I began my studies at Maynooth University in 2012 as a mature student, studying for a BA in Business and Anthropology. MU has excellent support networks for mature students looking to go back to full-time third-level education. From my first day on the course I became aware of the vast support options that are in place for mature students. The college also offers an excellent sports and social life and I was a member of the MU Ladies Rugby team. Maynooth town itself offers a vast range of restaurants and pubs and is a vibrant, friendly and fun town. There is a great feeling of community around the town.
During my time at MU, I was part of the ladies rugby team. Maynooth University Ladies Rugby Team has links with a local rugby club and offers excellent opportunites for students to be part of the local rugby club.
The campus is located on beautiful and historic grounds. The campus is very close to the town at less than a 10 minutes walk but you can also avail of peace and quiet on the campus grounds as it is surrounded by nature. There are some beautful walking trails on the old campus that are steeped in history or if you prefer the hustle and bustle of town life, there is always something going on every day of the week. There is a fantastic student community on and off campus.
I would highly encourage anyone looking to do a degree at Maynooth to consider studying anthropology. Many people in Ireland have no idea what anthropology is so it is a great conversation starter. It is the study of humans, human behavior and societies in the past and present, it relates to everything we do as humans and everything we do culturally. Considering the world we live in today, where travel is the norm whether it be for work or pleasure, we are introduced to new cultures on a daily basis, the whole world is integrated and we are constantly and collectively sharing parts of our culture with each other. To have a degree in such an area enables you to broaden your knowledge and experience the world of people and culture on a deeper level. Business with anthropology could not work better as a degree as it covers a vast area of information that relates very accurately to the working environment/culture.