Roisin is one of our US students who is in her 2nd year in Trinity. Here she lets us know about her experience of studying Engineering at Trinity, one of our Top 10 Courses.
Your name: Roisin Donnelly
Your year of study: Second Year
Your programme of study / course: Engineering
What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?
There are three reasons why Trinity was the obvious choice for me. Firstly, the prestige that the name “Trinity” carries is enough to impress future employers or doctorate admissions officers everywhere. Secondly, Trinity offers a world-class education, which is immediately geared toward your major, from day one. Say goodbye to those pesky gen-ed courses that are mandatory in most U.S. schools. Lastly, attending Trinity meant that the opportunity to explore Europe was at my fingertips.
What, if anything, was the most challenging thing about moving to Ireland to study?
The hardest thing about moving to Ireland was saying goodbye to my hometown friends.
How did you overcome the challenge?
It helped a lot to think that it was time to for us to part ways anyway. Even if I stayed in the States for college, it was unlikely I was going to see my friends every day as we would all be going to separate schools regardless. Staying in touch is fairly easy though with social media and Skype.
What aspect / module of your course have you enjoyed studying the most so far and why?
So far, I have enjoyed Professional engineering module from term one the most. The main goal of the class was to design some sort of product for Ireland 2075. It was fun to choose a prospective flaw with a county of Ireland (2075), and attempt to engineer a solution.
If you had one piece of advice to any other students about to start your course in Trinity what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to join lots of clubs and societies, and speak up in class. The earlier on you get involved, the easier it will be to make friends. Also I highly recommend doing the Smart-Start program, as getting to know people of similar backgrounds is extremely nice.
What is your favourite thing about Dublin?
There’s always something to do in Dublin. The city manages to be both quaint and vivacious all at once. It’s easy enough to find your way around but every day you’ll find yourself discovering a new hidden gem, whether it’s a free gallery you were unaware of, a quiet coffee house, or a venue with lovely live music all the time.
What three words would you use to describe Trinity to someone who’s never been here?
Enchanting, Respectable, Sophisticated.