'It doesn't matter how you get through, but the route you take moulds you'
Mildred Enyagborue, Marino College/dit
since coming to Ireland in 2014, Mildred Enyagborue has packed in a lot of learning and is in second year of the Social Care course in DIT, now TU Dublin.
When she arrived from Nigeria, Mildred went into fifth year in Mount Carmel school in Dublin's north inner city, and adjusted to a new education system.
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Nursing was her first love, but she didn't get enough CAO points and didn't have a science subject.
Mildred (20) was disheartened, but a guidance counsellor recommended a post-Leaving Cert (PLC) pre- nursing course as an alternative route in, "although she told me there was no guarantee."
She enrolled and got distinctions in all modules. The following year, she applied to the CAO for nursing and social care degree programmes, taking the precaution to apply also to the DIT Access Programme, which allows entry on reduced points.
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Through the Access route, Mildred secured a place on Social Care, which includes work experience, such as with the homeless organisation, Focus Ireland. "It is really nice, working in the coffee shop talking to homeless people," she says.
When she graduates, she will "try out social care for a year and if I decide it is not for me, I might do a master's in nursing in the UK."
She adds: "It doesn't matter how you get through, but the route you take moulds you. The experience you have makes you become the person you want to be."