Sunday 4 December 2016

My story: Triona O'Sullivan

Published 18/08/2010 | 09:58

For Triona O’Sullivan, going to college also meant leaving home and most of her school friends behind.

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UCC had been an almost certain choice for the19-year-old Rosscarberry girl, but a friend guided her to a course at University of Limerick (UL), which captured her imagination.

Triona was attracted to Business in Limerick, because of its focus on Human Resources and a work placement programme in third year, and so switched CAO preferences and crossed county boundaries.

What really caught Triona’s fancy was the university’s Co-op education and careers division programme, which works with a network of over 1,600 major companies, at home and aboard, on student work placements, catering for more than 2,000 students every year.

Happy with her coursec hoice, “I didn’t have any qualms about moving from home,” saysTriona, who is now entering second year.

Once in UL, Triona took another piece of invaluable advice: “A friend told me to get involved in student politics and that I would make fantastic friends”.

So, Triona became the class rep, serving in her first year as chair of Class Reps Council and also taking a seat on the students’ union executive in that capacity.

As well as developing a range of skills around her students’ union activity, Triona says one unexpected benefit of her role as a class rep is that she gets to interact more with the lecturers.

“By being in the students’ union we make ourselves known to the lecturers, which is great because there can be up to 500 students in a lecture theatre”.

Having spent her first year in on-campus student accommodation, which is recommended as one of the best options for freshers, Triona is moving into a house this year.

“I have made my friends so I know who I will be sharing with,” says Triona who was kept busy al lsummer, as a finalist in the Cork Rose of Tralee competition and working in the local

Roscarberry Hotel.

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