I had many great experiences in Maynooth, be it making new friends, opening myself up to new ideas, learning about a different way of living. For me, the one thing that I will take away from my time in Maynooth is the fantastic people that I met. Everyone I encountered during my studies was interesting and friendly, and always willing to take a new member into their group. My course in particular was full of truly exceptional people. There were only twelve of us to begin with (and that number unfortunately got smaller over the years), but we were an extremely tight knit group, with all of us still in contact.
I was always involved in the Maynooth GAA Club, in particular the hurling teams. Some notable highlights of my time with them was reaching the Freshers Hurling Final in my first year, and then being part of the Senior team that won the Ryan Cup in 2014.
For me, I think that the atmosphere and environment about in Maynooth made it really stand out for me. You never got the feeling like you were just another face in the crowd, there was always an air of familiarity about the people you would be seeing around the campus on a day to day basis. For me personally, the lectures were never too big, I felt like there was a good degree of interaction with the lecturers which made the lectures themselves far more enjoyable.
A lot of what I learned in the lectures has come in handy very often. I am in a fairly technical role, and having the solid technical base that I developed during my time in Maynooth has helped me immensely. Outside of academics, I would say I developed my interpersonal skills by simply talking to new people, be it lecturers, colleagues, friends etc. Also, a lot of time management skills from trying to juggle so many assignments at one time!
Maynooth is a great environment to you to grow and learn in. If I had to give anyone any advice about studying in Maynooth, it would be to just throw yourself into as many new experiences as possible. You learn so many new things, pick up new skills and meet loads of great people.