The atmosphere and location of the architecture department was amazing for Grace. The building alone helped Grace with her enthusiasm for design
Grace Johnson from Lismore, Co Waterford and is a past pupil of Blackwater Community School, Co Waterford and has studied architecture at WIT.
I wanted to study Architecture at WIT because:
The department of architecture in WIT has an atmosphere that appealed to me, located in the granary on Merchants Quay, the building alone certainly invites some enthusiasm for design. Paired with the friendly atmosphere and personal relationships with lecturers it seemed like the perfect place for me.
Some of the highlights of my college experience at WIT include:
There’s nothing better than the people you meet at WIT. The student forward Events and open atmosphere encouraged at WIT played a huge role in some of my favourite experiences I’ve had throughout college. I joined the kayaking club in my second year, which opened up and incredible network of friendly people, the skills and encouragement I received in the club afforded me the opportunity to teach kayaking on a J1 for two years. These experiences helped me find passion and place, I’m currently invested in working abroad after graduation
Sports and Societies participation benefited my college experience in the following way:
I met incredible people that helped me gain some confidence, you never know who you’re going to meet when you join a club at WIT, it even brought me closer to people in my own course and helped me find a healthy way to balance my education and some recreational downtime.
Why I would recommend studying in Waterford/WIT:
The college offers great connections to students throughout their time at WIT and further on down the line. Due to its relationship with other colleges and through events hosted between colleges, I have made connections with other students studying architecture and professionals in the field that have influenced my work and work ethic, which helped me grown into a much more independent and capable student.
My advice for anyone considering the Architecture course is:
To have faith. Architecture can seem intimidating and complex, but if you have a genuine interest in it and the drive to be competitive, don’t be afraid to dive in. The world of architecture has many facets, some in which you’ll excel and other you won’t, but don’t be scared just embrace it and grow, designing is an expression of your mind, personality and experiences. The granary in particular is a very creative place that offers some exclusive teaching in poetic understanding and sculptural interpretation, that’s what I love about the department.