Mature student Danielle worked as a spa therapist in Waterford but was interested to learn something new that could aid her in her future
Danielle Phelan has just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Science.
For Danielle, it was a great choice to have made. She feels that inequality was a topic that hit home and it was something that gaged her interest. “I have noticed how our pay would be lower than the men’s wages and how there are different aspects that have been affected by so many variables that men may be unaffected by. I also find gender just an interesting topic in general”, she said.
Life as a mature student
Danielle was nervous and worried at first, returning to college as a mature student. “I was worried that I was going to be a lot older than a lot of the other students but there were actually a few other mature students in my year. I was nervous at first returning to education, but the people were nice and helpful which made it more enjoyable,” Danielle said.
This experience is the same for many mature students who return to college. There is ample support available in WIT, and the lecturers want you to succeed so they will aid you in any way needed.
College experiences are different for everyone, that’s what makes them so unique. For Danielle, the highlight for her college experience was practical experience and the people. “I got an opportunity to volunteer here. I volunteered at a woman’s centre, it was a great experience and the people there were lovely. The people in college were also lovely, they made it much more enjoyable,” she said.
Making new and long-term friends is generally an aspect of college life which tends to be a great moment for everyone.
Interviewed at Conferring 2019 by Nyomi Curry