'My time here has been everything I had hoped it would be. It's inviting and it makes you want to learn'
My Story: Eimear Brennan, Computing Science, Griffith College
Eimear Brennan had a keen interest in computing from an early age, and so it became an obvious study path for her at third-level.
"I knew this was the career I wanted to take. Every part of computers and computing had captured my interest so computing was a natural option for me," says Eimear.
When it came to the CAO she paid close attention to the various courses on offer to ensure that she would select one that was right for her.
"I looked at many colleges and the computer science courses they were offering. It's very important to look at the course modules and make sure they suit you and your requirements and where you can excel and learn," says Eimear of Newtown, Kells, Co Kilkenny.
Two years into her honours degree BSC Computing Science programme at Griffith College, Dublin, Eimear is loving it.
"The course can be very challenging at times. I can't say it was ever easy, but like many courses, if you enjoy what you're doing, you'll work hard and succeed at it.
"I always have projects or worksheets to work on. It ranges from creating web pages to coding. These tasks do sound difficult at first, but I have to say that the lecturers are very accessible and helpful; what I first found very difficult is now becoming second nature.
"My time here has been everything I had hoped it would be. It's inviting, it makes you want to learn. The course is touching all the aspects of computing I wanted it to," says Eimear.
When she finishes her four years at Griffith, Eimear hopes to work in Google "or anywhere in Silicon Valley and once I have my degree I don't see any reason why I wouldn't be able for that.
"Griffith has great links with the industry and I hope when I go on to finish my Honours degree so I can join the many other successful graduates and it will help me with my future career and help me get what I wanted out of this world.
While Griffith College is smaller than the universities and institutes of technology, Eimear says it is " big enough", and one of the things she loves about it is the close-knit community feel.
"We all eat in Arthur's or play pool or ping-pong in the students' union and this brings people closer together and you feel welcome and part of a community."