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

Your name: Grace Tierney

Where you’re from in the US: Annapolis, Maryland – a small coastal town about an hour from Washington, DC.

Your year of study: Final year (4th year)

Your programme of study / course:
Business, Economics, and Social Studies (BESS) – getting a dual honors degree in Political Science and Sociology. 

What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?

I liked that BESS allowed the opportunity to choose from different degree options rather than choosing a course that bound your degree from day one.

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

The most challenging thing about moving to Ireland for me, as crazy as it sounds, was that I didn’t anticipate it being challenging at all. Going in to my first year at Trinity, not expecting to miss home or experience any culture shock at all (naïve, I know) meant that when those things happened, they really threw me for a loop. Luckily, the Trinity community really helped me find my footing and my friends were there when I needed them. 

How did you overcome the challenge?

As silly as it sounds – I overcame this challenge by letting time run its course. Homesickness and culture shock are things that get better with time and patience. Committing to doing everything I could to make sure that I was building a life in Dublin and making the most of my time at Trinity, through making great friends, exploring Ireland, focusing on academics, and getting involved in societies really helped me feel at home and helped make the transition easier.


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

I’ve really enjoyed getting a more global perspective in my subjects – especially politics. If I had gone to university in America it most likely would’ve been a school in Washington DC and while I love DC, I know that I am getting a more worldly perspective studying politics outside of the “American bubble.”


Publication of 30th Student Economic Review Celebrated with Major Reunion of Alumni

The 30th volume of the Student Economic Review (SER) was launched in the Dining Hall on Thursday March 24th, 2016.  To mark this landmark event committee members from each of the past twenty-nine years were invited to attend.  Over 200 guests were present, including current students who had essays accepted in the Review, plus family, returning alumni and current and retired staff.

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Interview with FOODCLOUD

Trinity Global Relations recently interviewed Iseult Ward (Founder & CEO of the Irish company Foodcloud).

1. What is FoodCloud and how did you come up with the idea?

FoodCloud is a social enterprise that connects businesses with surplus food and charities in the community who need it. It’s essentially a platform that lets charities know there’s food available, and allows them to collect it, eliminating food waste too!

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Interview with Trinity Entrepreneurial Society

Recently our student blogger Ciara Walsh interviewed Conor Bolger Vice President of Trinity Entrepreneurial Society.  The Trinity Entrepreneurial Society is focused on helping students with business ideas, and on encouraging entrepreneurship among the student body and particularly among our members. We are not just an entrepreneurial society, however, and we concentrate heavily on helping students in all areas of business- with networking evenings, internship seminars, and the TES Dragons’ Den Competition

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Tickets go on general sale on Wednesday, 6th April …. over 20,000 already sold

Trinity College Dublin announced as location for Official Welcome Village

Boston College CEO Club announce Global Business Forum for Dublin

It is all systems go for this September’s Aer Lingus College Football Classic in the Aviva Stadium between Boston College and Georgia Tech with tickets, from €35, going on general sale through Ticketmaster at 9am next Wednesday, April 6th. Ticket sales to date, predominantly in the United States are in excess of 20,000 and all the indications are that the game on Saturday, September 3rd will be a complete sell out as the Navy vs Notre Dame was in 2012, an event that brought a direct economic benefit of over €85 million to Ireland.  An update on the plans for game-week were announced at a reception in Trinity College Dublin’s Dining Hall today (Thursday, 31st March).


Student Jobs in Dublin

Before you ask, unfortunately no, I am not hiring staff at this time. During my time in college, I have had a few part time jobs, ranging from hospital porter to Global Relations Student Ambassador and everything in between.

Ok, working in first and second year is fine. It’s a bit of life experience on how to work in the professional world. . . well let’s face it, it’s good money for your “social” activities. While I won’t advise someone to not work during college, I would suggest not burning yourself out doing it. Between college and assignments and any club and society activity, work can drain your reserves fairly quickly.

