Student profile: When choosing a course, it's good to keep your options open

Student profile: When choosing a course, it's good to keep your options open
Valeria Iglesias, Commerce, 1st Year, UCC.

Student Profile: Valeria Iglesias.Commerce, 1st Year, UCC.Interview by: Sarah Ryan

I chose Commerce because it is an extremely broad sector of Business.

With Commerce, you have the freedom to choose to go towards the Law side or Accounting side while still having a strong business base.

The Commerce course in UCC is just as I imagined it would be, and the comprehensive quality of my course makes it a good option in terms of employability.

In Commerce, we are very lucky to have the option of both work placements and opportunities to study abroad.

Personally, I am going to choose to do a work placement abroad, rather than study abroad, as I feel like I would benefit much more from the experience of being in a workplace.

I hope that by doing this I will be able to put the skills I have learned in college to good use, while also gaining valuable knowledge of how to be a good team member and how to work effectively within a real organisation.

As far as what I would like to do after college, I haven’t quite decided.

I think I would like to work for a year so I can gain some experience and figure out what I would like to do, and then do a masters.

So far, I’ve found that the best part of college is the incredible social life!

You get to meet so many new people, especially in a course as large as mine, while also creating fantastic memories.

I have to say that the worst part about college life is how increasingly expensive it is. Year by year accommodation and academic fees keep escalating. Personally, I live in student accommodation and have noticed a significant increase in rent prices.

This financial pressure of college life is quite stressful, and this has meant that a number of my friends have had to drop out due to the fact that they cannot afford the costs involved in an academic year in UCC.

The cost of living in general has really begun to add up. If I were to give some advice to anyone starting college this year, I would really encourage students to attend all lectures regardless of how boring they are.

You never know what you might pick up on that might come in handy in the exam, and lecturers will often give special hints when you’re least expecting it. It’s definitely worth keeping up your attendance to avoid that last minute stress come exam season!

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