Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you to choose your course?
I am someone who has always had an interest in languages. Spanish was my favourite subject in secondary school. I knew that I wanted to study languages in college, but I thought that studying a pure language degree might leave my options quite limited. I aspire to one day start my own business and work for myself, therefore, the business side of the Marketing and Sales course appealed to me.
Why did you choose Sligo to study?
I chose Sligo as I live in Manorhamilton, which is a thirty-minute drive from the college. This meant that I could save money on travel expenses, accommodation, and other bills that I would otherwise be faced with if I had enrolled in another college. The college offered everything that I was looking for, so I saw no reason to attend a college outside of my vicinity.
What advice would you give someone thinking about choosing a university?
I would advise them to attend the open day and check out the campus to get a feel for the college life here. I would also advise you to take a day to explore the town and see what it has to offer. Depending on the course you choose the class size can vary. In my case, the class size was much smaller than I initially anticipated. As my time at the college has progressed, I really appreciate having a smaller class as I feel more comfortable asking questions and I can get more feedback and guidance from my lecturers than if I was in a larger class.
Do you like Sligo as a student town, e.g. things to do, food, nightlife, clubs and societies, accommodation?
Sligo has plenty to offer students. The food options are endless, and the night life is great. There are plenty of different bars and night clubs, each with something unique to offer. There are clubs and societies for all interests. It offers the best of both worlds- it is a lively student town, but it also has tranquil areas filled with beautiful nature.
What specifically about your course do you particularly enjoy?
I enjoy gaining insight into all the ins and outs of marketing, how important it is for a business and learning the best practice. In today’s day and age marketing plays a central role in the success of a business. I love the creative and practical elements of the course, getting the opportunity to create and pitch marketing campaign ideas to not only the lecturers and fellow classmates but also to actual business owners.
What would you say to a student thinking about studying your course?
I would say that this course is perfect for any student with an open and creative mind who wants to expand their knowledge of marketing and sales.
Tell us about your sporting career/success so far?
My greatest and most memorable success was getting selected to represent Ireland in the 2018 Olympia in Batumi, Georgia. It was an honour getting the opportunity to play against the top players from different countries all around the globe. I have represented Ireland in many international tournaments but my experience playing at the Olympia is one I hold very close to my heart, and I consider it the highlight of my chess career so far.
What is the best thing about sport and sports facilities on campus?
The gym itself is a fantastic place to train. Although the gym is quite small there is a wide range of equipment and the atmosphere inside is very motivating. As a chess player it is important to keep physically fit and active to use the mind to the best of its capabilities. Chess games can last up to 5 hours, for the mind to not fatigue early, the body must be physically fit.
How has the sports scholarship benefited you? What are the advantages to it?
The scholarship has benefited me greatly, not only has it eased my financial stress with regards to paying for my coaching, but it has also lit a fire of determination within me. The scholarship reassures me the college is supporting me. Now, more than ever, I am determined to push myself and progress towards my ultimate goal of making the Olympia team once again.