Working in Dublin can be amazingly fun. I worked for a recruitment agency where I got assigned to a hospital as a porter for 3rd shift work. Now this doesn’t sound too appealing, but it was quite lucky for me. This was about a month before exams, I was working 6 days a week for 3 weeks. I know, I know, you’re thinking, where is the appeal? Well since it was 3rd shift, I literally had one job to do the entire night, and the Manager knew I had exams coming up, so she allowed me to bring my laptop and all my study material. Basically I got paid for 9 hours a night to study uninterrupted.

That was the nice job. The next year, I worked with Jurys Inn. Now, the folks were absolutely lovely, the job was interesting, but. . . yes, there is a “but”, the hours were crazy! I was in college 25 hours a week, study and assignments 20 hours a week and working anywhere from 20-40 hours a week. This was exhausting. I would be finished college at 5 and be in work for 6 to finish at 11. This amount of work caused my college work to slip a lot. It just was not sustainable.

Currently, I am working in the Trinity Global Room. This job has been the best job I have worked. Amazing people, incredible events, full of world culture and the boss is very conscious of our schedule and works around that for our hours. What more could you ask for?

If you must work, or if you want to work, the best piece of advice I can give you is to NOT take a job that will hurt your college work. Put college first and work second. Enjoy college life and try not to add any unnecessary stress to your experience.

Guest Blog: An American Entrepreneur in Trinity


Originally from Texas, I grew up and went to college in Florida. I was born in 1984, the year Apple released the Macintosh and computers officially became “fun.” More importantly, this was the year that marked a drastic shift in the attitude towards the cultural adaption of technology.

Those who were born post ‘84 are known as “Millennials” and are “digital natives” who don’t remember a time without personal computers or the World Wide Web. They grew up in the digital world with online connectivity being an integral part of their lives. The future of technological innovation will be shaped and defined by this generation.

My story really began in college when I first took on a role as research assistant at the University of Central Florida (UCF) computer graphics research group. On the first week of the job, I was asked by my boss to come up with a research question that was both unique and difficult to solve. I knew I needed to come up with a topic that would justify my hourly student wage. I’ve always had an interest in Artificial Intelligence and a passion for art. So, I wanted to see a computer that could create art the way a human does. I didn’t realise at the time that I was choosing my life’s work.

After finishing my bachelor’s in Comp. Sci. I was accepted to the Masters program at Columbia University, where I had the pleasure of working with Prof. Eitan Grinspun on several projects that resulted in two high impact publications. It was around the same time that the Graphics, Vision and Visualization (GV2) group at Trinity had posted a PhD candidate position that was closely tailored to my specialty. Moving to Ireland and starting at Trinity seemed like the next logical step.

Fast forward to 2013, having completing my doctorate at Trinity I found myself at a crossroads. I knew my research had the potential to completely transform the video game and movie industry by revolutionising the way we create art and design. However, starting a company was a daunting task, but I didn’t want to just sit back and watch my ideas fade away. I knew my research could make people’s lives better and inspire a new trend in Artificial Intelligence. More importantly, I didn’t want to regret not having pursued my passion in 40 years time. That is why I felt compelled to start a company.

Once I was determined to build a company, doors started opening very quickly. First strike of luck was when Trinity announced a call for participation in the inaugural Launchbox, a student business accelerator programme. The programme provided Artomatix with a €10k grant, office space for three months and mentorship from experienced and successful entrepreneurs. Shortly after, Enterprise Ireland made an open call for their New Frontiers program, which has to date given Artomatix incredible mentorship/connections and a €15k grant to help build the business. NDRC, a private investment organization has also been massively helpful by introducing me to my co-founder and business partner, Neal O’Gorman.  Artomatix recently secured a round of seed funding, released a beta of the first product, and have customers in the pipeline. Currently, we’re looking for new hires to help grow the company and have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Trinity’s new crowdfunding platform.

I believe I’m in the right place at the right time. It is truly a unique and exciting time to be an entrepreneur in Ireland.

-Dr. Eric Risser