Sunday 25 February 2018

College is just the next step for Dublin's A1 student

Anrai got 8 A1s in his leaving cert exam
Anrai got 8 A1s in his leaving cert exam

Claire McCormack

FOR one student from Dublin 4 filling in the CAO form to go to college was simply the next step on the educational ladder.

"I always expected that I would go to college," said Anraí Ó Braonáin, (18), who attended Coláiste Eoin, a Gaelscoil in Booterstown, Dublin 4 and achieved eight higher level A1s in his Leaving Cert. "I think most people who are going on to college today grow up in a culture where it's normalised."

Coming from a strong educational background, Anraí said going to university is the right decision for him.

"Everyone in my family went to college and it's what almost everyone in my school is going to do, so it just seems like another step on the educational ladder," said Anraí, whose parents, Anna and Paul, and two older brothers studied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons.

The top Leaving Cert student said becoming a professional has always been on his cards.

"It never went through my head that I wouldn't go to college or that I'd start working directly after school," said Anraí, who is heading to UCD to do Business and Finance.

When asked if his postcode affected his college choice Anraí said: "Probably not, I would say the most influential factors were my school and my friends."

"People from Dublin will probably go to college in Dublin for the most part," he said, adding, "I suppose if you're closer to UCD than DCU it may influence things. But I'm going for the course, rather than the college closest to where I live."

Although he grew up surrounded by high achievers, Anraí said he has never felt pressured and is enjoying every milestone.


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