A great sense of community attracted Niall to WIT

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After talking to a few people about the different courses, Niall felt that the BSc in Agriculture was the course best suited for him

Niall Roche, from Bagenalstown in Carlow, came to WIT to study BSc in Agriculture. Niall says that the transition to college can be difficult for some but by joining different societies or teams, it is a great way of meeting new people that have the same interests as you.

Time at WIT


Year in


Entry route into wit        

CAO - Direct from secondary school

Name of most recent course      

BSc in Agriculture

On which wit campus are you based           

Main Campus on the Cork Road

Secondary school you attended (name and town, county)            

Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, Carlow



About me:          

I played on the WIT freshers and senior team in first year. I didn't play football last year as I was out on placement but will be returning to play for the college this year.

What attracted you to study at Waterford Institute of Technology?           

When I attended the open evening in WIT in 6th year, I got a great sense of community in the college as all the lecturers and students on the evening were delighted to help in any way possible.

Did you always know this was the course you wanted to do?       

No, I didn't. I was trying to choose between a number of courses but after talking to a few people about the different courses, I felt that this was the course best suited for me and I am delighted I chose this course.

What words of advice do you have for new students?    

Take part in as much as you can to try to meet new people and make friends. College can be a difficult transition for some people but joining different clubs or teams is a great way of meeting new people. I found that joining the football team was a great way to meet people that have the same interests as you.

What have been the highlights of your college experience?         

I really enjoyed getting to meet lots of new people both in my course and outside it.

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

I lived in Waterford for first year and really enjoyed it. It has a great student life with lots of things to do and everything is so close together. There is also a great nightlife in Waterford for students and there is plenty put on by the different nightclubs. I commuted for the first semester of 2nd year as I was on placement for the second semester and found the college really accessible via the ring roads which didn't have too much traffic on them.

How did work placement add to your college experience?    

I did 3 months of work placement on a dairy farm in 2nd year. I really enjoyed the placement as the farmer I went to was very helpful and had no problem answering any queries I had and taught me a lot. I don't come from a dairy background so I wanted to gain experience in the dairy industry during placement and I feel I have benefited a lot from the placement.

Related Courses

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Land Management in Agriculture
Bachelor of Science in  Agriculture

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