Thursday 30 March 2017

Watch this space: Sam plans career at NASA

Sam MacGinty is planning to attend Notre Dame to study aerospace engineering Photo: Brian McDaid
Sam MacGinty is planning to attend Notre Dame to study aerospace engineering Photo: Brian McDaid

Greg Harkin

Students at Coláiste Ailigh in Co Donegal declared themselves "happy enough" with the Leaving Cert English Paper One.

And one student at the Irish language college in Letterkenny found himself arguing against a career he wants to pursue.

Sam MacGinty (18) is off to the prestigious University of Notre Dame in Indiana later this year to study aerospace engineering and computer science. He has an ambition to one day work for NASA.

Text 3 on yesterday's paper featured an edited speech by US President Barack Obama announcing $6bn worth of funding for NASA.

Sam opted to take Question B, writing a post for a blog opposing the amount of public money being spent on space exploration.

"There was a bit of a contradiction there," he laughed.

"But it is always easy to have arguments one way or another, so I went with that.

"Of course, there are loads of other causes which could benefit from $6bn, including education."

Meanwhile, fellow student Anna Ni Ghallachóir (18) said: "I thought the composition questions were quite nice and I wrote a piece on the importance of taking a gap year, which is what I am planning to do."

Irish Independent

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