'I can't wait for the summer to end so I can go back to my film course'
My Story: Corina van Deventer | Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design, IT Tralee
Corina Van Deventer admits that she didn't really want to go to college at all.
"My mum was pushing me to go, but I didn't want to leave home," says the 19-year-old from Kenmare, Co Kerry.
Corina wouldn't be the first native of the south west beauty spot to feel rooted to Kenmare which was immortalised in the Jimmy McCarthy ballad classic, 'As I Leave Behind Neidin', the Irish name for the town.
Corina also felt the sense of confusion experienced by many Leaving Cert students when it comes filling out the CAO form.
"It is such a stress to think you have to write down your whole life journey on a piece of paper that has a deadline. I found myself shutting the idea of college away because of the stress."
But her mother's persuasion skills paid off and leave she did. She was always interested in art and applied for the four-year BA (Hons) in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design in IT Tralee. It will prepare her for a career in an exciting industry.
She had spotted the film course in the CAO handbook and thought it looked really interesting. "My cousin had done something similar and he talked it up."
Corina had visited IT Tralee for an Open Day during 6th year at Kenmare's Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, and that was when she fell in love with both the course and the college. "I walked onto the campus and that was it really. The sense of community and the positive atmosphere were amazing and it made me become driven because I wanted to be there."
Corina has finished first year and is "loving it, I am waiting for the summer to end so I can go back".
While there is no doubt about her artistic bent, Corina is really attracted to the technology end of the business and particularly enjoys editing.
"The technology was the thing I feared most; I thought it would be too much for me, but you learn as you go and every day you learn more."