Saturday 25 October 2014

How musical Maria solved the college shyness problem

There was nobody else from my school coming to UCD, says Maria

Published 13/08/2014 | 12:00

Maria Adewu has just completed her final year at UCD

MARIA AdewusiI was 10 CAO points short of the cut-off for the BComm at UCD, but luckily she had applied to HEAR, the scheme through which applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds may be accepted on reduced points

"When I got the letter saying that I got in on the HEAR scheme, I was so happy I cried", said Maria.

Maria did her Leaving Certificate at Deansrath Community College, Clondalkin, Dublin and back then was, on her own account, "very, very shy". So, she found orientation week at the end of August, where she spent five days living on campus, a great help.

"I walked in with my Mum! There was nobody else from my school coming to UCD, so it was nice to get that soft start into college life and the three friends I made that week are still very close".

Maria (22) has just completed her final year, and wants to work as either a brand manager or as an advertising copywriter.

She looks back on UCD with great fondness, thankful not only for what she learned academically, but what she learned about herself.

"In the beginning I stuck to my books. When I had breaks I would stay in the study room. I was miserable. At around Christmas, I said to myself: 'college is meant to be fun! Maria, you have to do something'. So, in second term, I found out that the musical society would be doing a Glee production. I tried out for the part of Mercedes. I did that song 'Bust your Windows'. It was a big risk for that shy girl. And I got it!

"After that I was hooked on societies. It was like the dam burst! I was in Dance Society and DramSoc; I became a guide for orientation week. I think I did better academically in the second semester, simply because I was happier!".

Irish Independent

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