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Saggart, Co Dublin student Cathal Rafferty Walsh is a part pupil of Holy Family Rathcoole, Co Dublin and a third year student on the Recreation and Sport Management degree.

About me:

I had taken a year off after secondary school and had no idea which career I wanted to pursue. I ended up doing two years of Sports Coaching and Performance before swapping to Recreation and Sport Management where I’ve since become part of the DHSES Honours list and have been one of the first students from the course to go on a Erasmus.

What attracted you to study at Waterford Institute of Technology?

The sports department attracted me! I had read good things online and when I came down for the open evening I instantly knew this was where I wanted to study with the range of courses and the WIT Arena almost finished.

What words of advice do you have for new students?

Don’t be afraid to quit. It’s a hard decision and you should consult with others but if you know something isn’t for you, get out of it.

From my experience, switching course from Sports coaching to Rec Man was the hardest decision I’ve made… but I was proved right by it, and really enjoy my current course

What have been the highlights of your college experience?

I’ve been involved in various things from college, from setting up an event for first years in event management, to helping do player talent identification with the FAI to going to Groningen in the Netherlands to study.

What did you like about Waterford as a city to live in/to study in?

It’s a quite small city and college, so you get to know it quickly. Some great little pubs and takeaways! I lived in both college accommodation and private accommodation so I have had the best (and worst) of both aspects. It really does feel like a university city as everyone you meet is usually in WIT, helps to build a good atmosphere.

What added to your college experience?

The Erasmus experience was fantastic even if it was ended early due to Covid 19. The few weeks I had over there learning through a different culture we’re fantastic.

As part of the course we have been on quite a few trips to industry, these include visits to the behind the scenes at Croke Park and Aviva stadium (the lads running the Aviva were great to listen to).

I was also given a place on the DHSES Honours List, which was just a nice little reward for all my hard work.

Anything you'd like to add

I still have a year to go before I finish but I genuinely will miss the place, I’ve really enjoyed all of my time at WIT and, this is a cliché I know, but some of my favourite memories and best friends have been made because I decided to attend an open evening five years ago.

Related Courses

Bachelor of Business in  Recreation & Sport Management
Bachelor of Business (Honours) in  Recreation & Sport Management

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