozier was completing a degree in music here in Trinity when he was forced to drop out so he could begin recording his first demos at the request of Universal Music Ireland.

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Amr Dawood, Trinity Student Ambassador, Entrepreneur with TCD international non-profit organisation Enactus, writes about his trip to the UN Youth Summit in New York

It’s almost time to board my flight, I have my ticket, passport, and suitcase all packed, and I can’t wait to get to New York. Let me tell you why I am excited: I am going to be a delegate in the 2016 Annual Youth Summit at the United Nations.

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