I’d never considered doing Commerce because I didn’t do any business subjects in secondary school but for some reason it felt like the right decision. I also loved the idea of learning French and having the chance to live in France for a year!
I went into my course without knowing what to expect considering I had never studied any commerce modules before. All modules were meant to be taught from a beginner’s level, which most were, but there were some I had a bit of trouble grasping. Accounting was one of the difficult ones because some people had been studying it for years already and even though it was meant to be an introduction to accounting, I still felt there was an expectation of basic knowledge.
One of the highlights of my time in college would have to be my Erasmus year. I had the option to go to many locations throughout France and I chose to study in Strasbourg. I would recommend to anyone wondering what course to do to pick one that offers a year abroad.
Over the year I was able to do so many modules that you wouldn’t find in Ireland and it really helped broaden my perspective on different sectors I could work in in the future. Another great aspect of college life has to be the people, which is probably the most cliché (but true) answer there is.
I’ve met so many amazing people through my studies and the best part is that this experience never ends. Every single day there are opportunities to meet new people, there’s no such thing as having one group of a set amount of friends and only speaking to them.
Some advice I’d have for incoming students would be that you have to go into college with an open mind. Learning things off by heart shouldn’t be the priority. The priority is understanding what you are learning and applying that to the world around you.
Also, try to balance out college and your social life. I mainly joined clubs in first year which was a great way to meet people and also stay active. You should be spending just as much time with your friends as you should on your course.
If you study too much you lose a lot of the college experience in my opinion. The same goes the other way around. Overall, just enjoy it and savour the experience!