BA (Hons) in Psychology student Steve Daly is the first mature student officer with WITSU, here he tells us about study and student life
Why did you choose your course/ to study at WIT/ study in Waterford? I'd gone to REGSA and did some profiling which recommended a different course then I asked to do an aptitude test, when the results of that came back it gave me confidence, I felt I could do any course that I wanted so I aimed high and got accepted and it's less than a mile from where I live!
What advice would you give to students considering your course? Age and life experience help a lot some. Some of the modules are harder than others so look at all the modules covered not just the ones that look easy. Find someone who has done the course and quiz them up. They're not selling anything, if you're buying a car one doesn't just ask the salesman about it.
What advice would you give to those unsure of college or of what course to pick? Get as much advice as you can but from those who know, maybe try a general entry to start and then pick a more specialised course in secnd year. At the end of the day, Johnny or Mary won't be doing the course and what may suit your friends may not suit you. Three years is a long time to be doing something you don't want to do, there is time enough to do that when you marry or get a job!
What do you hope to do when you graduate? I don't know yet, maybe go on and do a Masters if I can afford to if not get work within the field.
What made you decide to apply to WIT as a mature student? It was recommended by REGSA, health issues requiring me to do less physical work and a need to challenge myself mentally.
Details of work/studies prior to studying at WIT I made blaas in a bakery, I worked for 11 years in an off licence turning it into the best in Munster, I've worked in various pubs and restaurants around the country including leasing my own. I managed an event management company which had the largest quad bike centre in Ireland. I've organised and ran events for 500+ delegates from inception to completion. I've ran my family business and done stock control for €2 million turnover companies. All this off the back of a poor Leaving Cert so imagine what I can achieve with a degree.
Are you happy with your decision to come back to college? Yes. I'm enjoying the course and the interaction with the students and lecturers. Previous education had taught me to not ask questions or stray from the perimeters or the lesson. Now I feel my questions are valid and conceptual observations and not dismissed on principle.
Do you have any study or advice tips? Do whatever works for you, an interest in the subject always helps.