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BITESIZE TOP 10 COURSES: LAW

Pavel is one of our US students who is in his final year in Trinity.  Here he lets us know about his experience of studying Law at Trinity, one of our Top 10 Courses.

Your name: Pavel Rozman

Where you’re from in the US: Philadelphia 

Your year of study: Fourth year

Your programme of study / course: Law, LL.B

 What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?

My mom was born and raised in Dublin, so anytime we were over visiting family we stopped by Trinity. It’s as central to the city as possible, and just gorgeous to walk through. I applied and when I got in, a high school teacher of mine asked me: “Will you regret passing on this incredible opportunity to go to the same state schools everyone else is?” I didn’t pass on that opportunity and I couldn’t be happier here. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. Professionally speaking the advantages it puts me at are incredible. I’m able to be a lawyer in the EU or Ireland/UK or the United States all for the time and price it would take most students to get only their undergraduate degree.

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BITESIZE TOP 10 COURSES: BUSINESS, ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL STUDIES (BESS)

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.

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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.”

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The Other Arran: Knee Deep in Mud with Trinity Geology

By Paul Smith, Visiting Student Blogger

“A field trip to Scotland (GL3324 – Geological Field Skills 1), which is a 2 week course before the term starts.” That was the only information I was given before I agreed. It ended up being a 10 credit class in ten days, and is in my opinion the best opportunity a visiting geology student could have been given. It amazing from a geological perspective, and it immediately threw me into what would become a tight-knit friend group.

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In Defence of the Full Year…

Miles Morgan

Visiting Student

Home University: University of Chicago, Comparative Literature

When asked why I opted to spend a full year abroad, two reasons immediately come to the fore. Firstly, the University of Chicago does not allow for a shorter duration for its British/Irish Program, and negotiating my way out of nine months across the pond seemed a task laden with folly. Secondly, and much more succinctly: why not? I’ll concede I’ve had an abnormal study abroad experience in several ways. I’m not prone to homesickness and so haven’t experienced it (save the time I was in the emergency room with tonsillitis unable to swallow and my cardiologist father wasn’t on call to fast track my treatment or when my mother posted a video to Facebook of a simmering pot of her singularly sumptuous Southern gumbo). I arrived in Ireland with a few significant advantages.

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