My Story: Having the 'best time' at college
When Finn Murphy began his engineering degree programme at TCD, he didn't imagine he would end up spending a summer working in the US Senate on a political internship. And yet, that's where he found himself last July, as one of three Trinity students selected to participate in the Washington Ireland Programme.
Finn, from Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, has had a very rounded experience of college life. As well as being actively involved in the sailing and snow sports clubs, the 23-year-old, now in the fourth and final year, took a break last year to take on the role of entertainments officer with the TCD Students' Union.
After a year working full-time to organise events for over 30,000 students and staff members, he resumed his studies, specialising in mechanical and manufacturing engineering.
"It's a really practical course, and every year we have a design project - in first year it was catapults, in second year it was robots, and in third year it was devices to help elderly people," he said.
"There was always an element of making and doing, and it's great to be able to stand over a project and say you made it."
Finn sat his Leaving Certificate at the High School, Rathgar, Dublin, and was inspired by his older sister, a student of biomedical engineering at TCD, to pick engineering at Trinity as his first choice on the CAO.
Trinity offers matriculation exams in biblical studies and geology for applicants, and he decided to do the geology exam to take some pressure off the Leaving Cert exams.
Growing up, Finn's closest friends all lived in the same area in Rathfarnham and he was excited by the diversity he found on starting at Trinity. He has since made friends from all over the country and as far abroad as Colorado. He said: "I really love Trinity, and I've had the best time I possibly could at college."