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Shauna Fitzgerald is from Waterford and is currently studying Exercise Science at SETU. Shauna says that if you don’t see her in the library she’s likely on the pitch somewhere playing Camogie.
What attracted you to study at South East Technological University?
I was always interested in studying Exercise Science but was never certain if I wanted to live away from home or not. When the course became available at SETU I knew that was where I wanted to study. The idea of having much smaller numbers in lectures and tutorials and knowing that lecturers would be much more available and approachable made me feel much more comfortable and confident about going to college.
Did you always know this was the course you wanted to do?
I guess like all students in secondary school I was always jumping around between courses but I always knew that I wanted to study a sports based course. After going to the SETU open day and listening to the talk on this course it more or less clarified that this was definitely the course for me.
What words of advice do you have for new students?
Get involved in everything you possibly can! Academics are important in college but it is just as important to be involved in different clubs and societies that match you interests and you never know you might discover new interests too!
What have been the highlights of your college experience?
So far a definite highlight was in first year when we got the opportunity to go and experience new sports and activities every week we were cycling one week and doing Muay Thai the next!
Getting to meet new people within my course from everywhere and anywhere. Getting involved in the Vikings GAA club and being a part of the Ashbourne panel.
What did you like about Waterford as a city to live in/to study in?
I’ve lived in Waterford my whole life so it’s home to me.
How did getting involved add to your college experience?
Getting involved in all these different programmes help me meet new people and gain more self-confidence. It let me learn more about the college itself and also allowed me to help other people who might not be certain about college still.