My fondest memory of my time in Maynooth University (NUIM when I was there!) was the ski trips I went on. These trips were organised through the ski club held after the first semester exams: a great way to meet people across a variety of different courses, endless craic and memories you’ll never forget. I graduated over 5 years ago and the people I met on these trips are still to this day my closest friends
Heavily involved in the swimming & water polo club
Hurling: won 2 provincial titles in 2007 (Freshman & Intermediate)
Maynooth was an obvious choice for me due to small engineering class size and personal and open lecturer tuition. I think it is the sense of community that is obvious throughout the college, it is a open friendly campus. Specifically in relation to the engineering department: I enjoyed the annual football tournaments, pool nights, quizzes and BBQs that were held. It is also has an open door policy: if you had an issue big or small every lecturer was there to help.
I found the 6 month industrial work experience included in the engineering undergraduate course in 3rd year to be fundamental to my success to date – it opened my eyes to the professional engineering world. Time management was also a skill acquired – lateness is not accepted. The value of further education/learning is also paramount: I have completed courses in PRINCE2 project management, PSCS/PSDP, management of risk, health and safety and occupational first aid; all which feed into my day-to-day working life (however occupational first aid has yet to be called upon thankfully!).
You must have an interest in maths and a curiosity of how things work – not that you are a straight ‘A’ student. Once you have an interest in the subject matter it will be easier to learn. Engineering is not an easy course, it has long hours but the benefit is the hands-on time – the majority of the work is completed in class rather than having to do the work when you get home.