WIT’s facilities, location and classroom sizes appealed to Alice

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'I liked the idea of learning through both theory and practical work as I felt it would give me a greater understanding about the science behind agriculture and found that BSc in Agriculture and Land Management in Agriculture does not disappoint'

'I liked the idea of learning through both theory and practical work as I felt it would give me a greater understanding about the science behind agriculture and found that BSc in Agriculture and Land Management in Agriculture does not disappoint'

Alice liked the idea of learning through both theory and practical work as it gave her greater understanding of the science behind agriculture

Kilkenny native Alice Byrne was attracted to WIT because of the facilities that are available. The state of the art gym and science labs had caught her eye while on a campus tour, the location of WIT also made it an easy decision to choose to study here and she says the class sizes within WIT made her feel a part of a close-knit community rather than a random number within a population.

Time at wit        

2016-Currently

Year in 

4th Year

Entry route into wit       

CAO - Direct from secondary school

Name of most recent course     

BSc (Hons) in Land Management in Agriculture

Additional courses you studied at wit

BSc in Agriculture

On which wit campus are you based         

Main Campus on the Cork Road

Secondary school you attended (name and town, county)           

Loreto Secondary School, Granges Rd, Kilkenny

Hometown        

Kilkenny

About me:         

My name is Alice Byrne and I am currently in my final year studying Land Management in Agriculture. I first started my journey in WIT studying BSc in Agriculture and last year, during my final year of that course, I decided to apply for Land Management. Over my time in WIT I have been involved in the camogie team during first year. Outside of college, I am involved with my local GAA team and enjoy running.

What attracted you to study at Waterford Institute of Technology?       

The main thing that attracted me to study at Waterford Institute of Technology was the campus and its facilities available. Having use of the state of the art gym in the WIT Arena is a huge advantage. In facilities within the college grounds, when being given a tour of the campus before entering my first year the science labs really caught my eye. Each lab is furnished with top-class equipment which makes learning in the labs a pleasure. The location of WIT also made it an easy decision to choose to study here. As I live in Kilkenny and work at home on the family farm, I found it very easy to access. Finally, the class sizes within WIT made me feel a part of a close-knit community rather than a random number within a population

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

From day one I knew I wanted to pursue a course in Agriculture. From viewing the college and reading about different Agriculture courses during secondary school, I knew WIT was the place for me. I liked the idea of learning through both theory and practical work as I felt it would give me a greater understanding about the science behind agriculture and found that BSc in Agriculture and Land Management in Agriculture does not disappoint. Between Biology and Chemistry Labs and practical’s in Kildalton College, I felt I was able to understand the theory better. It also gave me a greater understanding of sectors within agriculture that I wouldn’t have been as familiar with before entering the course, such as tillage and sheep farming.

What words of advice do you have for new students?  

My main advice would be to get involved in all that WIT has to offer, especially in first year when you might not know many people in your year. There are an endless amount of clubs and societies that WIT offers from the GAA and athletics to the Ag society, there is something for everyone!

What have been the highlights of your college experience?       

The past three years of college have been an amazing experience and I’ve loved every minute of it. The main thing for me was making friends that have the same interest in agriculture as I have. Coming from an all-girl city secondary school, there were only a few interested in agriculture so to have made even more friends with the same interest as I have is a huge bonus. I also felt by going to college I have been given a sense of independence.

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

I like Waterford city as I find it easy to access and found when starting college it didn’t take me long to become familiar with the different streets within the city. Along the quays, there is plenty of parking and there are plenty of shops that appeal to college students. I personally stayed down on campus in college fields and found Waterford a lovely place to live in. Outside the college, there is a bus service that goes every 20 minutes into town so I could go into town at any time I wanted. There’s also a bus service to the WIT arena that goes regularly so I could also go to the gym whenever I wanted. From second year onwards I commuted to college as I got my driver’s license. Being from Kilkenny I am lucky to have the M9 at my doorstep so it only takes me half an hour to get down in the morning.

How did work placement add to your college experience?         

Having to partake in work placement during my second year, it gave me an even greater understanding of the theory I had learned so far. I loved the way I was able to have a break from studying to experience the physical side of agriculture for three months. I personally stayed in Ireland to work on a dairy farm but there is also the opportunity to milk cows in New Zealand, so there is something for everyone!

Related Courses

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

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